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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 2017 Green Community Awards:

Top Green:  Prince William County Service Authority

The Prince William County Service Authority consistently provides outstanding service and programs that truly embrace the spirit of protecting and preserving our natural resources.  As a top green winner, the Service Authority has implemented a vast array of programs and efforts to protect our local environment.  Their lengthy list of endeavors include programs that wisely use water resource, improve water quality, control air pollution, reduce sewer overflows to protect the health of people and local waters, implement pretreatment programs for water before it is discharged into the community, undertake recycling and waste reduction, provide community education and outreach including tours of your plants and facilities.  In addition, they sponsor an annual water art competition among high school students. 

Project:  Taylor Guilford

Miss Taylor Guildford was recognized for her care and maintenance of beehives at Rippon Lodge Historic Site.  As a project winner, Taylor demonstrated an extraordinary and ongoing effort to benefit the environment and save resources.  There is a critical need to provide safe places for bees to flourish since we depend on bees to pollinate plants for the environment, wildlife and humans.  Her efforts to help the bees and educate others about the importance of bees truly make a difference.  She is leading the way for our community to understand the critical need to protect bees and provide them space to thrive. 

Project:  Semyon Podobed

Mr. Semyon Podobed is another champion of bees for our community.  He was recognized for his care and maintenance of beehives at Brentsville Courthouse Historic Centre.  There is a critical need to provide safe places for bees to flourish since we depend on bees to pollinate plants for beauty and to provide food for people and wildlife.  We applaud Semyon and Taylor for their guidance and dedication to helping bees survive and thrive in our community.   

Project:  Living Shoreline Project at Leesylvania State Park

The Living Shoreline Project was recognized as a model practice and new standard for shoreline erosion.  This project was a cooperative effort of the Department of Conservation & Recreation, Northern Virginia Regional Commission, Prince William County, the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Virginia Association for Parks, Friends of Leesylvania and the Potomac Conservancy with funding provided by Chesapeake Bay trust, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Dominion Power and CSX Railroad.  This type of cooperation greatly benefits communities and pulls together many talents and resources so we can undertake and accomplish even more important work.  The project resolves a chronic problem with the shoreline at the Leesylvania State Park and provides a teaching area.   

Program: Stonewall Jackson High School Ecology Club

The Ecology Club at Stonewall Jackson High School was recognized for their 16 years of dedicated and critical assistance with the Youth Ambassadors' Conference on the Environment (with seven years hosting at their school).  The Ecology Club brings energy, enthusiasm, and fun to the event to encourage and engage younger students to participate fully in the various activities.  Club members have made the event much more meaningful and enjoyable for the 1600 plus students that have attended the conference over the years.

Individual:  Seth Hatfield

Seth Hatfield is a young man who generously provides his time and assistance on a variety of programs and organizations around the County.   As a high school student, Seth has demonstrated his dedication to protecting our local environment and natural resources.  He has volunteered his time, interest and commitment to a number of meaningful events in the community, including Farm Field Days, watershed monitoring, the Youth Ambassadors' Conference on the Environment and local stream cleanups.  In addition, Seth has taken time to learn even more by participating in field work and studies, conservation camps and leadership programs. 

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  Stories will be updated periodically.   



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