Join AlexRenew at the James M. Duncan Jr. Branch Library on February 12, as we dive into the past, present, and future of Alexandria’s waterways.
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One of the many joys of serving a community like Alexandria is seeing the passion so many have for our local waterways. This excitement was on full display at our third annual Water Discovery Day, held on Saturday, September 14 at Four Mile Run Park.
Keeping Alexandria beautiful isn’t something that happens on its own. It takes people and organizations willing to roll up their sleeves and put in the hard work to make our city a cleaner, healthier place for everyone.
Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew), with cooperation from the National Park Service (NPS), today announced the release of the Environmental Assessment (EA) for RiverRenew, a major infrastructure program to prevent millions of gallons of pollution from reaching Alexandria’s waterways. RiverRenew is being implemented in response to a 2017 Virginia law that requires remediation of Alexandria’s four existing outfalls by July 1, 2025. On rainy days, sewage mixed with rainwater overflows into local waterbodies at these outfalls.
Most avid cyclists would be quick to share stories of their rides in nature. And nothing is quite as nice as riding alongside our waterways, following the natural path that water takes as it travels through our communities. But there's another waterway that's equally important: the one that transports dirty water from homes and businesses to a water resource recovery facility, and then returned to its source.
Get ready for another creative way to learn about water in Alexandria!
AlexRenew Enterprises' Environmental Center (EC) serves as the headquarters for its administrative offices, and as a meeting space for local citizens, so it's safe to say that it serves its community well in multiple capacities. Now it's time to add something new to that list: polling site.
AlexRenew will host a special facility tour in honor of Infrastructure Week on Thursday, May 16, starting at 2:30pm. The tour is open to the public and will offer visitors a chance to learn more about the process our team of water transformers uses to clean our community's used water and return it to the Potomac River. We have room for 30 people, so sign up right away to ensure your spot!
(April 27, 2019 – ALEXANDRIA, Va.) – Today, the City of Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission and Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) presented the 2019 Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award to Kurt Moser, a former member of the Environmental Policy Commission who helped develop Alexandria’s ECO-City Charter. Representatives of AlexRenew, the City of Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission, and the Pickering family presented the award to Moser at the city’s annual Earth Day event.
City of Alexandria Mayor Justin Wilson and AlexRenew Board Chairman John Hill recently co-wrote an opinion piece for the Alexandria Gazette Packet on the importance of investing in our local waterways.
Every year, the AlexRenew team looks forward to celebrating Earth Day. It’s a time of year to reflect on all the ways we rely upon and interact with our environment, and remind ourselves to do everything in our power to preserve this amazing planet that we call home. It’s also a great time to challenge yourself by finding ways to reduce your carbon footprint and practice water conservation. Most importantly, we recall the history of this global event as we call upon ourselves to take action and do something positive to support environmental protection.
You’re Invited! Take advantage of an opportunity to learn about how to become an AlexRenew vendor and what it takes to win contracts with us. You’re invited to attend two free public information sessions for businesses large and small.
The City of Alexandria and Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) have announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia plans to provide $25 million toward the “RiverRenew” community megaproject to remediate Alexandria’s combined sewer system. The General Assembly adopted the allocation as part of the state budget amendments for Fiscal Year 2020, which will be sent to the Governor for signature next month.
The Virginia General Assembly signaled it wants to award the city $25 million for the RiverRenew project, which will replace 200-year-old sewer lines in Old Town.
The call for nominations for the 11th Annual Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award is upon us!
The award is named in honor of Frances Ellen Pickering's lifelong dedication to preservation and conservation in the City of Alexandria. Mrs. Pickering was a long-time City activist who first gained recognition for her lobbying efforts more than 31 years ago that ultimately helped to create the Mount Vernon Trail between Alexandria and Washington, DC.
AlexRenew's Environmental Center recently was featured in Treatment Plant Operator Magazine as an example of how to engage and inform citizens of the role they play in their community's water cycle!
Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) has introduced “RiverRenew” as the name for the proposed solution to remediate the City’s combined sewer outfalls. Formerly Alexandria’s Wet Weather Program, RiverRenew is a major initiative that will prevent millions of gallons of sewage mixed with rainwater from reaching Alexandria’s waterways.
The AlexRenew Environmental Center added a second “Most Innovative Project” award to its resume following the United States Green Building Council - National Capital Region’s (USGBC-NCR’s) 2018 Community Project Awards ceremony. The Environmental Center was named the year’s most innovative project in the new construction category.
Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) was recently awarded the Excellence in Management Platinum recognition from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The honor celebrates AlexRenew’s commitment to sustainable, successful programs that exemplify the attributes of an effectively managed utility.