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 2015 Green Community Awards:
Top Green: American Disposal Services
American Disposal Services has implemented several programs to help support and encourage recycling in Prince William County. Over the past couple of years, American Disposal Services implemented innovative programs to help improve recycling efforts in the community including the opening of the first single stream recycling process facility and a new program called GreenStream to provide efficient service to commercial spaces. American Disposal has also opened an Interactive Learning Center at the recycling center to educate the community about recycling. This center complements their Think Before You Throw campaign. To take it one step further, American Disposal has converted its entire fleet to use Compressed Natural Gas fuel.
Program: Horticultural Therapy Program, Community Services
Under the guidance of Ms. Jo Ann Rudy, the Horticultural Therapy program offers adults with psychiatric and cognitive disabilities the opportunity to grow and improve by learning new skills, building self-esteem, developing creativity and increasing socialization. The participants in the program have undertaken many projects to restore and beautify gardens and open space at historic and community properties. The program has improved the lives of many residents and provided us all with beautiful natural settings.
Event: 25 Years of Farm Field Days
The Prince William Soil & Water Conservation District has hosted Farm Field Days for local 4th grade students for the past 25 years. Since 2003 alone, over 18,500 students have participated in this event to learn about soil conservation, crops of Virginia, farm animals and trees. The event provides a unique opportunity for students to have a hands-on experience to appreciate agriculture and natural resources. In addition to the 1600 students that participate in the event, there are over 100 volunteers including local high school students, parent chaperones and teachers that benefit from this experience.
Individual: Lorri Jones
Lorri Jones serves as the Employ Instructor at Independent Hill School. Lorri works with identified students on life and work skills to prepare them for life after their school career. Since 2006, Lorri has trained the students with real world work skills and taught them about natural resource conservation. Each year, Lorri has added a new activity to expand and enhance their experience and knowledge. In 2014, Lorri developed a working relationship with Prince William County Government to collect printer and toner cartridges. The students gained new skills in collection, sorting, record keeping and mailing. The County benefited by finding a practical and environmentally sound way to dispose of the cartridges. We have expanded the program now to include CDs, DVDs, jewel cases, cables and cords.
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 email@example.com. Stories will be updated periodically.