DOE Presents "The Role of Buildings in Arlington's Climate Action Program"
March 10, 2009
On March 5, 2009, the U.S. Department of Energy sponsored “The Role of Buildings in Arlington’s Climate Action Program” held at the National Building Museum featuring John Morrill, Energy Manager for the Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions (AIRE).
AIRE is a collaboration between county government, businesses, organizations, and individuals in Arlington County, Virginia. The goal of the initiative is to reduce Arlington County government’s greenhouse gas emissions by 10% between 2000 and 2012. AIRE plans to reach this goal by purchasing and installing renewable technologies to produce electricity, preparing and utilizing a strategic energy plan and climate action plan for county operations and the community, requiring new major public buildings to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification, and many other partnerships and incentives.
Mr. Morrill discussed Arlington County’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions in buildings and highlighted how the Department of Environmental Services overcame technical, financial, and institutional challenges to enhance the community’s approach to energy conservation.