eco Schools


For saving energy equivalent to removing 454 cars from the roads, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) earned the Award for Energy Stewardship from Energy Education, a national company focused on energy education programs. During the Alexandria City School Board meeting on March 17, representatives from Energy Education presented a plaque in recognition of the division’s efforts to implement an innovative, people-oriented energy conservation and management program. Read more at .

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So what the h**l is happening with Climate Change Science?

Come and find out. EPA lecture at City Hall, 15th March 7.30p room 2000. Is Alexandria going to be swept under the sea? What was Climategate? Why are parts on Antarctica growing and other parts shrinking/ Should I cancel my summer holiday in Greenland? Come and find out.

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Descruffilization of Alexandria

There are times when the city can look right scruffy. Litter is the issue. Litter dropped in ignorance by those who do know better or litter blown from open recycling bins on the day of curbside collection.

Let’s all make a resolution to pick up litter as we see it and put it in the nearest bin and to spur our neighbourhood associations into a routine cleanup from time to time.

Apart from blighting the look of a city that depends on tourism for its income, litter is also a curse once it gets into the storm water system, and then the river and then the Bay.

Pick it up!


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Green Buildings

Green Building Workshop Series – Saturday, February 5
An Eco-City Alexandria Initiative

Workshop #1 of 6 – Greening Your Home, Apartment, or Small Business

The City of Alexandria invites members of the public to attend the first Eco-City Alexandria Green Building Workshop on February 5 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. located in City Hall, 301 King Street, Sister Cities Room 1101.  Learn do-it-yourself improvements to save energy and increase comfort for your home, apartment or small business.  Participants are encouraged to RSVP by e-mail to Door prize awarded at event.

For more information on the workshop series call the Office of Environmental Quality at 703.746.4065 or visit To learn more about the City’s green building efforts visit


  • Energy Audits for Home and Small Business, March 19, 201, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library, 5005 Duke Street
  • The Green Landscape: For you and the Chesapeake Bay, May 7, 2011, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m at Cora Kelly Elementary School, 25 West Reed Avenue

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More News from Alexandria Schools

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System-wide Green Activities and Awards

In addition to ensuring capital improvements are energy efficient and earth-friendly, ACPS has implemented and is in the process of implementing numerous complementary activities that address climate management and water quality. ACPS recycles at all of its schools, to include commercial composting. In the fall of 2009 ACPS replaced polystyrene trays with paper, compostable “boats” for breakfast service, saving approximately $7,000 and preventing nearly 500,000 trays from being incinerated. ACPS is partnering with the City of Alexandria in the development and implementation of a green roof at Cora Kelly Elementary School as a component of the Four Mile Run Restoration Project, funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Additionally, plans are underway to begin an UltraUrban Best Management Practices (BMP) project for storm water management at Charles Barrett Elementary School. The ACPS Facilities office has identified an Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Coordinator and utilizes the EPA’s Indoor Air Quality Tools for Schools to improve indoor air quality.

Academically, Learning Gardens in 13 schools feature different themes and are utilized to teach students about habitats, and to nurture the living things within them. Each garden also teaches aspects of Virginia’s Standards of Learning. High school students at T.C. Williams High School built a solar house in 2007 in a Building Trades course. Additionally, ACPS supports a Green Apprenticeship program in partnership with the Alexandria Court Services Unit, Alexandria JobLink, and the Alexandria Seaport Foundation. This after-school program provides basic job skills and green technology concepts to high school students at risk for delinquent and/or gang activity.

These ACPS activities are consistent with the City of Alexandria’s Eco-City Charter and Action Plan, which includes goals of educating the general public, and the city’s children, about environmental issues, to include greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the city recently passed legislation requiring that all future renovations and new construction of multi-family and municipal buildings must meet the requirements for LEED Silver certification.

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Clean Air Act Saved

Once again the Clean Air Act came under threat and once again it was saved – but only just. Why do some people want to put business ahead of health – and then get re-elected for this stance?

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Another ACPS Success

Nancy Bort’s seventh grade classes in Francis C. Hammond I won the Earth Force classroom of the year for the Capital Region for the second year in a row! They were presented with a very nice plaque and a $500 Staples gift certificate. Their Earth Force project was to create an interactive Web site so others can learn about watersheds and how to help our environment, specifically our local community. Visit the Web site at .

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