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Go “Green” within your means There are relatively inexpensive things we can all do to be green, for instance: . Replace older toilets in your home with new, low flush models. . Older toilets use 3 to 5 gallons per flush while new models are required to use no more than 1.6 gallons per flush. . Replace incandescent bulbs with new compact fluorescent light. Not only with CFls last longer they require less energy.
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Contributing Writers: Jennifer Heyns is a resident of Delaplane, where she enjoys country life with her husband, two young sons, two dogs and her mother-in-law. She has been published in many local, regional and national publications and is currently working on her first book. Amy Griffin is the owner of inFauquier.com, the most comprehensive online directory of consumer businesses located in Fauquier County. Maps to all the businesses can be found at inFauquier.com and check out the What’s New page for more business happenings in the entire county. You can reach her at (540)347-4922 or amy@inFauquier.com with your questions or any tidbits you hear about local business. Amy Gable is the Director of The Partnership for Warrenton. The Partnership is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering the economic and aesthetic development of Old Town Warrenton through a comprehensive process of economic revitalization that seeks to protect, enhance and promote its architectural and historical heritage.
e are very proud of this edition of our publication. In this issue, we feature the sincere and growing efforts of the Town of Warrenton and Fauquier County to better this place we call ‘home’. As you read the articles, note that the leaders of these programs and businesses come from all areas of the political spectrum. The environmental movement in Fauquier County is flourishing and has few boundaries. Recently, I uncovered a 1990 newsletter by our parent company, TR Press, which had a few pages dedicated to environmental awareness, recycled papers and the big Earth Day celebration that occurred on April 21st and 22nd of that year. I was Chairman of Keep Fauquier Clean, a group founded by environmental evangelist, Paddy Katzen. Anyone who has been here for awhile knows the impact she had on every aspect of earth care in this County. The volunteers of Keep Fauquier Clean and students from Fauquier High School worked with the Town of Warrenton to start voluntary curbside recycling in parts of the Town. We drove around a few of the Warrenton neighborhoods on Saturdays and picked up recyclables in micro-buses, pickup trucks, sedans, etc. We brought everything back to the igloos in front of what is now Safeway’s parking lot and sorted, crushed and packed bottles, cans, plastic, styrofoam, cardboard and motor oil. The Town rewarded our hard work by implementing a formal recycling program later that year. Now, blue bags can be seen everywhere in Warrenton. The Airlie Center, featured in a story by George Rowand this month, was the centerpiece of our Earth Day celebration in 1990. Led by then director, Doug Larson, Airlie held an all day celebration which included an ecumenical service, concerts, kite flying and nature walks. Parks and Rec began their annual festivities, roadside cleanups were organized, Ecology Awareness Week was created in the public schools, Effie Fox organized a parade of flags, an art exhibition was on display in the John Barton Payne building, and Courthouse Square was home to music and afternoon festivities. People wore shirts and pins featuring our Earth Day logo designed by Tom Chipley. For almost 20 years our company, Piedmont Press & Graphics (formerly TR Press), has made a serious commitment to reducing our impact on the environment and promoting friendlier products and services. Our company has always had a formal recycling program and we were the first local business to offer soy based inks and recycled papers. Our magazine is normally produced with soy-based inks and this issue is printed on a recycled paper that contains 30% post-consumer waste. And, as always, every bit of printed scrap is recycled. In addition to our regular monthly columns, Robin Earl joins us this month contributing two terrific articles on recycling and government efforts, Doug Larson offers us insight into the Piedmont Environmental Council’s conservation efforts, and Jennifer Heyns exposes several businesses with a new twist on keeping it green.
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Recycling: Saving the Earth, one candy wrapper at a time It’s in. It’s trendy. Green is the color of the day and the lifestyle of the informed. It’s the new (environmentally conscious) chic. Fauquier County residents are stepping up – in fact, have been stepping up for years. Trish Ethier, who has been a spokeswoman for the Fauquier County Department of Environmental Services for three years, has seen a big change in residents’ recycling habits. She mentioned textile recycling as an example. “We used to send a semi-truck to the processor every few months. Now, it’s one every three or four weeks.” Anyone who is on the fence about recycling might spend ten minutes with Ethier. She’s a cheerleader, she’s a maven, she’s a recycling guru. Her mantra? “Every little bit you can do to help makes a difference. We’re trying to change the
photo by Robin Earl Trish Ethier, spokeswoman for the county’s Department of Environmental Services, is a champion of recycling in the county.
