April 19, 2014
Java Shack Coffee House was one of the first Arlington businesses to take up green ways of running its business such as encouraging customers to use and recycle glass cups over disposable ones.
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Short- and long-term benefits seen.
Seven years ago, Arlington County decided to go green and hasn’t looked back. Since the county’s push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, environmental services officials say that Arlington has saved about $800,000 per year on energy and water from energy efficiency upgrades. “Energy is something that we often take for granted,” said John Morrill the county’s Department of Environmental Services energy manager. “But when there’s a power outage or when it’s very, very cold outside, all of a sudden that energy we use and need is vital.”