- The latest draft of the Environmental Action Plan 2030 Phase One Update is now available. For more information on the plan and how to submit comments, see Environmental Action Plan 2030 Update below.
- Alexandria is participating in the inaugural “Write as Rain” campaign, a regional effort with the Northern Virginia Clean Water Partners designed to get residents thinking about how their actions on the street can impact local streams and rivers. When it rains, spot our hidden messages around the City to inspire clean water thinking!
Visit alexandriava.gov/Stormwater to learn more.
The City of Alexandria and its Eco-City initiative ranked sixth on a list of 131 cities working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Southeast Climate Commitment Index, created by the nonprofit group Community Sustainability USA, recognizes the City’s accomplishments and efforts to address climate change. The list ranks cities and counties with populations above 50,000 in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee, and Florida. The City’s inclusion is aligned with its strong commitment to greenhouse gas reduction, as outlined in its Environmental Action Plan 2030, the City’s blueprint for creating a thriving, sustainable community. Read the news release to learn more.
Environmental Action Plan 2030 (EAP) Update
The Environmental Action Plan 2030 (EAP) is the City's comprehensive blueprint for creating a thriving, sustainable community. In June 2009, the City adopted the EAP, which aimed at achieving the vision and principles outlined in the City's Eco-City Charter and ensuring the City continues to move toward environmental sustainability.
The City is collaborating with the Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) to develop an update to the EAP and establish a refreshed, informed, and responsive framework for environmental decision-making over the next several decades. The Environmental Action Plan (EAP) 2030 update process will take place in two phases. This first phase will identify short-term (through FY2023) goals and action items for five key program areas: (1) Energy, (2) Climate Change, (3) Green Building, (4) Land Use and Open Space, and (5) Solid Waste. The second phase builds on the first by establishing similar goals and action items for the remaining five program areas - (6) Transportation, (7) Air Quality, (8) Water Resources, (9) Environment & Health, and (10) Implementation, Outreach, & Education (IOE) - as well as developing mid- and long- term goals for all ten.
We are in the final stage of the Phase One update process. The latest draft of the PhasEAP Phase One Update dated 9.18.2018e One Update was presented for discussion at City Hall the evening of Thursday, August 23, 2018. Comments collected prior to October 1, 2018 will be used to finalize the recommendations submitted for adoption by City Council. Staff is preparing to launch the Phase Two Update process this Fall once work on the Phase One Update is complete.
A Phase One Update feedback form will be posted here shortly. In the meantime, we welcome your feedback via email or phone call.
We also welcome your input throughout all stages of the update process. Community involvement and feedback are critical for making the EAP an effective policy guide. We encourage all interested members of the community to attend our public outreach events (in person or through Facebook Live), participate in EPC meetings, visit us at City events, sign-up for Alexandria's eNews, or engage us through social media (Facebook, Twitter (@AlexandriaVATES). The next opportunity for public engagement is highlighted below, followed by a PDF of EAP Update events.
Questions and comments should be directed to the City’s Sustainability Coordinator, Ellen Eggerton, at Eco-CityAlexandria@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.4065.
Upcoming Phase One Events and Deadlines
September 20 to October 1, 2018:
Phase One Update posted on the Eco-City webpage and open for feedback
October 9, 2018:
City Council Meeting: Introduction of Phase One Update
City Council Public Hearing: Consideration of Phase One Update
Past Phase One Events and Deadlines
September 8, 2018:
Environmental Policy Commission Annual Retreat (Open to the Public)
September 7, 2018:
Deadline for submission of Phase One Update documents for City Council docket
Environmental Policy Commission review of Phase One Update
Presentation of Phase One Update draft to NAIOP
April 28, 2019:
Alexandria Earth Day 2018 Tent Talk presentation and information booth
Upcoming Phase Two Events and Deadlines
to December 2018:
Synthesize staff, EPC, and community member ideas into Phase Two Update
of November 12, 2018:
Open Houses for public comments on Phase Two Update
Dates, times, and locations will be announced in September 2018
Eco-City Summit and presentation of full EAP Update
Deadline for submission of full EAP Update documents for City Council docket
Alexandria Earth Day 2019 Tent Talk presentation and information booth
City Council Meetings: Introduction and consideration of full EAP Update
Other Important Dates
October 1, 2018:
Deadline for Green Building Policy Update Task Force applications
See alexandriava.gov/GreenBuilding for more information
Green Building Policy Update
See alexandriava.gov/GreenBuilding for more information
Environmental Action Plan Update Reference Documents
- Environmental Action Plan 2030 Phase 1 Update: EPC Recommendations
- Environmental Action Plan 2030
- Environmental Action Plan 2030 Major Achievements (2009-2017)
- Energy and Climate Change Action Plan
- Eco-City Charter
- GreenVentory Draft (coming soon)
What is a Sustainable Community?
A sustainable community is an environmentally, economically, and socially healthy place where people can live, work and play for decades to come.
- Ecological sustainability ensures that all parts of the natural and built environments work together as a single ecological system.
- Economic sustainability ensures a healthy economy that supports and sustains people and the environment in which they live over the long term.
- Social sustainability ensures that a community meets residents' basic health and social needs and has the resiliency to prevent and/or address problems in the future.
What is Eco-City Alexandria?
Eco-City Alexandria is a holistic strategic effort to achieve sustainability. The initiative began with the release of the GreenVentory in 2007. The Eco-City Charter was adopted in 2008 and the Environmental Action Plan has guided the implementation of the City's environmental programming since 2009.
Background on Eco-City Alexandria
In 2007, the Eco-City Alexandria team conducted an inventory of existing City programs to create " Eco-City Alexandria: A Green-Ventory of City Environmental Policies, Plans and Programs". In addition, Virginia Tech examined best practices from across the country and abroad to create a Compendium of Model Programs and Practices.
In 2008, the project team focused on the development of an Eco-City Charter. An extensive public outreach campaign was devised to ensure that the Charter reflects the wishes and priorities of the citizens. A successful Eco-City Café was held to obtain public inputs required for the development of a draft Charter. This draft Charter was then released for public comment at the following annual Alexandria Earth Day. A very successful Eco-City Summit was then held to get additional public feedback on the draft Charter. The keynote speaker for this summit was Mayor Bob Harvey of the City of Waitakere, New Zealand, a pioneer of Eco-City and sustainability. The Eco-City Charter, one of the first of its kind in the country, was unanimously adopted by City Council in June 2008. This Charter encompasses the core values and ten guiding principles which is the basis for the Environmental Action Plan.
The Environmental Action Plan 2030 (EAP) was adopted by City Council in June 2009 and follows the guiding principles outlined in the Eco-City Charter. It serves as a road map for City leaders and residents to implement the Eco-City Charter. The EAP outlines 48 goals, 50 targets and 353 actions for the next 20 years to lead the City towards environmental sustainability.
The Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission is the City's principal environmental policy advisory group along with representatives from City Council and City staff. The Director of the City's Office of Environmental Quality serves as the City's project manager.
Eco-City and EAP Reports
Eco-City Annual Progress Report & Key Environmental Indicators
GreenVentory Update (Coming Soon)
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