Sustainability Week 2014

Sustainability Week 2014 Calendar of Events

SW Handbills 2014

Saturday, September 13

Habitat for Humanity ReStore Showcase/Workshop

Event Description: Visit the New River Valley Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Saturday, September 13 from 10am to 2pm for our Sustainability Showcase. Volunteers will be offering interactive repurposing stations as well as educational stations on clever up-cycling ideas. Come learn about exciting Habitat for Humanity projects on the horizon and discover all the ways in which you can volunteer with your local H4H chapter. Search for recycled treasures at our ReStore and sign up for a future class. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore is located at 1675 North Franklin Street in Christiansburg (just 4.5 miles from Downtown Blacksburg) and across from the Christiansburg Rec Center. Open 10am to 6pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Location: 1675 N Franklin St. Christiansburg, VA 24073, across from Christiansburg Rec Center

Contact: Dave Roper,, 540-230-4787

ReStore Contact: Dave Roper,, 540-381-1155

Monday, September 15

Hoop House Grand Opening

Event Description: Take a look at what Virginia Tech has been up to in the sustainable and local food arena! Farm & Fields (The sustainable food arm of VT dining services) has been building of a new Hoop House on Price’s Fork Road to extend the growing season for produce that serves VT dining facilities. Come to the grand opening and learn how the hoop house provides enough cover to keep the ground and air warm enough to continue growing into the winter. We’ve planted tomatoes and basil in the Hoop House this summer. In the winter, we’ll use the Hoop House to grow salad greens for the Dining Units!

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Location: 1004 Old Mill Road Blacksburg, VA 24060

Directions: Taking Prices Fork road away from campus, take a right on Old Mill Road (intersection of new Blacksburg high school). Take your immediate right through the gate, pass through the first parking lot and park at the building at the end of the driveway.

Contact: Rial Tombes,, 540-231-1139

Tree Planting Service Project — VT Campus

Event Description: Rise and shine it’s tree plantin’ time!! The National Arbor Day Foundation selected Virginia Tech for “Tree Campus USA” status in 2008 (the inaugural year of this program) and provided funds for the planting of 100 native trees. Over the past 6 years the university has planted over 130 additional trees during Sustainability Week in the fall, and Earth Week during the spring. Both of these events have directly contributed to the university receiving annual “Tree Campus USA” recertification. Please join faculty, staff, and students from across campus in planting a dozen native trees. We provide all the planting equipment.

Time: 1:30 pm – 3 pm

Location: TBA, on the VT Campus

Contact: Denny Cochrane,, 540-231-5184

Pecha Kucha 20×20 Event

Event Description: Bored to death with standard powerpoint presentations – regardless of topic? Ever heard of Pecha Kucha? The Sustainability Week Team is bringing you 8 great speakers — Pecha Kucha style — who will be presenting on their environmental/sustainability topic of expertise or passion – BUT they’re only allowed 20 slides and 20 second per slide! We’re packing A LOT of content into a one hour event with discussion and refreshments to follow. Come to the newly opened Alexander Black House to find out more about these great topics: Invasive Species in Stadium Woods, Beekeeping, Building Your Own Home Compost Tumbler, Community Gardens, Solarize Blacksburg, Market Kids, Local Food Systems, and the Catawba Sustainability Center!

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Alexander Black House, Draper Road

Contact: Emily Schosid,, 540-231-7358

Wednesday, September 17

VT Active Commute Celebration

Event Description: Is walking, biking, or taking the bus to campus a part of your daily routine? If so, join us during Sustainability Week 2014 for the Active Commute Celebration! On Wednesday, September 18th from 8am–1pm on the Drillfield, enjoy a complimentary breakfast sponsored by the Alternative Transportation Office! Bring your bike, and folks from the Hokie Bike Hub will provide bike checks. Speak with local representatives from Blacksburg Transit, Megabus, Zimride, and Zipcar about all of the alternative transportation options available on and off-campus! At the information table, grab a campus bike map, spoke card, and some BT giveaways! The annual celebration aims to help advance Virginia Tech’s sustainability initiatives and help faculty, staff, and students find affordable commuting methods.

Time: 8 am – 1 pm

Location: Drillfield, VT Campus

Contact: Debbie Freed,, 540-231-0248

Market Day Celebration and Sustainability Expo

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 where they will be ready to chat with you about sustainability efforts on campus and throughout the Blacksburg community.

Time: 2 pm – 7 pm

Location: Market Square Park, Draper Street

Contact: Carol Davis,, 540-558-0786

Free Screening of GMO OMG!

