Category Archives: Green Living

LEAP and Arlington County Join Up For Energy Efficiency Rebates

Arlington County residents have until the end of July (2013) to take advantage of LEAP¬†(Local Energy Alliance Program) rebates for a Home Energy Assessment, and until the end of August for the Home Energy Improvement rebate. Who is “LEAP”?: The Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP) is a community based nonprofit organization that helps homeowners in…

EYA Properties Set To Deliver Mosaic District Townhomes

If you track with TheBeltwayLife.com, or you have been a client of mine, it is no secret that I have been enthusiastic about the Dunn Loring Metro and Merrifield area of Fairfax/Vienna for quite a while. Long an underperforming, and under-developed island in the heart of Northern Virginia, the nearly open for business Mosaic District…

Speaking of Walkable: Mosaic District Fast Becoming a Reality

Recently I have had an increased emphasis on neighborhood walkability and what some of the DC area’s most walkable communities are. Well, a new neighborhood anchored in walkability is on the horizon: The Mosaic District near the Dunn Loring Metro in Fairfax County. With shopping, restaurants, office space, and housing (supplied in large part by…

via HelloWallet – How To: Trade Old Electronics for Money

I wanted to take a moment and share this great post from one of my local favorites, HelloWallet. Great post about, not only keeping electronics out of land fills, but recycling them for cash. If you are not familiar with HelloWallet, please take some time to check them out!   HelloWallet – How To: Trade…

Saving Saturday: Saving Money For A House, Mortgage Payment… Or Anything Really.

After 8.5 years of marriage my wife and I, in many ways, are just getting started. However, one of the things we have done quite a bit of is navigate budgets and sliming down on our spending. Sometimes it has been to meet a specific goal and sometimes just for sport, none-the-less we have learned…

Arlington Going Green – Earth Day 2012: Local, Social, Technical, Practical

With Earth Day weekend upon us it is the perfect time to take a look at what you can do to reduce your footprint, and get involved in the community. In the slidshow above, and the descriptions below I break down ways you can get involved in Earth Day 2012 locally, socially, technically, and practically….

Energy Efficiency In Arlington: Insulate Pipes in Older Homes

This video is just the tip of the iceberg for quick, cheap, and easy jobs the average home owner can take on themseleves. The topic of “green” living and improving energy efficiency is ever on the rise in todays increasing environment and budget conscious world. However, when so many of us live in areas like…

Joining Forces With The A.C.E. Energy Efficiency Education Project

Here’s some additional information about the ACE (Arlingtonians for Clean Environment) Energy Efficiency Education project. ACE is launching the new Energy Efficiency Education project this fall. This program is funded by the Arlington County Community Development Fund and will focus on increasing energy efficiency for residents in the Arlington County Neighborhood Focus Areas.¬†Applications are now…

“Neighborhoods Go Green” – The Warf: Southwest Waterfront, DC

Last week I wrote about my time at a panel discussion and reception put on by the U.S. Green Building Council to promote the “Neighborhoods Go Green” exhibit (in town until April, 21st at the American Institute of Architects). There were a few local projects discussed by the panel, but for me the one that…

LEED for Neighborhood Development – “Neighborhoods Go Green” comes to DC

Even if you are uber passionate about “Green” initiatives and philosophies, you might be growing fatigued of the term “Green”, as well as some of it’s common counterparts. With “Green wash” marketing inundating us everyday fatigue is not the only thing setting in, but increasing skepticism as well. On Monday I attended a panel discussion…

The First Passive House Comes to DC

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video. Rather than wait on the sidelines for a buyer Peabody Architects of Alexandria has teamed up with O’Neil Development of Gaithersburg to bring the first Passive House to the DC area, building on speculation that a buyer will come. Personally, I love that they are doing this and I…

Eco Housing – Why Bigger Is Not Better (via CNN)

A video from CNN that I felt was worth reposting. Folks are really out there doing this stuff, and doing so in an economical fashion. Tax breaks and subsidies are still playing a role in that calculation, but the gap is narrowing more everyday as more and more eco friendly practices enter into the mainstream….

The "Green" Generation?

The worlds as we know them, business, marketing, religion, even relationships, are going to see some notable changes as Millennials continue to filter into the market place. I am not a social scientist, and so do not have elaborate specifics, but I do propose one granular expectation that I have. Perhaps the most powerful (by…