West Falls Church Economic Development Project (WFC EDP) Opportunities for Sustainable Stormwater and Energy Infrastructure (May 2018)
On May 24, 2018, the ESC hosted a follow-up to our February panel discussion (see below) on sustainable and resilient development at the West Falls Church site. Sustainable infrastructure has the potential to create value and reduce risks for this project and the City as a whole - and must be included at the earliest stages of project planning to be effective. This second panel addressed two important environmental impacts and opportunities in depth:
Our expert panelists were: Robert Goo, Environmental Protection Specialist from EPA's Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds; Maureen Holman, DC Water's Sustainability Chief; Mark Bailey, Senior Business Development Manager from WGL Energy; and Bill Updike, Principal, Integral Group. Panelist Biographies.
Following the panel discussion, ESC Chair Cory Firestone Weiss obtained model language for procuring highly energy efficient buildings to support the WFC EDP Request for Detailed Proposals. The language was provided by energy consulting company Seventhwave, through its Accelerate Performance program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Resilient, Sustainable West Falls Church Economic Development Project Panel (February 2018)
On February 15, 2018, the ESC hosted a panel discussion to engage City decision-makers and the broader community in a discussion of how the City can integrate environmental and economic sustainability principles into the West Falls Church Economic Development Project, driving resilient development, maximizing environmental benefit, creating place and reducing financial risk.
The panel was recorded and is available to watch below or on YouTube.
Green Schools Panel (October 2017)
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.
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Council Member Dan Sze