Sustainability

A Lesson in Green Living
3:18 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

The Brock Environmental Center

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Many people spend their weekends looking at houses. Some are in the market to buy.  Others are just nosey, but recently Virginians toured a new building like no other in the nation – a place that gets all its water from rain, generates all the power it needs, has not a single flush toilet and keeps the floors clean in an ingenious way. 

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Coral Reefs off the Coast of Virginia
10:59 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Mapping the Ocean

Captain Monty Hawkins
Credit Nature Conservancy

There's been lots of reporting on the decline of coral reefs in tropical seas.  Now comes word that we have coral right off the coast of Virginia -- an important piece of news for fishermen and for environmentalists who are mapping the oceans.

 

On a sunny weekday  last summer, Captain Monty Hawkins prepared to take fishermen cruising off the coast of Virginia and Maryland.

“Hey, Jay.  Tell those boys to throw the lines off.”

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Catawba Sustainability Center
12:16 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

Resurrecting The American Chestnut Tree

American Chestnut trees used make up twenty-five percent of the Appalachian forest.  A blight, in the early 1900s changed that, and today they’re all but gone from the forests from Georgia to Maine. 

But the tree left us a way to resurrect it from the dead, and with it, a kind of message:  Only with the help of human beings will the towering Chestnuts return. 

"I was raised here in the valley and when I started hunting, about 1960 or so there were still these old gray giant trunks standing in the woods," says Carl Absher a semi-retired forester from the Catawba Valley.  

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Conservation & Efficiency
4:00 am
Mon May 5, 2014

Federal Lawmakers Tackle Energy Efficiency

This week the U-S Senate is expected to have a debate on a bill that would modernize the federal government's use of energy, but it could get derailed by an oil pipeline in the Midwest.

The federal government is the single biggest consumer of energy in the U-S, so a bipartisan group of lawmakers want to make it an example to the private sector.

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Part 3 of 5
12:39 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Going Green? Cost is a Primary Concern in VA

Despite concerns about climate change, Virginia’s largest electric utility still generates more than half of its electricity from fossil fuels, and by 2027 Dominion Power expects to get  nearly 60% of its power from coal and gas. 

The state’s other electric utility, Appalachian Power, is also big on carbon-based fuel.  By 2020, parent company AEP says 79% of its power will come from burning coal and gas. 

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