On September first, Dominion Power is required to submit a report to the state, explaining how it will provide electricity over the next fifteen years, but even before that happens, a coalition of environmental groups is demanding the utility use more sustainable energy sources to generate power.
Four environmental groups say they’re unhappy with the direction Dominion Power is moving – with steady or increased reliance on natural gas, coal and nuclear technology, so they’re launching a campaign called New Power for the Old Dominion.
What’s now known as the “environmental movement” took root decades ago. Today, more young people than ever before are interested in careers in this field. But it’s a career path, which relatively few people of color choose to pursue.
The College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech held a national conference to explore the future of diversity in careers related to the environment. Dean Paul Winistorfer says more needs to be done to interest minorities in this growing field.
With the coming of spring, bee hives across the state are buzzing, but beekeepers say the insects face another challenging season - gathering pollen from plants sprayed with pesticides, fighting off parasites and disease.
Rowan Sprague is an engineering student whose career took a surprising turn at the University of Virginia. That’s where she started hearing all kinds of interesting stuff about bees.
Virginia’s Secretary of Natural Resources is warning that supplies of groundwater in the eastern part of the state are running dangerously low.
Speaking at a conference on the environment at Virginia Military Institute, Doug Domenech said stores are down due increased demand from new homes, shopping centers and industrial parks.
The state is now urging industries that don’t need clean water to consider finding other sources, such as rivers, and the legislature recently approved money to monitor areas where ground water is in decline.