mindset, one family at a time.” A tour of the county’s landfill, adjacent to Corral Farm on U.S. 29, is revealing. Observant visitors will immediately see examples of the county’s commitment to recycling as they motor up to drop off their household trash. Anyone glancing to the right, just before the entrance booth, will be rewarded with a view of several tall piles. Scrap metal, wood, brush, tires, and electronics
and appliances are all neatly stacked and waiting to be processed. A glimpse further behind the scenes unveils dozens of workers sorting through the tons of trash that are received every day. Giant bales of plastics, mixed paper and clothing add bright color to the structures that make up the recycling center. (This area is scheduled for See Saving Earth page 8
A little friendly competition between schools By Robin Earl
Anyone who wants to change the world knows it’s smart to start with the children. The Fauquier County School Division has been teaching save the Earth practices for years – in the classroom and at the Fauquier Outdoor Lab in Warrenton, adjacent to Fauquier High School. There are thriving recycling efforts – often led by students – in every school. In fact, there’s a healthy recycling competition going on between H.M. Pearson Elementary School in Catlett and Auburn Middle School in Warrenton. Amy Angelo, assistant principal of Pearson said, “During the first month of school I told my fifth grade team of students in charge of recycling that I would ‘kiss a barnyard animal of their choice’ if we beat Auburn in pounds-per-student recycled during the 2007-08 school year. I also informed Steve Kadilak, assistant principal at Auburn, that I expected him to kiss the same animal if Auburn lost.” Angelo added in mock indignation, “He actually had the nerve to reply that he wasn’t worried and that Auburn would triumph!” She explained that both schools are engaged in similar recycling practices. A student group, overseen by a faculty advisor, collects recycled items from classrooms. The custodial staffs are also vigilant about recycling. As a result of the bi-school recycling competition, Angelo reported, students at
both schools have developed a heightened awareness of the importance of recycling. Angelo and Kadilak have found that kid power is an awesome – and completely natural – energy.
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H. M. Pearson students Ruth Sheetz, Ashley Porter, and KC Macari help collect paper and other recyclable materials from school classrooms and offices. They are part of an eight person team that performs this job each morning. All fifth grade students take part in some type of service volunteer job at the school, located in Catlett, VA.
Special Event: The Annual 2008 Earth Day Celebration by the Boys and Girls Club sponsored by Fauquier County Parks & Recreation
will be held on Saturday, April 19th, 2008 from 11:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. The event will take place on South Fourth Street at the Warrenton Greenway in Warrenton. The Boys and Girls Club will have games for young children, including rides on the Warrenton Police Barrel Train! The Earth Day Celebration is both educational and fun for the whole family. A RAIN DATE is scheduled for April 26th, 2008
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renovation in April, so that more recyclables may be sorted more efficiently.) Ethier explained that 33 different recyclables -- up from just 11 three years ago -- are collected at the landfill and at convenience sites around the county. The items are picked through, “contaminants” are removed, and the results are sent to different companies for recycling. She said that Fauquier County is known for thorough sorting and because of this, its recyclables are sought after. “We get top dollar for our product because of the low contaminants they contain. Companies are knocking on our door to buy our products. When we send plastic bottles, for example, they don’t get aluminum or paper mixed in.” As a result, Ethier said, the county’s recycling program pays for itself, and then some. “If we didn’t do any recycling, we might need only about five people to run the landfill. As it is, we provide about 75 people with jobs, while paying for all the salaries, processing and transportation costs.” Ethier explained that any extra money goes into a fund that will be used to close the landfill when it reaches capacity. That process will cost $3 to $5 million, she said.
What’s new? Among the most recent innovations at the landfill are the collection and recycling of florescent light bulbs and tubes, electronics and construction debris. Computer monitors and televisions were banned from the landfill in July of 2004. The county immediately set up a once-a-month collection and staff collected about five or six tons every month. But in August of 2007, a six-days-aweek collection system was established. Since then, Ethier said, “Electronics collection has exploded. Now that we’re collecting every day except Sunday, we’ve collected 71 tons in five months. The company that has been collecting it from us was stunned.” Since the construction and demolition recycling program began on July 1, 2007, the amount of waste going into the landfill has decreased dramatically; 47 percent of construction debris is recycled.
photos above & below by Robin Earl Used clothing is collected in textile sheds placed at convenience sites around the county -- even old socks -- and baled for recycling.
Behind the landfill, out of site for most visitors, is a huge recycling area dedicated to construction debris. The wood, metal, plastic and cardboard is moved onto a conveyor belt and taken to a sorting area, where 10-12 “pickers” drop the materials into bins. Wood is turned into mulch for landscapers; The landfill has been collecting construction buckets construction debris since July 1; 47 have their metal handles percent of it can be recycled. taken off and are baled for processing; scrap metal and cardboard are also recycled. Most county residents have to sort their own recyclables and cart them to the landfill or one of six convenience sites See Saving Earth page 10
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Homegrown energy Not all of the recycled materials at the landfill are sent away for processing. Methane gas, generated deep within the landfill as the garbage decomposes, is collected in pipes and turned into electricity. The wattage is transferred to the power grid and in 2006, provided enough electricity to run 500 Warrenton homes. Ethier said, “Methane collection has been successful in mega-landfills, where one cell is 20 acres. Our whole landfill (six cells) is only 20 acres. We wanted to see if it could be successful on a smaller scale. Pepco installed the equipment and they get the electricity. I think the experiment has been successful.” Old tires are also used right at the landfill. Ethier said that they are shredded and used for insulation for the methane pipes under the cells.
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Ethier said that the most frequent question she is asked is “How long before the landfill is full?” At the current rate, Ethier said that the landfill will have to be closed within 10-12 years, but efforts are under way to extend its life. When water bottles are collected and sent elsewhere to create new carpeting, or milk jugs are made into composite wood, when colored plastic laundry detergent bottles are melted down into tiny pellets and used to make new toys, the landfill gains a little more time.
