Projects & Plans: Environment

Page updated on Jan 18, 2016 at 1:15 PM



Eco-City Alexandria is a strategic effort to achieve sustainability. We seek to create an environmentally, economically and socially healthy city where people can live, work and play for decades to come.

The Four Mile Run Restoration Project Is a joint venture to restore 2.3 miles of highly degraded stream within the hardened flood control channel. This page provides a brief history of the area and information on this planning process.


Green Buildings have been identified by the City as a major component of its commitment to sustainable development. The City’s initiatives through its strategic plan, commitment to Green Building of City facilities, and the adoption and phased implementation of the Eco-City Charter lay the foundations for the wider adoption of Green Building practice in the City of Alexandria.

The Open Space Plan established a framework to address the City’s short and longer term open space needs by acknowledging and protecting the City’s existing open spaces and identifying additional open space opportunities for the future.


RiverRenew is a solution to address Alexandria’s combined sewer overflows (CSOs) in order to meet legislation to improve water quality in Hooffs Run, Hunting Creek and the Potomac River. The legislation requires that CSOs from all combined sewer outfalls in the City be addressed by July 1, 2025.

There are approximately 20,000 street trees in Alexandria, as well as many thousands more in parks and on the grounds of public facilities (libraries, museums, administrative buildings, and schools).  Urban Forest management activities include tree pruning, removal of diseased or dead trees, and planting new or replacement trees.


The City has developed a strategic plan for managing the City of Alexandria’s solid waste for the next twenty years. The goal of this plan is to achieve environmental benefits, to be financially prudent, and incorporate the values of our community.


Implementation of the Waterfront Small Area Plan is beginning with flood mitigation, as directed by Council and supported by the community as determined through the "Waterfront Phasing and Funding Plan" efforts.

Consistent with the City Council approved 2003 Windmill Hill Park plan, the City of Alexandria is replacing the existing bulkhead with a natural shoreline.