The PenPlace Project, Amazon’s HQ2 complex, demonstrates outstanding elements of sustainable design and has the potential to become the first commercial zero carbon building in Arlington, helping to normalize advanced practices in sustainable design and construction essential to achieve the County’s goal for carbon neutrality. Ask Amazon to commit to achieving Zero Carbon Certification and eliminate the planned use of natural gas for foodservice retailers (natural gas is not necessary for great food), identify additional opportunities to reduce embodied carbon in construction materials, and further enhance the biophilic design elements of the plan.
You can make public comments at the upcoming January 24th Virtual Site Plan Review Committee (SPRC) meeting. You can also submit a letter to SPRC Chair Tenley Peterson (email@example.com) Co-Chair Elizabeth Gearin (firstname.lastname@example.org), and County staff liaison Peter Schulz (email@example.com). The project website includes project materials and presentations.
For additional information, check out EcoAction Arlington’s PenPlace fact sheet and tips on participating in the County’s public engagement process for development projects.
This content originally appeared in The EcoAdvocate newsletter produced by the EcoAction Arlington Advocacy Committee. For more information about the Advocacy Committee, please visit ecoactionarlington.org/get-involved/ecoaction-arlingtondvocacy/