September 14-20
Sustainability Week 2015 is almost here!

Sunday, September 13
Land and River Revel with the New River Land Trust

Monday, September 14
Caught Green Handed Campaign Kickoff
Community Sustainability Survey Launches

Tuesday, September 15
Ribbon Cutting for New Fast-Charge Station
Film Night with the New River Land Trust

Wednesday, September 16
VT Active Commute Celebration
Market Day Information Table
Stadium Woods Invasive Plants Service Project
Green Drinks Blacksburg, September Edition

Thursday, September 17
Tree Planting Service Project — VT Campus
Blacksburg 20×20: An Awesome Night of Rapidfire Presentations

Friday, September 18
Community Tree Planting and Edible Landscaping— Blacksburg
Farmstand and Food at Glade Road
Movie on the Drillfield

Saturday September 19th
Yoga and Sustainable Living with Karen Cairns

Sunday September 20th
Yoga and Sustainable Living with Karen Cairns

Click here to see the full calendar of events and details!


• According to the Clean Virginia Waterways website hosted by Longwood College: “Balloons are hazards when they enter the aquatic environment because they can look a great deal like jellyfish—a major source of food for many animals. Sea turtles, dolphins, whales, fish, and seabirds have been reported with balloons in their stomachs.” Also, the strings used to tie the balloons can entangle fish and birds as well.

• At the very least, balloons that land on ground end up as litter. Latex balloons are known to take years to biodegrade in contrast to the balloon industry which claim they are biodegradable.

• Helium is a nonrenewable resource that is in short supply and more urgently needed for medical use and research purposes.

Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. acknowledges the potential dangers to the environment which can be caused by helium filled balloons.
Therefore the use of helium balloons at festivals and events presented by Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. will not be permitted.

Balloons filled with helium are not allowed to be sold, given away, on display, or in the booth of any vendor. Balloons that are not filled with helium, such as water balloons and balloons used to create balloon animals are allowed but must be correctly disposed of in a trash can after use.
Policy Adopted October 2014


Our events have once again acheived Green Event Status with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.

Summer Solstice Fest- June 20  Details Here

Art at the Market- Saturday July 18   Details Here

Steppin' Out- Aug 7-8   Details Here

Please support our green efforts by carpooling, walking, biking or taking the bus to our events!!


Compact Fluorescent Lamps, printer cartridges and batteries: Use Them, and Recycle Them Downtown

In an effort to be more Green many of us are making the switch to compact fluorescent lamps, (CFL). These lights last longer than the standard incandescent bulbs and use less energy. But, unlike incandescent bulbs, CFL's cannot be thrown in the trash. They contain a small amount of mercury, which allows the lamps to be more efficient, but mercury is toxic and must be disposed of properly.

The Downtown Merchants of Blacksburg have made it their mission to help out with the proper disposal of CFL's, batteries and printer cartridges.  Please tape the ends of your batteries or individually bag them before dropping them off at one of the collection points in downtown Blacksburg. The following businesses will accept CFL's, batteries and printer cartridges and take them to the correct recycle collection points at no charge to you:

Colley Architects
Community Arts Information Office
EATS Natural Foods
Heavener Hardware
The Artful Lawyer Gallery Store
Wireless Zone

The Bike Barn accepts used bike tires, inner tubes and metal bike parts for recycling.
Heavener Hardware has a cardboard compactor available for public use to recycle cardboard.


The Town of Blacksburg has already installed the “split can inserts” into 6 existing cans (half is devoted to trash and half recycling). They are located at:
• 316 N. Main Street @Chipolte.
• 400 N. Main Street @Tobacco Shop.
• 208 N. Main Street @ front of 310 Rosemont
• N. Main Street @ Post Office Corner.
• N. Main Street @ Old NBB Bank.
• N. Main Street @ Capones.

They have also installed one new recycle only can and one new duel can (½ trash – ½ recycling), both at DP Dough.

There are 7 more locations remaining to install – coming soon:
• Draper Road @ Farmers Market – two new duel cans.
• Draper Road @ Armory Building – one new recycle only can.
• Draper Road @ Armory Building Stairs - one new recycle only can.
• N. Main Street @ Sharkeys – one new recycle only can.
• 322 N. Main Street @ Hokie House – one new recycle only can.
• N. Main Street @ Cooks Clean Center – one new recycle only can.
• N. Main Street @ crosswalk @ Mike’s Grille - one new recycle only can.

The Downtown Merchants of Blacksburg have also committed to follow the DEQ guidelines and officially make all of our events Virginia Green!

For information about Environmental Sustainability in Blacksburg click here.
For information about  Ride Solutions click here

For information about Sustainable Blacksburg click here.

For information from the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, (DEQ) visit:

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