Event Description: GMO OMG director and concerned father Jeremy Seifert is in search of answers. How do GMOs affect our children, the health of our planet, and our freedom of choice? And perhaps the ultimate question, which Seifert tests himself: is it even possible to reject the food system currently in place, or have we lost something we can’t gain back? These and other questions take Seifert on a journey from his family’s table to Haiti, Paris, Norway, and the lobby of agra–giant Monsanto, from which he is unceremoniously ejected. Along the way we gain insight into a question that is of growing concern to citizens the world over: what’s on your plate? (this is the official description of the film from their website)

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Alexander Black House

Contact: Emily Schosid,, 540-231-7358

Downtown Blacksburg Fundraiser for the Susan Garrison Sustainability Fund

Event Description: Susan Garrison, much–loved and admired Sustainability Manager for the Town of Blacksburg, passed away in February of 2013. A tireless environmental advocate, she helped establish Blacksburg’s first Sustainability Week, launched the community’s Climate Action Plan, and championed nearly all of the Town’s sustainability initiatives. On Wednesday, September 17th, if you shop or dine at one of the downtown establishments listed below, x% of sales for the day will go toward Susan’s Fund and will help us launch citizen-initiated projects that make Blacksburg a greener and more beautiful place to live, work, and play.

Participating* Businesses

  • Uncommonly Gifted
  • Gobble Cakes
  • Bollo’s Coffee
  • Gillie’s
  • Fringe Benefit
  • Main Street Inn

*Check back as more businesses keep getting added to the list!

Contact: Carol Davis,, 540-558-0786

Thursday, September 18

Stadium Woods Invasive Plants Service Project

Event Description: Join the Virginia Master Naturalists (VMN), VT Engage and VT & Blacksburg Sustainability Teams for an invasive species plant removal in VT’s rare old–growth urban forest. VMN’s have been diligently removing invasive plants in the woods for nearly two years. Their hard work is reaping many benefits including allowing White Oak saplings and native plants such as Snakeroot reemerge where Oriental Bittersweet and Multi–flora Rose once reigned. In May an amazing honey bee swarm was sighted! Connect with nature in Stadium Woods and support sustainable restoration of the old–growth forest.

Time: 4 pm – 6 pm

Location: Stadium Woods, parking is available at the Cranwell Center

Contact: Lucy Adams,, 540-231-7042

Sustainable Food Corps Community Meal

Event Description: Cook and eat with your neighbors! Virginia Tech’s Sustainable Food Corps will be leading the preparation and service of a community meal at the Historic Bennett House in Wong Park. Spend the afternoon helping to cook an amazing meal or just show up to enjoy food and community at this beautiful outdoor location. All food is donated from local farms and grocery stores. The mission of the Sustainable Food Corps is to promote economic development within our community, to support a resilient, sustainable, locally–owned food system which provides improved citizen access to local and regional food.

Time: 2 pm – 6 pm (volunteer to cook for the meal!), 6 pm – 8 pm (eating the food!)

Location: 702/704 Progress Street (for cooking), Bennett House at Wong Park (for eating)

Contact: Emily Schosid,, 540-231-7358

Friday, September 19

Community Tree Planting — Blacksburg

Event Description: Two tree planting events in one week! Did you know that over 50 years, a tree will typically provide $62,000 worth of pollution control? In fact, for every ton of new wood growth a tree removes 1.5 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere while producing 1.07 tons of oxgen at the same time. Come join us at the Blacksburg Library to spruce up the landscaping surrounding the library and add some new trees along the trail that connects the Huckleberry to downtown! Just as Virginia Tech is certified by the Arbor Day Foundation as a “Tree Campus USA”, Blacksburg has had a “Tree City USA” designation for more than 10 years — with a 2:1 municipal tree replacement policy, annual Arbor Day tree plantings, and a muncipal nursery to provide a steady supply of new trees at low cost, Blacksburg is a leader in urban reforestation initiatives. Come join us at this family friendly event!

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm

Location: Blacksburg Library

Contact: Carol Davis,, 540-558-0786

Sunday, September 21

Solar 101 Discussion and Solarize Blacksburg Home Tour

Event Description: As part of the community’s Celebrate Sustainability week, Bryan Walsh of Solar Connexion will be offering a session on Practical Photovoltaics at 1:00 pm on Sunday, September 21 at the YMCA at VT at 1000 N. Main Street in Blacksburg. This overview will provide an introduction to photovoltaic solar electric systems including grid–tie, grid–interactive, and off-grid. Discussion will include types of panels, mounting methods, and inverters; system maintenance; and evaluating components, system designs, and installation methods. You’ll have the opportunity to see working solar energy systems with the Solar Trailer that provides mobile stand–alone power and the Y Wind and Solar project.

Time: 1 pm – 2 pm, 2 pm – 4:30 pm (self-guided tour of Solarize Blacksburg homes)

Location: YMCA Dance Room (Solar 101 talk), Various (self-guided tour)

Contact: Carol Davis,, 540-558-0786