This is a fascinating article about the problems, and proposed solutions, that come when bicycling gets very popular!
This is a great short presentation from Joe Smith:
If you’re like me, you are going to think “Shake” and “Fold” every time you wash your hands from now on!
Many of our local government clients such as Henrico County, Chesterfield County, Prince William County, and Fairfax County, VA have been operating landfill gas to energy systems for years. These systems capture methane, a potent greenhouse gas released when waste decomposes without oxygen. Instead of just burning off the methane as was previously done, the methane can be used to power generators, that in turn produce electricity.
There’s another readily available source of methane out there, and you may have smelled it if you have ever driven within 5 miles of a hog farm on a warm day. Using the same concept as the landfill gas systems, hog waste is collected in closed digesters, and the off-gassed methane is recovered and sent to a generator for combustion. This results in many environmental benefits, such as reducing odors from the farm, runoff from open waste lagoons, and greenhouse gas emissions, while generating renewable energy.
This farm partnered with Duke University to install their system, and now sells renewable energy credits to Google. Since then, this farm has installed an even larger system, generating enough electricity to power 300 homes. This farmer is making $28,000 per year selling electricity from his system.
We love to see a creative idea that solves many problems at once!
Are you, or would you like to be, a “locavore”? Eating food from your local foodshed (generally within a 100 mile radius) has been a growing trend for several years now. There are many benefits, including fresher food, health considerations (usually organic, non-genetically modified), reduced environmental impacts (shorter transportation, less packaging, etc.), and the socio-economic benefits of supporting local businesses.
You can eat local in many ways:
• Farmers Markets – These are cropping up all over, and you can find one near you at http://www.localharvest.org/farmers-markets/. Set your location and click on “Find Farmers Markets”. There are 15 listed in the Richmond area alone.
• CSAs – Community Supported Agriculture has become a popular way to buy fresh, local, organic food directly from a farmer. You purchase a share or membership, and receive a box of seasonal produce regularly (weekly, monthly, however you set it up) throughout the year. Find options near you at http://www.localharvest.org/csa/.
• Online markets – More and more “stores” such as Relay Foods (now located right around the corner from the Moseley Headquarters!) offer online shopping for local, organic, non-GMO, special diet, and even standard food choices. You can pick up your order for free, have it delivered to a hub location near you, or ship directly to your door! This is a great option for people who hate grocery shopping. Check to see what’s available in your area at https://www.relayfoods.com/welcome.
• Regular grocery store – Pay attention to the source of the produce you buy in the grocery store. Many stores now offer more options due to the popularity of eating local.
• Grow your own garden!
Read about recent successes in the solar industry here:
Congratulations to North Carolina for making the top ten list of number of solar jobs in 2013. Virginia comes in at number 22. See the data for each state in this interactive map by The Solar Foundation:
If you’re cleaning out or renovating your home this Spring, and you have or need household items in reusable condition, don’t forget about Restore. They sell and accept donations of household items in good condition, including:
-Appliances (except dishwashers and water heaters)
-Cabinets and Countertops
-New flooring materials
-Doors and whole windows
-Lumber, Siding, and Trim
-Plumbing Fixtures (except faucets and pipes/fittings)
-Roof shingles in packages
-Televisions (flat screen only)
Find your local store and details on donations at http://www.habitat.org/env/restores.aspx
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/