Arlingtonians for a Clean Environment (ACE) was founded in 1978 by the Arlington County Department of Public Works as a Clean Community member of Keep America Beautiful. During the 1980s, ACE started to address environmental issues beyond litter and began focusing its efforts on recycling. During the 1990’s, ACE disaffiliated from Keep America Beautiful but continued to focus on litter and worked comfortably with the local business community.
Today, ACE remains a volunteer organization focusing on local environmental issues including green living, litter, and invasive plants, with additional programs in the areas of watershed resources and schoolyard education. Find ACE volunteer opportunities or support ACE.
ACE has received numerous awards and accolades, including:
ACE is credited with launching Arlington’s Green Living Challenge program in 2007 with 25 fun and easy ways to make Arlington County cleaner and greener. The program challenges residents to examine their homes and lifestyles to consider greening them with the ultimate objective of making Arlington a healthier, more sustainable community. The competition has also inspired others. With inspiration from ACE’s program, the Virginia Municipal League has created Go Green Virginia, a competition for member municipalities.