City Announces Top Ten Environmental Accomplishments of 2012
In 2012, the City and community achieved one of the City’s long-term goals--permanently closing the GenOn Potomac River Generating Station, which occurred on October 1.
Other major environmental accomplishments in 2012 include achieving the highest-ever solid waste recycling rate of 48.4%; launching Capital Bikeshare’s eight bikeshare stations in Old Town; acquiring new hybrid trolleys and buses operated by DASH; and installing solar photovoltaic panels at the Beatley Library, Witter Fields, and Alexandria Renew Enterprises. For these efforts, the City was recognized at the highest level, Platinum, by the Virginia Municipal League as part of its Green Government Challenge. Click the attachment to see the full list of accomplishments.
Code Change for Unsafe Buildings
The Department of Code Administration has announced a future code change to strengthen requirements for buildings under construction that become unsafe. The code change, which has passed the Codes and Standards Committee of the Virginia Board of Housing and Community Development, will go to the full board soon as part of the consensus changes for the 2012 Virginia Building Code. This code change was developed in response to City Council’s request for legislation in the 2012 General Assembly to address unsafe building conditions. Considerable work with the Virginia Home Builder’s Association, the Office and Building Managers Association, and the Department of Housing and Community Development brought consensus to the change that allowed for easy passage of this change. Once approved by the full board, the change will be published in the Virginia Registry as a part of the 2012 Virginia Construction Code, which is anticipated to be adopted by the end of 2013.
GenOn Makes it Official; Permits Revoked
After closing its doors for business in October 2012, officials with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and GenOn have formally agreed that the Potomac River Generating Station is closed for good. The two parties signed a letter in December acknowledging the shutdown and revoking the plant’s operating permits. The revoking of the permit was contemplated by all parties as part of the closure agreement and closing process.
Walking Trail Construction Scheduled for Founders Park
The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities will install a new pathway surface on a portion of the walking trail at Founders Park, 351 N. Union St. Approximately 180 feet of existing stone dust pathway will be resurfaced with a permeable pavement system. The pavement system, manufactured from gravel and recycled tires, will provide a firm, stable, water-permeable surface that is accessible for people with disabilities and less prone to erosion and washout. The work is weather dependent and is scheduled to occur between January 7 and January 25. For additional information, contact Jack Browand, Division Chief, at 703.746.5504 or firstname.lastname@example.org.