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to natural disasters, but inside and out, it fuel that businesses have to purchase. Chiropractor Dr. Michael O’Daniel now looks just like any other home.” “There are many advantages to fuels his 1982 diesel Mercedes with bioour communities when we use green fuel made from 85 percent peanut oil and materials. For one, we are protecting 15 percent petroleum products. He notes our valuable forests by reducing the number of trees harvested. This, in turn, protects our watersheds. In addition, we reduce the impact on landfills and save energy to heat, cool and maintain our properties,” says Thorsen. While new construction seems to be popping up everywhere Dr. Michael O’Daniel and his 1982 bio-fuel Mercedes. you look in Fauquier County, there is one thing we do here even more frequently - drive. that the gas mileage is about the same Whether it’s on-road or off, the rising but the car runs much more smoothly on cost of gasoline is affecting our budgets. bio-fuel. Not only are we spending more money “I started doing this about two years to put gasoline into our own vehicles, ago, spurred by the rising fuel costs and we are paying more for the goods and a desire to have green fuel,” explains services we buy to cover the cost of See Green page 20
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O’Daniel. He finds that making his own fuel from used vegetable oil, kerosene, gasoline and a few additives saves him about $300 each month in fuel costs. He admits that “the car smells like a French fry machine but it’s fun driving around knowing you’re not polluting as much.” O’Daniel says people immediately notice that his vehicle is different because of its smell, which is preferable to the diesel smell it would normally have. People stop to ask him questions about his car and seem genuinely interested in the fuel he uses. “For some people it’s about money, but for others it’s more about saving the environment,” says O’Daniel. He has partnered with his friend Michael Gimble to experiment with the ingredient mixture to make a more efficient bio-fuel. Their goal is to find the right recipe and start a business that can fuel many Fauquier diesel vehicles and farm equipment. “I just thought that all of that oil from restaurants going to
waste was ridiculous and that it was reentering the food chain was even more ridiculous. For me it’s not a financial issue, I’m a non-polluter,” explains Gimble. Gimble uses
the bio-fuel in his farm equipment and says that the manufacturing plant he and O’Daniel run is fuelled by a bio-fuel-run generator. He loves the notion that by making their bio-fuel, he and O’Daniel are decreasing pollution, reducing the
amount of waste filling up local landfills, and are less dependent on foreign oils. According to Gimble, the best part is that there is very little waste involved in making bio-fuel. “The waste we do have is so throw away-able that you can actually feed it to the cows and they think they’re getting dessert.” Another company is also interested in venturing into bio-fuel. Ben Zimmerman, owner of Atypic Landscapes, Pool, Stone and Structure, says that his business is in the process of setting up a small refinery to manufacture bio-fuel to use in their off-road business equipment. Zimmerman notes that there are a few bio-diesel fuel stations in the area, but that they are a bit out of the way (one in Aldie and another in Culpeper). The other downside is that they use a mixture of only five percent vegetable oil and 95 percent diesel. He would like to see the balance lean more toward recycled oil. “We are very interested in recycling See Green page 22
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green from eating organic foods and taking organic nutritional supplements to using natural body care products and using recycled paper products.” According to Mercier, The Natural Marketplace is concerned with all aspects of living green, starting with shopping. They always encourage their customers to bring their own recycled shopping bags into the store to reduce waste, plastic in particular. The store carries a full line of all-natural, environmentallysafe cleaning products including bleach, air-fresheners, detergents, and paper towels and toilet tissue made from recycled paper and it sells milk in glass jars that need to be returned for reuse. Mercier says they encourage people to buy organic foods and stock a wide variety of organic produce from local farmers, Virginia Green Grocers and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA). “Switching to organic foods is a great way to start a diet,” says Mercier. “Living green requires a greater conscious effort and responsibility on our parts to live more deliberately. We need to think about recycling in our homes and be more conscious about supporting industries and businesses whose existence adversely affects our environment. If each individual chooses to live more responsibly, common sense guarantees that our communities will be favorably affected,” says Thorsen. Warrenton Lifestyle
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In February of 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an autism prevalence report stating that autism is on the rise. It now occurs in one in every 150 American children, and almost 1 in 94 boys. Recognizing the need for strategies to help parents of children with autism, Fauquier Health System is involved in several local projects that offer practical help for caregivers.
From 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., a session for parents will focus on safety considerations for children with autism and other cognitive disabilities.
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Beginning at 6:00 p.m., community resource booths will provide information from local, state and national organizations. Among those scheduled to attend will be: the Fauquier Autism Resource Group; Fauquier County Public Schools; the Northern Virginia chapter of the Autism Society of America; Parents of Autistic Children of Northern Virginia; and Mary’s Family, a parent respite organization. About a dozen service providers will be on hand as well, including the Children’s National Medical Center Neurodevelopment Clinic in Washington D.C.; Matthew’s Center for Visual Learning in Manassas; and the Phoenix Family Counseling and Play Therapy Centers, PLLC in Gainesville.
A session geared toward first responders will begin at 3:00 p.m. It will cover autism recognition and suggested responses.
Registration for the workshop is requested and may be arranged by calling 540-316-3588.
