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Rethink Energy: Join a Community Energy Forum on Jan. 25 and Jan. 26

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.

Community is the first and most important word in the Community Energy Plan.

We welcome your input on the draft Community Energy Plan Implementation Framework. This Framework will be used to implement the updated Community Energy Plan.

Join either of the two upcoming virtual public forums to have a conversation with staff and others in our community about the Community Energy Plan Goal Areas.

We want to hear your concerns, interests, reflections and perspective during these discussions. Your input will help shape Arlington’s energy future.

Goal areas include:

  • Buildings
  • Resilience
  • Renewables energy
  • Transportation
  • County government activities
  • Education and human behavior

Please RSVP below, and thank you in advance for joining us and for providing your input.

Monday, Jan. 25, 12-1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 26, 7-8 p.m.

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