Eco-City Alexandria

Eco-City Alexandria is a strategic effort to achieve sustainability. We seek to create an environmentally, economically and socially healthy city where people can live, work and play for decades to come.

Page updated on May 11, 2020 at 1:08 PM


Eco City Logo medWhat is Eco-City Alexandria?

Eco-City Alexandria is a collaborative strategic effort to achieve sustainability throughout the City of Alexandria.  Eco-Cities work to harmonize their natural resources and environmental assets with existing policies, regional realities, and economic and business markets while engaging the community in a collaborative and transparent decision making process. 

Alexandria City Council adopted the Eco-City Charter in June 2008 and was the first Environmental Charter adopted in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  The Charter defined Alexandria’s commitment to ecological, economic, and social sustainability.  The core values and ten guiding principles formed the basis for the City’s first Environmental Action Plan (EAP) in 2009 and the updated EAP 2040.

Click on the icons below to find out more about the Environmental Action Plan topic areas within the different City departments.

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Sustainability News & Updates

City of Alexandria Seeks Public Input on Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy

The City of Alexandria launches a process to develop an Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy that will provide a roadmap for the electric vehicle charging infrastructure needs of City residents, workforce members and visitors. Watch a video introduction to the Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Readiness Strategy project, which includes information about electric vehicle trends and statistics in the U.S. and Alexandria; preliminary charging station location analysis information; and goals for the project. The Alexandria community and interested stakeholders can provide feedback online by May 22, 2020.

Alexandria Eco-City Academy 

Held on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. for 6 weeks, beginning April 1. This course is an opportunity to become an Eco-City Ambassador, take actions to make our City more sustainable, learn about environmental challenges, and contribute to daily sustainable practices to reach the adopted 2019 goals of the City. Special tours may be included. Apply online here.

Alexandria earns SolSmart Silver designation

The City of Alexandria has earned SolSmart Silver designation from the national designation program recognizing cities, counties, and regional organizations that foster the development of mature local solar markets known as SolSmart. To learn more about the SolSmart program and what else the City is doing to further solar development, see the City's renewable energy page


On October 22, 2019, the Alexandria City Council approved the City of Alexandria to join the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings Challenge. The U.S. Department of Energy Better Buildings Challenge is a national leadership initiative which aims to improve energy efficiency in buildings. By joining as a Partner, the City has made a public pledge to improve the energy intensity of its publicly-owned building portfolio by 25 percent over a fiscal year 2018 baseline by fiscal year 2027. Read the press release and visit the City of Alexandria’s Better Buildings Challenge Partner page .


On October 22, 2019, the Alexandria City Council unanimously adopted a resolution declaring a climate emergency, recognizing that climate change poses a grave threat to everyone in Alexandria and around the world. For more information about the Climate Emergency Resolution read the City's news release


On July 9, the Alexandria City Council adopted the Environmental Action Plan (EAP) 2040, an update to Eco-City Alexandria’s comprehensive road map for creating a thriving, sustainable community. This action followed City Council’s unanimous adoption of a Green Building Policy on June 22. Read the official news release and the Environmental Policy Commission Letter of Support.

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Environmental Action Plan 2040

The Alexandria City Council unanimously adopted the updated Environmental Action Plan (EAP) 2040 in July 2019.  The EAP is a comprehensive road map and affirms Alexandria’s commitment to lead by example for a thriving, sustainable community.   The Environmental Action Plan 2040 updated the 2009 EAP 2030 and includes emerging technology, evolving infrastructure needs, and new approaches to reducing the City and community’s impact on the environment. Please visit our Environmental Action Plan 2040 page to learn more!

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Environmental Plans

The City of Alexandria has adopted a variety of plans and policies that provide the framework for creating a more sustainable future.  Visit the Environmental Plans page to review the City’s current plans and find more information about the efforts the City of Alexandria has implemented over the years.

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Sustainability Events, Outreach & Education

The City of Alexandria is working to motivate the community to take actions that make our City more sustainable.  Visit the Sustainability Events, Outreach & Education page to learn more about events, educational opportunities to increase awareness of environmental challenges and recommendations for adoptable daily sustainable practices for residents, businesses, and City staff.

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Sustainability Awards & Honors

The City of Alexandria has received numerous awards for its commitment to sustainability.  Visit the Sustainability Awards & Honors page to read more

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Environmental Policy Commission

The Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) was established under Chapter 4, Article M, of the City Code to “advise and make recommendations to the City Council and, where appropriate, to the Planning Commission and City Manager.”  Visit the Environmental Policy Commission to learn more.

Contact Information

Contact the City’s Sustainability Coordinator, Ellen Eggerton, at or 703.746.4065 with any questions and comments.

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