Sustainability

Virginia Leads the Nation With This Green Fuel

Jan 13, 2016
Virginia Tech

Every year, Virginia spends a billion dollars on energy from somewhere else – fuel oil, propane or kerosene to heat homes.  Now, farmers in Virginia are growing an alternative fuel – a clean, sustainable grass that promises to keep the cash here in the Commonwealth.  Sandy Hausman has that story.

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With so many cars on the road this holiday season, it’s easy to see why automobiles account for almost half of the country’s fuel consumption.  But what if cars could recover some of that energy for other uses? An engineering professor at Virginia Tech is working on a way to give cars exactly that kind of ‘energy bump.’

Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Lei Zuo and his team are working on a new kind of shock absorber that would not only enhance a car’s ride, but also create energy just from driving on the road.

15 Years to Build: A Lifetime to Maintain

Oct 23, 2015

The companies planning to build the Mountain Valley Pipeline today filed a formal request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. If approved, it would wind through Virginia over private and public lands. One scenario has it crossing the Appalachian Trail in Giles County … and that has conservationists concerned. 

Robbie Harris went for a hike with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Laura Belleville to get a look at where the pipeline might cross it.

The decline of the coal industry is poised to have a big impact for decades to come. In regions where it once dominated local economies, for many, things will never be quite the same.  But with great change also comes opportunity. 

Farm Bounty on the School Lunch Tray

Oct 14, 2015

Virginia recently celebrated farm-to-school week, highlighting the connection between farmers around the state and what’s on the tray in the lunch line.

But for one private school in Richmond, farm-to-table is more than just one week out of the year.

St. Andrews Elementary School in Richmond had some unusual visitors for lunch earlier this month -- chickens.

The two Rhode Island Reds were part of a lesson on healthy eating. Kindergarteners through fifth graders got to learn what the chickens eat, and how their diet affects the eggs they produce.

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