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Eco-City Alexandria and Community Indicators – Lunchtime Forum – July 14th

June 29, 2011
Alexandria Quality of Life Initiative Lunchtime Workshop Series Cosponsored by ACT for Alexandria ■ City of Alexandria ■ Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria ■ Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy

Eco-City Alexandria and Community Indicators

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Noon -1pm

Beginning in spring 2007, the City of Alexandria partnered with Virginia Tech’s Urban Affairs and Planning Program (UAP) to design and facilitate a new, strategic collaborative planning process, called Eco-City Alexandria, to create an Eco-City Charter and Environmental Action Plan to guide Alexandria toward sustainability. Eco-Cities are places where people can live healthier and economically productive lives while reducing their impact on the environment. They work to harmonize existing policies, regional realities, and economic and business markets with their natural resources and environmental assets. Eco-Cities strive to engage all citizens in collaborative and transparent decision making, while being mindful of social equity concerns.

As part of this effort, the Eco-City Alexandria team conducted an inventory of existing City programs and plans and examined best practices from across the country and around the world to create a Compendium of Model Programs and Practices. Join us for an indepth conversation about the ‘lessons learned’ from creating these indicators and how they are being used to support the Alexandria Eco-City Charter.

Speakers include:

  • Bill Skrabak, Director, Office of Environmental Quality, Department of Transportation and Environmental Services, City of Alexandria
  • Joe Schilling, Professor of Practice, VT Urban Affairs and Planning Program and part of the Eco-City Project team

LOCATION: Charles Houston Recreation Center, 901 Wythe Street, Alexandria, Va. 22314

Street parking nearby and also accessible via Alexandria’s DASH bus service

No charge to attend. Free lunch provided. Seating is limited; please RSVP by Wednesday, July 13 at http://tinyurl.com/43o282.

For more information, contact Beth Offenbacker, Ph.D., Virginia Tech Center for Public Administration and Policy at boffen@vt.edu or 703 623 4811.

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