Make Every Day Earth Day in Arlington

Published on April 07, 2016

  • County celebrates with free events

  • Working toward a more sustainable future

  • Visit County website, search "Earth Day' for more

Arlington County will celebrate Earth Day Friday, April 22 with free events all month, and has programs, events and services to help you honor the spirit of Earth Day year-round.

"Earth Day is both a celebration and a call to action," said Arlington County Board Chair Libby Garvey. "Arlington is working hard to preserve natural spaces, protect native plants and animals, and build a sustainable future. We encourage residents to take advantage of the many County programs and events available throughout the year that capture the spirit of Earth Day."

Here are a few highlights of the County's progress since last year's Earth Day:

Making it easy to choose bike riding:

  • The League of American Bicyclists named Arlington a silver-level Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) for the third time since 200. Arlington County Government improved from silver to gold BFC status.

  • We released the region's first Bicycle Comfort Level Map, which highlights the most stress-free cycling routes to get around the community.

Promoting recycling:

  • Our Fall 2015 E-CARE attracted 1,794 residents. We collected approximately 72,000 lbs. of household hazardous materials and filled two-and-a-half trucks with recycled electronics.

  • Year-round yard waste services began March 14. The new program is expected to divert up to 9,000 more tons of compostable material from the waste stream, increasing Arlington's recycling rate by up to 13 percent.

  • The County Board adopted a Zero Waste Resolution that could divert up to 90 percent of all waste by 2038.

Restoring natural habitat:

  • The County continued to restore wildlife habitats in our parks and natural areas, including meadows and wetlands. Animals and plants long feared lost to our community have been sighted with increasing frequency. New colonies of spring peeper tree frogs, wood frogs and American toads have been reported. Uncommon plants such as dwarf ginseng, bloodroot, wood anemone, purple passionflower and State-rare frosted hawthorn have been found in new locations.

Saving energy, saving money:

  • The Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy (AIRE) team launched its Rethink Energy Challenge, and Arlingtonians pledged 5,029 actions to save money and create a more sustainable community by reducing their energy use.

Earth Day events in Arlington:

Earth Day events in Arlington happen almost every day in the month of April — and beyond. Visit the County website to view Earth Day event highlights, or visit and search "Earth Day" to learn more.