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Events All Over

In order of occurrence:

Alexandria Earth Day Celebration, Ben Brenman Park.  It’s this Saturday from 10-2- the park is right across from Beatley Library (the one with the five triangle peaks that bug me).  The theme is green transport, so bike (they have a bike valet, and the Holmes Run Trail is very convenient), take the free shuttle from King Street Metro, or take the AT8 bus.  I’ll be in class, so we can’t hang out, but there’s a tree sale and lots of booths!  Plus the Eco City people will be announcing their Phase II draft of our Environmental Plan.  More on that later.

Phoenix Bikes 2009 Bike Show.  April 30th, 7-9 at the Dome Theatre in Arlington- 1101 Wilson Blvd.  Tickets are $20 online, and $30 at the door.  Proceeds benefit the same bike repair/recycling and teaching shop that I got my little white Peugeot from a couple years ago- it’s a great program.  Plus, raffle.  And drinks, food, and smoothies, bicycle blended.  Also helmet tattoos.  Should be a thing!  See you there?

Eco City Open House- May 11, comment on the Action Plan Phase II draft.  Houston Rec Center, 901 Wythe, 6:30 to 9 again.  You know the drill!  Except a call to action, and citizen commitments.

Eco City Cafe Thursday Night

6:00, Lee Center, March 19th, another open session on the Eco-City plan medium and long-term goals.  Get all your ideas heard- they’re open until 9pm.  Check out the website for more details.

Green Building Forum Tonight

7-9pm, at the Washington Masonic Memorial.  There’s a presentation and some time for public comment on Alexandria’s Planning and Zoning Department draft plan, which is available here.  More details from the City of Alexandria website, should you wish.

See you there!

Eco-City Alexandria News

1) Recycle your christmas tree, if you can bear to take it down yet- just set it out, naked, in your curbside pickup area before 7am, January 17th (this Saturday morning).

2)  The city’s posted a list of their top ten biggest environmental accomplishments of 2008.

3) Tuesday (tomorrow), Alexandria’s Environmental Policy Comission will present their final draft of the first phase of the Environmental Action Plan for the city to the full Council.  Given their hard work and support from a few city council members, I’m betting it will be accepted.   You can find pdfs of the first phase and the EPC’s presentation to the council here.

4) On Wednesday January 28th, the city will hold a Green Building Forum from 7-9 in the Washington Masonic Memorial.  The draft proposal to be presented, along with an agenda and directions, can be found here.  If you haven’t been to the Masonic Memorial yet, it’s worth a trip for the building alone, and the possibility of finding the animatronic George Washington figure in the basement.  Yes, it talks.  Come along, I’m going, and I’m pretty sure EcoCheap is too!

5) OH SNAP Alexandria is having a restaurant week.  This is not necessarily Eco-City news, but shop local, eh?  From the list: Las Tapas is delicious; I was really looking forward to Bilbo Baggins but I found a bug in my appetizer the first time and never went back; Stardust is cute and tasty; and Pat Troy’s is way fun, but more for a big group of friends and $5 pints and sing-a-longs than a three course prix fixe.  Then again, I’ve only had the privilege of the late-night menu at Pat Troy’s, and that’s pretty hearty, so maybe I’m missing something.  And those are the only places I know and feel strongly about, so I have some sampling to do.

Reminder: Eco City Open House Tonight

It’s from 6:30 to 9:30 at the Lee Center, 1108 Jefferson St., Alexandria VA. I can’t find a schedule for the meeting, and the posted flyer (that’s a .pdf file) I just saw asked for an RSVP by November 10th, which I certainly didn’t do.  So, I can’t tell if they want us to be there the entire time, or if I’m crashing, but I’ll check it out when I can.

The Eco-City Alexandria Blog has linked the drafts of the Environmental Action Plans we as citizens are supposed to be reviewing, so you can do your homework.  If you can’t make it, emailed suggestions are welcome (eco-cityalexandra (at) alexandriava.com).

See you there!

Eco City Action Plan Meeting November 17th

So’s you know- the Eco City Alexandria Initiative has hit that stage where the city has a Plan. There’s an Open House at the Lee Center Lee Center from 6:30 to 9:30 next Monday, where we can comment on their short-term Environmental Action Plan. If you’d like a say on what the city does to get an ecostart over the next three years, stop by- or email eco-cityalexandra (at) alexandriava.com.

Eco-City Alexandria Has A Blog

It’s been up since September, which makes me wonder else I’m missing when I search the intertubes.  Check it out, they’re asking some interesting questions and getting some input for the city’s initiative.  They’re at the Eco-City Alexandria blog.


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