ASHBURN, VA — Weed eating goats helped Belmont Community Association win the 2016 Associa Green Award, according to an Associ announcement. The Ashburn neighborhood is a residential country club and golf course community comprised of 2,157 homes.
The award is given out each year by Community Management Corporation (CMC) to an Associa-managed community that has strived to promote green living in categories such as energy efficiency, recycling, efficient water use and other environmentally friendly ways.
On Wednesday morning, December 14, CMC President Nick Mazzarella and Vice President Mac Staples personally delivered the good news to the association board and handed out a commemorative trophy along with $2,500 toward the funding of a future green project.
Some of Belmont’s recent green initiatives include:
• Planting 600 native Virginia trees
• Installation of LED lighting
• Natural rain water irrigation system
• Fresh-water fountains
• Bird nesting habitats
• Wood fiber playground surface
• Certified monarch butterfly waystation
• Recycling pick-up
• Pet waste stations
• Use of goats to remove invasive weeds
“Everyone loves the goats that were brought in to save trees from invasive weeds. It was one of the many innovative ideas this community came up with to enhance its green spaces,” said Associa CMC Vice President Mac Staples. “We are proud to work along-side a community so dedicated to the preservation of the environment and the upkeep of its neighborhood. They have gone above and beyond to earn this year’s Associa Green Award.”
Photo courtesy of Associa