- Public invited to free events throughout the spring
- Year-round yard waste recycling begins in July
- Ongoing progress in reducing energy costs, building sustainability
ARLINGTON, Va. – Earth Day will be observed Tuesday, April 22 in Arlington and across the globe — but in Arlington, every day is Earth Day. The County's year-round commitment to protecting the environment is evident in the wide array of programs that help residents take everyday steps to secure a sustainable future.
“Every day is Earth Day in Arlington! Let's celebrate the many ways our County and residents are working to enhance our environmental sustainability. And let's renew our commitment to reduce our carbon footprint and help preserve our natural environment for future Arlingtonians,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette.
Here are some of the steps Arlington has taken in the past year to enhance environmental sustainability:
- Installed energy-saving streetlights
- Encouraged greener homes and buildings
- Made it easier to go car-free
- Enhanced stormwater reduction efforts
- Adopted an ambitious Community Energy Plan
- Achieved record levels in pollution reduction
- Received awards that honored the County's commitment to the environment.
In May, the County will receive the “Outstanding Leadership” award from the Virginia Recycling Association for our recycling efforts. The award recognizes the best waste reduction and recycling programs in the state.
For details on the other programs listed above, visit the County website.
Green-themed spring events
Arlington is offering events throughout the spring to help build a greener future:
- Have fun and learn through AIRE – Starting Tuesday, April 22, the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE), together with Arlington County Libraries, is offering a month-long Earth Day campaign. Visit your local library to learn how you can be smart about energy use, spend less on energy, and improve the quality of life for you and your community.
- E-CARE — On April 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, the County will host E-CARE, a biannual event where residents can dispose of household hazardous materials, bikes, small metal items, shoes, clothing, bed frames and other recyclable items. Visit recycling.arlingtonva.us for more information.
- Green Living – On April 26, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at George Mason Founders Hall, 3301 N. Fairfax Dr. Arlington 22201, join us for Arlington's 5th Annual Green Living Expo, in partnership with the Mason Arlington Earth Week Community Fair. Learn how to green your home, apartment, community and lifestyle. Green vendors, seminars, a raffle, refreshments, a DYI tent and a children's activity zone – you'll find them all here. Visit arlingtonenvironment.org for more information.
- Bike to Work Day – On May 16, make your commute a little healthier and a little greener on Bike to Work Day. Join BikeArlington in a celebration of biking as clean, fun and healthy way to get to and from work. Five “pit stops” will offer music, free food and beverages, giveaways and local exhibitors. To register, visit BikeToWorkMetroDC.org.
- Green Home and Garden Tour – On June 1, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., join the 12th Annual Green Home and Garden Tour. Peek inside Arlington's new green homes, green renovations and watershed-friendly gardens. Locations will be announced online at arlingtonenvironment.org by May 15.