Sustainability Week 2015


***ALL EVENTS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!***

 SW 2015 11x17 Poster

Sunday, September 13

Land and River Revel with the New River Land Trust

Event Description: Come down and celebrate all the awesome work the New River Land Trust has been doing! Enjoy live music, BBQ provided by Due South Barbecue, beer and wine from around the region, tours of the Historic Mill, fly fishing demonstrations, live and silent auctions, kids activities, raffles, and much more! Tickets are a suggested donation of $10 and include BBQ. Kids 12 and under are free!

Time: 3 pm-6 pm

Location: The Historic McDonalds Mill in the Catawba Valley

Tickets and more info: www.newriverlandtrust.org

 

Monday, September 14

Solarize Blacksburg, U.S. Conference of Mayors Award Ceremony

Event Description:  Did you know that Blacksburg won a big-time award for the Solarize campaign?  That’s right – we won the 2015 U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Award for the Solarize Blacksburg program, which was a game-changer for renewable energy in our community – but also the state!  The award comes with a $15,000 prize from WalMart which the Solarize team is donating to the Susan Garrison Fund through the Community Foundation of the NRV.  Susan was the Town’s Sustainability Manager for 20 years; and we sadly lost her to cancer in 2013.  Knowing that sustainability was truly her life’s passion, her family, friends, and colleagues endowed a fund in her name with the intention of funding community-based sustainability and beautification projects.  This donation will more than double the amount of money in Susan’s Fund and will enable us to do even bigger and better projects in the years to come!  Come help us honor Susan and the Solarize Team at this award ceremony – all are welcome!

Time: 3 pm – 4 pm

Location: Community Foundation Offices, 990 Cambria Street, N.E. Christiansburg

Contact: Jessica Wirgau, jessicawirgau@cfnrv.org, 540-381-8999

 

Caught Green Handed Campaign Kickoff

Event Description: One of the easiest things we can do to reduce our environmental impact as we go through our day-to-day lives is to use reusable water bottles, coffee mugs, and shopping bags instead of single use items that will largely end up in landfills. Let one of our “secret investigators” catch you using your reusables—green handed! We’ll reward you with a cool sticker for yourself, as well as one to pass on to someone else that YOU catch green handed. We’ll snap a photo of you being a sustainability superstar and post it on social media, so all your friends can see what a great job you’re doing to help save the world from a trash-takeover!

Check out the Website (and photos of you and your friends) HERE!

Time: ALL WEEK!

Location: All over Blacksburg and Virginia Tech!

Contact: Emily Schosid, eschosid@vt.edu, 540-231-7358

 

Community Sustainability Survey Launches

Event Description: This year will mark the Town of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech’s NINTH Sustainability Week, and we’re curious to find out if we’re making an impact in our community. We want to know what topics are important to Blacksburg residents, and what issues need our attention the most. Help us do a better job of planning and providing events, information, and resources that matter to the Blacksburg community by taking this survey. It will remain open for several weeks, but we suggest you take it today!

Website: TBA

Contact: Carol Davis, cdavis@blacksburg.gov, 540-558-0786

 

 Local Dining Specials at VT Dining Services!

Event Description: Come enjoy the fruits of Virginia Tech Dining Services’ organic garden at Kentland Farm this week! During Sustainability Week, it’s all about winter squash, grown just 10 miles down the road. Stop into Owens Food Court to get some amazing pumpkin pie, or D2 to get a unique winter squash pizza.

Website: http://www.dining.vt.edu/sustainability/sustainability.html

Contact: Rial Carver, rtcarver@vt.edu, 540-231-1139

 

Tuesday, September 15 

Ribbon Cutting for New Fast-Charge Station – POSTPONED TILL OCTOBER 13

Event Description: Thanks to the excellent work of Virginia Clean Cities and the generosity of Nissan, the Town of Blacksburg will now have a new electric car fast charging station! This free, public charging station will enable residents and visitors to Blacksburg to charge their electric vehicles in under 30 minutes! Come help us celebrate this excellent addition to the town, and meet many of the local electric car enthusiasts, who may just convince you to get one of your own!

Time: 2:30 pm

Location: Blacksburg Municipal Building, 300 S. Main Street (lower parking lot).

Contact: Carol Davis, cdavis@blacksburg.gov, 540-558-0786

 

Film Night with the New River Land Trust

Event Description: Come support the New River Land Trust and enjoy an excellent night of film. This time, we’ll be showing “New Farms, Big Success,” which features three rock star farmers and provides critical information to develop an enduring, local food network in a time of climate change. Less oil, good money and great food! Meet some good people doing good work to maintain clean and beautiful open spaces in the New River Valley too!