-- The Virginia Tech Autism Clinic (VTAC) is working with Fauquier Hospital’s Outpatient Therapy Department to conduct an experimental pilot program to teach stress and anger management to young children with autism spectrum disorders. Three therapists with the hospital, Danielle Stover, DPT, Alicia Lutman, MS, OTR/L, and Jessica Celis, MS, OTR/L, are running the program under the supervision of Dr. Angela Scarpa of VTAC. Two nine-week sessions will be completed as part of the pilot. The first group began on February 26, and the second will begin in the beginning of May. Eligibility for the program was determined during an initial assessment completed by VTAC in January, and required that children be diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, be 5-7 years old, be in kindergarten or first grade, be verbal and able to understand verbal instructions, and have difficulties with managing anger or anxiety. The sessions have been designed to teach children about emotions and specific tools to manage them. All sessions are being held at the Warrenton Professional Center in the Physical Therapy Department. Upon conclusion of the pilot study, the hospital hopes to continue offering sessions and currently has a waiting list. -- The Fauquier Autism Resource Group will sponsor “Defeat Autism Now! Approach and Related Therapies Presentations” from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 29, 2008. Fauquier Hospital will host the presentations in Sycamore Rooms A and B. Three practitioners will discuss their experiences in treating autism. Further information is available by contacting Mary Ludwig at firstname.lastname@example.org. -- On Tuesday, April 29, 2008, Fauquier Hospital will hold a community workshop called “Autism Everyday: Helping Families 24
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“We have an incredible recycling program in the county. People are really doing their part.” –Mayor George Fitch
to avoid 1,000 pounds of greenhouse gas, said Fitch.] But I would like to see us be a leader in local energy independence.” Given the slightest opportunity, Mayor Fitch will speak passionately about a new technology that would eliminate the need to bury trash in a landfill. He said, “The new conversion technology is operating in plants in Europe and Japan. They are taking different types of wastes -- from household garbage to animal manures to sewer sludge -- and turning it into electricity.” He explained, “Each ton of buried garbage gives off 1 ton of greenhouse gasses. For the county, that’s 100,000 tons a year, and 35 percent of that is 26
from Warrenton trash.” Mayor Fitch said that anything that can’t be recycled could be sent to a biomass plant; the only byproduct is compost and an ash that has valuable uses. He added that, “The new biomass technology plants emit only one tenth of the emissions the old waste-to-energy plants did. Those incinerator plants were extremely inefficient, and there was a lot of residue left over (30 percent) that still had to be buried.” Mayor Fitch added, “We have an incredible recycling program in the county. People are really doing their part. We still need to do that. The biomass plant would handle the rest.” Always a “big picture” visionary, Warrenton’s mayor wants to decrease the amount of carbon dioxide the town emits by 25 percent, a number he admits is “very ambitious.” But he added that a biomass plant here would make a big dent in the area’s “carbon footprint.” He believes a plant could bring it down by 15-18 percent. Fitch said that data is being collected to scientifically measure the community’s carbon footprint. Factors that go into the formula include the number of vehicles in the town and how much electricity the area uses, in addition to details on how that electricity is created. Fitch said, “We need to calculate our carbon footprint so we know if we are achieving our goal.” As much as Mayor Fitch would like to build a biomass plant in Warrenton, some obstacles exist. “It is not the town’s landfill, it’s the county’s, so it’s the supervisors who need to make it happen.” Mayor Fitch said he spoke to the supervisors in October about the idea and again six weeks ago. Mayor Fitch photo by Karl Pittelkau
By Robin Earl Residents of Fauquier County and the Town of Warrenton, like those in communities all over the country, are much more conscious of “green choices” than they were even a few years ago. Environmentalism is a movement whose time has come, and residents everywhere -- from school children to government officials -- are getting on board. According to Warrenton Mayor George Fitch, though, local government leaders need to take a bold step if they want to make a serious difference in the quality of the environment. “We’re doing what a lot of other communities are doing – changing light bulbs in traffic lights, recycling, planting trees. [Planting one tree allows a community
said, “A federally backed study has been completed and supports the concept. Several companies have expressed interest in developing the project at their cost and risk. They will finance, build and operate the plant and share some of the revenues from electricity sales or fuel sales with the county. Several utility companies have expressed an interest in buying all the green electricity produced from the plant, which could power every single building and structure in Warrenton with a lot left over. All that is required of the county is a long-term commitment to supply the garbage that can’t be recycled as well as some land to be leased for the plant site.” Marshall District supervisor Peter Schwartz commented that the county leaders are “intrigued” by the idea of a biomass plant, but “we need to be sure we understand the potential financial liabilities. What happens if it doesn’t work? I would love to see our county be a leader in this area, but we need to protect our residents in case the technology doesn’t do all it’s supposed to do.” Mayor Fitch said, “If for some reason See How Green page 28
“A huge component of environmental stewardship comes from having really good land use” –Supervisor Peter Schwartz
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AUTISM AWARENESS FAIR TO BE HELD ON APRIL 11 The public is invited to learn more about autism at the fourth annual Autism Awareness Fair on Friday, April 11, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Warrenton Community Center, located at 430 East Shirley Ave. in Warrenton. The fair is sponsored by the Fauquier County Public Schools Department of Special Education. The Autism Awareness Fair will feature hands-on activities, videos, door prizes and information on teaching strategies, sensory integration and resources in the community.
For more information about the Autism Awareness Fair on April 11, call (540) 349-8560, ext. 1085.
