Community Spotlight: Arlington Green Team

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The Arlington Green Team is a commercial sustainability program run by the city of Arlington in coordination with the Department of Energy to recognize companies that make green choices.

The program is performance-based and is open to all commercial entities in Arlington like restaurants, schools, churches, retail stores, etc. Members of the Green Team track their recycling and energy throughout the year and report the numbers in January.

The impact of a combined effort can really add up. In 2011 Arlington Green Team members saved almost 30.2 million Kilowatt-hours, which is enough electricity to power 2,200 homes for a year, in addition to saving more than 1.6 million gallons of water. The organizations also recycled 10,864 tons of material.

How you can help

If you work for a corporation or nonprofit in Arlington, follow the steps on the Arlington Green Team website to become a member.

If you don’t work in Arlington, contact your city to see if they have a similar program.

Other helpful resources include WasteWise, similar nationwide program put on by the Environmental Protection Agency, and Earth 911, a website with business green guides and a place to find the nearest recycling centers.

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