Ecological Integrity

Promote tree planting and sustainable garden maintenance

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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Sustainable Consumption & Production

The earth is finite with finite resources and every human being relies on these resources for our basic needs – food, air, water, shelter. But we also put tremendous pressure on the earth in order to fulfill our wants. There are a couple of additional stressors that come into play here: The population is projected …

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Sustainable Agriculture

Agriculture puts a tremendous amount of pressure on our natural resources and the changing climate is impacting how we grow and produce our food. Sustainable agriculture seeks to address these issues but we must look at the three pillars of sustainability when thinking about sustainable agriculture. Social (people): Agricultural practices should 1) provide sufficient human …

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Montgomery County, Virginia's broomin' & bloomin' Saturday April 24, 2021

Montgomery County’s 38th Annual Broomin’ and Bloomin’ Litter Cleanup Event

Since 1983, individuals and groups have been invited to take part in this countywide cleaning effort. As in past years, participants will be picking up litter along area waterways, public parks/playgrounds, walking trails, roadways, and other public locations. Trash bags, gloves and safety vests will be provided. Filled trash bags will be picked up from …

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What does Sustainability Really Mean?

The most common definition of sustainability is meeting our needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Most of the time, sustainability is thought of in the context of the environment, but there are actually three pillars of sustainability that must be addressed: Social (people), Environment (planet), and Economy (profit). …

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Update on VT’s Climate Action Commitment

To ensure Virginia Tech implements the most stringent climate and sustainability standards, a working group presented recommendations for the next iteration of the Climate Action Commitment to the Board of Visitors on Nov. 15-16. Ambitious, actionable, and intentional, the proposed updates boldly build upon a decade of university sustainability efforts. The recommendations aim to guide …

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