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the technology doesn’t work, an agreement can be made to put the landfill back to its existing condition. This is not only better for the environment, but also better on the budget of the county.”
Land use and the environment
fuel usage in the School Division’s bus fleet through different maintenance options, such as flushing of fuel systems (injectors and pumps) to improve fuel efficiency and other add-ons to improve mileage... Additionally, a few departments whose usage of vehicles will allow for efficient operation of hybrid vehicles have purchased the same (Department of Social Services), and we are currently looking at a hybrid to replace an older vehicle within our Motor Pool, which serves various
Despite the county’s possible misgivings about the biomass plant, Schwartz said that his focus as a supervisor has been on how intelligent land use can help the environment. “A huge component of environmental stewardship comes from having really good land use. We need to get people living closer together so they can get out of their cars.” An example of how the county is working toward more environmentally responsible land use may be seen in Marshall, said Schwartz. His aim, he says, is to move away from traditional suburban sprawl and build communities that have homes and businesses within This fence on a farm in Hume is designed to keep cows and horses out of the pond and walking distance of each other. “The improve water quality. community in Marshall is really behind it, the developers are all behind it.” Schwartz said that the comprehensive plan for Marshall is under review, as are the zoning requirements. departments within the county and schools.” He added, “We are also working with all departments The changes are being devised by residents and business people in Marshall and their recommendations will be out to improve their individual policies on vehicle usage, such as mid-summer. “Zoning and planning have to work together so limiting the time that vehicles are allowed to idle for warmup during the winter, and working to curb idling equipment that growth makes people’s quality of life better, not worse.” county-wide. The superintendent of schools is reviewing a recommendation from Student Transportation and Fleet One light bulb at a time Maintenance to limit bus speeds to 45 MPH to reduce On a practical, day-to-day level, the county is taking some consumption, as well as to limit idle time to seven minutes.” steps to make facilities and vehicles more environmentally Boyer said that although recent renovations at the friendly. Tom Boyer, director of the General Services See How Green page 30 Department, said, “We are ... researching several ways to save 28
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courthouse and the detention center did not include many Earth-friendly ideas, since they were designed five years ago, “We are looking to future construction projects to increase our ‘green’ initiatives, such as the New Baltimore Branch Library which is under design at this time. This building will utilize natural light while conserving artificial light with a control system; offer the ability to recycle condensate water from the A/C units for use in landscaping; have a reflective metal roof; low VOC textiles including recycled components; better insulation; waterless urinals and low-flow toilets, and environmentally friendly and drought resistant landscaping.” In addition, said Boyer, “With any buildings that come online after construction or renovations, we have included Direct Digital Control or programmable thermostats. These controls allow us to limit the ‘occupied’ times of the building and utilize ‘setback’ temperatures, reducing energy consumption when the buildings are not in use. Additionally, we are encouraging county administration to accept and enforce standard temperatures throughout the county buildings, 76 during the summer, and 70 during the winter, to reduce energy consumption.” And what about energy-saving light bulbs in county buildings? Boyer said, “When we have to replace older fixtures, we install the more efficient T-8 ballasts and bulbs (fluorescent fixtures), are replacing as many incandescent bulbs as we can with compact fluorescents. The problem remains, however, that some ornamental fixtures are restrictive as to what bulbs we can use in the fixture, which would require a significant expenditure to replace.” In county schools, Facilities Manager Greg Livesay said that the two new schools scheduled for a September 2008 opening are going to be “light years ahead” of the county’s other schools in terms of environmentally friendly capabilities. “We haven’t built a new high school in 14 years ... they didn’t have this technology 10-12 years ago.” Kettle Run High School and Greenville Elementary, both located in Nokesville, will be equipped with air conditioners, heating and light fixtures that will operate on much less energy, said Livesay.
Cleaning up the water Melissa Allen is also a big believer in improving Fauquier residents’ quality of life through environmental safeguards – human and animal residents. Allen is a conservation specialist with the John Marshall Soil and Water Conservation District who works with landowners, particularly farmers, to improve water quality in the county. The JMSWD is funded with county, state and federal money. It initiates and pays for projects that result in cleaner water for Fauquier residents, and for those downstream as well. Although 30 stream segments in Fauquier have been labeled “impaired,” there are only four in Fauquier that have active implementation plans in place: Great Run in Warrenton; Carter Run, which runs along Leeds Manor Road up toward Orlean; Thumb Run, at the northwest corner of Carter Run; and Deep Run, in the southern part of the county. All four feed into the Rappahannock River and eventually, into the Chesapeake Bay.
