2016 – Year of Cheap Renewables

We have a tendency to still think about renewables as a fringe market, yet green energy has entered the mainstream in an understated, yet surprising way. In 2015, investment in renewables was almost twice as high as an investment in oil and gas and there are some startling successes you have probably never heard about.  Give it a read below:

http://www.financialsense.com/contributors/global-risk-insights/2016-year-cheap-renewables-not-oil

First solar-powered community is underway near Fort Myers, FL

Developer Syd Kitson released plans for Babcock Ranch, a massive community to consist of 19,500 homes powered exclusively by the sun (but without solar systems on roofs).
Instead of individual PV panels, the community and the broader region will be supplied with solar energy via Florida Power and Light’s 74.5 megawatt Babcock Ranch Solar Energy Center. Expected to be operational by the end of the year, the 443-acre solar power plant will be located in the Babcock Ranch and will supply more than enough energy to meet residents’ needs, according to project planners.

To learn more, follow the link:
http://www.ecobuildingpulse.com/projects/development-of-the-nations-first-solar-powered-community-underway_s?utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=Project-Article&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBP_051716A%20(1)%20B&he=

Earth Day Cleanup 2016

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Moseley Architects held our 7th annual Scott’s Addition neighborhood cleanup on Friday, April 22nd for Earth Day. Community participants from Moseley’s Richmond office, RVA Clean Sweep (a local civic group), The Preserve at Scott’s Addition, The Lofts at Altamont, and Crunch Fitness joined us. We gathered back together after the cleanup for refreshments at Isley Brewing Company. Thanks to everyone who helped out–we love hosting this annual event!

 

Earth Day Events Across the Moseley Nation

April 22, 2016 marks the 46th annual Earth Day, a global movement toward greener living, sustainability, and respect for nature.

As we do every year, we will be organizing a neighborhood cleanup at the Richmond office, and will hold our annual Earth Day electronics shutdown event to promote awareness of how you can reduce energy use right at your desk. We may even have a friendly competition among offices!

Below we have picked some of the many community events and festivals being held around the Moseley office locations, and you can find more at http://www.earthday.org/ or at http://www.virginia.org/EarthArborDay/.

Charlotte Office

 8th Annual Ballantyne Earth Day Event

Thursday April 21, 11:30 AM -1:30 PM

Ballantyne Corporate Park, Charlotte

Network with local business and get tips on how to adopt a sustainable lifestyle while enjoying music, tasty lunch options, and other fun activities. Free document shredding and electronic or medical equipment recycling is available.

http://go-ballantyne.com/Home.aspx

 Columbia Office

2016 Gardening Symposium

Saturday April 9, 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM

Robert Mills House and Gardens, 1615 Blanding Street, Columbia

For centuries, the South has been known for its amazing gardens. Increasingly unpredictable climactic conditions, however, are presenting new challenges for the Southern gardener. Join us as we look to our storied horticultural past, for insight on ways to move the Southern garden into the future. Fees apply.

http://www.columbiacvb.com/includes/calendar-of-events/2016-Gardening-Symposium/47974/

Fairfax Office

SpringFest Fairfax

Saturday April 30, 10 AM – 4 PM

Workhouse Arts Center, 9518 Workhouse Way, Lorton

Over 75 vendors, exhibitors, and food trucks will be at this free festival produced by Clean Fairfax and Fairfax County Park Authority. Learn about ladybugs, ride a pony, try a fun run, check out the bees, consult with master gardeners, buy plants, and more.

http://www.springfestfairfax.org/

Earth Day 2016 in Washington DC

Dates and Locations Vary

The Washington, DC metropolitan area has a variety of Earth Day activities that make caring for the planet fun for all ages. Activities are planned at the National Mall, Union Station, Potomac and Anacostia Rivers, and National Zoo. You can attend a family event that includes learning ways to improve our environment and make a difference or pitch in and help clean up any of the region’s parks. Events take place throughout the month of April.

http://dc.about.com/od/specialevents/a/EarthDay.htm

Harrisonburg Office

Arbor Day Tree and Plant Sale

Friday April 22-Saturday April 23; 9 AM – 3 PM

EJC Arboretum

http://www.visitharrisonburgva.com/events/detail/arbor-day-trees-and-native-plant-sale1

