This regularly-scheduled sponsored column is written by the Arlington Initiative to Rethink Energy team (AIRE). This county program helps you make smart energy decisions that save you money and leaves a lighter footprint on the environment.
The County Fair is only a few days away. Get excited!
Stop by and see us at the Rethink Energy booth. We’ll be there to answer your energy questions about saving energy at home, solar power, weatherization and more.
When you stop into the Thomas Jefferson gymnasium, take note; LED lights shine brightly from above. These LED lights save about $40,000 annually and have a payback of less than 4 years.
The use of LED lights isn’t the only way that the Fair is working to be more sustainable. Kudos to the Fair for all the small actions that continue to make a big difference. Here is what you can expect at the Fair to leave a lighter footprint on the environment:
- Providing a water fill up station to encourage guests to use reusable water bottles.
- Banning all single-use plastic straws and replacing them with compostable options or strawless cups.
- Banning Styrofoam© food service items such as cups and clamshell containers distributed at the fair.
- Banning small condiment packets for mustard, ketchup and soy sauce, as well as small plastic Solo© cups for sauces. Vendors must use bulk distribution in paper cups for these items.
- Recycling all recyclable materials in a single-stream recycling system, including paper, cardboard, glass, aluminum and plastic materials.
- Expanding composting throughout the fair. This removes food waste, paper products and other biodegradable items out of the event waste stream, reducing greenhouse gas emissions resulting from waste generated at the fair.
- Collecting food vendor grease that is taken to a plant for rendering. 40% of the processed grease is use to create biofuel.
- Collecting and distributing manure generated by livestock at the fair for use in neighborhood gardens.
- Working with Arlington’s Car-Free Diet to promote transportation options to the fair, including biking and walking routes, nearby bike-share locations, bus and Metro options.
- Providing valet parking for bicycles free of charge for guests who bike to the event.
- Providing shuttle service for fair attendees from nearby parking facilities and Metro stops.
- Using reusable signage throughout the fair to minimize printed signage waste.
We look forward to seeing you at the Fair. Please stop by with your energy questions!