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.
A tiny, invasive bug is bringing down hemlock trees from Appalachia to southern Canada. And scientists fear another treasured native tree may be going the way of the American chestnut, forever changing forest ecosystems.
Researchers at Virginia Tech are hoping to beat the invaders at their own game. They’re using a new invasive species to keep an old one in check, and save the American hemlock tree.
A 14-acre stand of trees on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg recently escaped destruction when the University agreed not to build an athletic practice facility on that spot.
Now a Virginia Senator wants to make protection of the parcel, known as Stadium Woods, permanent.
Senator John Edwards applauds Virginia Tech’s Board of Visitors for voting to save Stadium woods from development – for now. But he’s introduced a bill that would make protection permanent with a conservation easement on the land.
The federal law protecting endangered species turned forty in 2013. And that calls for taking stock of how it’s been working.
Fresh Water mussels are at the foundation of aquatic life in inland waterways. At different times in their life cycle, the burrow into river bottoms, keeping soil substrates aerated, and they act as powerful filtering systems that help keep the water clean. But they’re on the endangered species list, and anything that threatens them, also threatens our fresh surface water.