- National recognition for efforts to reduce development impacts
- Highest honor in planning profession
- Action on Community Energy Plan underway
ARLINGTON, Va. – Arlington County's Community Energy Plan (CEP) was named a winner today of the American Planning Association (APA) 2014 National Planning Achievement Award in Environmental Planning. The award “honors efforts to create greener communities that reduce the impact of development on the natural environment and improve environmental quality.”
“We are pleased that APA has acknowledged the hard work that our community has put into developing a forward-thinking energy reduction strategy that will advance our economic competitiveness while protecting our environment,” said Arlington County Board Chair Jay Fisette. “Our plan is aggressive yet achievable, and will save residents and businesses money while enhancing our community's sustainability.”
About the Award
The APA's National Planning Awards are the profession's highest honor. Presented for more than 50 years, the awards recognize outstanding community plans, planning programs and initiatives, public education efforts, and individuals for their leadership on planning issues. When selecting a winner, the American Planning Association compared the CEP with submissions from around the country using five criteria:
- Originality and Innovation
- Effectiveness and Results
Arlington representatives will be recognized at APA's National Planning Conference in Atlanta in April.
About the Community Energy Plan
The County Board adopted the Community Energy Plan (CEP) in June, 2013, with the goal of enhancing Arlington's economic competitiveness, ensuring reliable and affordable energy supplies, and demonstrating the County's long-term commitment to environmental responsibility.
Arlington's implementation of the CEP started this year, with the establishment of the Community Energy Plan Implementation Review Committee, a group of more than 30 local energy experts and business leaders responsible for advising the County Manager on CEP programming. The committee met for the first time January 10. Committee meetings are open to the public and materials and announcements can be found on the CEP website.
Connect with the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) to get updates on other educational events and programming updates.