ACE Events and Volunteer Opportunities

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Four Mile Run Cleanup at Barcroft Park

AmeriCorps NCCC  Date and Time: Sunday, March 1, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
  Location: 4200 South Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA 22206

**** Regrets … this event was CANCELED on 2/26 ****


ACE at the Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo

Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo  Date and Time: Saturday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  Location: Thomas Jefferson Community Center, 3501 2nd St. S., Arlington

The Arlington Homeshow and Garden Expo features builders, contractors and specialist vendors, architects, inspectors, landscape designers, realtors, master gardeners, banks, nonprofit organizations and Arlington County housing, zoning and inspection representatives. It’s a convenient way to learn about remodeling and improving your home, finishing or waterproofing basements, replacing windows, doors, flooring, roofing and siding, adding security systems and more from a wide variety of top-rated companies.

Be sure to visit ACE at the Arlington Home Show and Garden Expo, where you can learn more about our service projects, school programs, community events, and how you can get involved. We’ll also be featuring our Arlington Energy Masters programs and will share tips and resources to help improve your homes energy efficiency. Learn more!

Do you have a green product or service you’d like to showcase? Green@Home, a special section within the home show, will feature vendors that offer products and services that empower homeowners in making sustainable home-related decisions and choices. Topics can include: healthy homes, eco-friendly transportation, fair-trade products, green cleaning, renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable food and more.  Get details and sign up today.


ACE’s 37th Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting  Date and Time: Wednesday, March 11, 6:30 – 9:00 p.m.
  Location: Navy League, 2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington

ACE’s 37th annual meeting, “Combating Climate Change: From Policy to Practical Action,” will move from the global to state and local levels to discuss what’s happening in Arlington and Virginia to address this critical issue. Features include a presentation by Andrea McGimsey, with the Climate Reality Project, an overview of Arlington County’s participation in the Georgetown University Energy Prize and what it means for Arlington, an overview of ACE goals and events for 2015, ACE board of director elections, and refreshments thanks to Whole Foods.

Sign up today!


Four Mile Run Watershed Clean Up

Park Cleanup  Date and Time: Saturday, March 14, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Four Mile Run Watershed Cleanup at two locations ~
Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 S. Dinwiddie Street and Jennie Dean Park, 3630 27th Street S., Arlington

ACE is partnering with the Arlington Park Rangers on this annual cleanup event. Join us to remove trash and conduct trash tallies at 2 parks: Shirlington Park and Arlington Mill Park. At Arlington Mill, we will be collecting trash along Four Mile Run Trail, as well as along Columbia Pike  — ACE’s Adopt-a-Street area! (Learn more about the Adopt-a-Street program and how you and get involved).  The Park Rangers will also be hosting cleanups at the following sites:  Madison Manner, Glencarlyn Park, and Barcroft Park.  Please check their website for more details.

Sign up with ACE today!


AFAC Spring Garden Kick-Off

farmers market  Date and Time: Saturday, March 21, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Location: Arlington Central Library, 1015 N. Quincy Street, Arlington

Join ACE at the AFAC Spring Garden Kick-Off, a celebration of urban agriculture in Arlington County. Hosted by the Arlington Food Assistance Center’s Plot Against Hunger program, the event will include an overview of urban agriculture in Arlington; presentations on schoolyard and community-based gardens, permaculture, rooftop and
container gardening, rainwater recovery and irrigation;  and give participants a chance  to meet and learn more about the many gardeners in Arlington who support AFAC by growing fresh vegetables for the food pantry; and how to donate harvests to AFAC.

Free seeds will be provided to AFAC gardeners.  Refreshments will be served.

Pre-order a rain barrel through the Northern Virginia Rain Barrel program today and pick it up at the event. 

No registration required. Hope to see you there!


Covanta Waste-to-Energy Tour

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Image courtesy of Feelart and

  Date and Time: Friday, March 20, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Covanta, 5301 Eisenhower Avenue, Alexandria

Join ACE to learn how waste in Arlington and Alexandria is converted to energy during a special tour for ACE members and Arlington Energy Masters Volunteers.

The Alexandria/Arlington Resource Recovery Facility began commercial operation in February 1988 and serves about 300,000 residents of the County of Arlington and the City of Alexandria, which jointly own the site. The facility’s three, 325 ton-per-day furnaces process 975 tons of solid waste, generating up to 23 megawatts of renewable energy that is sold to Dominion Virginia Power Company. The facility is located on the smallest site of any of the Energy-from-Waste facilities operated by Covanta. The event will include a presentation and a tour of the facilities.

If you are not an ACE member (or an active Arlington Energy Master), simply become a member now, then sign up for the tour.


Family Night  at the Mill ~ Giving Back

Arlington Mill  Date and Time: Friday, April 10, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
  Location: Arlington Mill Community Center, 909 South Dinwiddie Street, Arlington

Join ACE for Family Night at the Mill ~ Giving Back, where we’ll have a family friendly activity and will share information about ways that your family can help to preserve and protect our environment.

  Learn more.



Potomac Watershed Cleanup

solstice2011  Date and Time: Saturday, April 11, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  Location: Intersection of Glebe and Chain Bridge Road, Arlington

Join ACE in the 27th annual watershed cleanup, in partnership with the Alice Ferguson Foundation, with more than 500 sites across the watershed. ACE volunteers will meet at N. Glebe and Chain Bridge Roads. Get details about other sites along the Potomac.

  Sign up today!


Plastic Paradise Film Screening

Plastic Paradise  Date and Time: Wednesday, April 15. Doors: 6:30 p.m.   |   Film 7:30 p.m.  | Q&A Following Film
Location: Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse, 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington
Tickets: $10 each

Join us for a screening and discussion of the award-winning film “Plastic Paradise” during which filmmaker Angela Sun explores a remote tropical paradise that has become a plastic landfill. Tons of our discarded plastic is washing up on its shores, destroying a fragile ecosystem, killing birds and mammals who ingest increasingly tiny pieces of plastic. Pristine coral reefs are literally being torn to pieces by commercial plastic fishing nets. A “growing toxic confetti is transforming the oceans and is also working its way up the food chain,” ultimately to be ingested by us. Sun interviews scientists and health experts, confronts petrochemical sales people and highlights the efforts of environmentalists and legislators who are trying to address this pervasive problem.

ACE is pleased to partner with the Mt. Vernon Group of the Sierra Club, Tap In Arlington and the Arlington Cinema and Drafthouse to bring you this event.

View the trailer and buy tickets in advance.


Go GaGa for Green

Go GaGaDate and Time: Saturday, April 25, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: George Mason University, Founders Hall, 3351 Fairfax Drive,  Arlington

Go Gaga for Green will celebrate sustainability in Arlington with food, fun, a rain barrel silent auction and live entertainment—including student performers from both Arlington Public Schools and George Mason University. Go Gaga for Green is a family-friendly celebratory community gathering to benefit George Mason University’s Early Identification Program, the Arlington County Council of PTA’s Scholarship Fund and Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment’s Energy Masters Program.

Registration details to come.



adopt-a-streetPlease also consider getting involved with the Adopt-a-Street program through which you can help to keep your community clean by supporting litter control on a section of an Arlington Street. Learn more about how you can Adopt-a-Street through Arlington County.