The City of Alexandria will be hosting a Green Building Forum on January 28, 2009 from 7-9 PM at the George Washington National Memorial Masonic Temple (101 Callahan Drive). According to the Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning green building in Alexandria webpage (click there for the full background information), the public forum will:
- Present information on green building benefits and practices
- Present a draft Green Building policy
- Obtain public input and support for the policy
- Review next steps
Since the forum will be structured with the public in mind, there will be an opportunity to comment upon the panel’s discussion. The panel will discuss (and the citizenry are encouraged to comment upon):
- The importance of Green Buildings to the City and the Region
- How the City is already incorporating Green Buildings into public and private projects
- A draft Green Building policy
- Questions and Public Comment
This forum will be the public’s prime opportunity to learn and comment upon the City’s emerging green building policy. The information presented and the comments provided will be taken into account when the draft Green Building Report is finalized and presented to the Planning Commission and City Council for further deliberation and action.
The draft agenda reveals that the EPC’s very own Peter Pennington (see the bottom of the page) will be giving “The Eco City Perspective” at the forum. His Churchillian defense of the environment is worth seeing in its own right and I can only imagine how it will sound in such a distinguished building.
You can access the draft green building policy recommendations online. The first three pages of the document are immensely helpful because they brought me up to speed on where the City has been and where it intends to go.
Your author is going to try his best to attend. I hope to see you all there.
P.S. – Many thanks to Growler for posting this information!