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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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 13 members, including from the field of environmental sciences, urban planning, the business community, citizen-at-large members, and a 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.

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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 the City.


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

EDITH CECCHINI, Citizen Member
EAP 2040 Focus Area:  Solid Waste and Water Resources
Current Term: October 2019 - October 2021
Contact:  edith.cecchini@gmail.com

KATHIE HOEKSTRA, Field of Environmental Science
EAP 2040 Focus Area:  Climate Change and Energy
Current Term:  November 2019 - November 2021
Contact:  391deltacharlie@gmail.com

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.com

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
EAP 2040 Focus Area:  Green Buildings and Land Use/Open Space
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  


FY2020 Meetings and Work Sessions

FY2020 EPC Calendar (July 2019 - June 2020)


December 16, 2019 Meeting

Agenda 

Staff Report

  1. Encroachment Mitigation
  2. Existing Conditions
  3. Mitigation Chart
  4. RPA Exception 
  5. Sept. 5 
  6. WQIA
  7. Selected Sheets
  8. UDR Newport

Staff Presentation

RPCA Presentation

November 18, 2019 Meeting

Agenda

Meeting Minutes October 21, 2019

EPC Calendar Final FY2020

EAP 2040 Implementation Work Plan

EPC Draft Letter Smart Scale

Resource Protection Area (RPA) Exception Request

RPA Exception Request Process

Presentation: Standing for Tomorrow

Presentation: DASH Electric Bus Program Update

Presentation:  Alexandria Transit Vision Plan Update

October 21, 2019 Meeting

Agenda

Presentation: WasteSmart Plan 

WasteSmart Progress Chart

RPA Map (Final)

Article XIII Environmental Management (Alexandria Zoning)  (12/7/18)

Meeting Minutes (draft 9/30/19)


September 30, 2019 Meeting

Agenda 

Presentation:  Stormwater Management Strategies 

Alexandria Energy Awareness Month Proclamation 

Alexandria Climate Emergency Resolution (draft)

EPC Budget Recommendation Letter

September 21, 2019 Retreat Meeting

Agenda

Presentations:

September 9, 2019 Work Session

Agenda and Meeting Package

EPC Annual Report FY 2019

EPC Annual Attendance Report FY 2019

Meeting Minutes 6.17.19


FY2019 Meetings and Work Sessions

Please visit the FY2019 Meetings and Work Sessions page to review all Environmental Policy Commission meeting materials.


FY2018 Meetings and Work Sessions

Please visit the FY2018 Meetings and Work Sessions page to review all Environmental Policy Commission meeting materials.


FY2017 Meetings and Work Sessions

Please visit the FY2017 Meetings and Work Sessions page to review all Environmental Policy Commission meeting materials.

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


Annual Reports

Visit the Environmental Policy Commission Annual Report page to see reports on EPC activities, yearly highlights and leadership.


Additional Information 

Visit the EPC Additional Information page to review Eco-City Progress Reports & Key Environmental Indicators, EPC Letters & Memos along with other additional documents.

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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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