Members of the Arlington delegation to the General Assembly scored from a “B” all the way up to an “A-plus” in the recently released 2018 legislative scorecard of the Sierra Club’s Virginia affiliate.
Like many organizations all along the political spectrum, the Sierra Club chooses legislation of interest and then grades legislators according to their votes on it.
The issues evaluated include water quality, solar energy development, fracking, energy efficiency, flood protection, electric utility regulation and coal-ash cleanup.
RELEASE: Sen. Howell, Dels. Hope, Levine, Lopez and Sullivan earn 100 Percent in Sierra Club Virginia Chapter General Assembly ScorecardAugust 14, 2018Press ReleaseSierra Club scorecard inventories votes of Virginia legislators on energy and the environment
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August 14, 2018
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Sen. Howell, Dels. Hope, Levine, Lopez and Sullivan earn 100 Percent in Sierra Club Virginia Chapter General Assembly Scorecard
Sierra Club scorecard inventories votes of Virginia legislators on energy and the environment
Skyrocketing enrollment is forcing Arlington Public Schools (APS) to build new schools at a time when the international trade situation is driving up steel prices and a persistently high commercial vacancy rate at home is affecting revenue.
It’s the perfect time for innovation to squeeze the most from construction dollars. One way is through zero-energy buildings that produce more electricity than they consume. In the process, the buildings generate savings for the school system while battling climate change and revolutionizing learning.
Arlington School officials are hoping to use a statewide energy pilot program to get back some cash from excess power generated at Discovery Elementary School.
Legislation patroned by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) in the 2018 session directs Dominion Energy to permit schools that generate more energy from on-site wind- or solar-powered sources to sell the power back to the utility. Currently, the excess power goes back to the electrical grid, but school systems are not reimbursed.
The Longfellow Middle School Science Olympiad team has been honored by the General Assembly for taking first place in the 2017 Virginia Science Olympiad.
The team “faced worthy competitors from throughout the commonwealth at the state competition, which was held at the University of Virginia, and won by an impressive 51-point margin,” notes the resolution, patroned by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) and approved by both houses of the legislature.
The General Assembly has added its congratulations to the staff of The Highlander, the student newsmagazine at McLean High School, for a string of achievements during 2017.
The student publication garnered both the Pacemaker award from the National Scholastic Press Association and a Gold Crown from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association during the year, and received honors in two categories of the National Scholastic Press Association’s Story of the Year contest.
Members of the General Assembly took time during their 2018 legislative session to memorialize the life and legacy of Irving Comer, the first African-American sworn officer of the Arlington County Police Department.
Comer, a native of Richmond, died last November.
Comer had served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1963-67 and joined the ranks of the county’s police department in 1967 as a communications specialist. After just three months on the job, he was offered a post as a sworn officer.
The House of Delegates took time before departing Richmond for the year to honor one of its former members.
Bob Brink, who represented the 48th District – including parts of Arlington and McLean – from 1998 until 2014 was saluted for his personal integrity and service as a “respected professional with experience in all levels of government.”
The measure was patroned by Del. Rip Sullivan (D-48th) and cosponsored by the other 99 members of the lower house of the legislature.
The McLean High School Highlander Marching Band has been honored by the General Assembly for winning USBands Virginia State Championship last October.
The McLean band program – “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” – beat out a field of 16 schools from across the commonwealth.
The band program, with almost 200 members, also won awards for best music, best general effect and best visual.
The highly touted Longfellow Middle School Rubik’s Cube team has received an “attaboy” from the Virginia General Assembly.
Legislators approved a resolution saluting the team, which is ranked tops in its age category in national competition, noting that team members recently were able to solve 25 puzzles in 96 seconds in the D.C. Metro Rubik’s Cube Challenge.
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