Sustainability Week 2012



Local. Sustainable. VA Tech – VT Women’s Soccer Game vs. NC State

Event Description: The 5 Rights Football Club and the VT Women’s Soccer Team have partnered to host a sustainable soccer game. Our team will be warming up for the match in shirts made of recycled material. The 5 Rights Football Club enables college soccer players, coaches and supporters to address water, food, health, housing and education needs in communities throughout the USA.

Time: 1:00pm

Location: Virginia Tech Soccer Stadium

Contact: Jimmy Skiles,, 540-231-8783


Tour of Sustainable Blacksburg Farm – Glade Road Growing

Event Description: JP and Sally (farm managers) will take you around the farm and show you how they grow vegetables, pastured broilers, apple trees, and more. They will have time at the end for questions and answers and to show the apiary (where the honeybees live) to those who are interested. May Hae will be leading activities for kids during the tour, and Aaron Grigsby will be making free brick oven pizza with toppings from the farm. The tour itself will last about an hour but you are welcome to linger afterwards to ask more questions and enjoy the pizza. We recommend that you wear comfortable shoes.

Time: 2:00pm to 3:30PM

Location: 2351 Glade Road, Blacksburg. The farm is about 1.5 miles down Glade Road on the left, just after the turn for the Heritage Park and just before the sharp turn in Glade Road.

Contact:Sally Walker,, 540-808-0672



Sustainability Week Tree Planting– POSTPONED UNTIL TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25

Event Description: Tree plantings have become an annual Sustainability Week event! All materials needed for planting (trees, shovels, etc.) will be provided, just show up to help. Approximately 15 native trees will be planted during the event. This event has been postponed due to weather and has been rescheduled for Tuesday, September 25 at the same time and in the same place. Hope to see you there!

Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm

Location: Near Owens Dining Hall & Payne Hall

Contact: Matt Gart,, 540 231-4186


Electric Vehicles

Event Description: Electric vehicles are coming to a library near you! Come check out several electric and plug-in hybrid cars on display at the Blacksburg Library from 6:00pm-8:30pm. Stay for a discussion about electric cars at 6:30pm and a panel discussion with drivers of electric and plug-in cars at 7:15pm.

Time: 6:00pm-8:30pm

Location: Blacksburg Library & Blacksburg Library Conference Rm

Contact: Dave Roper,, 540-230-4787



Active Commute Celebration

Event Description: The Active Commute Celebration provides students, faculty, and staff with information on utilizing sustainable means of transportation to and from campus. This event also encourages commuters to provide feedback on alternative transportation options available on campus.

Time: 8:00am-1:00pm

Location:Virginia Tech Drillfield (across from Burruss Hall & War Memorial Gym)

Contact: Debby Freed,, 540 231-0248


Sustainability Celebration @ The Farmers’ Market

Event Description: Join the Town of Blacksburg, Sustainable Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech in celebrating sustainability! Representatives from each group and various other sustainability-related clubs, organizations, and departments will have booths at the Farmers’ Market to chat with all interested parties about sustainability efforts on campus and throughout the Blacksburg community. Additionally, the local band “Black Twig Pickers” will be playing tunes during the event!

Time: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Blacksburg Farmers’ Market

Contact: Denny Cochrane,, 540-231-5184


Sustainability Abroad: VT’s Office of International Research, Education, and Development @ The Farmers’ Market

Event Description: Also during the Sustainability Celebration @ The Farmers’ Market, come learn about how VT’s Office of International Research, Education, and Development keeps its international programs sustainable. Activities and handouts include a worm farm, marigold packets, cacao nibs, information on eco-friendly study abroad, stickers, and a raffle for gift certificates from the Chocolate Spike!

Time: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Blacksburg Farmers’ Market

Contact: Melissa Smith,, 414-231-5184


Study Abroad in Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands: Info Session @ The Farmers’ Market

Event Description: Also during the Sustainability Celebration @ The Farmers’ Market, Susan Ahn will be available to talk with students with sustainability and environmental interests about study abroad opportunities in Ecuador and/or the Galapagos Islands. Susan will discuss her personal experience in the nation’s capital, the Amazon Rain Forest, and Galapagos Islands. Photos, videos, and Q&A will be included.

