courtesy of ‘william couch’
While many folks were recovering on New Year’s Day, Arlington’s leaders were working to save the planet.
That day, right after being elected chairman of the Arlington County Board, Jay Fisette announced a task force to develop a Community Energy Plan that will set goals and find ways to reduce the county’s greenhouse gas emissions.
It will expand Fresh AIRE (Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions), which began efforts in 2007 to lower the county government’s greenhouse gas emissions. So far, the county’s investments in energy efficiency have paid a return on investment of about 20 percent per year in lower costs for government operations.
The task force will include residents, business leaders, property owners, energy and technology experts, schools, federal and state government officials, and regional authorities.
DC seems to be working on climate change issues by funding programs to create a baseline measurement of emissions leading to policies and goals for emission reductions:
Unless I’m mistaken, it appears from budget reports that DC spent nearly 9 million in 2009 on green projects designed to reduce government, business and individual energy use. I haven’t seen any figures on what percent this has translated in reducing costs for government operations.
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