For the 10th year in a row, Arlington County has earned the GoGreen Virginia Award at the Platinum level from the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo).
This certification recognizes the County’s efforts to promote energy efficiency, green buildings, land use, stormwater management and more through policies and other actions. With the GoGreen Virginia Platinum certification, Arlington continues to set the pace for economic, environmental, and social sustainability.
Arlington is one of only two counties in the commonwealth that has received a GoGreen Virginia Award every year since it was established in 2009. The other is Albermarle County. In all, seven other counties besides Arlington received the award this year: Albemarle, Chesterfield, Henrico, Louisa, Montgomery, Prince George, and York.
The GoGreen Virginia Award program was designed to encourage implementation of specific environmental policies and practical actions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save local governments money.
In addition to the GoGreen Virginia Award, Arlington County also recently earned awards from the Virginia Energy Efficiency Council and was recertified as a LEED Platinum Community by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Arlington Central Library won first place in the Government category of the Third Annual Virginia Energy Efficiency Leadership Awards. Electricity use at the facility in 2017 was less than half the amount used there in 2000, thanks to energy efficiency upgrades that were coordinated and funded by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) program and the Facilities Management Bureau, in partnership with Arlington Public Library.
Arlington Public Schools also won first place in the Academic category for Discovery Elementary, Arlington’s first net zero school.
For the LEED Platinum Community recertification, the AIRE Team updated the sustainability metrics data through the U.S. Green Building Council. In 2017, Arlington was the first community in the world to earn the Platinum LEED for Communities certification. To earn the certification, Arlington reports information on standard sustainability metrics, such as energy, water, solid waste/recycling, and transportation, as well as a variety of “human experience” metrics, including education, prosperity, employment, health and safety, crime, and social equity.
About Arlington Environmental Services
Arlington County is a nationally recognized leader in creating a sustainable and resilient urban environment. The County has long-proven success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, managing stormwater, fostering environmental stewardship, and promoting our residents’ health and well-being. Learn more at environment.arlingtonva.us.