Government contractor CACI International cut the ribbon on its new Reston, Virginia, headquarters, built with the environment and employee wellness in mind, on May 27. CACI has vacated its longtime headquarters building in Ballston, and has also consolidated another location in Reston to the new headquarters, at 12021 Sunset Hills Road, just off the Dulles Access Road. They began transitioning to the new space in February. Continue reading
U.S. News & World Report has released its 2020 Healthiest Communities rankings. Falls Church has been ranked third, while Loudoun County was sixth on the list. Howard County, which ranked 10th in 2019, slipped to No. 19 on the current list. Los Alamos County, New Mexico, topped the list, followed by Douglas County, Colorado.Continue reading
Solar power purchase agreements have been signed by Fairfax County with three teams of solar developers in what it calls the largest power purchase agreement initiative by a local municipality in the commonwealth. Continue reading
Adria Bordas, a Fairfax resident, was dressed as a bee at the Dan Storck's Environmental Expo to highlight an environmental cause. When asked Bordas said, "I’m not a bee. I’m the spotted lanternfly, a new invasive insect." Continue reading
5th Annual Fairfax County Environmental Conference was presented by the Environmental Student Leadership Initiative, formerly known as the Eco-School Leadership Initiative. The conference was held on the grounds on Fairfax County Government Center on Saturday, June 22. The conference was a free, day-long event, the purpose of which was to teach students how they, as student-instructors could get involved with environmental education initiatives. By teaching elementary school students using hands-on and engaging interactive games and activities, in the process, the young students would become interested in fighting environmental problems and become future leaders in their communities. Continue reading
A new track and field for Episcopal High School was approved by the city council on a recent public hearing that happened. The decision came after lengthy discussions about the required deforestation and reforestation efforts involved with the plan, which includes building a new track and field, a small building to provide shelter during lightning storms, a parking lot and a signaled pedestrian crossing on West Braddock Road across from the entrance to Fort Ward Park. Continue reading
With a history of logging and over-cultivation, 17,000 acres of Prince William Forest Park is now home of tranquility for nature’s blessings where families and friends can visit. Located 32 miles away south of Washington DC and 22 miles north of Fredericksburg, Prince William Forest Park was also named as Chopawamsic Recreation Demonstration Area years ago, carefully shelters the federally threatened orchid Isotria medeoloides, a small whorled pogonia and the Eastern Box Turtle which a type of reptile with the longest life span as well as many other species.
WildlifeBird watching for migratory birds and songbirds can be anticipated. A complete list of bird species can be availed at the Visitor Center. But birds aren’t the only animals to be seen. Deer, Beavers and even wild turkeys can be sighted in this beautiful forest.
FishingAs long as you have a Virginia fishing license, anglers can take a shot at fishing for catfish, crappie, pickerel, perch bluegill and even bass. State and federal regulations are strictly imposed while fishing licenses are not sold at the visitor center.
Hiking37 miles of trails can be explored within the park offering visitors a tranquil and calm ambiance for variety of purposes such as vigorous activities, nature study or perhaps just a moment to be alone.
BicyclingKeep a guide handy from the visitor center where information on restrooms, water, parking as well as paved and unpaved roads and you are set to enjoy 21 miles of bicycling with nature blessed scenery.
PicnickingPicnic areas are allotted with tables, grills, trash bins, water and restrooms.
EducationPrograms are held by rangers for those wishing to focus more on the study of the environment. The most favored option of exploring and discovering Prince William Forest Park’s history is by taking a hike on the 4 mile geology trail that showcases geologic change within its 570 million years. Schools can even have trips arranged for their students on give children an on hand study of their lessons and to mold them into being environmentally responsible.
Eco-friendly homes are hot these days, and one way to make a property more saleable is to add a little green. Real estate Web site HomeGain asked about 1,000 real estate practitioners to recommend low-cost green improvements. Here are some of their suggestions:
- Plant native trees and plants
- Replace air filters
- Weather-strip and caulk doors and windows
- Install programmable thermostats
- Install low-flow showerheads
- Install CFL or LED lights
- Repaint with low VOC (volatile organic compound) paint