Alexandria Beautification Commission

Alexandria Beautification Commission The Alexandria Beautification Commission represents citizen values, facilitates community projects, promulgates best practices, and recognizes important achievements in order to improve the appearance and experience of the City of Alexandria.

Commission History: The Alexandria Beautification Commission has been serving the City since the early 1960's when it hosted the first City Sanitation Worker's Appreciation Breakfast. The Commission has since expanded its activities to advocate, educate, and celebrate beautification in Alexandria. Advocacy: * Makes recommendations to City Council and City Departments concerning landscape aesthetic improvements to the City's right-of-ways and City Property * Coordinates with City Departments and local businesses to improve City gateways * Identifies areas in the City in need of beautification and works with local groups to arrange for community cleanups * Improves the City be working with the community to improve vacant lots Education: * Sponsors a continuing series of educational programs that focus on how residents can beautify their homes and neighborhoods using sustainable landscaping practices Celebration: * Hosts the Alexandria Beautification Awards to recognize residences, businesses, institutions and public properties that beautify their surroundings through landscaping, maintenance, and litter clean-up

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Now this is something to celebrate! Thank you to these local business owners for filling the flower baskets on King Stre...
09/29/2020
Local Entrepreneurs Bring Back King Street's Flowers

Now this is something to celebrate! Thank you to these local business owners for filling the flower baskets on King Street this year.

The flower baskets on King Street may have remained empty this year until Teddy Kim and Andy Reid stepped up.

We love this approach to fall planting from Plant NOVA Natives: "Fall is a great time to work on the guest list for next...
08/28/2020
Making Friends with the Hummingbirds

We love this approach to fall planting from Plant NOVA Natives: "Fall is a great time to work on the guest list for next year’s garden party..."

Fall is a great time to work on the guest list for next year’s garden party. Hummingbirds make some of the best guests of all, or to put it more accurately, we can make ourselves better guests of t…

Great opportunity to get engaged in sustainability issues in our area.
08/15/2020

Great opportunity to get engaged in sustainability issues in our area.

Become an Energy Masters Volunteers! Volunteers provide energy and water efficiency improvements in low income housing communities in Alexandria and Arlington. We offer needs-based waivers – just ask. Apply by August 15 for an early-bird rate of $60! Energy Masters is a joint program between EcoAction Arlington and VCE Arlington

Our application can be found here: https://www.ecoactionarlington.org/community-programs/energy-masters/training/

Visit our FAQ page to answer both general and COVID-19 related questions. https://www.ecoactionarlington.org/community-programs/energy-masters/energy-masters-2020-training-faq/

Great story about protecting a Virginia State Champion tree tucked away in Del Ray! Thanks for sharing, Virginia Departm...
08/01/2020
Abigail the Green Ash in Alexandria

Great story about protecting a Virginia State Champion tree tucked away in Del Ray! Thanks for sharing, Virginia Department of Forestry.

On July 22, VDOF’s urban & community forestry (U&CF) manager Lara Johnson traveled to Alexandria, Virginia to visit a well-known green ash tree. This ash, located in a courtyard between two…

The annual Clean the Bay Day cleanups may be cancelled this year but that doesn't mean you can't observe Chesapeake Bay ...
06/09/2020
Observe Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week (June 6-14)

The annual Clean the Bay Day cleanups may be cancelled this year but that doesn't mean you can't observe Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week on your own!

Here are a few of our favorite activities, what about yours?

- Landscape your yard with plants native to our region
- Use the right amount of fertilizer (sometimes it's no fertilizer!)
- Plant a native tree

How will you be celebrating the Chesapeake Bay?

To observe Chesapeake Bay Awareness Week, (June 6-14) participate in events, activities, and educational programs on the Chesapeake Bay

Lawn Care for Earth Renewal
05/30/2020
Lawn Care for Earth Renewal

Lawn Care for Earth Renewal

Let’s say you want to have a nice lawn, but you also want to be a good steward of the environment. Can you do both? It turns out the answer is “yes.” Healthy yard practices can mitigate many of the…

Sanitation workers are an essential part of the City's response and we're grateful for their work. Let's show them how m...
04/08/2020
This is what it’s like to be a sanitation worker during the coronavirus outbreak

Sanitation workers are an essential part of the City's response and we're grateful for their work. Let's show them how much we appreciate them by following keeping them safe!

