Restore Our Climate
Climate refers to the long-term weather patterns of a particular location. Global climate refers to those long-term weather patterns across our planet. Did you know that climate can affect nearly every aspect of our lives? Where we live, what we eat, what we wear, what wildlife and native plant species live within our City and how we travel; just to name a few.
What Can You Do?
- Calculate your carbon foot print. Using an EPA tool, see how much your actions contribute to climate change. By learning how your actions may impact climate, make decisions that can decrease that impact.
- Alexandria is bordered by the Potomac River, a tidal river that occasionally floods. One climate change impact to Alexandria is increased flooding due to increased rainfall and water flowing through the City’s infrastructure. You can visit park projects: Windmill Hill Park Living Shoreline and Four Mile Tidal Restoration that are designed to restore the natural vegetation and shoreline shape to minimize the impacts heavy rainfalls and tidal river flooding.
- Consider scheduling a
SolarizeAlexandria appointment (if you own your home) to learn if installing roof-top solar panels makes sense to energize your home. SolarizeAlexandria is a program that reduces the cost and complexity of going solar by providing a one-stop shop for education and installation. SolarizeAlexandria is now offering participants the opportunity to install battery storage systems, in addition to solar arrays and EV charging stations. Since 2015, nearly 75 Alexandrians have installed solar panels through the SolarizeAlexandria program, totaling nearly 480 kW of installed solar energy system capacity.
The purpose of the Energy and Climate Change Task Force is to provide guidance to the City of Alexandria on the effort to update the City’s Energy and Climate Change Action Plan (ECCAP). This guidance includes feedback on analyses of community greenhouse gas emissions and climate change vulnerabilities. Moreover, the Task Force will support the City's identification, evaluation, and prioritization of recommendations for additional policy, programmatic, or technology actions to achieve specific, science-based emissions reductions consistent with the Environmental Action Plan 2040 (EAP2040)’s targets and goals. All meetings are open to the public.