Happy New Year

I hope that you all had a wonderful and restful holiday season. The EPC took a short, but much needed break, but we’re back at it today. We have a meeting at 7:30 PM in the Sister Cities Conference Room (1st floor) Room 2000 at City Hall.

On Tuesday the EPC will present its yearly report to the City Council for review and formally receive Phase I of the Environmental Action Plan (EAP I). Citizens are encouraged to attend to air their opinion of the EAP I to the Council. The Council is scheduled to pass the “do-not-deliver” ordinance which will empower Alexandrians to place themselves on a list that directing businessess not to deliver unsolicited newspapers to their address. Your author supports this piece of legislation because it will reduce the amount of unwanted mailings delivered to residents. Not only will this ordinance  reduce the city’s carbon footprint because trucks delivering the newspapers will have less to carry, but it could also make recycling easier for residents, thereby reducing the amount of solid waste the city produces. (Source: News8 “Alexandria Prepares to Battle Unwanted Newspaper Deliveries”)

On a sadder note, fellow commission member Dave Evans resigned last month. Evans was a vital member of the energy and global climatic change and emerging threat sub-committees. He received his doctorate in economics from the University of Maryland in 2007 and his presence and skills will be greatly missed. His replacement will have big shoes to fill.

I updated the blog by adding links to many of Alexandria’s citizen/neighborhood associations. I know managing this list will be an on-going project, but I hope it is one that will continue to grow and promote discussion amongst all of Alexandria’s stakeholders. I was directed to another DC metro green blog, Going Green DC, which I added and hope you will check out when you decide to going into the District.

Thanks for all of your support in 2008. 2009 is going to be a monumental year for our evolving Eco-City and I hope to this blog will make it even easier for Alexandrians to take ownership greening our community.

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