Alexandrians to Nominate Local Environmental Stewards


Alexandrians to Nominate Local Environmental Stewards

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Do you know a person or organization in Alexandria who works to protect our environment and natural resources? Consider nominating them for the 2021 Ellen Pickering Award. Nominations must be received by March 25.  

For Immediate Release: February 25, 2021 

Ellen Pickering Award

The Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission and Alexandria Renew Enterprises are seeking nominees for the Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award. This award recognizes members of the Alexandria community who demonstrate a commitment to protecting the environment and preserving local natural resources. Nominations must be received by March 25.  

The City of Alexandria and AlexRenew will celebrate Earth Day 2021 with a number of virtual activities throughout April and will announce the Pickering award winner during the virtual Alexandria Earth Day event on April 22.

The award was established to honor the legacy of the late Ellen Pickering, a former member of both the City Council and the board of Alexandria Renew Enterprises (formerly the Alexandria Sanitation Authority). Pickering, a long-standing advocate for environmental conservation, worked to ensure that the Potomac River waterfront was accessible to the public and not reserved for private interests. She also helped create the Mount Vernon Trail between Alexandria and Washington, and managed the installation of 1,000 resident-donated cherry trees during her tenure as chair of the Alexandria Beautification Commission.  

The Award Committee includes representatives from Alexandria Renew Enterprises, the Environmental Policy Commission and members of Pickering’s family. Each year the committee awards an individual or organization for their work in caring for our environment in active, demonstrable ways.  

Visit for more information about the Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award, including eligibility criteria, nominating requirements and the selection process. 

For media inquiries, contact Rich Bindell, Strategic Communications Strategist, at or at 703-3500 ext. 2231. 

About AlexRenew
Led by a five-member citizen board, Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) is a special-purpose wastewater authority serving over 300,000 people in the City of Alexandria and parts of Fairfax County. AlexRenew treats an average of 35 million gallons of wastewater per day at its Water Resource Recovery Facility, located in Alexandria, Virginia’s southwest quadrant. For more information, please visit