Danielle Fidler Named Winner of This Year’s Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award

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The City of Alexandria, Alexandria Renew Enterprises (formerly the Alexandria Sanitation Authority) and the Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission have announced that Danielle Fidler is the winner of this year’s Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award. As part of the City’s Eco-City Alexandria initiative, the award will be presented at Alexandria’s Earth Day 2013 celebration on Saturday, April 20 at Ben Brenman Park. A tree will also be planted in Fidler’s honor.

Fidler served on the Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission for 10 years as member, vice chair, and chair. Despite being a busy environmental attorney, she still found the time to develop and drive to completion the landmark Eco-City Alexandria Charter and Environmental Action Plan.

The award is named in honor of the late Ellen Pickering and her lifelong dedication to City preservation and conservation. She helped create the Mount Vernon Trail between Alexandria and Washington and urged the adoption of the City’s Open Space Plan. Pickering also implemented the planting of 1,000 resident-donated cherry trees during her tenure as Chair of the Alexandria Beautification Commission. She was a member of the Alexandria Sanitation Authority’s Board of Directors and also served on the City Council and numerous boards and commissions.

For more information, contact Kathleen Leonard, Public Information Officer, Department of Transportation & Environmental Services (T&ES), at 703.746.4027, or kathleen.leonard@alexandriava.gov.