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Awards & Accomplishments

Awards & Accomplishments

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.

Biophilic Cities Network, 2018
To be accepted into the Biophilic Cities Network requires documentation of the key ways the community already is biophilic, a statement of goals and aspirations for the future, and specification of five or more biophilic metrics that will be collected and annually reported.

Best Dam Maintenance Program for Privately Owned Lakes, 2015
Reston Association won the 2015 Best Dam Maintenance Program for Privately Owned Lakes from the Virginia Lakes and Watersheds Association.

Greater Washington Healthiest Employers, 2013 and 2014
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.

Tobacco-Free Living Recognition, 2013
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 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 for more information.

Tree City USA Designation, 1994 -2017
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 

Best Place to Live, 2012
CNN/Money magazine
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.

Land Conservation and Tree Preservation Award, 2012
Fairfax County
Reston Association’s Walker Nature Center was recognized for its exceptional environmental stewardship efforts during the construction of Nature House. This commendation was further recognized in the Congressional Record, Proceedings and Debates of the 112th Congress, Second Session by the Honorable Gerald E. Connolly, U.S. House of Representatives.

Best New Program, 2012
Virginia Recreation and Park Society
Reston Association’s Walker Nature Center and its partner, Reston Community Center, received this award for its Green Living series of programs developed with Sustainable Reston, in support of the Sustainable Reston initiative.

Top Tennis Association Community, 2012
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.

White House Recognition, 2011
Let’ recognizes Reston’s Quick Start Kids’ Tennis Courts.

Top 25 Wealthiest Communities in the U.S., 2010
Forbes Magazine.

Reston Sustainability Award, 2010
Sustainable Reston and Reston Citizen’s Association
Friends of Reston was recognized in the non-profit category for contributing to making Reston a sustainable community by partnering with Reston Association to design and construct Nature House. Friends of Reston is Reston Association’s 501c3 support organization. It led an 8-year capital campaign to raise funds for the project.

Certificate of Recognition, 2010
Fairfax County
Friends of Reston was recognized for its initiative and commitment in constructing Reston Association’s Nature House, Reston’s first LEED certified building.

Honor Award, 2010
Community Appearance Alliance of Northern Virginia
Reston’s Nature House was recognized for enhancing community appearance by having an ecologically friendly education center designed as a handsome residential structure, aesthetically integrated into the existing residential community and site.

Nature House LEED Gold Certification, 2010
U.S. Green Building Council
Located at Reston Association’s Walker Nature Center, Nature House is a model of sustainable design and the home base for environmental education in Reston. It was the first new construction project in the Huntermill District of Fairfax County to achieve LEED Gold Certification and one of only 17 new LEED Gold buildings in the state. LEED(Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is an internationally recognized rating system for high performance green buildings.

Gold Leaf Award, 2008
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 for more information.

Best Healthy Place to Retire, 2008
U.S. News & World Report names Reston a "Healthy Place to Retire."

10 Brainiest Places to Retire, 2008
U.S. News & World Report names Reston a "Top 10 Brainiest Place to Retire." 

International Communities in Bloom Award, 2004
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 for more information.

Certificate of Recognition, Environmental Excellence Award Organization, 2004
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 for more information.

America in Bloom Award, 2003
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 for more information.

Environmental Stewardship Certificate of Recognition, 2003
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 for more information.

Community Wildlife Habitat Certification, 2000-2017
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 for more information.

Urban Wildlife Sanctuary Certification, 2000
Humane Society of the United States
The Walker Nature Center was recognized for nurturing the land to provide safe habitat for wildlife, and for using humane stewardship practices.

Urban Wildlife Sanctuary Designation, 2000
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 for more information.

Two Thousand Trees by the Year 2000 Award
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 for more information.

Certificate of Exceptional Merit, 1999
National Wildlife Federation
The Walker Nature Center was recognized for taking exceptional action in preserving, enhancing and restoring wildlife habitat and in communicating the importance of habitat stewardship to the public. The Walker Nature Center achieved wildlife habitat certification in the community location/workplace category.

Friends of Trees Award, 1999
Fairfax County Tree Commission
This award was presented Reston Association for its demonstrated superior actions in preserving, protecting or planting trees. See for more information.

Best Operated and Maintained Dam by a Homeowner’s Association in Virginia, 1997
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 for more information.

Certificate of Commendation for the protection of Difficult Run Watershed, 1997
Virginia Department of Forestry. See for more information.

Virginia Green Community
Virginia Dept. of Forestry
See for more information