Dwayne Foreman, AlexRenew Control Systems Technician in Training, recently earned his Virginia Journeyman Electrician License. Foreman is now certified to do electrical work in Virginia and at AlexRenew. “AlexRenew gave me the opportunity to keep learning and encouraged me to go back to school,” Foreman said. “I picked up a trade, and that knowledge can never be taken away from me.”

The 2016 Ellen Pickering Environmental Excellence Award has been presented to St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School (SSSAS) in Alexandria. Over the last decade, SSSAS has gone above and beyond to incorporate sustainability into its building and transportation infrastructure as well as its curriculum. We caught up with SSSAS Director of Environmental Stewardship Brian Kane to find out more about their efforts. 

Now that she has completed her Urban Alliance Internship with us, the T.C. Williams graduate says she is ready “to help the environment”. She will be attending Virginia Tech’s Environmental and Water Resources Engineering program.

“Now that I know more about wastewater, I would like to help the environment and improve the way developing countries , like my native Guatemala, clean water”, says Petrona.

Fredis, a senior at T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, admits that when he first started his training with AlexRenew, “I didn’t know anything about water and I didn’t think much about what I put down the drain”. But now, after having experienced and seen how our daily habits impact the environment, “I think before I flush.” 

He graduates in June, 2015 and plans to attend Northern Virginia Community College to study computer engineering.

As a senior at senior at T.C. Williams High School, Aaron served as an Operations Technical intern. “Before I began working here, I had no idea where the Alexandria wastewater treatment plant was located, much less how it functioned or the amount of effort required to keep it moving.”

While he started the program with little knowledge of pumps, screens, valves, filters or centrifuges, Aaron learned what it’s like to work full-time in a major infrastructure facility.