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An impaired waterway is one that is polluted over and above its Total Maximum Daily Load. TMDL is the maximum amount of pollutants (in Fauquier, fecal coliform and E. coli) that a water body can assimilate without surpassing the state water quality standard. One important way to improve pollutant levels is to keep animal waste out of ponds and streams. But fencing is expensive, and that’s where the JMSWD comes in. One of Allen’s jobs is to contact farmers, explain what
effect their livestock are having on the streams and ponds on their property, and devise solutions. Last year, the Fauquier JMSWD spent $400,000 fencing livestock out of waterways and developing new water sources. In the last 20 years, the JMSWD has spent $7.5 million in financial incentives to help farmers conserve water resources. Working through a five-year federal grant, Allen has spent the last 13 months talking with farmers in the areas where an implementation plan has been established. She works with them, developing projects and planning out strategies. All participation by
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the landowners is voluntary. Once a project has been agreed on and all the requirements have been met by the landowner, the JMSWD will pay for 75 percent of the cost of fencing and 75 percent of the cost to develop a new water source. Allen said, “The farmers benefit from cleaner water and as a result, lower vet bills. Having a clean water source in a central location can also improve grazing efficiency.” Allen is proud of a recently finished project up in Hume, where John Dibble and Lindsay Sagstuen installed 740 feet of fence to exclude cattle and horses from a pond. They also installed an access to the pond to provide water. “It was a small project, but a good one. It went very smoothly,” said Allen. Where Allen handles the livestock portion of protecting water sources, the Department of Inland Fisheries works to minimize wildlife’s affect on streams and ponds. Fecal coliform comes from the intestines of warm-blooded animals, and that includes deer and raccoons, in addition to cattle and horses. And what about the human factor? Allen said that Ted Bullard, environmental specialist at the Virginia Health Department, works with residents to make sure their septic tanks are safe, and to repair those that are failing. After 25 years in community print and online journalism -- 14 of those years in Fauquier -- Robin Earl has recently been appointed PR specialist at Fauquier Hospital.
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Dedicated to Environmental Conservation By George Rowand Let’s say that you’re at a week-long conference, and in your down time, you walk along the nature trails, through the butterfly garden, past the swans and the geese and the other waterfowl and maybe you end up in the area that contains the Local Food Project – a sustainable agricultural project. And it all looks so peaceful and so calm and so restful that you think out loud, “It looks like someone really loves this land.” And you’d be right. You’re at Airlie, Warrenton’s own internationally-known conference center, and they take concerns about the environment pretty seriously there. Always have, it seems. The center – which has hosted more than 10,000 events and meetings in its four decades in existence – has emphasized living harmoniously with the environment. It was a conscious decision on the part of the founder of Airlie, Murdock Head. Today, Kimberly Head serves as President of the Airlie Foundation. “Dr. Head had varied interests including world health issues and conservation to name a few. He founded Airlie in 1960 and over the course of several years purchased a number of adjoining farm properties,” said Kevin Carter, general manager of the Center. 34
“Existing buildings were refurbished into sleeping rooms instead of torn down and replaced with new construction.” “Dr. Head wanted to conserve resources and use what we had,” Carter continued. “He went on to make demonstrations on a variety of issues, like the environment and health. He wrote a book called ‘Living Younger.’ He was very much a proponent of taking
care of yourself. And he produced Emmy Award-winning films on the environment in the 1970s, so there has been a long tradition of environmental stewardship and education at Airlie. “Dr. Head’s dedication to environmental conservation continues and, in fact, has grown as a part of the
Center’s culture, Carter continued. “The Center considers environment impacts and pollution prevention in daily operating decisions; we provide environmentally sustainable and recycling practices education for employees that include the Center’s policies & procedures and changes they can make at home.” With the 30th anniversary of Earth Day being celebrated on April 22 this year, it may come as a surprise to some that the idea of a national/international Earth Day was first discussed at Airlie. “Senator Gaylord Nelson came her in 1969 and inaugurated the first Earth Day,” Carter explained. “He took a tour around the country, and he stopped here, which was exciting. And we have continued to pursue earthfriendly policies ever since.” The center’s property encompasses 2500 acres. Airlie maintains a large number of nature trails and with extensive wetlands areas, the property is a sanctuary for wild waterfowl as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. “We started a program here to reestablish the Atlantic flyway for See Airlie page 36
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trumpeter swans,” Carter said. “And we have counted 35 species of waterfowl on the property.” The property is frequented by a long list of wild animals, from the ever-present deer to beaver, geese and even butterflies. Airlie established the Peterson Butterfly Garden in 1995 to honor famed naturalist Roger Tory Peterson and his wife, Virginia.
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The center, which hosts more than 600 private sector, non-profit and governmental groups every year, has developed an environmental management system, governed by a group of employees and known as the Green Team. Carter said that it meant that they had to recycle just about everything possible. In 2007, the center recycled approximately 10 tons of trash, 20 tons of plastics, aluminum and glass, 10 tons of cardboard, six tons of newspaper and twelve tons of metal. Ten tons of food scraps go from the kitchen into the compost bin. Other items recycled at Airlie include batteries, toner cartridges, light bulbs, tires and motor oil. “And that means that it stays out of a landfill,” Carter said. The general manager estimated that 85 percent of all the paper and other products that come onto the property 36
get recycled. Carter said that Airlie embraced the concept of going as “green” as possible for a wide variety of reasons, but that now, one of the foremost reasons to becoming more environmentally-friendly was the cost savings that those programs have created. For the longest time, those who
sound policies,” he explained. “Now, if you do a life-cycle analysis, you’d be crazy not to do it. [For example] a couple of years ago, we set out on a five year plan to change all the lights at Airlie, but we changed it to a two year plan because the savings were so great.” The center committed to changing all of the lighting on the property to compact fluorescent and LED bulbs. One of the most expensive undertakings of going green, the lighting project will have cost approximately $40,000 by completion. Statistics produced by Airlie show that the lighting program – and other energy saving programs that have been instituted – is working. In 2006 the center used more than 200,000 fewer kilowatt hours of electricity than it had only two years earlier, a 12 percent decline in electricity usage, which, in this day of rising energy prices, represents a significant savings for the center’s bottom line. Airlie has received three other certifications for its work in recycling and environmental practices, and specifically one from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality for the tourism and hospitality industry for implementing a pollution prevention program.
