Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award
The Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award recognizes members of the Alexandria community who demonstrate a commitment to protecting the environment and preserving local natural resources.
About Ellen Pickering
The award is named in honor of Frances Ellen Pickering's lifelong dedication to preservation and conservation in the City of Alexandria. Mrs. Pickering was a long-time city activist who first gained recognition for her lobbying efforts more than 40 years ago that ultimately helped to create the Mount Vernon Trail between Alexandria and Washington, DC.
An active preservationist and conservationist, she was deeply committed to preserving and enhancing the City's waterfront. She urged the adoption of the City's Open Space Plan, lobbied to preserve Founder's Park and protect it from high-rise development, and implemented the planting of 1,000 citizen-donated cherry trees during her tenure as chair of the Alexandria Beautification Commission.
Mrs. Pickering was elected to City Council as an independent, serving for one term between 1976 and 1979. She also served on numerous City boards and commissions, including the Alexandria Beautification Commission, the Alexandria Sanitation Authority, the Ad Hoc Committee on Potomac Yard, the Potomac Greens Task Force, and the Open Space Steering Committee. She also chaired the Northern Virginia Conservation Council for many years. She won two Salute to Women Awards from the City's Commission on Women; she was also an active member of the League of Women Voters and the Alexandria chapter of the American Association of University Women.
Residents, groups, clubs, organizations or corporations may be nominated. To be eligible, nominees must live within the City of Alexandria, and corporations, organizations and other groups must operate within the City of Alexandria. The actions of the nominees must have a direct impact on protecting the natural environment and natural resources within the City of Alexandria.
Selection will be made by a special committee of Alexandria Renew Enterprises, the Environmental Policy Commission, and members of Mrs. Pickering’s family.
Subject matter applicable to the award criteria include natural resource preservation, energy conservation, education outreach regarding environmental sustainability, water preservation, water conservation, waste reduction and/or materials reuse/recycling, climate change mitigation and promotion of clean air.
Those making nominations may also refer to the Alexandria’s Eco-City Charter, adopted in 2008, and the Environmental Action Plan 2030, adopted in in 2009. Both documents define the guiding principles of environmental sustainability. Visit the Eco-City Alexandria page for more information.
Submissions must include the following:
- The nominee’s name, address, and telephone number, or the key individual to contact if a nominee is an organization.
- The name, address, and telephone number of the person nominating the candidate must be included.
- A brief description (not to exceed one page) of the nominee’s accomplishments and qualifications for the Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award.
Previous Award Winners
- 2019 - Kurt Moser
- 2018 - Judy Noritake
- 2017 - Katharine Dixon
- 2016 - St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School
- 2015 - Pete Raack
- 2014 - UpCycle Creative Reuse Center
- 2013 - Danielle Fidler
- 2012 - Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
- 2011 - Samantha Ahdoot
- 2010 - Montie Kust
- 2009 - Elizabeth Chimento and Poul Hertel