Waste Reduction

Promote recycling, composting, and waste reduction

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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Repair Cafe

NRV Repair Café

Twice annual event in the Spring and Fall. Held at the Habitat for Humanity Restore in Christiansburg with multiple repair stations run by volunteers with skills in: sewing/mending furniture repair small appliance/lamp repair hand tool repair and sharpening computer help indoor plant clinic Contact: Ellen Stewart estewart@blacksburg.gov

Drawdown 101 – An Introduction to the Science of Climate Solutions

Project Drawdown is a nonprofit organization that seeks to help the world reach “Drawdown”— the future point in time when levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere stop climbing and start to steadily decline. A team of more than 200 scholars, scientists, policymakers, business leaders, and activists compiled a list of the most substantive solutions …

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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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Share Your Sustainable Gift Ideas!

Updated to include some of the fantastic ideas that were shared! 2/27/2021 Make your gift-giving more sustainable and more unique with these great options where you can find gifts that may be local, handmade, edible, reusable, secondhand or otherwise sustainable: Shop one of our local thrift or consignment stores. Shopping secondhand doesn’t require new resources …

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Plastic Bag Recycling by Trex

The plastics shown above are currently being collected for Trex recycling at the following locations: Blacksburg Community Center: 725 Patrick Henry Drive (thanks to Blacksburg Junior Women’s Club) Christiansburg Farmers Market: Hickok Street in downtown Christiansburg    Learn more about plastics recycling by Trex at trex.com/recycling