“[For example] a couple of years ago, we set out on a five year plan to change all the lightsatAirlie,butwechanged it to a two year plan because the savings were so great.” — Kevin Carter promoted earth-friendly practices had to confront the fact that earlier technology made a green lifestyle more expensive. Times have changed, Carter said, and now going green has it’s economic benefits. “That issue – money versus the environment – was a valid issue five or six years ago, but it’s now a lot more affordable to follow environmentally-
One of the more recent features of the Airlie dedication to the health of the center’s guests and the health of the planet is the sustainable agriculture program. “We’ve had a number of conferences on sustainable agriculture, and they’ve all sold out,” Carter said. “The program was started about a decade ago as a joint venture of the Humane Society of the United States. We wanted to jointly study the benefits of sustainable agriculture ... how will it benefit wildlife, See Airlie page 38
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for example, and we’ve been partners ever since.” Carter said that the organic garden at the center produces 4,500 pounds of vegetables, herbs and edible flowers a year. Airlie’s food and beverage department has instigated a safe seafood program while banning Chilean seabass, swordfish and Mako shark, and the center has added organic wines to its wine selection. “Pablo Elliott is the Director of Airlie’s Local Food Project,” Carter continued, “and he teaches everything from composting to dealing with pests. He’s done programs on potted gardens and balcony gardens for people who don’t have a lot of land to dedicate to this. All the compost here comes out of our kitchens.” Carter said that guests at the center often end up being volunteers in the environmental efforts, the attraction proving to be something like Tom Sawyer and the fence painting, it would seem. “When we have clients in, we do education as well,” he explained. “We invite them to spend time with Pablo, and during the week, most of them take walks and the end up at the sustainable agriculture area, and people volunteer to help. Later, some even take vacations to come out here and work with Pablo.” So Warrenton’s Airlie, once called “an island of thought” by Life Magazine, now is pushing 50 years in existence, safely ensconced in the rural lifestyle for which Fauquier County is so well known, while still embracing its environmentally-friendly roots established almost a half century ago. Those who have been selected to lead since then seem to have grasped the concept and made it their own. George Rowand has lived in Fauquier County for 24 years. He is the author of “Diary of a Dream: My Journey in Thoroughbred Racing.”
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Piedmont Environmental Council: Protecting Fauquier’s Unique Land and Lifestyle By Douglas Larson Thinking globally and acting locally is a slogan that has been associated with various environmental movements for the past 40 years. Many an Earth Day t-shirt has been emblazoned with the slogan and people have been exhorted to recycle, conserve water, save whales and countless other actions with these words. In Fauquier we have an especially significant example of local action that has had far reaching—even global results. The county now boasts permanent protection of over 82,000 acres of privately owned land, representing 588 individual easement
projects on almost 20% of the private land. An easement is a voluntary agreement that limits development of a property in perpetuity to protect its natural, scenic or historic features. The easement donor continues to own, use, and control the land. There is more land protected under easement in Fauquier than in any other county in Virginia, representing one of the highest concentrations of private land under easement in the country. The concentration of protected land that has resulted from these efforts is visible in satellite images of the night sky with Fauquier County notably dark—in fact the entire Piedmont registers as an oasis of tranquility. This success began in the early1970’s with conservation easements donated to the Virginia Outdoors Foundation (VOF). Many of the early easement donors were members of the Piedmont Environmental Council (PEC) who wished to preserve the scenic open space that made the county so unique. PEC expanded its outreach efforts with regard to conservation and began a series of seminars to help land owners, attorneys, appraisers, and estate planers understand the process of donating easements. PEC also worked at the federal level to help pass the Farm and Ranch Protection Act of 1997 which expanded the tax
incentives for conservation. In 2000, the Commonwealth of Virginia instituted an innovative state tax credit for donated easements and the numbers of easements continued to grow. In recent years other organizations like the Land Trust of Virginia and Fauquier County have begun to hold easements. In 2002 Fauquier began a Purchase of Development Rights (PDR) program which buys development rights from willing farmers who wish to realize a portion of the land value while retaining ownership of their farms. This program, recognized as one of the most effective in Virginia, has conserved 6,200 acres since its inception. These easements help sustain a critical mass of farmland that is essential if Fauquier is going to maintain the vitality of its agriculture industry. In addition, each of the easements reduces the potential costs to the County that would come if these lands were to support houses rather than farming. In addition to the obvious scenic benefits of this protected land mass, the degree of protection in Fauquier offers other significant advantages to the community and to the global environment. The restoration of the Chesapeake Bay is a goal shared by all the states party to the Chesapeake 2000 Agreement. Land conservation is viewed as the most likely means of protecting the bay and Fauquier’s contribution is greater than any place else in the region. Water that originates in Fauquier is the source of public drinking water for a number of communities. Goose Creek, in northern Fauquier, provides public drinking water for Eastern Loudoun County and the City of Fairfax. The Goose Creek watershed (which includes portions of Loudoun County as well as Fauquier) now has over 77,000 acres of land protected. Cedar Run, in addition See PEC page 42
