Learn about honeybees at Manassas Battlefield Park Day

Saturday, April 18th 2015: 10AM.-3PM.

Louise Edsall will be at the Manassas Battlefield Park representing the Sweet Virginia Foundation educating the public about honeybees.

Other events there that day include learning about tracking, water chemistry, birds and more!

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On a beautiful spring day, students were lined up to get their bikes fixed at the Basic Bike Repair Workshop. This event was held on Tuesday March 3rd at George Mason University, with Phoenix Bikes on site.

All photos credited to Marina Budimir

Many students were fascinated. They observed and asked questions about how a bike is maintained, while their bikes were being repaired.

Photo credited to Marina Budimir

One student was riding his bike without brakes. Luckily, Phoenix Bikes came to the rescue to solve this issue.

Photo taken by Marina Budimir

If you missed out on this workshop, don’t worry! There are more bike events during the month of April. Bring a friend, come along, and enjoy the ride! All of these events are FREE.

Environmental News Roundup – Apr. 1, 2015

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New U.S. Climate Target Is Achievable and Sends an Important Signal to the World

The U.S. formally proposed that it would cut its emissions 26 to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025. This emissions reduction target shows a commitment to strong action from the U.S. to cut its carbon pollution and sends a powerful signal to the world.

The new commitment to cut total national emissions to 28 percent below 2005 levels by 2025 is achievable with strong, sustained actions.The U.S. can meet both its 2020 and 2025 targets using existing laws like the Clean Air Act, energy efficiency laws, and protecting our public lands and waters.

Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency Key to Growing Economy and Fighting Climate Change in Virginia

A new issue brief from NRDC shows, Virginia can fight back simply by meeting existing state goals to ramp up clean energy, improving its energy efficiency, and in the process reducing dangerous carbon pollution that is the single largest driver of climate chaos.

In fact, the new brief shows that if the Old Dominion were to meet its already existing voluntary energy goals, the state would actually beat the carbon emission targets in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan by 20 percent.

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Texas Town Going All in on Solar and Wind

Georgetown, Texas, a city of about 48,000 people 25 miles north of Austin, has long been known as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas. But now Georgetown will have another distinction. It’s the biggest community in the nation to get 100 percent of its electricity from solar panels and wind turbines.

EPA will require weed-resistance restrictions on glyphosate herbicide

At least 14 weed species and biotypes in the United States have developed glyphosate resistance, affecting more than 60 million acres of U.S. farmland, according to data gathered by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. weed scientists. The herbicide-resistant weeds hinder crop production and make farming more difficult and expensive.

The EPA’s action comes in the wake of a finding by the World Health Organization’s cancer research unit this month that glyphosate is “probably carcinogenic to humans,” a conclusion the working group said was based on a review of years of scientific research.

Spring is in the air!

Yes, spring is in the air. Don’t you love it? It’s a  wonderful time to come by and enjoy SpringFest. Want to make a difference? Become a volunteer at SpringFest! Volunteers get a free swag bag, t-shirt, and an awesome sense of accomplishment. Fill out the form here to start your mission to save the planet.

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It’s time to role up your sleeves!

Yes, it’s that time of year again. Come along to participate in our annual clean up. Refreshments will be served, attached with an awesome sense of accomplishment. You can’t pass by this opportunity.

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Flyer made by Hala Elbarmil

Environmental News Roundup – Mar. 25, 2015

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Virginia gets country’s first wind energy research lease in federal waters

Virginia is the first state in the country to secure a wind energy research lease to build and operate turbines in federal waters, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced Tuesday.

The agreement with the federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) will enable Dominion Virginia Power to move forward with its plans to erect a pair of 6-megawatt test turbines on the Outer Continental Shelf, about 24 nautical miles east of the Virginia Beach shoreline.

Maryland lawmakers pass fracking moratorium

Maryland’s House of Delegates passed a bill that would put a three-year moratorium on hydraulic fracturing in the state. Tuesday also saw Maryland’s Senate pass a bill that would hold any companies fracking in the future to strict standards, labeling the practice “an ultrahazardous and abnormally dangerous activity,” the Baltimore Sun reports.

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Last chance to save imperiled arctic

This year will be pivotal for the future of the Arctic. The U.S. assumes the chairmanship of the eight-nation Arctic Council next month; the Obama administration is considering legacy conservation actions in its final years; Arctic nations will make long-term decisions regarding resource development; and there is a real opportunity to reach agreement at the UN Climate Change Summit in Paris this December to significantly reduce global carbon emissions.

Why GM wants to buy wind energy

This is GM’s first wind procurement, but not the first time it has invested in power generated by renewable sources. It also relies on projects using solar, landfill-to-gas, and waste-to-energy technologies. Collectively, these installations will supply approximately 12% of GM’s total power needs

Environmental News Roundup – Mar. 18, 2015

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The melting of Antarctica was already really bad. It just got worse.

Humans may remember 2014 as the year that we first learned that we may have irreversibly destabilized the great ice sheet of West Antarctica, and thus set in motion more than 10 feet of sea level rise.

General Assembly paves way for Virginia’s clean energy future

Several bills were introduced in the 2015 session to undermine the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed “Clean Power Plan,” but lawmakers listened to the resounding voices of thousands of citizens across the commonwealth, rejected these shortsighted bills and put our state on a historically unprecedented path to building a clean, new Virginia economy.

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As California Drought Enters 4th Year, Conservation Efforts and Worries Increase

California is facing a punishing fourth year of drought. Temperatures in Southern California soared to record-high levels over the weekend, approaching 100 degrees in some places. Reservoirs are low. Landscapes are parched and blighted with fields of dead or dormant orange trees. And the Sierra Nevada snowpack, which is counted on to provide 30 percent of the state’s water supply as it melts through early summer, is at its second-lowest level on record.

House passes bill to overhaul EPA Scientific Advisory Board

The bill would prohibit the board, which advises the EPA on its regulations, from appointing members who are registered lobbyists. It would also require that at least 10 percent of board members be from state, local or tribal governments.

Raising Chickens

Chickens! Small Backyard Flock Workshop

Saturday, April 11, 2015
Time: 8:30am – 1pm
Location: Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Pkwy, Room 206

Small, backyard flocks of chickens are becoming popular not just in the countryside, but in cities and suburbs as well, as people seek fresh and local sources of food. At this workshop, you will learn how to start a backyard flock, the basics of chicken nutrition, how to manage pollution and disease, and what the local regulations require for you to keep a happy flock and happy neighbors. The workshop is free, but please RSVP in advance to Amy Ordonez as spaces are limited: aordonez@vt.edu, 703-324-5369.