For Immediate Release
Monday, January 01, 2007
Contact: Mary Curtius 703-228-7943 (voice) 703-228-4611(TTY)
ARLINGTON, VA – Arlington County Board Chairman Paul Ferguson today unveiled an environmental initiative aimed at lowering County government carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 10 percent by 2012.
Ferguson said that local governments must act – individually and together – to combat global warming because the federal government is not moving fast enough.
“Arlington already is a nationally recognized leader in smart growth, but we know that we can do more to conserve energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate disruption,” Ferguson said. Our Fresh AIRE program sets ambitious – but achievable – goals.”
To red the full text of Ferguson's New Year's Day speech, click here.
Fresh AIRE – Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions -- is a long-term commitment by Arlington County to take specific, measurable steps to annually reduce CO2 emissions produced by County government. Among the steps the County will take in 2007:
In addition, to broaden this initiative beyond its own operations, Arlington will form partnerships with other localities and organizations in the region and across the nation who are taking steps to reduce harmful emissions. The County already is a member of the Cities for Climate Protection campaign of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI).
Visit the County website for more details on the initiative; background information on global warming and climate disruption; and a fact sheet on Arlington's successes to date in reducing energy needs and emissions.
The County already has initiative two important partnerships:
For more information on steps Arlington County already has taken to lower emissions and improve energy efficiency, please visit www.arlingtonva.us/climate.
Arlington also will encourage local businesses and residents to reduce emissions and cut energy use. The County urges residents to:
Arlington's newly launched website, www.arlingtonva.us/climate, includes self-assessments, tips, case studies, information, and a blog. This website will keep the community updated on efforts in the County, across the region and around the world on best practices to cut emissions.
Arlington, Va., is a world-class residential, business and tourist location that was originally part of the "10 miles square" parcel of land surveyed in 1791 to be the Nation's Capital. It is the geographically smallest self-governing county in the United States, occupying slightly less than 26 square miles. Arlington maintains a rich variety of stable neighborhoods, quality schools and enlightened land use, and received the Environmental Protection Agency's highest award for "Smart Growth" in 2002. Home to some of the most influential organizations in the world - including the Pentagon - Arlington stands out as one of America's preeminent places to live, visit and do business.