It’s no surprise that California and Arizona top the list of states installing solar power, but Virginia’s neighbors - Maryland and North Carolina - are in the top ten. Critics say Virginia is a “dark spot” on the map because government policies don’t promote green energy. Now, however, the state legislature has approved a bill that will bring down one barrier to solar power.
Two major lobbyists – the American Farm Bureau Federation and the Fertilizer Institute -- have some new allies in their legal fight against a plan to clean up the Chesapeake Bay, and environmentalists here are furious.
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.