Ecological Integrity

Promote tree planting and sustainable garden maintenance

Small Grants to Preserve and Enhance Sustainable Living

Our Mission To preserve and enhance sustainable living in Blacksburg and environs by promoting clean energy, smart growth and mobility, ecological integrity, social equity, and reduction of waste (especially carbon emissions, and pollution). Did you know Sustainable Blacksburg has started a small grant program!? To encourage others to assist in accomplishing this mission, Sustainable Blacksburg will be awarding up to three …

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Week Four: 21 Actions for 2021

This is a special week for us and for the Earth. Earth Day is this Thursday (April 22nd) and there are a lot of activities and opportunities to volunteer around town! Why Volunteer? By its very nature, volunteerism is an important vehicle for sustainable development. Volunteerism lets people and communities participate in their own growth. …

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Week 3 Recap: Adding Native Plants to Your Landscape

Following up on last week’s action – Using Sustainable Practices in Your Lawn and Garden – this week we talked about the importance of Adding Native Plants to Your Landscape. One of the highlights of this week was our partnership with Plant SWVA Natives to give away 200 Redbud and Oak saplings! There are many …

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Native Tree Giveaway!

Plant SWVA Natives and Sustainable Blacksburg are partnering to distribute native oak and red bud trees in the New River Valley this spring. Both trees need well-drained sites. All trees are one year old bareroot saplings. They need to be planted in potting soil or earth within a day of receipt. All new trees should …

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Week Three: 21 Actions for 2021

We touched upon this briefly last week but Adding Native Plants to Your Landscape is such an important topic we want to dedicate week 3 to this discussion. Why Add Native Plants to Your Landscape? According to Carol Schwobel, who is on the Board of Directors of the New River chapter of the Virginia Native …

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Week 2 Recap: Using Sustainable Practices in Your Lawn and Garden

With the warm weather we have had lately, this has been a great week to talk about using sustainable practices in your lawn and/or garden! If you are following us on Facebook, you now know many different ways you can take this action at your own home. Here’s a quick recap of what we posted: …

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Week Two: 21 Actions for 2021

Use Sustainable Practices in Your Lawn or Garden It’s that time of year where we awake from our winter hibernation and head outside to start preparing our yard for the warmer months. That’s why we are focusing Week Two on Using Sustainable Practices in Your Lawn or Garden. Whether you are landscaping or growing your …

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Week One: 21 Actions for 2021

Support Local Food Sources We’re kicking off our 21 Actions for 2021 with Supporting Local Food Sources. One of the {many} awesome things about Blacksburg and the surrounding area is the farms and local food producers. We are so lucky to have access to such a wonderful source of homegrown options! This week we will …

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Sustainable Communities

What is a sustainable community and why is this important for Blacksburg? A sustainable community is one that takes into account many different human needs, not one need to the exclusion of others. And humans want and need many things from their community: Access to clean air and water Jobs and other economic opportunities A …

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Steps We Can Take to Lead a Sustainable Life

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 …

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