City of Alexandria, VA
Environmental Policy Commission
Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission and Alexandria Renew Enterprises Seek Nominees for the Fifth Annual Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award
Award Honors Legacy of Distinguished Alexandria Environmental Steward
For Immediate Release: February 12, 2013
The City of Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission and Alexandria Renew Enterprises (formerly the Alexandria Sanitation Authority) are seeking nominees for the fifth annual Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award. The award honors and recognizes those who demonstrate a commitment to protecting the natural environment and keeping the City “green.”
The award will be presented during the Alexandria Earth Day 2013 celebration at Ben Brenman Park (4800 Brenman Park Dr.) on Saturday, April 20, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. A tree will also be planted in honor of the recipient of this year’s Award. The event will include numerous educational exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities for children, a tree sale and more to emphasize this year’s theme: Water: Every Drop Counts!
The Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award is named in honor of Frances 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, lobbying to preserve Founder’s Park and protect it from high-rise development. 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: Residents, groups, clubs, organizations or corporations may be nominated. To be eligible, nominees must live with the City of Alexandria, and corporations, organizations and other groups 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 composed of representatives from 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.
Those making nominations may also refer to the Alexandria’s Eco-City Charter, adopted in 2008, and the Environmental Action Plan 2030, adopted in in 2009. Both documents define the guiding principles of environmental sustainability. Visit the Eco-City Alexandria page for more information.
Submissions must include the following:
- The nominee’s name, address, and telephone number, or the key individual to contact if the 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 may be submitted in several ways:
The Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission
Alexandria City Hall
T&ES, Office of Environmental Quality
301 King Street, Room 3000
Alexandria, VA 22314
Nominations must be received by March 22 (extended by one week).
City's Top Ten Environmental Achievements of 2012
Accomplishments include the permanent closure of the GenOn power plant, highest-ever solid waste recycling rate of 48.4%,new hybrid trolleys and buses operated by DASH, launch of Capital Bikeshare’s eight bikeshare stations in Old Town, installation of solar photovoltaic panels at Beatley Library, Witter Fields and ARenew, continuing success of the Green Building Policy, sustainable construction practices at ARenew, development of 20 environmental indicators to measure Eco-City progress, construction of several bicycle and pedestrian trails and City’s receipt of the highest level of recognition (Platinum Level) by the Virginia Municipal League (VML) as part of its Green Government Challenge.
- City Recognizes Closure of GenOn Potomac River Generating Station
For decades, the GenOn Potomac River Generating Station was one of the largest sources of air pollutants in Northern Virginia. The closure of this facility today was a culmination of outreach and civic engagement from residents and local officials for more than 10 years. Closing down this coal-fired power plant is consistent with the City’s Eco-City Alexandria’s Environmental Action Plan, which focuses on environmental sustainability and long-range environmental planning efforts. For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/GenOn.
- GenOn PRGS Retirement Date Confirmed
On July 3, 2012, GenOn confirmed that the retirement date for the Potomac River Generating Station facility will be October 1, 2012. This date was agreed upon by the City and GenOn as part of the Amendment to Project Schedule and Agreement signed by both parties on August 29, 2011. For more details, click on the following link:
The EPC Forum is now up and running. It is open to all residents of Alexandria and everyone is encouraged to start a discussion or report a fact on any environmental subject relevant to the city or of interest to the residents of the city. The EPC does reserve the right to moderate the forum but only if the debates get beyond the Commission's guidelines. The aim is for the forum to add to the richness of community life in Eco-City Alexandria. Click here to enter the forum and start a discussion.
- T&ES Office of Environmental Quality's Report on "2011 Eco-City Progress Report and Key Environmental Indicators" is Now Available
Under the direction of and with strong commitment from the Mayor and Members of City Council, the City of Alexandria, in partnership with its Environmental Policy Commission (EPC), Virginia Tech and the community, embarked on a new initiative – Eco-City Alexandria – early in 2007 which culminated in the Council’s adoption of the Eco-City Charter, the first of its kind in the Commonwealth, in 2008, as well as the Environmental Action Plan 2030 (EAP) in 2009. Since then, the City and its residents have collectively completed numerous actions aimed at fostering the goals of the Eco-City. This report is the first attempt to quantitatively measure the progress that the residents and the City government have accomplished in leading Alexandria further towards environmental sustainability. These quantitative measures are in the form of 20 environmental indicators developed by the EPC in consultation with City staff.
