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?

EAP Phase One Update Adopted by City Council

After a year of hard work in collaboration with City staff, the Phase One Update to Alexandria's Environmental Action Plan 2030 (EAP) was unanimously adopted by City Council at the Public Hearing on Saturday, October 13, 2018. The docket items sent for consideration by Council and information about the second phase of the EAP Update process can be found on the Eco-City Alexandria webpage

  • To see a copy of the EPC Recommended Actions for the Environmental Action Plan Phase One Update, please see the April 30, 2018 EPC Work Session materials below.

Related Meeting

October Planning Commission Meeting 

The next Planning Commission meeting will take place on Tuesday October 2, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber of City Hall. The docket includes a period for public comment and Commission consideration of the EAP Phase One Update "Green Building" and "Land Use and Open Space" sections (only). For more information, please contact Kendra Jacobs in Planning and Zoning at kendra.jacobs@alexandriava.gov or 703.746.3844.    

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)
  •  Craig Berry (Urban Planning)
  • Michael Kulas (Citizen)
  • Brendan Owens (Environmental Laws)
  • Carolyn Schroeder (Field of Environmental Science)
  • Reid Sherman (Citizen)
  • Sean Wilson (Alexandria Business Community) 

Work Sessions and Regular Meetings

FY2019 EPC Calendar (July 2018 - June 2019)

December 3, 2018

November 19, 2018 Regular Meeting

November 5, 2018 Work Session PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE: Room 1101 City Hall

October 15, 2018 Regular Meeting

October 1 Work Session is cancelled.

September 24, 2018 Regular Meeting

September 2018: No Work Session due to Annual Retreat

September 8, 2018 Annual Retreat

August 20, 2018 Work Session

FY2018 Meetings and Work Sessions

June 18, 2018 Regular Meeting

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

June 2018: No Work Session

May 21, 2018 Regular Meeting

May 7, 2018 Work Session - Cancelled

April 30, 2018 Work Session

April 23, 2018 Work Session

April 16, 2018  Work Session

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

February 2018: No Work Session due to Winter Retreat

February 3, 2018 Winter Retreat

January 22, 2018 Regular Meeting

January 8, 2018 Work Session - Cancelled

December 18, 2017 Regular Meeting

November 13, 2017 Regular Meeting

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

October 16, 2017 Regular Meeting

October 2, 2017 Work Session

September 9, 2017 Annual Retreat

FY2017 Meetings and Work Sessions

June, 19, 2017 Regular Meeting

May 15, 2017  Regular Meeting

May 1, 2017 Work Session

April 17, 2017 Regular Meeting

April 3, 2017 Work Session

March 13, 2017 Regular Meeting

February 27, 2017 Work Session

January 23, 2017 Regular Meeting

December 2016 - Regular Meeting cancelled

November 21, 2016 - Regular Meeting

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

September 19, 2016 - Regular Meeting

Regular Meeting or Work Session Materials prior to FY2017 available on request. 

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 email Eco-CityAlexandria@alexandriava.gov 

Additional Information 

Eco-City Progress Report & Key Environmental Indicators

EPC Letters and Memos 

Eco-City Alexandria Documents

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

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