City of Alexandria to Host 23rd Annual Alexandria Earth Day on April 30
Choose To Reuse -- Your Choices Matter
For Immediate Release: April 18, 2016
On Saturday, April 30, join the City of Alexandria for the 23rd Annual Alexandria Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration. This year’s event is at a new location: the Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park, 1005 Mount Vernon Ave., adjacent to the George Washington Middle School. The celebration begins at 10 a.m. and will run until 2 p.m. Admission is free; food and beverages will be sold.
This family-friendly event includes the Sixth Annual Upcycling Showcase, featuring students from Alexandria City Public Schools who will show their upcycling creations based on the theme,“Choose to Reuse—Your Choices Matter.”
Other activities include:
- “Tent Talks,” featuring topics such as recycling in Alexandria; choosing native plants in Alexandria; oyster restoration; and live animal exhibits
- The Eighth Annual Ellen Pickering Award presentation
- Arbor Day Tree Planting
- Live animal exhibits
- Live music by local artists
- Environmental education exhibitors and plant giveaways
For a complete list of activities, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Earthday.
Alexandria Earth Day is based on the need to promote education and lead us all to a green and sustainable future, in keeping with the goals of the Eco-City Alexandria Initiative. The Alexandria Earth Day Committee has committed to making this event a zero-waste and carbon neutral.
The public is encouraged to take public transit, walk or bike to the event.
- Bicyclists may visit alexandriava.gov/Localmotion for the City's Bikeways Map, which features the City's best on-street and off-road bikeways.
- For DASH bus route and schedule information, call 703.370.DASH or visit www.dashbus.com.
- For Metrorail and Metrobus schedule information, call 202.637.7000 or visit www.wmata.com.
This year, DASH will be offering free rides for the event on the DASH AT8 bus from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on April 30. Visit alexandriava.gov/Earthday for a printable pass to ride DASH to the event.
Parking is available in the George Washington Middle School parking lot, adjacent to the Lenny Harris Memorial Fields.
In case of inclement weather, the event will be relocated to the George Washington Middle School, 1005 Mount Vernon Avenue.
For more information, visit www.alexandriava.gov/Earthday or call the Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592.
The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the City’s Human Rights Code and the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request a reasonable accommodation or to request materials in an alternative format, call Cheryl Lawrence at 703.746.5419 (VA Relay711), or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Natasha Garcia Andersen (Earth Day Chair, Field of Environmental Science)
Scott Barstow (Citizen)
Susan Gitlin (Vice-Chair, Citizen)
Geoffrey Goode (Citizen)
John Irizarry (Field of Environmental Science)
James Kapsis (Chair, Citizen)
Aaron Karty (Field of Environmental Science)
Jessica Lassetter (Urban Planning)
Stephen Milone (Citizen)
Tyler Orton (Secretary, Citizen)
Carolyn Schroeder (Field of Environmental Science)
Kyle Winslow (Citizen Member)
Meeting Date & Time for Previous & Forthcoming Events
June 20, 2016 - Regular Meeting
June 6, 2016 - Work Session
May 16, 2016 - Regular Meeting
May 2, 2016 - Work Session
April 18, 2016 - Regular Meeting
April 4, 2016 - Regular Meeting
March 21, 2016 - Regular Meeting
February 22, 2016 - Regular Meeting
February 8, 2016 - Regular Meeting
December 21, 2015 - Regular Meeting
November 16, 2015 - Regular Meeting
October 19, 2015 - Regular Meeting
October 5, 2015 - Work Session
September 28, 2015 - Regular Meeting
September 14, 2015 - Work Session - Agenda
July 6, 2015 - Work Session - Agenda
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.
- Eco-City Progress Report & Key Environmental Indicators
- EPC Letters and Memos to City Council
- CSO Long Term Control Plan - May 4, 2016
- Old Town North Small Area Plan Eco-District Concept - April 26, 2016
- Urban Forestry Work Group - April 18, 2016
- Budget Letter - December 23, 2015
- Sustainability Coordinator Position - November 17, 2015
- 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
For more information, please contact:
Transportation & Environmental Services, Office of Environmental Quality