Earth Day 2014 Events Around the Moseley Nation

Earth Day is coming up on April 22nd, and there are great events occurring around every Moseley office.

Richmond Earth Day Festival, 17th Street Farmers’ Market, April 26th, 11AM – 5PM

Now in its 21st year, central Virginia’s largest and longest-running Earth Day Celebration returns to the historic 17th Street Farmers’ Market in the heart of downtown Richmond on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Sign up for the EarthCraft 5k Race Without a Trace beforehand, and then enjoy more than a hundred environmentally friendly earth-conscious vendors, interactive children’s area, local food, Richmond craft beer, and live music from the Richmond Youth Jazz Guild, My Darling Fury, and Goldrush. This is one of the biggest and best events on the RVA spring calendar! Come join the Richmond community in Shockoe Bottom as we learn about and celebrate the local resources that make our world a more sustainable place to live. http://enrichmond.org/event/21st-earth-day-richmond-april-26th-2014/

Earth Day 2014 in Washington DC, Various

The DC metro area will have a variety of Earth Day activities that make caring for the planet fun for all ages. Visit this special events page for a listing of events at Union Station, the National Mall, the National Zoo, the National Aquarium, the U.S. Botanical Garden, Georgetown, Alexandria, Montgomery County MD, Wheaton MD, and more! http://dc.about.com/od/specialevents/a/EarthDay.htm

Raleigh Earth Month Celebration, NC Museum of Natural Sciences, April 17th, 5PM – 9PM

The Museum is celebrating Earth Day all month long! Join us for Earth Month every Science Thursday in April from 5-9pm.  Each Thursday will have a different conservation-related topic. Come see exhibitors, listen to talks and participate in activities and learn more about ways YOU can make the Earth a better place! http://naturalsciences.org/programs-events/earth-month-sustainability

Town of Cary, NC Spring Daze and Earth Day Celebration, Bond Park, April 26th, 9AM – 5PM

In the Earth Day area of the festival, you can find out how to play a role in preserving our natural resources and protecting the environment. This is the perfect family event to learn more about what you can do to make every day Earth Day. http://www.townofcary.org/departments/parks__recreation___cultural_resources/events/festivals/springdaze.htm

Durham Earth Day Celebration, Durham Central Park, April 27th, 12PM – 5PM

“Go Green” at Durham’s Earth Day Festival. Participants will enjoy “green” activities and demos; learn about many green practices and products at the Sustainability Expo and Earth Art Market; and enjoy great music, food and much more! http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/prd/Pages/Earth-Day-Festival.aspx

Ballantyne Earth Day Event, Ballyntyne Corporate Park in Charlotte, April 24th, 8AM – 1:30 PM

Ballantyne Corporate Park’s 5th Annual Earth Day Event will be held on Thursday, April 24. Shred your secure documents for free with Better Business Bureau, CMPD and Shred-it. Also, bring your electronic materials and eCycle Secure will properly dispose of the items for free and prevent hazardous materials from entering our landfills. http://go-ballantyne.com/Home.aspx

Virginia Beach Earth Day Celebration 2013, Mt. Trashmore, May 3rd, 11AM – 4PM

Highlights of this annual event include:Electronics Recycling, Document Shredding, Car Battery Round Up, Child Safety Seat Recycling, Rain Barrel & Compost Bin Sales, Household Hazardous Waste Disposal, and Metals Recycling.  http://www.vbgov.com/government/departments/parks-recreation/special-events/Pages/earth-day.aspx

Luray Earth Day 5K on the Greenway, Luray, VA, April 19th, 9AM

Run a 5K, or the kids 1K Fun Run, on the Luray Greenway.  http://lurayearthday.com/

 

 

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Eco-Friendly Gardening Tips

Backyard gardeners, it’s the first day of Spring and time to wake up from hibernation and start planning your garden. Here are some ideas that are friendly to the environment and your wallet.

Compostable cups as seedling starters:
http://www.cheapvegetablegardener.com/growing-seedlings-with-compostable/
Guess what we have plenty of in the Richmond office? Compostable cups! Please see Derek L. if you’d like to take some home.