Watch the trailer HERE

Time: 7 pm

Location: YMCA Building, 1000 North Main Street

Contact: John Eustis, nrlt@newriverlandtrust.org

 

Wednesday, September 16

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 for the annual Active Commute Celebration! The Virginia Tech Police will be in attendance helping with bicycle registrations and representatives of the Master Plan will be distributing access to their planning app! There will also be tabling by Blacksburg Transit, The Virginia Tech Office of Energy and Sustainability, the Blacksburg Office of Sustainability, Healthy Hokies, Virginia Tech Bicycle Ambassadors, Zipcar and the Virginia Tech Environmental Coalition. There will be activities, giveaways (including bike bells and stickers), a Zipcar, and free food from Panera Bread!

Time: 8 am – 1 pm

Location: Squires Student Center Plaza, VT Campus

Contact: Mackenzie Jarvis, mrj14@vt.edu,  (540) 231 2701​​

 

Market Day Information Table

Event Description: Do you have questions about how to live a more sustainable life? Do you want to know what resources and businesses are available to you locally to help you do it? Do you have ideas about how we can make Blacksburg an even greener town? Come visit us at the Blacksburg Farmer’s market, where we’ll have information from many of the organizations and businesses in Blacksburg and Christiansburg dedicated to making green living easy.

Time: 2 pm – 5 pm

Location: Market Square Park, Draper Street

Contact: Carol Davis, cdavis@blacksburg.gov, 540-558-0786

 

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 three 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. Last year, an amazing honey bee swarm was sighted! Connect with nature in Stadium Woods and support sustainable restoration of the old–growth forest.
Time: 4:30 pm – 7 pm. Visitor Parking Passes available at VT Visitors Center and will be needed until 5 pm.
Location: Stadium Woods, meet at the south side of Lane Stadium. Come in from Southgate Rd, take Sterrett Rd, and park in the lots there. Come up the paved path next to the Virginia Tech Police building.
Tools: We have a few hand clippers and gloves people can borrow, but not enough for everyone, so it’s best if you can bring your own tools. Please bring Limb Loppers, hand clippers, and protective work gloves if you have them. A claw digging tool will work best in pulling up the English Ivy and hedge trimmers work best on cutting back the Multiflora Rose, and spades work to dig it up, so we’ll definitely use them if you bring them!  Wear sturdy shoes, long pants and long sleeves for protection against thorns, poison ivy, etc.. Hiking or work boots are recommended. Closed-toed shoes and a water bottle are a must.
Contact: Rebekah Paulson, rebekah.paulson@comcast.net; Diana Bridges, dianebridges103@comcast.net

 

Green Drinks Blacksburg, September Edition–POSTPONED TILL SEPTEMBER 29

Event Description: Green Drinks is a new event hosted monthly by Sustainable Blacksburg. It gives people in Blacksburg who are interested in environmental issues an informal (and socially lubricated) way to meet, chat, and (maybe) come up with the next great idea to save the world. Our friends at Frank’s Bar @ 622 North will provide a special drink, prepared with local, seasonal ingredients, and complimentary chips and salsa. Come on out, have a drink, and meet some of the other people in this town working to make Blacksburg as sustainable as possible!

Time: 5 pm – 7 pm

Location: Frank’s Bar @ 622 North

Contact: Emily Schosid, eschosid@vt.edu, 540-231-7358

 

Thursday, September 17

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 7 years the university has planted nearly 600 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 – 3:30 pm

Location: West Campus Drive, across the street from Litton Reaves Hall.

Contact: Denny Cochrane, denniscc@vt.edu, 540-231-5184

More Details: 2015 Sustainability Tree Planting Flyer- Final

 

 

Blacksburg 20×20: An Awesome Night of Rapidfire Presentations

Event Description: Bored to death with standard powerpoint presentations – regardless of topic? The Sustainability Week Team is bringing you 8 great speakers — rapid fire — 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: Solarize Blacksburg, American Chestnut reintroduction, the Blacksburg Bike Master Plan, Permaculture, and more!

Featuring: 

  • Josh Nease, American Chesnut Blight and Reintroduction @ Catawba Sustainability Center
  • Sarah Gibbs and Phil Callicott, Residential Permaculture Techniques
  • Caroline Montgomery, SNAP Benefits and the Blacksburg Farmers Market
  • Erik Olsen, The Blacksburg Bike Master Plan
  • Lynn Bramer, Share the Spare Program
  • Ed Tuchler, Weatherize Blacksburg Initiative
  • Carola Haas, Standing up for an Old-Growth Forest: Blacksburg & VT’s Stadium Woods
  • Andy Esmond and Lauren Carpenito, YToss Program

Time: 6 pm – 8 pm

Location: Alexander Black House, Draper Street

Contact: Carol Davis, cdavis@blacksburg.gov, 540-558-0786

 

Friday, September 18

Community Tree Planting and Edible Landscaping— Blacksburg

Event Description: Two years ago, Sustainability Week featured a TED Talk about edible landscapes that drew out an excellent conversation about how to incorporate that tactic into the Town’s landscaping mission. Now that conversation has become a reality! Come join us at the entrance to the Huckleberry Trail to plant some fruit and nut trees and bushes! In a couple of years, the area will be a public food foraging heaven! Come join us at this family friendly event, and bring your friends, children, and gardening tools!

