Sustainability Events, Outreach & Education
The City of Alexandria is working to motivate the community to take actions that make our City more sustainable. This includes ongoing educational opportunities to increase awareness of environmental challenges and provide recommendations for adoptable daily sustainable practices for residents, businesses, and City staff. Please check back for updates on educational opportunities and valuable resources.
Check back often because new events are added regularly!
ENERGY AWARENESS MONTH 2019
During October 2019, the City of Alexandria celebrated Energy Awareness Month. Energy Awareness Month 2019 is focused on informing the Alexandrian community on ways to power their lives with cleaner energy sources. From purchasing renewable energy credits to purchasing on-site generation to commuting “greener”, there are options for everyone to sustainably manage their energy use.
In March 2019, the City hosted the Eco-City Summit, a forum for community members to offer input on draft recommendations for an update of the Environmental Action Plan (EAP) 2040. Community members who attended were able to give feedback on the recommendations for all 10 topics of the EAP. Missed the event? Watch the opening remarks and the event's keynote speech, “7 Secrets to Living Your Most Sustainable Life,” given by Diane MacEachern, founder and CEO of Big Green Purse.
For a list of older events refer to the Public Engagement Event Log.
Outreach & Education
Eco-City Academy will kick off in Spring 2020. Please check back soon for dates and sign up information.
Concerned about the Climate Emergency? Interested in learning how you can do your part to protect the environment? The Alexandria City Council unanimously adopted a resolution declaring a climate emergency, recognizing that climate change poses a grave threat to everyone in Alexandria and around the world. Take the Sustainability Pledge now!
You can email your signed Sustainability Pledge to Eco-CityAlexandria@alexandriava.gov
Checkout a Thermal Camera at Alexandria Libraries
Checkout a Thermal Camera Kit: Alexandria libraries provide residents with the opportunity to checkout Thermal Camera Kits, which help residents identify hot and cold spots in one's home where energy savings opportunities may be possible. Alexandria Library customers can reserve a camera just like a book through the library catalog, and it will be shipped to your local library branch for pick up. Learn more about how to use the thermal camera.
Eco-City Resource Center
The City of Alexandria created the Eco-City Green Building Resource Center in 2012 that was funded by an Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant made possible though the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The site was one of the first municipal web pages to provide suggestions, handouts and videos for residents and businesses on energy assessments, green building resources, sustainable landscaping, and "Top 10 Tips" informational handouts.
As part of the EAP 2040 goals, the City will be updating these resources to further engage and educate residents and businesses.