Sustainability

The Color of Preservation
12:15 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Diversity in the Great Outdoors

Credit Virginia Tech

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.

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Ensuring Survival
10:49 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Happier Honey Bees

Rowan Sprague
Credit Dan Addison via UVA

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.

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Groundwater Warning
12:19 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Environment Virginia Symposium at VMI

Participants at the Environment Virginia Symposium
Credit Virginia Military Institute

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.

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TomTom Festival
4:12 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Weed Salad, anyone?

Patrick McCafferty, ready to chow down.

Spring has finally sprung here in Virginia, and that’s got one Charlottesville man on the move - pulling weeds, but he’s not just any gardener. 

26-year-old Patrick McCafferty is planning meals around the greens he gets for free. He finds his lunch by hiking a forest, or strolling around the yard.

He's learned the tricks of the trade of foraging for food, and become a master of plant identification.

“On the highway, I can identify weeds going 60 miles an hour from like, a hundred yards away.”

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Environment
1:04 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Anti-Nuclear Demonstration in Richmond

On the two-year anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, anti-nuclear demonstrators rallied outside the Richmond headquarters of Dominion Virginia Power. 

The protestors say the Fukushima experience shows that the risk of disaster at nuclear facilities is far too great to keep operating them.  They’re calling on Dominion to close its North Anna and Surry nuclear power stations—and instead use wind, solar, and other renewable resources.

The Fukushima site is still so radioactive that it will be eight years before the melted nuclear fuel can be removed. 

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