Arlington to Launch “Green Games” Competition

by ARLnow.com October 12, 2010 at 12:34 pm 2,655 8 Comments

Arlington County is launching a friendly competition that will encourage commercial building owners and office tenants to reduce energy usage and increase efficiency.

The “Arlington Green Games” will begin next Tuesday (Oct. 19) with an opening ceremony in Rosslyn, complete with booths that will instruct competitors on ways to reduce energy consumption and cut down on emissions. The event will start at 11:00 a.m. on the 30th floor of 1000 Wilson Blvd.

The competition is being organized by Arlington’s Fresh AIRE program, which seeks to reduce carbon emissions in the county. Competitors will first benchmark their “current energy and sustainability practices,” then work to improve performance in those area.

The county has also launched a web site for the Green Games, featuring a registration form for building owners and office managers.

  • Mark

    I think this is a good start but I am appalled by Restaurants in Arlington’s use of plastics by inexpensive restaurants for people dining in. This is really where Arlington can set some standards and work with Restaurants to reduce the amount of disposable plastic products.

  • TGEoA

    Want to solve carbon emissions problems? Stop having kids.

    • Skeptical

      Someone gets it.

      • Malthusian

        But, that’s like telling the yeast to cut it out before all the sugar is gone!

        • Skeptical

          Well, in Xerez they do that by pouring in brandy. 🙂

          It is amazing though, however loudly people yell about trying to “live green,” everyone is too afraid of political incorrectness to say the problem comes from people having too many children. In the past half century we’ve seen public education campaigns about smoking, drunk driving, unsafe sex and other behaviors and they’ve all had an effect, despite scoffers. But no one with the bully pulpit has got the guts to say “stop pumping out babies right and left” or interfere with the social rewards people get for reproducing. How about eliminating the tax deduction for having children?

          • Malthusian

            You bring up an important point. Yeast stops reproducing either when it runs out of its energy/input resource (sugar) OR when the toxicity produced from its own excrement (alcohol in their case) in it’s environment reaches a level that makes it inhospitable for yeast-life to continue. Nature always has a solution.

  • Jack

    so dumb.

  • MC

    The goals are laudable, but the essence of a game is having fun. What’s suppose to be fun here?


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