21 Actions For 2021

Sustainable living is important because it ensures future generations a habitable world they can enjoy. But what does it mean to live sustainably and what exactly are we trying to accomplish? 

A sustainable lifestyle attempts to reduce our impact on the environment by altering our methods of transportation, energy consumption, and diet to reduce our emissions; reducing the amount of waste we produce and throw away to conserve resources; and taking other actions to enhance and protect our remaining natural areas to preserve wildlife habitat and biodiversity.

Every little change we make as individuals adds up to big changes for the world. And these big changes are going to impact how future generations live here.

That’s why we have created a list of 21 Actions for 2021. These include steps we can all take in our individual lives as well as throughout our community that put us on a path to sustainable living.

Local Resources for Reducing Food Waste

There are many ways we can divert food from the landfill and into the hands of those who need it most. Below are a few local organizations working on reducing food waste in our community.

The Campus Kitchen

The Campus Kitchen program is a partnership between VT Engage and Virginia Tech Dining Services. Campus Kitchen works to increase food access and to reduce food waste by redirecting unserved food from on-campus dining centers to hunger relief agencies in the New River Valley.

Share the Spare

Share the Spare is making their 2021 debut at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market Saturday, June 5th! This program is within the NRV Master Gardeners and Cooperative Extension and their goal is to collect fresh local produce donated by the market shoppers to put on the tables of our friends and neighbors in need. Stop by their table at the Farmer’s Market to learn more information and to donate produce.

NRV Glean Team

The New River Valley Glean Team aims to join efforts to feed the hungry by growing food, gathering excess fresh food from farms, and purchasing bulk potatoes and giving it to food providers.

Future Economy Collective

Future Economy Collective collects donations of shelf-stable or refrigerated but long-lasting foods to distribute in their mutual aid boxes.

Food Pantries

When cleaning out your pantry, instead of throwing perfectly good food away, consider donating it to the Interfaith Food Pantry and Micah’s Backpack.

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