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Your Local Government Goes Green

Your Local Government Goes Green 


The employees of Prince William County are working together to be better stewards of our natural resources and areas! A Green Guiding Committee has created the Green Guiding Principles, a plan for things we can do and new practices we can implement to reduce our impact on the environment. We are very proud of our efforts and have earned some very important honors and certifications.


The Department of Public Works has just released Green Quest. This document outlines various environmental stewardship actions and programs that have been completed, are now underway or are planned for the future. We welcome your comments and suggestions about our efforts. Email your feedback to


Here is a list of our other accomplishments:


  • Extraordinary Environmental Enterprise (E4) certification from the Virginia Environmental Excellence Program (VEEP) for its County Landfill and the Balls Ford Road Composting Facility.  Prince William County’s Landfill is the first active landfill in the state to earn the E4 status.  This certificate recognizes efforts to comply with or exceed numerous Federal and State solid waste, air quality and water quality regulations.   

  • Exemplary Environmental Enterprise (E3) Certification from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) Environmental Excellence Program for the landfill, fleet operations, Balls Ford Road Compost Facility, operations building, print shop and supply warehouse 

  • Energy Star Certification for the Ferlazzo Government Center and the Development Services Building

  • Energy Audit at the McCoart Administrative Center, Western District Police Station and the Prince William Judicial Center with several programs being implemented to improve energy efficiency and conserve energy using grant dollars from the Federal Government

  • Methane gas captured from the Landfill Operations and used to generate electricity

  • Creation of the Environmental Chapter of the Comprehensive Plan for long term planning

  • Construction of the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department Station using Green Building strategies

  • Use of GPS technology to improve performance of vehicles and to help drivers improve driving habits to reduce fuel consumption

  • Opportunity for citizens and businesses to use eServices for a variety of programs and services

  • Completion of a number of stream restoration and improvement projects throughout the community

  • Opportunities for youth, families and organizations to volunteer in conservation projects and clean up efforts throughout the county

  • 2009 Platinum Level for the Green Government Challenge from the Virginia Associations of Counties and Virginia Municipal League



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