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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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 cheryl.lawrence@alexandriava.gov.


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) 

Upcoming Events

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FY2016 EPC Calendar: July 2015 - June 2016

Meeting Date & Time for Previous & Forthcoming Events

September 19, 2016 - Regular Meeting

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

Agenda and Handout Package

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

Annual Reports

Annual Report 2014

Annual Report 2013

Annual Report 2012 

Annual Report 2011 

Annual Report 2010

Annual Report 2009 

Annual Report 2008  

Annual Report 2007 

Annual Report 2006 

Annual Report 2003-2005 

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 

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Contact Us 

For more information, please contact:

William Skrabak
Transportation & Environmental Services, Office of Environmental Quality