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Green Living Expo in Arlington, Virginia May 13, 2009

Posted by Laura Schwartz in Arlington.

Arlington County has put together an program called “Green It!” A series of FREE workshops to help educate the community on environmentally friendly ways to live, work, and commute. The except below is taken from the Arlington County website on upcoming events:

Appliance Energy Use Demonstration
Saturday, April 11th, 3 – 4 PM.   Compare the energy use of various everyday household appliances, and see how much “vampire” energy is being used by some of those appliances. This demonstration will be taking place as part of Arlington’s Home Show and Expo!  At the Home Show and Expo, come and get your questions answered about home improvement projects, building permits, zoning, home ownership, and related topics from County agencies and more than 50 businesses.   The Arlington Home Show and Expo takes place from 10 AM – 4 PM.   For more information, please call 703-228-3827.   Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th St. Arlington, VA.  

Greening Your Apartment or Condo!   
Wednesday, April 22nd, 7 – 8:30 pm.  Come to this Earth Day workshop to hear from residents who have been catalysts to help their apartment or condo buildings go green, by expanding recycling, installing raingardens, rainbarrels, or reducing energy consumption!  Get ideas and resources to use at your own complex!  For more information or to register, call 703-228-3610 or email  Aileen.   Shirlington library, Campbell meeting room.   4200 Campbell Ave., Arlington, VA.

Rain Barrel Workshop
Saturday, April 25.  11 am – 12:30 pm.  Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 16th St. South, Arlington, VA.   Cost: $50 per barrel (two barrels per household limit). For more information, to register for a workshop, or see the FULL list of rain barrel workshops, check the Rain Barrel Workshop web site.

Speed Greening
Thursday, April 30th, 7-9 pm.  Forget speed dating – come to this “speed greening” session to learn about several green topics at one event!  Topics include Top 10 Ways to Go Green at Home; Review of Tax Incentives for Energy Efficiency, and Going Green to Sell your Home.  Attend one session or all three!   For more information, or to register, please email Helen or call 703-228-4792.    Walter Reed Community Center, 2909 S. 16th St., Arlington, VA.

Virginia Invasive Plant Removal Day
Saturday, May 2nd.  Natural areas continue to be threatened by non-native species that affect plant and wildlife communities.   Join in this state-wide invasive plant removal day – find events in your area!

Bike Maintenance 101  
Saturday, May 2nd 10:30-11:30am. Does your bike shake, rattle, and roll? Dust off your bike just in time for Bike to Work day on May 15th.  This FREE bike maintenance class at Conte’s Cycles in Ballston will help get your bike rolling!   You’ll learn hands-on basic bicycle maintenance for road bikes and mountain bikes, and how to patch and change your own tires, service your drive-chain, and perform preventative maintenance that will prolong the life-span of your bike.  For more information or to register, email Adam or call 703-228-3066.  3924 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.

Air Flow and Energy Leaks in your Home
Saturday, May 9thth 2:00-4:00pm. Did you ever wonder how air flows through your house and where the leaks are? Come to this workshop to learn how energy flows through a house, where air leaks typically occur, and to see a variety of products or methods that can fix these problems.   For more information, or to register, please email Helen or call 703-228-4792.    Fairlington Community Center, 3308 S. Stafford St. Arlington, VA.  

Bike to Work Day.   Friday, May 15th Join thousands of area commuters for a celebration of bicycling as a clean, fun and healthy way to get to work! Meet up with your neighbors at one of 27 pit stops all over the region.  Find out more or register for the event!

Composting Essentials
Saturday, May 30th.  11 am – 1 pm.   Come to this workshop to learn how to transform leaves, grass, and weeds into compost — the prized Gardener’s Gold.   This session includes a hands-on compost demonstration featuring several types of compost bins.  Free. Reserve your seat now by calling 703-228-4797 or email Sarah.  Potomac Overlook Regional Park, 2845 N. Marcey Rd, Arlington, VA. 

Green Home and Garden Tour
Sunday June 7th, 1 – 5 pm.  Take part in this tour to see homes with solar elements, green roofs, recycled materials, and energy efficient technologies. Some homes will feature gardens full of native plants, raingardens, rain barrels and cisterns, permeable pavement, wildlife habitat, and other environmentally friendly features.  Check back here for the tour brochure after May 1st.

Greening Your Small Business
Wednesday, June 24, 8:00 – 10:00 am.  Operating a green business is not only good for the environment but good for your business’s bottom line. Come to this seminar to learn how Fresh AIRE (Arlington Initiative to Reduce Emissions) can help you add value to your business through a variety of green measures. This seminar will also feature Arlington-based small businesses that have reduced their environmental footprint and achieved savings.  FREE. Registration is required For more information, contact Darnell Roseboro at 703-228-0833.



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