The Arlington County Board’s vision is for Arlington to be a diverse and inclusive world-class urban community with secure, attractive residential and commercial neighborhoods, abundant green and recreational spaces, and a vibrant, mixed economy. The County is committed to an equitable, cohesive, and participatory community that values social and individual opportunity. In terms of near- and long-term planning and development, the County focuses on an all-of-government approach, committed to sustainability, climate action, and resiliency principles, practices, and execution. Arlington County exercises and deploys a cross-departmental model that addresses both climate mitigation and adaptation, with an emphasis on the identification, calculation and reduction of risk. Central to its efforts, the County has developed a manifold energy portfolio that blends policy, design, and operational models to address energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions reductions across buildings, transportation and waste management sectors.
Arlington’s Community Energy Plan (CEP) is a long-term vision for transforming how the County generates, uses, stores, and distributes energy. The goals outlined in the 2019 update to the CEP sets Arlington on a path to becoming a carbon-neutral community by 2050. Interim milestones include Arlington County Government operations achieving 100 percent renewable electricity by 2025, 100 percent of Arlington’s countywide electricity coming from renewable sources by 2035, and integrating energy equity during the plan’s implementation. In addition, the County has a Drive Electric Arlington website to help the community move away from internal combustion engine vehicles to using electric vehicles.