The City's environmental priorities are outlined in the "Environmental Sustainability, Resilience and Natural Resources" Chapter of the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Environment for Everyone, which was unanimously adopted by City Council in 2020. The chapter addresses how environmental goals can be incorporated in urban planning for the future and the development of the City’s thriving urban activity center. This should be done in such a way that the community is able to reap the maximum benefit from integrating natural resources with the built environment while also ensuring natural resources are protected and improved. More information on the process of community consultation that informed the chapter update is described on the "Chapter 5 Update" page.
Falls Church Commitment to Greenhouse Gas Reduction
The City has committed to GHG emissions reduction goals to reduce our impact on the changing climate. It's current emissions reduction targets are as follows:
50% reduction in emissions by 2030
Net zero emissions by 2050 (adopted by City Council November 13, 2023)
To help identify actions and strategies to meet these ambitious targets, the City developed two Energy Action Plans - one focused on Government Operations and the other focused on the broader City of Falls Church Community.