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Innovation initiatives adopted that encourage risk-taking, and that are adequately funded and 
staffed   

Fairfax County’s Wastewater Management Program formed its “Core Team” in 2000 as result of 
participating in AwwaRF’s QualServe improvement program for water & wastewater utilities.  This 
senior leadership has representatives from all the program’s functional areas and formulates the 
program’s strategic plan. 

Fairfax County’s Wastewater Management Program participates in the Virginia Environmental 
Excellence Program at the Extraordinary Environmental Enterprise (E4) level. E4 level is for facilities with 
both fully-implemented environmental management systems (EMSs) (verified by a third party) that have 
committed to measures for continuous and sustainable environmental progress and community 
involvement.  Fairfax County’s program is one of only 3 wastewater facilities in the state. 

At the wastewater treatment plant, outside mediators facilitated 7 meetings with the goal of 
“Constructing a Collaborative Workplace” with over 100 people participating.  Participants proposed 
follow-up actions in the categories of collaboration, training, and flow of information.  These actions 
have included stepped up safety toolbox meetings, monthly social events, more training & development 
offerings, and changes in communications. 

Performance Measures & Results  

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Safety Training Sessions Offered:  

190 sessions in FY 2015 

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Training Hours per Employee: 30 hours per employee in CY 2015 

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Percentage of Positions Filled with Internal Candidates: 32% in FY 2015 
 

COMMUNITY PARTNERING & ENGAGEMENT 

 

Partnerships in place with one or more community organizations, with specific name given to 
partnership and objectives for the partnership established (e.g., a formalized partnership among 
community transportation, parks, and land use organizations for the incorporation of green 
infrastructure to reduce flooding and overflows)  

 

Participation in projects with neighborhood groups/stakeholders to create recreational 
opportunities and community assets (e.g., parks, enhanced public space)  

 

Use of a Triple Bottom Line approach, including engagement with stakeholders, to analyze 
growth planning alternatives, considering financial, social, and environmental costs and benefits  

 

Participation in regular meetings with community stakeholders and offering of environmental 
education opportunities (e.g., river walks)  

 

Web presence established with social media engagement 

Fairfax County’s Wastewater Management participated in the Chesapeake Bay Foundations “Grasses for 
the Masses,” by growing submerged aquatic grasses from seeds and planting them in the Potomac 
River. 

Fairfax County’s Wastewater Management participates the Metropolitan Washington Council of 
Government’s Drinking Water and Wastewater Community Engagement Campaign.  The team pools 
resources to provide consistent regional environmental messaging such as “Do Not Flush”.