Arlington Green Initiative Upcoming Events – June 2017

Rain Barrel Workshops

June 10, Fairlington Community Center, Arlington
July 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Mount Vernon Government Center

 Provide your plants with water that is naturally soft and untreated. Water stored in rain barrels is also better for washing your cars and watering indoor and outdoor plants. Rain barrel water saves you money by decreasing the water used from your municipal water system. And, rain barrels reduce the storm water runoff decreasing stream erosion and pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.

 Register for a rain barrel workshop here.

Go Solar With the Arlington Solar Co-op

Interested in going solar at a discount? Arlington’s Rethink Energy program is partnering with VA SUN and ACE to launch another solar co-op for Arlington and other Northern Virginia residents.

Co-op members will save up to 20% off the cost of going solar and have the support of the co-op throughout the process. Over 80 Arlingtonians have already gone solar using co-ops like these. To get started, visit the co-op website for a no-obligation roof screening. You’ll provide your information using a form near the bottom of the site.

Solar Open Houses June 3, 10, and 18

VA SUN is hosting three solar open houses this June. This is your chance to tour the home of a VA SUN solar co-op member, connect with other homeowners, and ask questions about solar and the co-op currently open for northern Virginia residents!

Arlington Solar Open House: Saturday June 3, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. 5421 23rd Street North – Arlington, VA. RSVP here.

McLean Solar Open House: Saturday June 10, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 1608 Evers Drive – McLean, VA. RSVP here.

Alexandria Solar Open House: Sunday June 18, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 331 North Royal Street – Alexandria, VA. RSVP here.

Cool Creek Critters

June 14.  3-4:30.  Ages 5 to 9. Register children only, but an adult is required to attend with children under 7. Dress to get wet as we spend some time exploring waterfalls, trying to catch water striders, and taking a closer look at some creek critters. What do they have to tell us? Do different streams in Arlington have different critters living in them? Early release day! Please wear closed-toe water shoes.

For information: 703- 228-3403. Meet at Barcroft parking lot, 4200 S Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington. Registration Required: Resident registration begins at 8:00am on 5/16/2017. Non-resident registration begins at 8:00am on 5/17/2017.

Home Energy Rebates Available through June

Spring is here and warm weather is coming! Arlington’s Home Energy Rebates can help you cut your summer energy bills. Get up to $575 to upgrade your air conditioner or heat pump with a more efficient model, or add insulation or seal air leaks so your cooling system doesn’t have to work as hard.

Download the application to get started. You can also receive a rebate to replace your furnace, boiler, or water heater. Submit your application by June to guarantee rebate money is available.

Four Mile Run Restoration Project

Project Details

The project location is along Four Mile Run between Mt. Vernon Avenue and Route 1. The work in the stream will include naturalization of the stream bank and construction of living shoreline features along the edge of the stream.  Living shorelines are small stone breakwaters with wetland plants behind them, and they are a more environmentally sensitive way to protect streambanks and coastal areas. They provide numerous benefits including reducing erosion along the bank, improving water quality by capturing sediment and utilizing nutrients, and providing habitat for fish and waterfowl.

More information.

Four Mile Run “South Park” Survey – Provide Your Input!

Arlington County is in the process of developing a Park Master Plan for the open space informally called “South Park” along Four Mile Run.  After a series of public meetings, we have developed three draft park concepts for the community to evaluate.  The three concepts were developed based on community feedback, guidance from the Four Mile Run Restoration Master Plan and Design Guidelines, careful consideration of the site constraints and sensitive environmental areas, need for improved pedestrian/bicycle circulation, and the projected budge.  An online feedback form is available to help gather additional input:

The online feedback form allows the community to ‘vote’ for their preferred park concept plan.  If you want a closer look at the 3 concept plans, and additional context as to how they were developed, please refer to the most recent presentation:

The survey will be available until 11 p.m. on Wednesday May 31.  The next public meeting will provide a summary of the survey results and feature 1 draft park concept plan for the community to evaluate.  This meeting will be in late June or early July, notifications will be sent once the date is finalized.

Natural Arlington Blog

Did you know there is a blog with all kinds of local nature and wildlife information?  Sign up for the Natural Arlington Blog. Topics include information on compost and mulch, the eastern gartersnake, and tree identification.  The recent posts talks about Becoming StormwaterWise in 2017, plastic recycling, bird-friendly homes and wood frogs.