Heather Schaefer's Blog

What Are You Up To This Weekend?

Check out one of these events this weekend!

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Health Alexandria, environment, park, Trash, water

Invasive Removals at Dora Kelley Park - This Saturday!

Each month, Northern Virginia Conservation Trust (NVCT) holds an invasive plant removal event at Dora Kelley Park. This month will be a little different.  The park greatly needs help repairing some of the trails.  After Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Nate rolled through our area, the park received a great deal of water and flooding.  Many of the trails were damaged as a result, and the staff has had to spend a lot of time returning them to a user-friendly state.

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Environment Alexandria, environment, Invasives, parks, recreation

2011 Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities Needs Assessment Findings Are In!

The Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities conducted a Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment Survey during May and June of 2011. The purpose of the survey was to establish priorities for the future development of parks, recreation, cultural facilities, programs and services within your community.

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Environment, Health culture, environment, health, parks, recreation

Fun, Indoors & Eco-friendly

With all this rain and flooding, I'm not too crazy about being outside right now. Though the rain may let up a bit for the weekend, it's still pretty soggy, muddy and flooded around town. What to do?

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Arts & Culture, Environment art, environment, recycle

BPAC Looking For Volunteers

 

The Alexandria Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) has been conducting counts of bicyclists and pedestrians at locations throughout the City of Alexandria as part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project.  Our first set of counts, in July 2011, showed large numbers on the Mt. Vernon Trail and at locations that are connected to that trail by paved trails or bicycle lanes.  As new facilities open, we hope to see numbers rise all over Alexandria.

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Environment

City of Alexandria and GenOn Agree to Close Potomac River Generating Station

It feels a bit like Christmas today.
 
This was released this morning from the City of Alexandria:

The City of Alexandria and GenOn Energy have reached an agreement to permanently close the company’s Potomac River Generating Station, which began operating in 1949.  To facilitate the retirement of the plant, the City of Alexandria will release approximately $3

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Environment

Intern for Sierra Club this Fall: Get School Credit for Protecting the Planet

Make an impact this fall by Promoting Renewable Energy, Protecting the Potomac, Battling Big Coal and more!


The Sierra Club is seeking passionate students concerned about the environment, especially with specific interest in climate change and/or skills with online and social media, to intern in our Alexandria office this fall.

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Environment

Environmental Groups Hold Final Stop on “Road to Clean Energy Tour

Activists Raise 18-Foot Inflatable Inhaler to Highlight Health Impacts of Alexandria’s Coal-Fired Power Plant

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Environment

Road to Clean Energy Tour - August 18th

This week the Wise Energy for Virginia Coalition will launch a Road to Clean Energy Tour to draw attention to the health risks of air pollution from coal-fired power plants. The tour will hold events at stops in Virginia Beach, Richmond, and Alexandria, Va., respectively. 

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Environment

Alexandria City Hall Green Roof Project

Starting Monday, August 8th, you will see an exciting new addition under construction at City Hall.  The City is installing vegetative “green” roofing on the East and West courtyard structures of City Hall, funded by a grant received through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s, Department of Energy’s, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant program.

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Environment environment