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to supplying the Warrenton reservoir, continues into the Occoquan and ultimately supplies the drinking water for Fairfax County. The Rappahannock River is the source of public drinking water for a number of communities downstream. Each of these waterways enjoys significant protection in Fauquier that enhances the quality of the water for all of those who rely upon it. In fact, conservation easements in Fauquier protect approximately 300 miles of waterways. Strategic conservation efforts help to protect wildlife habitat and wetlands that includes rare ecological communities and natural expanses for hunting, fishing and wildlife viewing. Ninety percent of all VOF easements contain land identified by the state as an ecological “core” and over 2,000 acres of wetlands have been protected in the
county. In Fauquier, private conservation and the PDR program has conserved over 40,000 acres of farmland, most of it containing prime agricultural soils. As the population becomes increasingly aware of the value of local food production, our protected farms will only become more valuable to all of us. In an initiative to strengthen this local food network, PEC will be sending our first Buy Fresh, Buy Local food guide for the northern Piedmont area to every household in Fauquier County this spring. The recreational opportunities in the county are also enhanced by the extent of private conservation. Much of the area viewed from the Appalachian Trail as it passes through Fauquier is protected. Tourism in the county is based largely on the scenic beauty and rich historic resources that make Fauquier so attractive. As residents of Fauquier battle the current proposed Dominion Power transmission line we become more aware of the implications of our energy use on global warming. The outdated coal-fired power plants to which this proposed line would connect are a major source of greenhouse gas pollution. Vehicles are another, of course—and the most effective way to reduce pollution from vehicles is to build communities that don’t require people to drive so far between home, work and other destinations. Land conservation, which must accord with local plans for growth, strengthens the community’s effort to limit sprawl and build vibrant communities in the places that make most sense. Conservation lands also maintain trees and other natural cover which absorb greenhouse gasses. In Fauquier, almost 30,000 acres of forest has been protected, offering a local solution to a global problem. It must also be noted that constant vigilance is required to maintain the conservation values of eased properties, especially as surrounding land uses change. VOF, PEC and other land trusts take on this long-term responsibility. As Earth Day 2008 approaches, make a commitment to reduce your “footprint” on our landscape. Call your elected officials and tell them your concerns about urban sprawl, air and water quality, global climate change, and other environmental issues. Above all, take a moment to appreciate the beautiful vistas and unique quality of life that we have chosen to preserve here in Fauquier County. These precious open spaces did not arise by chance. They are the result of a conscious effort by forward-thinking individuals and county leadership over the years working toward a vision of a special protected place. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the countless people who have helped make this a reality, and to all this who will be the stewards of Fauquier’s natural treasures far into the future.
By Douglas Larson, Vice President, Piedmont Environmental Council For more information on the Piedmont Environmental Council, visit www.pecva.org. To learn about protecting your land, visit www. Fauquier County is notably dark in this night sky satellite photo due to land easements while virginiaoutdoorsfoundation.org. For more ways to DC and MD show the effects of over development. (Lighter areas show more developed celebrate Earth Day, visit www.earthday.net. areas, whereas the dark red/black sections show less populated/developed areas). (Data source: USGS Night Sky)
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What’s New In Warrenton by Amy Griffin Spring is in the air and that means changes are coming to the scenery in Warrenton. One of the first signs is that Effee’s Frozen Favorites, located in New Baltimore, has already opened for the spring and summer season. While in Warrenton, Carousel Frozen Treats will be opening for the season in early April, watch for the opening and take a look at their new, fancy sign. MWD Heating & Air Conditioning Inc. has moved from their location on Old Meetze Road to new spaces on Kennedy Road in Vint Hill. Thomas Ross III, Esquire has joined a group of attorneys to form a new firm called Howard, Morrison, Ross & Whelan and they have located the new firm at 31 Garrett Street. The Re/Max Advantage Group in Warrenton, located across from Wal Mart, has closed. The building now houses Heritage Real Estate and they have also added the Heritage Mortgage and Heritage Title companies in the same building. One stop shopping for your housing needs. Living Acres Nursery located on Lee Hwy, south of town, has been sold to Cecil and Beckie Campbell. The Campbell’s have changed the name to Lee Highway Nursery, but will still carry all the same great products and they plan to add a farmers market in the spring. We know the great service we get from the Campbell family at Cecil’s Tractors, and I know we will see the same in their new business venture.
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The new facility for Warrenton Toyota Scion, near IHop, is coming along beautifully and now the company is hoping to open the new business in May. There may be a delay in the proposed Thanksgiving opening of Costco in New Baltimore, Cross Creek Investments LLC is having trouble securing the necessary credit needed in this economic environment. Lenders would like to see some commitment for the other store spaces before extending the credit. You may have noticed that there is a lot of clearing going on at the corner of Culpeper Street and Shirley Avenue where there are plans to build a new Medical/Office building. They are already leasing the available spaces. And last but not least, Chick-Fil-A opened up on March 20th to a crowd of campers competing to win one of the 100 places in line for free Chick-Fil-A for a year.
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