This guidance from Transportation & Environmental Services, City of Alexandria, Virginia applies all the time but especially now.

- Minimize trash and recycling.
- Place all trash in a plastic bag, inside your can.
- Recycling should be placed loose (no plastic bags!)
- Break down all boxes.

Right now, hold on to yard waste and bulk trash until the City says otherwise.

Sanitation workers in Washington, D.C., keep the city running by emptying trash and recycle bins, but are now exposed to the coronavirus every day they go to work.

Great looking webinar coming up this Friday - practice social distancing and learn about how to improve our urban enviro...
04/02/2020
WEBINAR: Trees As Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Great looking webinar coming up this Friday - practice social distancing and learn about how to improve our urban environment.

April 3, 2020 WEBINAR: "Trees As Green Stormwater Infrastructure" Workshop 10:00 to 12:30 See UPDATED agenda here Dial-in number (US): (425) 585-6005 Access code: 671-509-777# Join the online...

Transportation & Environmental Services, City of Alexandria, Virginia
03/11/2020

Transportation & Environmental Services, City of Alexandria, Virginia

One short-term goal that identified as part of the City’s WasteSmart Strategic Plan was to develop a Reuse Directory. We’re super excited to share this new resource with our community! Check out ways to reduce consumption, provide reuse opportunities for items you no longer need, how to recycle and more! alexandriava.gov/ResourceRecovery

Exciting news for pocket parks around the City.
03/03/2020
Pocket Park Renovations Will Start This Spring

Exciting news for pocket parks around the City.

After more than eight years of planning, Alexandria will soon begin revamping its pocket parks. In April, renovations at two of the city's 25 pocket parks -- parks less than a half-acre in size -- are slated to begin with the Woodbine Tot Lot at 1509 Woodbine Street and the 48 South Early Street

Nominate someone for the Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award today!
03/03/2020
The Zebra Press - GOOD News in Alexandria, VA

Nominate someone for the Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award today!

Alexandria 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. Alexandria Renew Enterprises

02/25/2020
AlexandriaVA.gov

Exciting opportunities this summer!

FUN :: Let's have a Summer of Smiles! Registration for summer camps offered by Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities, City of Alexandria, VA opens on February 12 for residents and February 14 for nonresidents. With more than 75 camp options for ages 2 to 17, including sports, creative arts, computers, nature, performing arts, cooking, excursions, STEM, Camp Adventure, Out of School Time and classic camps, there's something for every interest. For more information, visit alexandriava.gov/113388.

Great opportunity to get engaged in Alexandria's Eco-City efforts.
01/17/2020
The Zebra Press - GOOD News in Alexandria, VA

Great opportunity to get engaged in Alexandria's Eco-City efforts.

The free six-week course is an opportunity to become an Eco-City Ambassador, take actions to make Alexandria more sustainable, learn about environmental challenges, and contribute to daily sustainable practices to reach the adopted 2019 goals of the City. APPLICATION DETAILS below.

Transportation & Environmental Services, City of Alexandria, Virginia
01/09/2020

Transportation & Environmental Services, City of Alexandria, Virginia

Come learn about the Taylor Run Stream Restoration project at a Public Information Meeting: Thurs. Jan. 16, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m., Douglas MacArthur Elementary School library (1101 Janneys Ln.).

The Taylor Run urban stream corridor is highly disturbed, with severe erosion in various locations along the stream. Funding for the project comes from a state grant, with the required matching amount provided by the Stormwater Utility Fee.

More information regarding the project can be found at alexandriava.gov/94755

Which winner is your favorite?
12/30/2019
Winners Announced in Old Town Holiday Decorating Contest

Which winner is your favorite?

