AIRE Newsletter: April 2024

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AIRE Newsletter


AIRE Newsletter

The Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) newsletter empowers subscribers with energy tips and informational events aimed at making Arlington a more sustainable community.

Recently Published


Accelerate Report

The Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) has released its second annual “ACCELRATE” report, illustrating the County’s award-winning efforts to make a more sustainable community through buildings, resilience, renewable energy, transportation, government activities, and education and behavioral change. "ACCELERATE” features Arlington’s core work pertaining to energy, climate and the environment, and reflects a multi-sector, cross-disciplinary approach that generates an all-of-government commitment to a sustainable, dynamic future. Key highlights from 2023 include a progress update on CEP Roadmap Years 1-2, our LEED Platinum Cities status achievement and the Zero Emissions Bus Study and Transition. View the report by downloading from the County’s website. 



Comparative Performance Dashboard 

To reinforce the advancement of the County’s operations on a variety of energy and sustainability performance metrics and to serve as a public information resource, a Comparative Performance Dashboard has been published comparing Arlington’s performance to other local jurisdictions. This reference tool displays comparative metrics through graphs and descriptions on buildings, renewables, county government operations, transportation, and behavioral change and market transformation.

Upcoming Events


EarthFest 2024

Saturday, April 13 from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Come down to Arlington Mill Community Center to enjoy a variety of crafts, demonstrations and projects designed to inspire us to live a little greener! Learn about container gardening, help remove invasive plants growing along Four Mile Run trail and more! This is a free event perfect for all ages! Registration Encouraged.


2024 Earth Day Festival

Sunday, April 21 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Visit the AIRE team's booth at the Langston Boulevard Alliance festival being held in front of the Lee Heights Shops at 4500 Cherry Hill Road. The AIRE booth will provide educational content on recent reports, ways to solarize your home, our e-bike initiatives and more!


Hosts Needed: Arlington Green Home and Garden Tour!

Sunday, June 2

Interested in hosting your home or garden? Do you know someone whose home or garden would be a great fit? Help provide ideas and inspiration to build a greener Arlington community! Learn more by clicking the below links.

In Case You Missed It

Renter Resources for Green Living

A significant portion of Arlington County’s residents are renters. The AIRE team recognizes the complexities associated with incorporating energy efficiency measures into leased homes. To assist renters of all types, we have curated resources that guide renters in adopting environmentally friendly practices within their apartments, condos, houses and other dwellings. Check out these resources.

Energy Tips: Solar Co-Ops Now Available!



This year marks the 10th anniversary of Solarize Virginia, a campaign dedicated to accelerating Virginia's transition to solar energy. From April 1st to June 30th, Arlington County residents can join Solarize Virginia to embark on a mission to make solar energy more accessible and affordable for Virginians. We want you to take advantage of this opportunity and power your solar journey! To sign up for free or learn more information, go to


Solar Switch

The Solar Switch program, offered together with non-profit Solar United Neighbors, provides homeowners with affordable solar panel and battery storage system installations through a group buying program. It is free to register, and there are no obligations to move forward with a solar installation, making it safe and easy for Arlington County residents to join the program. To find out how much you can save by going solar at your home or small business, sign up by May 8 at

For More Information

Missed the last edition? Find it in our newsletter archive.


For a variety of information related to the County's energy, climate and environmental projects, programs and policies, visit the AIRE Website.