Agenda Alexandria Takes on Earth Day Evaluation of the Port City’s Green New Deal, April 22

Public Invited for this lively discussion.

Alexandria’s Green Report Card

By Michael Pope

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Congress may be debating the Green New Deal, but Alexandria is having its own debate about the future of the planet. More than a decade ago, the Alexandria City Council approved an Eco-City Charter that made big promises about per capita energy use and air quality. This month, Agenda Alexandria, a nonpartisan organization that encourages informed debate and discussion on a variety of local issues without taking a position, will host a panel discussion looking at how much of the Eco-City plan has been accomplished and what still needs to be done.

The panel includes:

Bill Skrabak is deputy director of Alexandria Transportation and Environmental Services. Skrabak has a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from Lafayette College (Easton, PA) and more than 30 years’ experience in the environmental field. Before coming to work in Alexandria, Skrabak was enforcement manager for the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. He is currently the manager of the Office of Environmental Quality, where he leads the city’s Eco-City effort.

Bill Srabak (Courtesy of Michael Pope)

Dean Naujoks is a Potomac Riverkeeper, part of the Potomac Riverkeeper Network. He has a bachelor’s degree in environmental policy and sustainable development from North Carolina State University (Raleigh, NC) and more than 20 years’ of nonprofit environmental experience. Before joining the Potomac Riverkeeper Network, he served as the Upper Neuse Riverkeeper and the Yadkin Riverkeeper, both in North Carolina.

Dean Naujoks (Courtesy of Michael Pope)

Andrew Macdonald is a former vice mayor of Alexandria. He has a doctorate in geology from the University of Western Ontario (London, Ontario, Canada), and he has served as a member of the Environmental Policy Commission and chairman of the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin. Macdonald is currently chairman of the Environmental Council of Alexandria, a nonprofit group established to protect the city’s natural resources from development.

Andrew Macdonald (From Facebook)

Agenda: Alexandria’s Eco-City Report Card: Is Alexandria Cleaning Up Its Act? will be held April 22.