Time: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Blacksburg Farmers’ Market

Contact: Susan Ahn,, 703-647-0842


Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation @ The Farmers’ Market

Event Description: Also during the Sustainability Celebration @ The Farmers’ Market, a representative from the Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation will be present to talk to members of the campus and the surrounding community regarding undergraduate major options and opportunities for education within the department.

Time: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Blacksburg Farmers’ Market

Contact: Kyle Dingus,, 540-231-1423


Know your Watershed Event @ The Farmers’ Market

Event Description: Also during the Sustainability Celebration @ The Farmers’ Market, representatives from Virginia Tech and the Town of Blacksburg will be educating the community about stormwater pollution prevention. At the event there will be informational posters, watershed model demonstrations, and activities for children.

Time: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Blacksburg Farmers’ Market

Contact: Lauren Grimes,, 540-231-3716


VT’s Department of Sustainable Biomaterials @ The Farmers’ Market

Event Description: Joining the Sustainability Celebration @ The Farmers’ Market, the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials will have demonstrations and will present information about bioenergy and sustainable biofuels, compostable and biodegradable packaging systems from renewable materials, green building design and innovation-based green business strategies.

Time: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Blacksburg Farmers’ Market

Contact: Professor Barry Goodell,, 540-231-8853


The Environmental Coalition @ The Farmers’ Market

Event Description: The student organization The Environmental Coalition will be joining the Sustainability Celebration @ The Farmers’ Market to provide information about their organization and to educate students and the community on how to be more sustainable and promote sustainability.

Time: 2:00pm-6:00pm

Location: Blacksburg Farmers’ Market

Contact: Abby Hays,, 202-271-7259



TED Talk @ The Lyric

Event Description: The Lyric Theatre presents a new monthly lunchtime video/lecture series designed to spark ideas and discussion among community members. In conjunction with Sustainability Week 2012, this month’s TED Talk video is: “A Bold Plan for Mass Adoption of Electric Cars” featuring Shai Agassi. A panel discussion with local experts (including Dave Roper, Glenn Skutt and Pat Bixler) immediately follows the video presentation. Admission is free.


Location: The Lyric Theatre

Contact: Susan Mattingly, , 540-951-1772


Tour of Virginia Tech’s First Solar Photovoltaic Project

Event Description: Interested in learning more about the solar panels? Come tour Virginia Tech’s first solar photovoltaic project! This project was funded through DMME grants and was installed on top of the recently completed Perry Street Parking Structure. The tour will review the installation and some of the challenges and benefits of the project.

Please note: The tour will take place on the top level of the Parking Structure. Attendees should report to the Parking Services office on the ground level, and wear something weather-appropriate and comfortable. Attendees that have a pass from Parking Services may park in the Parking Structure. Additionally, there are metered spaces in the adjacent surface parking lots. Attendees are encouraged to use alternative transportation such as walking, biking, or taking the BT to the Parking Structure.

Time: 1:30pm- 2:30pm

Location: P5 Perry Street Parking Structure

Contact: David Chinn,, 540 231-2269


Tour of ICTAS-II: VT’s First Commissioned Research Facility

Event Description: Come tour the Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Sciences’ (ICTAS) building II, which recently received LEED Gold Certification! The tour will include an overview of the facility and the sustainable features that contributed to the building attaining LEED Gold.

Time: 3:00pm- 4:00pm

Location: ICTAS II Main Lobby

Contact: Dawn Maxey,, 540 553-5966


Tour of Smithfield GardenĀ 

Event Description: This event is hosted by the Sustainable Food Corps (SFC), which is a volunteer student organization, dedicated to using sustainable techniques to grow vegetable and fruit crops. The majority of the produce is donated to local food banks. SFC student leaders and faculty advisors will provide a tour of the garden and explain the different sustainable techniques used. Handouts describing these techniques will be available for all visitors.

Time: 4:30pm- 5:30pm

Location: Meet at Smithfield Plantation Parking Lot(Tentative)

Contact: Ron Morse,, 540 231-6724


Cafe2 Energy Audit Demonstration

Event Description: Cafe2 and its licensed energy contractors will host a public demonstration energy audit at the Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Office on September 20th. Attendees will learn how an energy audit can identify problems with their own home and what can be done to make their home more energy efficient

Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm

Location: Blacksburg Parks and Recreation Office, Patrick Henry Drive

Contact: Mason Cavell,, 540-267-6137