BPAC organizes green buildings ride

In celebration of Earth Day later this month, BPAC led a ride on Sunday, April 3 to visit some of the green buildings in Alexandria. We visited ten buildings that have been certified LEED Gold or Platinum or equivalent, ranging from schools to office complexes to condo buildings.

Special thanks to Caitlin Feehan of AlexRenew, who spoke to us at the ride start about the sustainability features incorporated into AlexRenew’s Environmental Center and the progress of the RiverRenew project. We then hopped onto our bikes and learned about things like the specially designed sun shades for the windows at Jefferson-Houston PreK-8 school, the historic materials that were repurposed for the Cromley Lofts on Queen Street, the dashboard at Alexandria City High School showing real-time energy and water use, and the locally sourced timber used for the organ case at Virginia Theological Seminary’s new Immanuel Chapel.

Here are some photos from the ride, courtesy of Steven Mark Diatz, Serdar Jorayev, Casey Kane, and Josephine Liu:

If you’d like to do a self-guided version of the ride, a guide to the route and stops is available here.

Thank you to the BPAC volunteers who made the ride possible and helped keep everyone safe!