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Celebrating Earth Day in Alexandria

Paris Jones and Maya Gleaton listen as the water-filled wine glasses make different notes at one of the many children’s activities at the 2013 Alexandria Earth Day in Ben Brenman Park.

Paris Jones and Maya Gleaton listen as the water-filled wine glasses make different notes at one of the many children’s activities at the 2013 Alexandria Earth Day in Ben Brenman Park. Photo by Louise Krafft.

— The City of Alexandria hosted the 20th annual Earth Day and Arbor Day celebration on Saturday, April 20, at Ben Brenman Park. The festival included the third annual Up-cycling Showcase. Up-cycling, the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials, featured fashions, and visual arts created by Alexandria students. Also featured was live music by Woven Green, whose debut album was nominated for a Wammie in the pop rock category.

The city, Alexandria Renew Enterprises (formerly the Alexandria Sanitation Authority) and the Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission presented Danielle Fidler the 2013 Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award. Fidler served on the Alexandria Environmental Policy Commission for 10 years as member, vice chair, and chair. Fidler spearheaded the landmark Eco-City Alexandria Charter and Environmental Action Plan.