Environmental Sustainability Council


  • Executive Committee
    • 7:30 p.m., third Thursday of each month, excluding August
  • Energy Transition Subcommittee
    • 7:30 p.m., third Thursday of each month, excluding August
  • Education Task Group
    • 4:30 p.m., second Thursday of each month, excluding July & August
  • Habitat Restoration Task Group

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.
View All Agendas and Minutes

Green Schools Panel

To contribute to community discussion of the November 2017 high school bond referendum, the City of Falls Church Environmental Sustainability Council (ESC) hosted a green schools panel at its October 2017 meeting. With this panel, the ESC sought to engage decision-makers, the community and sustainable buildings experts in a discussion of how the Falls Church City Public Schools system can incorporate high performance, low environmental impact design into its facilities, maximizing benefit to the entire school community. The purpose of the panel was to explore the value of sustainably designed schools for students, teachers and the broader community and to consider practical strategies used to implement green schools in other jurisdictions, including Arlington County.
Green Schools Panel findings
Presentation by Anisa Heming, Center for Green Schools
Presentation by Sean O'Donnell, Perkins Eastman
Presentation by Doug Gehley, VMDO, and Tony Hans, CMTA
Presentation by Cathy Lin, Arlington Public Schools

Energy efficient buildings are central to green schools.  In partnership with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, the City of Falls Church was awarded technical assistance through the US Department of Energy (US DOE) Climate Action Champions Program to conduct a Geothermal Feasibility Study at the Falls Church Campus Redevelopment site. The study was conducted by Oak Ridge National Laboratory and facilitated by the ESC's Energy Transition Sub-Committee. While geothermal systems cost more upfront, the study estimated a payback period of just 3-5 years due to annual operations and maintenance cost savings.
Geothermal Feasibility Study


The nine member Environmental Sustainability Council (ESC) Executive Committee is appointed by City Council for three-year terms, with the City's Environmental Programs Coordinator serving as Staff Liaison. Volunteers from the community serve as associate members on the subcommittee for Energy Transition, and the Habitat Restoration and Education Task Groups. The Executive Committee may appoint other persons as consultants. View our ESC Organizational Chart for additional details. 

Staff Liaison

 Kate Walker


City Council Liaison

 Council Member Dan Sze


The Environmental Sustainability Council (ESC), formerly known as the Falls Church Recycling and Litter Prevention Council, was established in 1989 for the purpose of planning and promoting a comprehensive program of recycling and litter prevention activities. As it expanded and evolved, the ESC and its subcommittees have increasingly addressed a wide range of environmental and sustainability issues important to the quality of life in our community. Areas of focus include:
  • Energy efficiency and climate change
  • Sustainable community development
  • Environmental and sustainability education and outreach
  • Habitat and soil restoration
  • Solid waste management
  • Stormwater management

Letters and Reports to Council

Periodically, the ESC is asked to provide Council with comments regarding ordinance changes, commercial development applications, or environmental issues. The ESC has provided multiple comment letters. Click each link below to read the comment letters submitted to Council. To view letters from previous years, contact the City Clerks office.