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Green Tourism

Sustainability

Sustainable practices – those which use resources in an environmentally responsible, socially fair and economically viable manner that ensures their use by future generations – are essential to the long-term health of the travel industry and, by extension, to destinations like Arlington.

The Arlington Convention and Visitors Service is dedicated to supporting and leveraging sustainability-related initiatives of the Arlington County Government, Virginia Government and local hospitality-related businesses to meet current visitor usage needs and ensure the use of tourism resources by future generations.

Arlington was the nation’s first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum-certified community and is a nationally recognized leader in creating a sustainable and resilient urban environment. We have long-proven success in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, managing stormwater, fostering environmental stewardship, and promoting our visitors' health and well-being. The following Arlington hotels are LEED-certified. Additionally, virtually every local property follows brand sustainability programs such as those from ChoiceHilton, Hyatt, Marriott, Sonesta, Wyndham and more.

Arlington County’s Community Energy Plan (CEP) will set our destination on a path to becoming completely carbon neutral by 2050. Some of the plan's goals include:

  • 100% of Arlington’s electricity will be from renewable sources by 2035
  • Arlington County Government operations will achieve 100% renewable electricity by 2025
  • Energy equity will be considered during the implementation of the Plan

Click on the link for more information on Arlington's sustainability efforts and green tourism initiatives in Virginia.