A half dozen businesses and residences in Old Town have been selected by a local, very niche group as the best exterior holiday decorations in the historic district. The Old Town Walled Garden Club announced the winners of its 51st annual decorating contest. The contest evaluates decorations by t

Virginia Native Plant Society
12/17/2019

Virginia Native Plant Society

In Native Plant Conservation Campaign News:

Senate introduces bipartisan legislation to promote pollinator and native plant friendly roadside management.

On November 20, the Monarch and Pollinator Highway (MPH) Act of 2019 was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The legislation would establish a federal grant fund of $5 million per year to assist state departments of transportation and Indian tribes to carry out pollinator-friendly practices on roadsides and highway rights-of-way.

Under the bill “pollinator-friendly practices” specifically include “planting or seeding of native, locally appropriate grasses and wildflowers, including milkweed, on roadsides and highway rights-of-way” and “removing nonnative grasses from planting and seeding mixes, except for use as nurse or cover crops”

The bipartisan bill was introduced by Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), Tom Carper (D-DE), and Mike Rounds (R-SD).

NPCC partner the Xerces Society for invertebrate conservation was instrumental in developing the legislation. Xerces Executive Director Scott Black points out, “With so much of our natural landscape lost, the millions of acres of roadsides across the US have become increasingly important as pollinator habitat.” The same is true for many other animals - as well as native plants.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/ambitious-louisville-study-seeks-to-understand-impact-of-trees-on-our-health
12/13/2019
Ambitious Louisville study seeks to understand impact of trees on our health

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/ambitious-louisville-study-seeks-to-understand-impact-of-trees-on-our-health

Trees can add beauty and serenity to a neighborhood -- but can they also improve the health of its residents? In Kentucky, the University of Louisville — with help from the National Institutes of Health and The Nature Conservancy — aims to find out. Called Green Heart Louisville, the initiative ...

It’s Not Too Late to Plant Bulbs!
11/27/2019
It’s Not Too Late to Plant Bulbs!

It’s Not Too Late to Plant Bulbs!

By Christa Watters Procrastinators rejoice! Though those of us who grew up in colder climes may think it’s too late to plant our bulbs for spring bloom, it’s really not – at least not for all bulbs…

Have you voted yet? Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities, City of Alexandria, VA photo contest voting closes this Fri...
11/10/2019
2019 RPCA Photo Contest Voting

Have you voted yet? Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities, City of Alexandria, VA photo contest voting closes this Friday!

Us too!
11/04/2019
Visit Alexandria VA

Us too!

We're a tad biased, but we couldn't agree more with Southern Living!

Kettle Park Improvements
11/02/2019

Kettle Park Improvements

Plants ready to go in at Kettle Park yesterday!

Planting in the fall gives the plants the best chance for success, allowing them plenty of time to establish their roots in the ground before the heat of summer sets in. It does mean that many of the plants are entering dormancy now and won't look their best until spring.

Rock Creek Conservancy
10/28/2019
Rock Creek Conservancy

Rock Creek Conservancy

Check out these 3 invasive plants that are hiding in plain sight (and how you can identify them.)

Greater Greater Washington
10/26/2019
Greater Greater Washington

Greater Greater Washington

Butterflies, snails, worms, beetles, millipedes, and other insects all benefit from leaf cover, as do the birds and bats that eat them.

This past Friday, Market Square in Old Town became more beautiful! Members of the Beautification Commission worked with ...
10/23/2019

This past Friday, Market Square in Old Town became more beautiful! Members of the Beautification Commission worked with Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities, City of Alexandria, VA and their landscape contractor, BrightView, to install additional perennials and shrubs in the four planters on the north side of the Square.

These planters are filled with native Virginia plants used to demonstrate what could work in backyards elsewhere in Northern Virginia.

Stop by and enjoy all the beautiful plantings at Market Square during this lovely fall weather! Market Square is truly an exceptional asset for all residents and visitors visiting Old Town.

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