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Rethink Energy: November 4 — Getting to carbon neutral at home

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.

Most of us want to do something to reduce our contribution to climate change, but many aren’t sure where to start. The good news is that there are many actions you can take. But which ones have the most impact and can get you to carbon neutrality at home?

In this FREE webinar, the second in the Getting to Carbon Neutrality series, experts will describe the basics of zero-carbon buildings and how to transform your home and other buildings to reach the goal of carbon neutrality.

Learn how energy efficiency improvements and electrification of your heating systems, water heaters, and appliances can reduce emissions while saving money and improving comfort in your home.

  • Thursday, November 4, 7-8:30 p.m.
  • Via Zoom — Registration Required
  • Register for free by 9 a.m. on November 4


  • Helen Reinecke-Wilt, Arlington County Sustainability Planner — Green Home Choice Program and other Arlington initiatives
  • Sandra Leibowitz, Founder and Owner, Sustainable Design Consulting LLC — retrofitting our homes and buildings to be zero carbon or zero energy
  • Scott Donelson, President Home Energy Medics LLC — practical tips for homeowners and renters on improving energy efficiency and shifting away from natural gas systems and appliances
  • Carl Elefante, Past President, American Institute of Architects — rethinking community development for an equitable post-carbon world


  • Joan Kelsch, former Green Building Program Manager at Arlington County


  • 7-8 p.m. — Introductions, presentations and moderated panel discussion
  • 8-8:30 p.m. — Audience Q&A

Optional Tour

There will also be an optional tour of zero carbon buildings in Arlington on Saturday, November 6.

Take a tour of two zero-carbon buildings in Arlington on Saturday, November 6 with Scott Sklar. The tour led by Scott Sklar will primarily cover the outside of two self-powered buildings. Both buildings are on the same property and the tour will last approximately one hour.

  • Two tour options — 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Each tour will last approximately one hour
  • Option available when registering for the webinar
  • Tour — Registration Required

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