Last June, ACTion Alexandria announced the winners of the Green Ideas Challenge, a competition to find the best ideas for making Alexandria greener and cleaner. Thanks to a generous sponsorship from The Dominion Foundation, ACTion was able to fund four projects benefiting Alexandria. Six months into the projects, ACTion went back to check in with the 2014 grantees.
From April-May, ACTion asked you for your best ideas for making Alexandria an even greener, more sustainable place to live. You rose to the challenge and submitted 17 amazing ideas. Thank you for your creativity and innovation!
There's nothing like a warm weekend of outdoor activities to make you appreciate how beautiful Alexandria really is. From taking photos of the cherry blossoms to biking on the Mount Vernon Trail to bird watching by the Potomac River, Alexandria is full of opportunities to enjoy the outdoors.
Registration is required. At this workshop you will learn how to build, install and maintain a rain barrel, and take one home! Cost for a build your own barrel is $55 for each barrel with PayPal/credit card payment or by check. Limit 2 rain barrels per household at each workshop.
What better place for learning through the arts than outdoors? Exuberant and boisterous or contemplative and inspired, in all its forms-dance, music, storytelling, drama, poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture and weaving-there are many great reasons to experience the arts outdoors.
How would you make Alexandria a greener, more sustainable community?
Eco-City Alexandria, Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission, and ACTion Alexandria have teamed up to launch the Alexandria Green Ideas Challenge. We asked Alexandria citizens to share their ideas for creating a greener, more sustainable community.
All the ideas have been submitted and now it's time to vote for the winners!
The best three citizen ideas will win a total of $500 in cash prizes and a chance at $2,000 in mini grants to turn their Green Idea into a reality.
Come one, come all! It's time to get dirty. On November 12th, we'll be cleaning up the Holmes Run Parkway area with a rain date set for November 19th. It is a great way to give back to the community and to teach our kids about littering. We'll be meeting at the Beatley Bridge. Garbage bags will be available for you to use, but you'll want to bring your own gloves to the site.
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.
The Bike Repair Fair will be a free event held Sunday, October 23rd starting at 12:00PM in the Arlandria Community on Elbert Avenue. This event will provide the tools and volunteer support to locals who need their bike fixed or have questions about their bikes.
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.
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.
George Washington Middle School sponsored science and service work day project at Four Mile Run Park in the City of Alexandria, with Earth Force and the City of Alexandria Dept. RPCA, Horticulture and Natural Resources Section. On June 13, GW Middle School students, instructors, and site leaders gathered along the tidal shore and mudflats of Four Mile Run to remove the invasive exotic Purple Loosestrife (Lythrum salicaria), collect water quality data, study macroinvertebrates, and clean-up litter.
The Clean City and Environment Quality of Life Indicators help us measure the extent to which we live in an Alexandria where our houses, streets, neighborhoods and parks are clean and well-kept, free of garbage, environmental hazards and pests so that everyone can fully enjoy our beautiful city.