Two-liter bottles as upside-down planters:
http://www.cheapvegetablegardener.com/2-liter-bottle-upside-down-tomato-planter/

Corks as plant markers:
http://www.birdsandblooms.com/backyard-projects/diy-garden-projects/garden-diy-herb-markers/

Natural garden pest control mixtures:
http://www.ecolivingadvice.com/natural-pest-control-for-your-lawn-and-garden/

DIY compost bin made from used pallets:
http://www.ehow.com/how_6525347_build-compost-bin-using-pallets.html

All of these websites have tons of tips, so keep browsing for more great ideas. Happy gardening!

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Moseley Richmond Volunteers Win Award

Bryna Dunn and Carrie Webster of Moseley Architects receive a plaque from Mike Baum of Keep Virginia Beautiful.

Bryna Dunn and Carrie Webster of Moseley Architects receive a plaque from Mike Baum of Keep Virginia Beautiful.

The Moseley Architects’ Seeds of Green corporate sustainability group from the Richmond office has received an award for getting “Caught in A Beautiful Act”. The award was given by Keep Virginia Beautiful, who for their 60th anniversary, ran a program challenging Virginians to “Give 60” toward efforts to beautify our Commonwealth. Richmond office volunteers donated their lunch hour on Earth Day 2013 to clean up trash from the streets around the office. This is in addition to the stretch of West Clay Street that is maintained by Moseley Richmond volunteers year-round through the City’s Adopt-a-Spot program.

The plaque itself has a neat story. It was made by local company Citiwood, who manufactures plaques and other products from trees that fall naturally. Our plaque was made with wood from a tree downed during Hurricane Isabel.

Congratulations and thank you to all the participating volunteers!

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KVB plaque back

10 Green Building Predictions

These 10 trends are what we might see according to west coast firm Hammer & Hand, as published by Intelligent Building Today. These seem pretty ambitious compared to what we’re seeing on the east coast, but maybe in the long term…

1. Focus will move beyond Net Zero Energy to Net Positive Energy buildings.
2. Market mechanisms that reward energy conservation and renewable energy production will flourish.
3. Building energy codes will move away from prescriptive rules toward performance-based measures.
4. CO2 heat pumps will help transform heating and cooling performance.
5. US-made high performance windows will continue to make high performance building easier here.
6. Builders and designers of high performance homes will design ventilation systems with a focus on quality of ventilation rather than just quantity.
7. The US-led move to make Passive House more climate-specific will improve performance at both mirco and macro levels.
8. Passive House competition will result in better software tools for high performance building practitioners.
9. Europe’s push to eliminate thermal bridges in buildings will make high performance building more mainstream in the US, too.
10. China’s interest in high performance building will propel US market.

Read the article at:
http://www.intelligentbuildingtoday.com/2014/01/08/10-predictions-for-the-us-building-industry/

Post-Christmas Recycling

Earth 911 is an excellent resource for finding recycling options for all kinds of unique items that you may have lying around after the holidays, including Christmas trees, electronics, appliances, and packing materials. So before you toss it, look it up!

Earth 911

One Moseley employee also found out that this company takes broken or used vacuum cleaners to recycle, and will give you credit toward purchasing a new vacuum or accessories (bags, filters, etc.).

http://www.govacuum.us/vacrecycle/

Eco-Friendly Gift Ideas

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Still shopping for last-minute gifts for those people who have everything? Here are some unique, eco-friendly ideas:

Terracycle sells products made from post-consumer recycled waste that is collected all over the country, by places such as Moseley Architects. Moseley collects candy wrappers, chip bags, and used writing implements to send to Terracycle. These materials are either recycled, or upcycled into new products. Who wouldn’t like a lunch box or binder made from the wrapper of their favorite snack?
http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/products.html

Feeling crafty? Make some one-of-a-kind ornaments and decorations from waste items.
http://earth911.com/news/2012/12/03/diy-reused-ornaments/

Looking for something more high-tech? Check out all the solar-powered and otherwise zero-energy electronics at Goal Zero.
http://www.goalzero.com/

Happy shopping!