Green Leaders in Our Community

Prince William County is fortunate to have many individuals, families, organizations and businesses that are taking steps to protect, preserve and restore our natural areas.  This page will feature stories about their actions and practices.  We hope these stories will inspire you, generate ideas on steps you can take, and raise awareness about thoughtful actions and wise practices that help reduce our impact on the environment.  

The Department of Public Works and the Green Guiding Committee for Prince William County recognizes individuals, groups, businesses and schools for their outstanding efforts to protect and preserve our local natural environment. They serve as model stewards to help guide and inspire our community to become better caretakers of our part of the earth. Each spring, we recognize them with our annual Green Community Awards. 

Shining the Spotlight:

Winners of the 2014 Green Community Awards:

Top Green:  The Fyock Family
Bradley, Katja, Kaitlyn and Kamryn Fyock have participated in conservation projects with the County for the past several years.  They are enthusiastic participants and often bring extra volunteers along for the effort.  They have helped plant trees and plants, maintained and constructed trails, picked up litter and helped spruce up natural areas.  The family has made a dedicated commitment to engaging young people in community service and making a difference for the natural areas of our community. 
Program:  Independent Hill School Students and Lorri Jones
Under the guidance of Ms. Lorri Jones, the students of Independent Hill have established a program to collect printer cartridges and toners from the local government offices, as well as other businesses and agencies.  The students sort and organize the cartridges for shipment to companies that accept the cartridges for recycling.  The students gain life skills in the collection, processing and shipment of the materials, as well as earn funds for the school.  It is a winning program for the environment, agencies looking for ways to properly dispose of the printer cartridges and toners, and the students.
Project:  Villages of Piedmont developed by Mr. Scott Plein, Equinox Investments, LLC
The Villages of Piedmont is a residential community of single family homes and townhomes just southwest of Haymarket along Route 15.  The community was developed by Equinox Investments, LLC under the management of Equinox’s founding principal, Mr. Scott Plein.  The developer set aside 386 acres of their 493 acre development as permanent natural open space, including parcels previously zoned for commercial, office, and industrial uses.  Their efforts preserved two Resource Protection Areas, a constructed wetland bank and large areas of forested wetlands.  Additionally, Equinox Investments, LLC committed to reforesting 1 acre of previously disturbed Resource Protection Area.  Much of the land was not required to be conserved.  Preservation was an active choice by the developer, reflecting their vision to create a community that protects and provides wildlife habitat for all to enjoy.    
Event:  Operation Clean Sweep
Keep Prince William Beautiful has partnered with CSX to host events throughout the year to clean up the most neglected and highly littered areas in Prince William County.  To date, volunteers have removed over 3050 pounds of debris.  These volunteers focus on the areas that are not cleaned regularly, which helps to reduce safety and environmental concerns.  In addition, these projects allow residents and businesses to take an active leadership role in reducing litter in our community. 
Individual:  Shannon Starrunner
Shannon has participated with the County’s Youth Ambassador Conference and has volunteered at several local conservation projects.  In addition, she and her girl scout troop have assisted at the Healthy You Expo sponsored by the schools and hosted informational programs at their school with a focus on the environment.  Shannon jumps in and helps in any task or project with enthusiasm and purpose.  We are fortunate to have a woman with her dedication to community, young women and the environment.
Click here to read about previous winners of the Green Community Awards.   

Let us know about your efforts!

We know there are many success stories out there.  If you would like to share a story, please send an email with details to doliver@pwcgov.org.  Stories will be updated periodically.