Raleigh Office

 Live & Local: Earth Day 2016

Saturday April 9, 2PM – 10 PM

Compiegne Park, 2300 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh

The event will feature three stages, a kids zone, bouncy houses and food trucks. Additionally, multiple kids craft stations will be placed throughout Compiegne Park where families will enjoy building and painting birdhouses out of old gallon jugs and windsocks from recycled material.

http://www.hillsboroughstreet.org/earthday2016

NC State Earth Fair

Wednesday April 13, 10 AM – 2 PM

Brickyard. 2 Broughton Drive, Raleigh

An epic, Earth-focused fair on Earth Day with dozens of exhibits, demonstrations and ideas on how you can make the world a better place. Sponsored by NC State Sustainability Office.

http://www.ncsciencefestival.org/2016_event/ncsu-ef-2016/

Richmond Office

Richmond Earth Day Festival

Saturday April 23; 11 AM – 5 PM

Great Shiplock Park, 2803 Dock Street

Enjoy local food and drink, a craft market, outdoor gear swap, and family activities along the James River, including the 5K Race Without a Trace.

http://earthdayrichmond.org/

Earth Day Camp In at the Science Museum

Friday April 22 at 6:00 PM – Saturday April 23

Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W. Broad Street, Richmond

This overnight adventure allows children to experience engaging live science activities such as water cycle activities, make your own windmill, and watch “Pandas: The Journey Home” in the IMAX Dome. Registration and fees apply.

http://www.smv.org/visit/events/event-details/camp-earth-day

Earth Day & Stewardship Virginia – New Pollinator Garden

Saturday April 23, 9 AM – 1 PM

Pocahontas State Park Heritage Center, 1031 State Park Road, Chesterfield

Pocahontas State Park will be planting a new pollinator and sensory garden near the nature center. Please bring gloves if you have them (we can provide a few), water, and lunch. Snacks and tools will be provided. Please register for this event with the main park office.  Volunteering to help with the pollinator garden is also part of Stewardship Virginia campaign. Each participant will earn a certificate from the governor for their participation.

http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state-parks/park-event-info?id=PO160039-00

Roanoke Office

Earth Day Roanoke

Saturday April 23; 10 AM – 3 PM

River’s Edge North, Reserve Avenue

This year’s celebration is paired with a fundraiser and festival for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. There will be plenty of environmental education displays, as well as local food, green crafts and live music. Admission is $5 and proceeds benefit children’s hospital care.

http://earthdayroanoke.com/

Virginia Beach Office

Earth Day Celebration @ Mount Trashmore

Saturday April 23; 11 AM – 4 PM

310 Edwin Drive, Virginia Beach

Electronic Recycling, Document Shredding, Car Battery Roundup, Child Safety Seat Recycling, Rain Barrel Sales, Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, Metal Recycling, Live Music, Green Market, Etc.

http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/Pages/earth-day.aspx

Virginia Living Museum Earth Day Celebration

Saturday April 16; 9 AM-5 PM

524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd, Newport News

Kids activities, Giveaways, Native Plant Sale, Recycling

http://thevlm.org/events/museum-events/

Earth Day at the Lighthouse – Fort Story

Friday April 22, 10 AM-4 PM

586 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach

Virginia native plant sale benefitting dune restoration project, scavenger hunts, and meet special guests including Lola the owl.

http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/EarthDayattheLighthouse/

Clean It Up Green It Up Earth Day Festival

Saturday April 23; 12 PM-2 PM

Morgan Memorial Library, 443 W. Washington Street, Suffolk

Planting Flowers, Dumpster Painting, Litter pickup

http://www.virginia.org/Listings/Events/CleanItUpGreenItUpEarthDayFestival/

Warrenton Office

Earth Day Project at the Warrenton Community Center

Wednesday April 27; 5:30 PM

430 E. Shirley Avenue, Warrenton

2nd annual family community flower planting event at the Warrenton Community Center on April 27th at 5:30. We will provide snacks and drinks and a fun earth day craft after we have completed planting flowers. Donations of flowers are gladly accepted!

http://eventerbee.com/event/earth-day-project-warrenton-community-center,1686871294863442

 

Happy Earth Day, Moseley Nation!