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.
An inspiring voice for environmental stewardship, Kurt Moser has been a dedicated champion for the preservation and restoration of Alexandria’s environment and natural resources. An independent researcher and ecologist by day, Moser devotes much of his time motivating youth around the region to embrace their environment through science, technology, stewardship and civic action. A committed environmental champion, he served three terms as the Environmental Science Member on the Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission (EPC), developing the city’s ECO-city charter and serving as the delegate to the Four Mile Run Joint Task Force from 2008 to 2014.
From 2009 to 2016, Moser worked with local schools as a program manager for Earth Force. He organized and supported water quality monitoring with school groups and provided teacher training workshops, developing strong relationships with ACPS teachers. This opportunity led Moser to volunteer with local science fairs throughout Alexandria. Energized by student engagement in the environment, Moser volunteered to serve on the advisory committee, leadership team, and development committee for NoVA Outside, an alliance of environmental educators who connect and teach people of all ages about their natural environment. In addition, he co-chairs NoVA Outside’s School Environmental Action Showcase, an annual regional event welcoming as many as 500 students each year from Alexandria City and other Northern Virginia schools to amplify youth voice in environmental problem-solving.
In 2016, Moser co-founded the Four Mile Run Conservatory (4MR) Foundation following years of volunteer outreach efforts to foster the preservation, beautification, improvement, maintenance, and enjoyment of Four Mile Run Park. As president of 4MR Foundation, he works tirelessly to pursue the realization of Four Mile Run Park as a model for natural land conservation and enjoyment in an urban setting.
In 2017, he partnered with the TreeStewards of Arlington and Alexandria to plant over 40 trees at Four Mile Run. He currently sits on the Board of the Alexandria TreeStewards and is its immediate past president. Throughout 2018, Moser led the charge of removing over 2.5 tons of trash through land and water-based community clean-ups. For over a decade, Kurt Moser has developed the trust and respect of Alexandria residents through his passion and authentic community engagement. Kurt Moser exemplifies this year’s theme in taking action. Through his actions he has improved environmental outcomes for Alexandria City and continues to inspire the next generation of environmental leaders and stewards.
“Kurt Moser has been a positive force in the community, promoting responsible environmental stewardship through science and motivating young people to become environmental advocates,” said AlexRenew Chief Executive Officer Karen Pallansch. “He has been an exemplary environmental leadership role model to local students. It’s gratifying to pay tribute to his contributions by presenting him with the Ellen Pickering Award.”
The Pickering Award honors the late Ellen Pickering and her lifelong dedication to City preservation and conservation. She helped create the Mount Vernon Trail between Alexandria and Washington, DC, and urged the adoption of the Alexandria’s Open Space Plan. Mrs. Pickering also implemented the planting of 1,000 citizen-donated cherry trees during her tenure as Chair of the Alexandria Beautification Commission. She was a member of the Alexandria Sanitation Authority’s Board of Directors and served on the Alexandria City Council and numerous boards and commissions.
Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew) is one of the most advanced water resource recovery facilities in the world, serving 320,000 people in Alexandria and parts of Fairfax County, and treating 35 million gallons of water each day. AlexRenew was established in 1952 with the chartered mission to clean wastewater and protect public health and the environment. Since operations began in 1956, it has worked every day to improve the lives and welfare of its customers and local waterways. AlexRenew has built the first reclaimed water supply pipe in Alexandria, reusing 1.4 billion gallons of water on site to support plant processes and saving almost $3 million in purchased drinking water expenses and preventing nutrients from going back into the Chesapeake Bay.