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 Jul 25, 2018 at 1:42 PM

What's New

  • WriteAsRainmemeEcoAlexandria 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!

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    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 Update

The Environmental Action Plan is the City's blueprint for creating a thriving, sustainable community. In June 2009, the City adopted the comprehensive Environmental Action Plan 2030, 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 update process involves City residents, businesses, staff and the Environmental Policy Commission.

The Environmental Action Plan (EAP) 2030 update is done in two phases. This first phase is for short-term actions recommended within five years to FY 2023. Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) recommendations can be found on the Commission's website. Comments can be sent to the City’s sustainability coordinator at

Dates for updating the EAP 2030

Proposed for October 2018: Council public hearing for Phase 1 EAP adoptions

First quarter FY 2019:  Launch of Phase 2 EAP update

FY2019: Green Building Policy update

Third quarter FY 2019:  Eco-City Public Summit of Phase 2 EAP update

Spring 2019: Earth Day sharing of Phase 2 draft EAP update

Fourth quarter FY 2019:  Council public hearing and adoption of EAP update

Read more about the City's ongoing environmental efforts:

Upcoming Environmental Action Plan Update Events

On Thursday, August 16, from 7-9 p.m. in City Hall room 1101 (Sister Cities) T&ES will present and discuss the revised Phase 1 recommendations for consideration by City Council. 

Phase 1 recommendations

  1. Energy
  2. Climate Change
  3. Green Building
  4. Solid waste
  5. Land Use and Open Space

Past Environmental Action Plan Update Events

The Eco-City Café took place on Saturday, March 10, at 9 a.m. at the Durant Center

The Environmental Action Plan Update kickoff meeting took place on  Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7 p.m., in City Hall.  

      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.

      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.

      Progress Reports on Eco-City and Environmental Action Plan 2030

      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 2030) 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 2030 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.

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