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 currently consists of 10 members, including four members from the field of environmental sciences, three 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.

Find out more about City Commissions and vacancies.


What's New?

Environmental Action Plan 2040 

The updated Environmental Action Plan 2040 (EAP), adopted in July 2019, is the City's comprehensive blueprint for creating a thriving, sustainable community. The City and the Environmental Policy Commission (EPC) collaborated to develop and establish a refreshed, informed, and responsive framework for environmental decision-making going forward.  

Visit the Eco-City Alexandria page to learn more about environmental actions in Alexandria.



Environmental Policy Commission Members  

  • HUMZA ARSHAD, Alexandria Business Community
    EAP 2040 Focus Area:  Climate Change and Energy
    Current Term:  June 2019 – June 2021
    Contact:  humza@ipsunsolar.com
  • CRAIG BERRY, Field of Urban Planning
    EAP 2040 Focus Area: Solid Waste and Water Resources
    Current Term:  November 2018 – November 2020
    Contact:  berrycra@gmail.com

  • ELDON BOES, Citizen
    EAP 2040 Focus Area:  Transportation
    Current Term:  June 2019 – June 2021
    Contact:  boes509@comcast.net
  • JAMES HOOK, Field of Environmental Science
    EAP 2040 Focus Area:  Solid Waste and Water Resources 
    Current Term:  January 2019 – January 2021
    Contact:  jchook3@gmail.com
  • PRAVEEN KATHPAL, Commission Chair, Field of Environmental Science
    EAP 2040 Focus Area: Implementation, Education, Outreach and Environmental Health
    Current Term:  December 2018 – December 2020
    Contact:  praveen@kathpal.name
  • MICHAEL KULAS, Commission Secretary, Citizen
    EAP 2040 Focus Area:  Green Building and Land Use/Open Space
    Current Term:  November 2018 – November 2020
    Contact:  kulas.mike@gmail.com
  • BRENDAN OWENS, Vice-Chair, Environmental Laws and Regulation
    EAP 2040 Focus Area:  Green Building and Land Use/Open Space
    Current Term:  October 2018 – October 2020
    Contact:  bowens@usgbc.org
  • MARTA SCHANTZ, Field of Environmental Sciences
    Current Term: September 2019 – September 2021
    Contact:  martalynne14@gmail.com
  • CAROLYN SCHROEDER, Field of Environmental Science
    EAP 2040 Focus Area:  Transportation
    Current Term:  May 2018 – May 2020
    Contact:  peecefrog@gmail.com
  • REID SHERMAN, Citizen
    EAP 2040 Focus Area:  Climate Change and Energy
    Current Term:  February 2019 – February 2021
    Contact:  reid.a.sherman@gmail.com


Work Sessions and Regular Meetings

FY2020 EPC Calendar (July 2019 - June 2020)


September 30, 2019 Meeting

September 21, 2019 Retreat Meeting

Presentations

September 9, 2019 Work Session

June 17, Meeting

June 3, 2019 Work Session

May 6, 2019 Work Session

April 22, 2019 Meeting

April 1, 2019 Work Session

March 18, 2019

March 4, 2019 Work session

February 25, 2019

No work session in February

January 28, 2019

January 14, 2019 Work Session (PLEASE NOTE ROOM CHANGE: COUNCIL WORK ROOM)

December 17

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


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:

Koah Tran, Environmental Program Manager
Transportation & Environmental Services, Office of Environmental Quality 
703.746.4065

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