Environment

Solar Energy Woes
7:28 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Virginia Hoping to Catch Up When It Comes to Solar Power

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.  

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Legal Challenge to EPA Plan
1:03 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Fight Over Chesapeake Bay Clean-Up

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. 

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Environment
8:33 am
Tue January 28, 2014

Bipartisan Efforts to Conserve Virginia Land

Credit www.deq.state.va.us

There’s a good deal of disagreement in Richmond these days, but one cause - preserving open space -- seems to enjoy bi-partisan support, and members of the public are also signing on.  

Last year, Virginia landowners agreed to put 57,000 acres into conservation, so they’ll will never be developed. 

There are now 750,000 protected acres statewide, and Rex Linville, of the Piedmont Environmental Council, says one reason is the provision of tax credits to those who sign up.

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Education
3:10 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Colleges Band Together to Save Energy Costs

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.

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Fighting One Invasive Species With Another
12:54 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Saving Hemlocks from Extinction

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.

 

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