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
Scott Barstow (Vice-Chair, Citizen-at-Large)
Chinling Chen (Earth Day Committee Vice-Chair, Citizen)
Samuel Gaugush (Federal/ State Environmental Statutes)
Geoffrey Goode (Citizen-at-Large)
Patrick Holman (Citizen)
Rebecca Jablon (Secretary, Field of Environmental Sciences)
James Kapsis (Citizen Member)
Kurt Moser (Field of Environmental Sciences)
Josh Sawislak (Chair, Urban Planner)
Ryan Sloan (Citizen)
Monica Starnes (Citizen-at-Large)
Stephen Walz (Field of Environmental Sciences)
Ryan Wojtanowski (Business Representative)
The calendar lists all the official meetings and work sessions of the Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) for the period July 2012 - June 2013 (i.e., FY2013). 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.
Previous & Next Events
Meeting Date & Time
|May 20, 2013, 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm, City Hall, Conference Room #1101||Regular Meeting - Agenda, Minutes|
|May 6, 2013||Work Session - Agenda, Minutes|
|April 15, 2013||Regular Meeting, Agenda, Minutes|
|April 2, 2013||EPC/PRC Joint Meeting, Agenda, Staff Presentation|
|March 18, 2013||Regular Meeting, Agenda, Minutes|
|March 4, 2013||Work Session, Agenda, Minutes|
|February 25, 2013||Regular Meeting, Agenda, Minutes|
|February 4, 2013||Work Session - Agenda, Minutes, Presentation on Stormwater Changes|
|January 28, 2013||Regular Meeting - Agenda, Minutes|
|January 7, 2013||Work Session - Agenda, Minutes|
|December 17, 2012||Regular Meeting - Agenda, Minutes|
|December 3, 2012||Work Session - Agenda, Minutes|
|November 19, 2012||Regular Meeting - Agenda, Minutes|
|November 5, 2012||Work Session - Agenda, Minutes|
|October 15, 2012||Regular Meeting - Agenda, Minutes|
|October 1, 2012||Work Session - Agenda, Minutes|
|September 24, 2012||Regular Meeting - Agenda, Minutes|
|September 8, 2012||EPC Annual Retreat - Agenda, Minutes|
|July 2, 2012||Work Session - Agenda, Minutes|
|June 18, 2012||Regular Meeting - Agenda, Minutes |
|June 4, 2012||Work Session - Agenda, Minutes |
|May 21, 2012||Regular Meeting - Agenda, Minutes |
|May 7, 2012||Work Session - Agenda, Minutes |
|April 16, 2012||Regular Meeting - Agenda, Minutes |
|April 2, 2012||Work Session - Agenda, Minutes |
|March 19, 2012||Regular Meeting - Agenda, Minutes |
|March 5, 2012||Work Session - Agenda, Minutes |
|February 27, 2012||Regular Meeting - Agenda, Minutes |
|February 6, 2012||EPC Work Session - Agenda, Minutes |
|January 30, 2012||EPC Meeting to Discuss Beauregard Small Area Plan - Agenda, Minutes |
|January 23, 2012||Regular Meeting - Agenda, Minutes |
|January 9, 2012||Work Session - Agenda, Minutes |
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: alexandriava.gov/Eco-City or ecocity.ncr.vt.edu or email Eco-CityAlexandria@alexandriava.gov
The EPC Forum is open to all residents of Alexandria and everyone is encouraged to start a discussion or report a fact on any environmental subject relevant to the city or of interest to the residents of the city. The EPC does reserve the right to moderate the forum but only if the debates get beyond the Commission's guidelines. The aim is for the forum to add to the richness of community life in Eco-City Alexandria. Click here to enter the forum and start a discussion.
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For more information, please contact:
Transportation & Environmental Services, Office of Environmental Quality