Time: 3 pm – 5 pm; about 30 volunteers are needed. Please bring a water bottle, plus gloves and a shovel if you have them!

Location: Huckleberry Trailhead

Contact: Carol Davis, cdavis@blacksburg.gov, 540-558-0786

 

Farmstand and Food at Glade Road

Event Description: Close out Sustainability Week on Blacksburg’s own Glade Road Growing farm. Pick up fresh veggies from the farm stand, purchase locally brewed beer by Rising Silo Brewery, and eat pizza hot from the brick pizza oven. Delicious!

Time: 5 pm – 8 pm

Location: Glade Road Growing, 2351 Glade Road

Contact: Carol Davis, cdavis@blacksburg.gov, 540-558-0786

***Please note that parking is extremely limited at Glade Road. Please plan to bike, walk, or carpool to this event.

Movie on the Drillfield

Event Description: Come over to the Virginia Tech Drillfield to watch Avatar outside under the stars! Bring blankets, chairs, friends, and a bowl for FREE popcorn and cotton candy (yes, bring your own bowl so we can reduce waste from the event!). Avatar is a visually stunning film about an alien planet Pandora that is being ravaged for its natural resources after humans have depleted Earth of what it has to offer. The humans go to war with the alien race, but the Pandorans fight back to protect the beauty and life of their beloved planet. Generously sponsored by Coca Cola.

Time: ~8 pm, when it gets dark

Location: Virginia Tech Drillfield

Contact: Emily Schosid, eschosid@vt.edu, 540-231-7358

 

Saturday September 19th

Yoga and Sustainable Living with Karen Cairns

9 am – 10:45 am: Ashtanga Yoga Practice

Ashtanga Yoga is a set series of poses or asanas taught in the tradition established by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.  These classes follow the method and sequence taught in the Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore, India.  Ashtanga is both aerobic and weight-bearing and therefore has many benefits physically and emotionally.  Check with your physician to make sure this is appropriate if you have any physical concerns.

Location: Dance Room at the YMCA Blacksburg, 1000 N. Main Street

11 am – 12 pm:  The Eight Limbs of Yoga as Environmental Sadhana 

Sadhana means a spiritual practice.  Yoga is more than asana or postures!  This will be a discussion of what the eight limbs are, especially the Yamas and Niyamas, and how they apply to a yogic lifestyle.  A yogic lifestyle is environmental sadhana as well as personal sadhana!

Location: Dance Room at the YMCA Blacksburg, 1000, N. Main Street

1 pm – 2 pm  Environmental Justice Discussion

This will be a discussion about environmental justice issues, what they are and why they matter, and how they connect with other social justice concerns, both on a local and global level.

Location: Conference Room at the YMCA Blacksburg, 1000 N. Main Street

Karen Cairns is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level.  She has studied ashtanga since 2001 with an Authorized Level 2 teacher, Laura Spaulding, as well as being a direct student of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois for six years, from 2002-2008.  In April 2010 Karen was the first authorized ashtanga teacher in Virginia (Authorized Level 1) and is the only authorized teacher in the region.  She continues to study every year in Mysore, India, at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute with R. Sharath Jois.

Sunday September 20th

Yoga and Sustainable Living with Karen Cairns

9 am – 10:45 am: Ashtanga Yoga Asana Guided Class

Ashtanga Yoga is a set series of poses or asanas taught in the tradition established by Sri K. Pattabhi Jois.  These classes follow the method and sequence taught in the Ashtanga Yoga Institute, Mysore, India.  Ashtanga is both aerobic and weight-bearing and therefore has many benefits physically and emotionally.  Check with your physician to make sure this is appropriate if you have any physical concerns.

Location: Dance Room at the YMCA Blacksburg, 1000 N. Main Street

11 am- 12 pm: Yoga Nidra

Yoga Nidra is a guided “yogic sleep.” Or deep relaxation… Please bring something to lie on, a small flattish pillow, perhaps a light “blankie.” No binkies allowed though!

Location: Dance Room at the YMCA Blacksburg, 1000 N. Main Street

Karen Cairns is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance at the 500 hour level.  She has studied ashtanga since 2001 with an Authorized Level 2 teacher, Laura Spaulding, as well as being a direct student of Shri K. Pattabhi Jois for six years, from 2002-2008.  In April 2010 Karen was the first authorized ashtanga teacher in Virginia (Authorized Level 1) and is the only authorized teacher in the region.  She continues to study every year in Mysore, India, at the Shri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute with R. Sharath Jois.

 

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