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Reston Association’s environmental efforts, community programs and other initiatives have been recognized on local, state, national and international levels. Here is a list of awards and accomplishments in recent years.
Reston Association won the 2015 Best Dam Maintenance Program for Privately Owned Lakes from the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association.
Reston Association placed third on the Washington Business Journal’s “Healthiest Employers” list in 2013 and 2014. RA competed in the same category as other Washington-area companies and organizations with 2-99 employees. The top 50 companies that offer employees a wide-range of health-related information, wellness initiatives and services are recognized annually for their efforts. This was the third consecutive year that RA has received the honor from the Business Journal.
April 3: The LiveHealthy Fairfax initiative and Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax (PFHF) awarded Reston Association and the Board of Directors a "Certificate of Recognition" for adopting a policy promoting smoke-free outdoor recreational spaces in RA common areas and for promoting a positive public health message through the posting of new smoke-free signage. The association was also the recipient of a grant money award from the Virginia Department of Health for the purchase of new smoke-free signage. See www.fairfaxcounty.gov/livehealthy/ for more information.
June 13: The Medical Society of Northern Virginia (MSNVA) presented Reston Association and the Board of Directors with a "Public Health Award" during their annual Legislative Breakfast. RA was commended for its contributions for helping to protect and improve the health of its community members, creating smoke-free environments, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, and for raising awareness about an important public health issue. See www.msnva.org/about/ for more information.
National Arbor Day Foundation
To qualify as a Tree City, a community must have the following four items: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, a community forest program, and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation. See http://www.arborday.org/programs/treeCityUSA/index.cfm
Reston was named the seventh "best place to live" in a survey of small cities. Click here to read article. Reston was also honored in 2007 and 2008 as a best place to live and retire by Washingtonian Magazine and U.S. News and World Report respectively.
Virginia Living magazine
Reston Association's tennis program earned Reston the honor of being named the second best tennis community in Northern Virginia. Read more in Virginia Living. Reston is also a United States Tennis Community Tennis Partner.
Let’sMove.gov recognizes Reston’s Quick Start Kids’ Tennis Courts.
International Society of Arboriculture, Mid-Atlantic Chapter
Reston Association has received this award twice for its activities to promote Reston’s Arbor Day and to educate people in our community on the importance of trees. See http://www.mac-isa.org/index.html for more information.
U.S. News & World Report names Reston a "Healthy Place to Retire."
U.S. News & World Report names Reston a "Top 10 Brainiest Place to Retire."
Communities in Bloom
Reston won this prestigious International Communities in Bloom competition for civic beautification. Competition in its population category came from around the globe, including England, Scotland, and Canada. The competition judges: floral displays, turf, community involvement, environmental awareness, landscape, urban forestry, heritage conservation, and tidiness. Reston received special recognition, with a perfect 5-Bloom rating, for its accomplishments in Natural Heritage Conservation. See http://www.communitiesinbloom.ca/ for more information.
County of Fairfax
The award recognized advancement or support of Fairfax County’s environmental goals and policy statements; dedication of personal time and expertise beyond normal fiscal or civic responsibilities; and leadership as a role model for others. Reston Association received the award for progressive and comprehensive watershed planning, protection and restoration efforts and association efforts to educate and involve the community. See http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/living/environment/ for more information.
America in Bloom
Reston won this prominent nationwide beautification contest for its commitment to the natural environment and for the dedicated involvement of the community in these efforts. Reston was a winner in its population category of 50,001-100,000, and was also given special recognition for its community involvement. See http://www.americainbloom.org/ for more information.
County of Fairfax
Reston Association was recognized for outstanding initiatives in environmental stewardship resulting in collaboration with Fairfax County Board of Supervisors and the Reston Watershed Action Group for the improvement of the water quality in Reston and Fairfax County. See http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov for more information.
National Wildlife Federation
A community wildlife habitat is a community that provides a place for people, flora and fauna to thrive. To be certified, more than 100 single family homes, 12 clusters, three apartment buildings or condominiums, th school or day care centers and 7workplaces, churches, or other community locations were certified by NWF as Wildlife Habitats. See http://www.nwf.org/ for more information.
The Humane Society of the United States
This sanctuary designation is given to those who agree to nurture the land to provide safe habitat for wildlife and use humane stewardship practices in the management of the land. See http://www.hsus.org/wildlife/wildlife_and_habitat_protection_programs/urban_wildlife_sanctuary_program.html for more information.
Fairfax County Tree Commission
Each of Fairfax County's nine magisterial districts were challenged to plant 2,000 trees by year 2000. Reston Association met this challenge. See http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/bacs/fairfax_board.asp?lookup=23331 for more information.
Fairfax County Tree Commission
This award was presented Reston Association for its demonstrated superior actions in preserving, protecting or planting trees. See http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dpwes/environmental/trees.htm for more information.
Virginia Lakes and Watershed Association
The Dam Awards Program of the Virginia Lakes and Watershed Association recognizes owners, operators and maintainers of dams in Virginia. Reston won for its operation of the Lake Newport Dam. See http://vlwa.org/dam.html for more information.
Virginia Department of Forestry. See http://www.dof.virginia.gov for more information.
Virginia Dept of Forestry
See http://www.dof.virginia.gov/index.shtml for more information