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.”

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EPC LogoIntroduction

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.

What's New?

Docket Item (#9) for City Council Work Session on EPC Recommendations for the Phase 1 EAP Update

EPC Recommended Actions for the Phase I of the Environmental Action Plan Update

An executive summary of EPC recommendations can be found in the link below. These are short-term recommended actions that the Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) developed through discussions with City staff for the first phase of the Environmental Action Plan (EAP) update.  They incorporate public input from the March 10, 2018 Eco-City Cafe, online feedback, and email comments, and are presented under the five focus areas chosen by the EPC, namely, climate change,  energy, green building, land use and open space, and solid waste. 

FY2019 EPC Calendar (July 2018 - June 2019)

List of Members  

  • Scott Barstow (Citizen)
  • Eldon Boes  (Citizen)  
  • Elisabeth Bradley (Secretary, Field of Environmental Science)
  • Geoffrey Goode (Citizen)
  • Leslie Jones (Citizen Member) 
  • James Kapsis (Chair, Citizen)
  • Praveen Kathpal (Vice-Chair, Field of Environmental Science)
  • Jessica Lassetter (Urban Planning)
  • Stephen Milone (Citizen)
  • Brendan Owens (Environmental Laws)
  • Carolyn Schroeder (Field of Environmental Science)
  • Reid Sherman (Citizen)
  • Sean Wilson (Alexandria Business Community) 

Meeting Date & Time for Previous & Forthcoming Events

Saturday September 8, 2018 Annual Retreat

August 20, 2018

June 18, 2018

  1. Agenda
  2. Calendar
  3. Staff Response to EAP
  4. EAP Schedule
  5. BC Legislative Proposal

There will not be a June Work Session.

May 21, 2018 Meeting

May 7, 2018 Work Session - Cancelled

April 30, 2018 Work Session

April 23, 2018 Work Session

April 16, 2018  Meeting

April 2, 2018 Work Session

March 22, 2018 PC/EPC Joint Work Session on the Environmental Action Plan Update

March 19, 2018 Work Session

March 10, 2018 Eco-City Cafe at the Durant Center

March 5, 2018 Work Session

February 26, 2018 Regular Meeting

No Work Session in February due to Retreat

February 3, 2018 EPC Winter Retreat

January 22, 2018 Regular Meeting

January 8, 2018 Work Session MEETING CANCELLED

December 18, 2017 Regular Meeting

November 13, 2017 Regular Meeting

October 30, 2017 Work Session ( in place of November 6)

October 16, 2017 Regular Meeting

October 2, 2017 Work Session

September 9, 2017 Retreat

June, 19, 2017 Regular Meeting

May 15, 2017  Regular Meeting

May 1, 2017 Work Session

April 17, 2017 Meeting

April 3, 2017 Work Session


March 13, 2017 Regular Meeting

February 27, 2017 - Work Session

January 23, 2017  Regular Meeting

December  2016  Meeting was cancelled

November 21, 2016 - Regular Meeting

October 17, 2016 - EPC Public Meeting on Proposed Stormwater Management Fee

September 19, 2016 - Regular Meeting

Annual Reports

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: alexandriava.gov/Eco-City or ecocity.ncr.vt.edu or email Eco-CityAlexandria@alexandriava.gov 

Additional Information 

Eco-City Progress Report & Key Environmental Indicators

EPC Letters and Memos 

Eco-City Alexandria Background Information & List of Relevant Websites on City's Plans, Programs and Policies  

Eco-City Charter - Alexandria's Vision to Progressing towards Sustainability 

Environmental Action Plan 2030 - Specific Actions to Fulfill the Vision of the Eco-City Charter

Virginia Tech Eco-City Web Site 

Alexandria's Climate Change Initiatives 

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Contact Us 

For more information, please contact:

William Skrabak
Transportation & Environmental Services, Office of Environmental Quality