Conservation and Sustainability Commission

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Composting at the Vienna Farmers Market

The CSC is proud to announce the start of a composting initiative at the Vienna Farmers Market for the 2024 season.  Beginning Saturday, May 18 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., a booth operated by Veteran Compost will accept food waste to be dropped off for composting. 

Composting is a natural process by which organic waste is broken down into rich nutrient soil.  If you are interested in composting, consider dropping off your food scraps at the Vienna Farmers Market each Saturday through October, and you will be reducing landfill waste while also reducing harmful greenhouse gases from being emitted into the atmosphere.

Compost Sign

For additional information about the Vienna Farmers Market please see here.


 CSC Environmental Student Creativity Contest 2024 

This is the fourth year for creative students and those that have a passion for the environment to shine. This year's theme is "How does your love and appreciation for Earth show up in your daily life?"  To celebrate Earth Day, the Vienna Conservation and Sustainability Commission (CSC) invites students to participate in our annual Student Creativity Contest.  This competition is an opportunity for you to express your thoughts on the environment and share your imagination and art or writing skills.

Thank you to all the participants who entered the competition and helped make this contest a success.

Congratulations to all the winners for each category:

Kindergarten - 6th Grade : Josephine Grana

Middle School : Georgia Grana

High School (Essay) : Grace Gonzalez

High School (Artwork Shown Below) : Marisa Ruben

Marisa Ruben (HS Artwork Winner)

Preserving and Managing the Town of Vienna’s Tree Canopy

The Conservation and Sustainability Commission undertook a volunteer effort to explore ways the Town of Vienna could enhance its ability to preserve and manage its tree canopy.  We looked at how Vienna could retain, replace, and add trees, particularly in light of increasing teardown/new home development throughout the Town.  Also find a link to Town’s recently released Urban Tree Canopy Assessment.

Trees in Vienna: A Review of Programs to Help Vienna Preserve and Manage Its Tree Canopy - October 2022

Vienna, Virginia Urban Tree Canopy Assessment Report - October 2022

About the Conservation and Sustainability Commission

The Town of Vienna embraces its obligation to current and future generations to foster a healthy, safe and sustainable community.  The Conservation and Sustainability Commission (CSC) helps the Town achieve these goals by addressing a broad range of energy, environmental and natural resources issues.

The CSC encourages residents, local businesses and the Town government to undertake conservation and sustainable practices.  The CSC engages in education and outreach, develops community initiatives and plans and recommends policies and programs to the Town Council.  The CSC is made up of 10 resident-members, including two student representatives.


Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. the fourth Thursday of each month, except November and December when meetings are on the third Thursday.

Meeting location
Vienna Community Center
120 Cherry St SE

Agendas and minutes

CSC members

  • Christina Caplan - Chair
  • Patricia Esswein - Vice Chair
  • Craig Burns
  • William Comerford
  • Mala Persaud
  • Calle Biles
  • Cindy Weinberg
  • Lasya Vijayanand - Student Member
  • Anika Chandra - Student Member


Staff Representative: Alan Chen