The Time is Ripe for Composting in May

America Recycles Day, November 15th, is dedicated to encouraging Americans to recycle and buy recycled products. The website promoting this national annual event is a great resource for news and tips pertaining to recycling.  (http://americarecyclesday.org/)

A recently posted article about composting comes at the perfect time of the year as weather warms and gardens begin to grow:

“The Time is Right for Composting in May”

Do your part to reduce food waste this summer and beyond!

Composting for Beginners:

Crumble your eggshells and sprinkle your coffee grounds in your garden to enrich you soil without a full-blown compost pile. Mix it and add water for best results!

Ready for the next level?

This helpful guide from the U.S. EPA tells you how to start composting in your home or yard, including the best recipe for a healthy compost pile!

http://www.epa.gov/waste/conserve/tools/greenscapes/pubs/compost-guide.pdf

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National Bike-to-Work Day: May 15th

National Bike-to-Work Day is Friday, May 15th  2015! This annual event is held across the United States to promote the bicycle as an option for commuting to work. Biking is energy efficient, reduces pollution, decreases traffic congestion, and is healthy exercise!  More and more cities are seeing an increase in bicycling for these reasons among others. There are Bike-to-Work Day events to participate in all around the Moseley Nation:

For an innovative vision of the future of bicycling, check out this article on London’s proposals for a “cycle superhighway”:

http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/04/tech/city-cycle-super-highways/

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Earth Day 2015 Events around the Moseley Nation

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

Richmond Earth Day Festival, Shockoe Bottom, April 18th, 11AM – 5PM

We are doing this BIG for our 25th Anniversary…come Great Shiplock Park for the longest running and biggest Earth Day celebration in Central Virginia. Local food and drinks, earth-friendly art & exhibits, riverfront activities, children’s area, exhibits along Kanawha Canal and Virginia Capital Trail, and live music. http://earthdayrichmond.org/2015/events/earth-day-richmond-festival/

Earth Day 2015 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

Virginia Beach Earth Day Celebration 2015, Mt. Trashmore, April 18th, 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 18th, 9AM

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

Natural Bridge Earth Day Event: Connect with Nature, Natural Bridge, VA, April 18th, 8:30AM – 3PM

Join The Nature Conservancy and Natural Bridge Park to celebrate Earth Day in this signature Connect with Nature event.  Volunteers will be removing large areas of non-native plants such as autumn olive, bush honey suckle, and tree-of-heaven that are taking away habitat for native plants. We’ll also be building, clearing, and improving trails by clipping back overgrown vegetation, mounting trail markers, and installing water bars. An appreciation lunch and live music by Carrington Kay will be provided after the workday. http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/virginia/events/connect-with-nature-natural-bridge.xml

2015 Durham Earth Day Festival, Durham, NC, April 19th, 12PM – 5PM

Highlights of this event include an Earth Day Market, Friends of the Durham Library Book Collection, American Greenz Inc Electronics Recycling, Sustainability Expo, At the Eco-Lounge, Bike Valet, Kids’ Zone, Earth Day Parade, and live music. http://durhamnc.gov/ich/op/prd/Pages/Earth-Day-Festival.aspx

2015 Piedmont Earth Day Fair, Winston-Salem Fairgrounds, NC, April 25th, 10AM – 5PM

The Piedmont Earth Day Fair is the largest Earth Day celebration and one-day environmental education event in the region. This year will mark our Tenth Annual Fair and we have big plans to make 2015 our best Fair yet! This is a FREE event including free parking, free admission, free activities, and free entertainment throughout the day. Program partners will provide demonstrations throughout the day, and many activities will be geared toward inspiring and engaging children in learning about sustainability. http://peanc.org/earth-day-fair

Live and Local: Earth Day on Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC, April 11th, 2PM – 9PM

Live It Up! Hillsborough Street and Raleigh Brewing Company are pleased to announce the 3rd annual Hillsborough St. Earth Day Music Fest happening Saturday, Apr. 11, 2015. This free, family-friendly, event will start at 2pm and go until at least 9pm. The event will feature three stages located at Logan Court, Chamberlain St. and Compienge Park. (Hillsborough St. will not be shut down for the event.) Bouncy houses, environmental workshops and over 60 vendors are just a few of the featured attractions. Drink locally-made craft brews at one of our three stages and buy local from some of the best artisans the Triangle has to offer. The Alternative Fuel Vehicle showcase will feature the BMW i3 and many other low-carbon rides. Artist Christopher Terrell will lead a recycled art workshop where you and your kids can make a wallet out of a milk carton (we will provide the scissors, you provide the carton). http://www.hillsboroughstreet.org/earthday2015

6th Annual Earth Day Scott’s Addition Neighborhood Cleanup – April 22nd, 2015

Moseley Architects Richmond headquarters is planning its 6th annual neighborhood trash cleanup for Earth Day, April 22nd, 2015.  This event has grown every year, from just a few Moseley volunteers in 2010 to hopefully the entire Scott’s Addition neighborhood.  We’re inviting anyone and everyone who would like to help beautify Scott’s Addition to meet up here at Moseley on the front lawn at 4:00 to receive bags, gloves, and a limited number of long-handled grabbers.  Afterwards we will head to Ardent Craft Ales for pizza provided by Moseley Architects and snacks provided by Relay Foods.  And you can of course grab a cold beverage at Ardent! 

If you’d like to join us, please RSVP to Jackie at jmiller@moseleyarchitects.com

Street Cleanup 2015

Community in Loudoun County, VA centered around a working farm

Check out this article on the master planned community of Willowsford in Loudoun County. It will be centered on a farm-to-table model, with 300 acres of food production, a CSA program, and teaching kitchens:

http://www.builderonline.com/design/projects/field-trip_o?utm_source=newsletter&utm_content=jump&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=BBU_123114&day=2014-12-31&he=95b85d310f36e4dc1ae666b71b05581428798abf

Moseley Architects Headquarters’ 2014 Energy Use Report

At our headquarters building in Richmond, one of the first LEED Platinum certified historic renovations in the country, we diligently track the building’s energy and water use in the quest for continual improvement.  We’re happy to report that 2014 continues the trend of energy use reduction since we moved in six years ago.  The bulk of our energy use continues to go toward heating, cooling, and ventilation.  This is to be expected, particularly due to the challenges of our historic wall and window construction.  However we all continue to look for ways to adjust our operations to drive energy use down, especially our Facilities Manager, who relentlessly seeks the fine line between energy use and occupant comfort (thank you, Dusty!). 

Moseley truly believes in our environmental mission statement, not only for our clients, but for ourselves.   “In our efforts to be responsible stewards of our Earth, Moseley Architects is committed to helping our clients make responsible decisions about the potential environmental impacts of design choices, and minimizing the amount of energy consumed by the buildings we design.”

Annual Energy Use 2014

Global Renewable Energy Status Uncovered

“REN21’s 2014 Global Status Report reveals a number of key trends for the renewables sector, shedding light on likely policy and market movements across technologies. Despite stormy weather, the analysis picks up on a positive under current for renewables.”

http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/news/article/2014/08/global-renewable-energy-status-uncovered?cmpid=WNL-Friday-August15-2014