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Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission and Alexandria Renew Enterprises Seek Nominees for 2015 7th Annual Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award

Award Honors Legacy of Distinguished Alexandria Environmental Steward

The Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission and Alexandria Renew Enterprises are seeking nominees for the 2015 7thAnnual Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award to honor and recognize those who demonstrate a commitment to protecting the natural environment and keeping the City green.

The award will be presented on Alexandria Earth Day, to be celebrated at Ben Brenman Park, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 25, 2015. A tree will also be planted in the honor of the recipient of the 2015 Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award. The event will include various educational exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities for children, and more, that will emphasize this year’s theme: It’s Your Turn To Lead!

The Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award is named in honor of Ellen Pickering, a former Board member of the Alexandria Sanitation Authority, who was dedicated to preservation and conservation in the City throughout her life. She helped create the Mount Vernon Trail between Alexandria and Washington. Mrs. Pickering was committed to preserving and enhancing the City’s waterfront and urged the adoption of the City’s Open Space Plan and lobbying to preserve Founder’s Park. She also implemented the planting of 1,000 citizen-donated cherry trees during her tenure as Chair of the Alexandria Beautification Commission.

Mrs. Pickering served on a number of City boards and commissions, and was elected to City Council as an independent for one term between 1976 and 1979.

Qualifications: To qualify for the award, nominees – who can be citizens, groups, clubs, organizations or corporations – must be residents of the City of Alexandria. Groups, clubs, organizations, and corporations must operate within the City of Alexandria. The actions of the nominees must have a direct impact on protecting the natural environment and natural resources within the City of Alexandria.

Selection: Selection will be made by a special committee of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, the Environmental Policy Commission, and members of Mrs. Pickering’s family.

Applicable Topics: Subject matter applicable to the award criteria include natural resource preservation, energy conservation, education outreach regarding environmental sustainability, water preservation, water conservation, waste reduction and/or materials reuse/recycling, and promotion of clean air.

Additionally, the City of Alexandria Adopted the Eco-City Charter in 2008 and Phase I of the Environmental Action Plan in 2009. Both documents define the guiding principles of environmental sustainability. See

Submissions must include:

•         The nominee’s name, address, and telephone number, or the key individual to contact if a nominee is not an individual.

•         The name, address, and telephone number of the person nominating the candidate must be included.

•         A brief description (not to exceed one page) of the nominee’s accomplishments and qualifications for the Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award.

•         Nominations should be emailed to, or addressed and mailed or delivered to the Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission at Alexandria City Hall, Office of Environmental Quality, 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314.

•         Nominations must be received by Friday, March 27, 2015.

City's Top Ten Environmental Achievements for 2014

Every year, the City publishes the top ten environmental highlights that were submitted by City Departments and City-based organizations. The Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, Infrastructure& Environmental Division compiles this list which includes initiatives on transportation, solid waste, stormwater and wastewater management, City parkland and natural areas, green building and energy conservation. to view the full list, please visit the following:


Established in 1970 by the Alexandria City Council under Chapter 4, Article M, of the City Code, the Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) advises and makes recommendations to the City Council and, where appropriate, to the Planning Commission and City Manager, on matters relating to the following:

  • Clean air
  • Land use
  • Noise pollution and abatement
  • Pesticides, herbicides and contaminants
  • Solid waste
  • Water quality and supply
  • Other matters referred to the EPC by the City and citizens
  • Other topics relating to the conservation and protection of Alexandria's environment

The EPC consists of 13 members, including five members from the field of environmental sciences, five citizen-at-large members, one member from the field of urban planning, one member representing the business community and one member with experience in Federal or state environmental statues, regulations, and procedures.  The Commission is supported by the City of Alexandria Department of Transportation and Environmental Services (T&ES), Office of Environmental Quality.

List of Members  

Natasha Garcia Andersen (Earth Day Chair, Field of Environmental Science)  
Scott Barstow (Citizen)
Jed Bullock (Federal & State Environmental Statutes)
Susan Gitlin (Vice-Chair, Citizen)
Geoffrey Goode (Citizen)
Patrick Holman (Secretary, Citizen)
James Kapsis (Chair, Citizen)
Aaron Karty (Field of Environmental Science)
Jessica Lassetter (Urban Planning)
Stephen Milone (Citizen)
Annika Moman (Field of Environmental Science)
Tyler Orton (Citizen)
Ryan Wojtanowski (Business Representative)  

EPC Calendar for Fiscal Year 2015 (July 2014 through June 2015)

The calendar lists all the official meetings and work sessions of the Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) for the period July 2014 - June 2015. These meetings and work sessions are normally held at the City Hall located at 301 King Street, Alexandria at 7:30 p.m. unless noticed otherwise.

Upcoming Events

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Meeting Date & Time for Previous & Forthcoming Events

April 6, 2015 - Work Session - Agenda | Minutes

March 16, 2015 - Regular Meeting - Agenda | Minutes

March 2, 2015 - Work Session - Agenda | Minutes

February 23, 2015 - Regular Meeting - Agenda | Minutes

February 2, 2015 - Work Session - Agenda | Minutes

January 26, 2015 - Regular Meeting - Agenda | Minutes

January 5, 2015 - Work Session - Agenda  | Minutes

December 15, 2014 - Regular Meeting - Agenda  | Minutes

December 1, 2014 - Work Session - Agenda  | Minutes

November 17, 2014 - Work Session - Agenda  | Minutes

November 3, 2014 - Regular Meeting - Agenda  | Minutes

October 20, 2014 - Regular Meeting - Agenda  | Minutes

October 6, 2014 - Work Session - Agenda  | Minutes

September 22, 2014 - Regular Meeting - Agenda  | Minutes

September 7, 2014 - EPC Retreat & Picnic

July 21, 2014 - Regular Meeting - Agenda | Minutes

July 8, 2014 - Work Session - Agenda | Minutes

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012 

Annual Report 2011 

Annual Report 2010

Annual Report 2009 

Annual Report 2008  

Annual Report 2007 

Annual Report 2006 

Annual Report 2003-2005 

Eco-City Alexandria

Beginning in spring 2007, the City of Alexandria partnered with  Virginia Tech's Department of Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP) to design and facilitate a new, strategic collaborative planning process, called Eco-City Alexandria, to create an Eco-City Charter and Environmental Action Plan to guide Alexandria toward sustainability.

For more information regarding Eco-City Alexandria please visit: or or email 

Additional Information 

Stay informed with eNews! - Receive information about programs, special events, community meetings, current Eco-City Alexandria events, and more.   Subscribe to eNews  category T&ES Environmental News. 

Contact Us 

For more information, please contact:

William Skrabak
Transportation & Environmental Services, Office of Environmental Quality

301 King Street, Room 3000
Alexandria, VA 22314
FAX: 703.519.8354

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.