No. 2 Best Green City for Families
SmartAsset has determined the best green cities for families, and Arlington takes the number two spot! Nearly 42% of all workers in Arlington use some form of clean transportation to get to work, the 13th-highest clean-commuter percentage of any city in our analysis. And Arlington also boasts a very high quality of life. The unemployment rate of 2.4% ranks as the third lowest of any city in the study, while the violent crime rate is 24th-lowest. (April 2016)
Solid Waste Garners Gold Award
Arlington received the Gold Award from the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) for Special Waste Management for our Earth Products Recycling Yard. (Aug. 2015)
Top “Greenest City” in America
Arlington was named #3 “Greenest City” by NerdWallet — based on environmental quality, methods of transportation, sources of energy and housing density.
2015 Arlington Green Patriot Award
George Mason University recognized Helen Reinecke-Wilt of Arlington’s Green Home Choice program; Helen has helped numerous homeowners optimize energy efficiency. She helped Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE) to develop the Energy Masters Program and continues to volunteer her time and expertise to help improve energy and water efficiency in affordable housing units. (April 2015)
Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) ENERGY STAR
Arlington County’s Justice Center earned the EPA’s ENERGY STAR certification. Completed in late 2009, an energy- and water-saving performance contract updated lighting, HVAC controls and water fixtures to contemporary best practice. Heat recovery ventilators were also added. These improvements, combined with on-going monitoring of building systems, pushed the energy performance of this complex over the threshold to qualify for the ENERGY STAR for superior energy performance. (Nov. 2014)
Platinum “Green” Community
The Virginia Association of Counties (VACo) awarded Arlington its sixth “Go Green Virginia” award, which recognizes environmental policies and practice actions that reduce carbon emissions and save money. Arlington earned the highest certification of Platinum with a perfect score of 200. (Oct. 2014)
Best Waste Reduction and Recycling Program
Arlington County received the award for “Outstanding Leadership” from the Virginia Recycling Association for notable waste reduction efforts. (May 2014)
APA 2014 National Planning Award in Environmental Planning
Arlington County’s Community Energy Plan was named a winner 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.” The APA’s National Planning Awards are the profession’s highest honor.
Government Green Fleet Honors
Arlington was named one of the Top 50 Government Green Fleets (#34) and Allen Mitchell, Equipment Bureau Chief, was named one of Green Fleet’s Top 40 Sustainability All-Stars for outstanding achievements in green fleet sustainability in 2013.
Top “Green Fleet”
Arlington County is ranked no. 7 in the nation for Government Green Fleets, according to Green Fleet Magazine. Several factors played a role in Arlington’s Top 10 recognition, including the County’s Green Fleet policy to guide vehicle acquisition, significant use of alternative fuels including bio-diesel and CNG, a fleet of 166 hybrid and two electric vehicles, the CNG fueled ART bus fleet, the Community Energy Plan for its focus on emissions, energy use and transportation strategies, and more. (Oct. 2012)
Arlington & Alexandria ELC Wins State Award for Advocacy
The Arlington & Alexandria Extension Leadership Council (ELC) won the state award for program excellence and leadership in advocacy — the top office recognized out of the 107 unit offices of the Virginia Cooperative Extension. The ELC supports local programs in horticulture, youth development, nutrition, personal finance, and consumer education (April 2012).
Arlington Conservationist of the Year
The Northern Virginia Conservation Trust recognized Toby Smith for his efforts to create the 18-acre Long Bridge Park, from its former industrial use. Mr. Smith chaired the Long Bridge Park Design Advisory Committee. (2012)