As part of our commitment to protecting the environment, the City of Falls Church became an EPA Green Power Partner in 2012. This means that a certain proportion of the power we use in City facilities and streetlights (currently a minimum of 25%) has been generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, low-impact biomass, and low-impact small hydroelectric sources. The Falls Church community followed suit in 2013, becoming the first EPA Green Power Community in the Commonwealth of Virginia. More than 3% of the power used in our community is green power.
Improving & Strengthening Our Community
The use of green power is an environmental choice with significant impacts.Purchasing green power, or generating it on your property, is one of the easiest ways for a community to reduce its carbon footprint. Renewable energy plays a role in improving our environment and strengthening our economy by:
Reducing carbon emissions
Creating "green" jobs and stimulating the economy
Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels
Enhancing our nation's energy security
You can easily make a positive environmental choice to purchase green power. It is available as an option through your regular electricity provider, or you can visit http://www.green-e.org/ to find other certified renewable energy providers. Some community members choose to generate green power themselves by installing solar or geothermal systems on their property.
Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Using data collected and processed by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, city staff track community greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Community GHG emissions in 2015 were lower than they were in 2005, even though our population has grown and the City continues a vital and successful program of economic and residential redevelopment. This is attributable in part to our choice to purchase green power.
The community's emissions reduction goals align with those for the region established by the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments. The commitment, adopted by City Council Resolution 2017-12, is to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases below 2005 levels by 20 percent by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Community members can contribute to achieving these goals by purchasing energy from lower emissions green power sources.