Fairfax County Gives Away ‘Green’ Money

Native trees and shrubs awaiting planting.

Native trees and shrubs await planting.

Calling all Homeowner and Civic Associations!  Fairfax County, Virginia, has launched their Conservation Assistance Program.  If your HOA or Civic Association is interested in creating sustainable landscapes or wants to become more energy efficient, the County will pay for 50% of the cost.  Check out their website for the fine details.

Currently, private homeowners are not eligible.

Watershed Conservation

BayScaping. Incorporate native trees and shrubs, meadow or wetland plants into your landscape. Typical cost: $5-15 per square foot. Minimum size: 150 square feet. 50% match up to $1500.

Rain Gardens. Bowl-shaped garden area that collects and absorbs runoff. Typical cost: $10-25 per square foot. Minimum size: 150 square feet. 50% match up to $2500.

Vegetated Swales. A wide, shallow ditch with dense vegetation or grass and amended soil designed to slow and absorb rainwater runoff and/or filter pollutants. Typical cost: $5-25 per square foot. Minimum size: 150 square feet. 50% match up to $1500.

Infiltration Trench/Dry Well. A gravel-filled area that collects and absorbs runoff. Typical cost: $5-15 per square foot. Minimum size: 150 square feet. 50% match up to $1500.

Porous Pavement/Pavers. Replace impervious hard surfaces to allow water to pass through and absorbs into the ground below. Must be installed by certified professional. Typical cost: $10-35 per square foot. Minimum size: 150 square feet. 50% match up to $3000.

Energy Conservation

Energy Audit. Have a certified energy auditor perform an assessment and report on civic/homeowner association building(s). 50% match up to $500.

Energy Audit Recommendations. Implement a certified energy auditor’s efficiency recommendations for your homeowners or civic association building, from air sealing, insulation and HVAC to lighting and electronics upgrades. 50% match up to $3000.

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