ACE Events and Volunteer Opportunities


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EVENT:

Going Big on Solar: Options for commercial, government and nonprofit customers

Date and Time: Thursday, May 25, 7 p.m.

Location: National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, 4301 Wilson Blvd., ArlingtonSolar Installation

The gold rush is on in Virginia! Businesses, universities, non-profits and local governments are taking advantage of low solar prices and innovative financing models to access clean, renewable electricity from the sun. Solar installations in Virginia increased ten-fold in the past year, with most of the new demand coming from large customers. Sierra Club and business leaders have partnered to create this program explaining how commercial customers, local governments, and non-profits can save money and meet sustainability goals with onsite or offsite solar arrays.

Speakers will discuss current options for purchasing solar, including on-site (rooftop, parking lots) and offsite (solar farms), using financial models including low-cost loans, utility-sponsored programs, and power purchase agreements (PPAs).

Sponsored by Sierra Club Virginia Chapter, Mount Vernon Group, Great Falls Group, Clean Energy for Fairfax Now, the Ready for 100 Campaign, and ACE.

More information.

 


EVENT:

15th Annual Green Home and Garden TourGreen Home and Garden Tour June 4, 2017_Facebook & Twitter

Date and Time: Sunday, June 4, 1-5 p.m.

Come on this tour to get inspiration and ideas to go green at home! The 15th annual tour will include a mixture of new green homes, green renovations, and watershed-friendly gardens. See homes featuring energy efficient technologies, solar elements, water-saving technologies, native plants, rain gardens, and rain barrels, wildlife habitat, and more.

The tour is sponsored by ACE, Arlington County Department of Environmental Services, and BikeArlington. There are two options available for taking part in the tour: a self-guided tour and a guided cycling option.

A donation of $5 per person is suggested for the self-guided tour and $10 per tour for the bike option. The donation is payable online or at the first tour stop.

Download the 2017 Green Home and Garden Tour booklet.

  • Self-Guided Option
    Enjoy each green home and garden at your own pace. Register and donate now or donate by cash or check at the first site you visit. Suggested donation $5 per person.
  • Guided Cycling Option 
    Ride on the Green Home and Garden Tour as a group from stop-to-stop, starting at the I-66 parking garage next to Washington-Lee High School located at N. Quincy Street and 15th Street N. in Arlington. Note different start time–participants will meet at 1:15 p.mand the tour will start at 1:30 p.m. The group will return to the starting location by 5 p.m. The course is appropriate for moderately skilled riders and includes approximately a five-mile loop with some hills. Register and donate now or donate by cash or check at the meeting spot.

Reserve your spot today.

 


EVENT:

RAIN BARREL WORKSHOPRain Barrel Workshop June 10, 2017_Facebook & Twitter

Various Dates:
May 20, Walker Nature Center, Reston
June 10, Fairlington Community Center, Arlington
July 29, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Mount Vernon Government Center

Provide your plants with water that is naturally soft and untreated. Water stored in rain barrels is also better for washing your cars and watering indoor and outdoor plants. Rain barrel water saves you money by decreasing the water used from your municipal water system. And, rain barrels reduce the storm water runoff decreasing stream erosion and pollution to the Chesapeake Bay.

Register for a rain barrel workshop here.

 

 


VOLUNTEER:

Summer Solstice Celebration

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 21, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Location: Bluemont Park, 601 N. Manchester Street, Arlington

Come celebrate the longest day of the year with ACE. Volunteers will have a variety of service projects including trash and litter cleanup and invasive plant removal. Join ACE in helping to make Arlington’s environment even better.

Sign up here.

 

 

 

 


ON-GOING VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

Adopt-a-Street

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.