Five Virginia private liberal arts colleges have joined together to reduce their energy costs.
Hollins University along with Emory & Henry, Lynchburg, Randolph, and Sweet Briar Colleges are the first such institutions of higher education in Virginia to provide 100 percent renewable electricity to their campuses.
The energy is coming from landfills located around the Commonwealth. Ingenco captures landfill gas emissions and sends it to the schools. Emory & Henry spokesman Jesse Freedman says this will enable them to cut their carbon footprint by half.
Governor McAuliffe called on state lawmakers Monday night to modernize Virginia’s Standards of Learning testing program in the public schools. Now House Republicans have rolled out their initial plans… and say enacting education reforms will be a long-term project.
Their comprehensive plan would not only impact the SOLs, but also the array of courses that students can take and teacher compensation.
In an address on school choice, or voucher programs, Virginia Republican Congressman Eric Cantor lashed out at President Obama and others.
Cantor - the number two House Republican - has been touring city schools from his Richmond district to as far away as Denver. He says to alleviate poverty the government should get out of the way of low income families who want to send their kids to charter schools.
While the upcoming General Assembly session will focus on such issues as the state budget, ethics reform, and whether or not to expand Medicaid, small business advocates have rolled out a blueprint of their own legislative priorities.
Their agenda arose from a summit of the state’s entrepreneurs and business leaders, who want to ensure that the Commonwealth maintains its competitive edge through business-friendly policies.