Can Arlington County Grow and Still be Green?
We hear at Styrofoam Mom really believe that urban living can be both good for the environment and good for citizens. Between all the growth and development in Arlington, VA, we have several things to look forward to and even more to watch.
So how does Arlington achieve its goal to grow greener?
We would like to offer our top ten suggestions.
1. Enough with all the LEED silver and LEED gold buildings, let’s see Arlington County start shooting for Platinum.
2. For existing building there is also a LEED certification based on maintenance and business practices, Arlington should start with there own government buildings and get them up to the standard.
3. Renewable energy needs to be a part of the plan for every new government roof.
4. For roofs that do not need replacement Green Roofs should be utilized.
5. Biking needs to be supported through safety, law enforcement and security. Arlington needs to eliminate right on red in high destiny areas, establish safe biking routes to metro and schools, and provide security for bikers who lock their bikes at metro stations.
6. Arlington needs to launch a major campaign to teach business about the need and benefits to going green.
7. We would love to see Arlington have a solar-powered charging station for plug-in vehicles. Bethesda, MD, Chicago, IL, San Francisco, CA, do. We are going to need a lot more parking lots in Arlington to deal with all the business coming our way. Why not make solar energy the fuel for all these new drivers?
8. Make recycling in government buildings a requirement that is not only enforced, but rewarded.
9. Arlington Public Schools needs to make Environmental Literacy part of its Strategic Plan. Educating our young people about our county’s environmental challenges and asking them to not only help, but to come up with solutions is the key to changing, improving and inspiring new behavior for Arlington Citizens.
10. Finally, forgive the obvious plug for our mission at Styrofoam Mom, but reduce waste by eliminating single use Styrofoam and plastic bags in Arlington.
Each of these items would make Arlington’s air, water and green space better for Arlington Citizens, but implementing all of them would put Arlington County,VA on the map as an international leader in the Urban Green Cities, and create an endless source of jobs, inspiration for innovation as well as be a great attraction for those who want to enjoy a clean urban lifestyle.
We are all in this together.
PS I understand Polystyrene/Styrofoam has its uses, it is a resource, so why leave it to go up in bad smoke.