Sustainability Week is a long-running collaboration between Sustainable Blacksburg, the Town of Blacksburg, and Virginia Tech's Office of Energy & Sustainability. First held in 2007, this annual week-long series of events embodies its tagline, "Celebrate. Educate. Motivate." by highlighting sustainability programs and practices that help build a more sustainable campus and town.

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Sustainability Week- Susan Garrison Fundraiser- Sept 17.

Susan Garrison, much-loved and admired Sustainability Manager for the Town of Blacksburg, passed away in February of 2013. A tireless environmental advocate, she helped establish Blacksburg's first Sustainability Week, launched the community’s Climate Action Plan, and championed nearly all of the Town’s sustainability initiatives.

To honor Susan’s memory and continue her good works, a special fund has been generously established in her honor through the Community Foundation of the New River Valley. Money from this fund will be used each year to support a special community project that adds beauty to our community and fosters environmental stewardship.

Various downtown businesses will be donating 10% of their sales on Wednesday, September 17 to the Susan Garrison Fund. Please support these businesses!

Participating Businesses:

Cafe de Bangkok
Capone's Fine Jewelry
Fringe Benefit
Gobble Cakes
Mad Dog
Main Street Inn
Matrix Gallery
Polished at Claire v
Uncommonly Gifted

Donations from:

Colley Architects
Dr. Steve Jacobs O.D.
Snyder & Associates

The YMCA will make a donation based on the tonnage of donations they get to the Y during Sustainability Week. - $x/ton of donated materials (i.e. diverted from the landfill!)


We are proud to announce that once again the following events have received Virginia Green Status in 2014. Details about our Green Events can be found at :

Horseshoes & Hats Kentucky Derby Casino Night- Saturday May 3

Summer Solstice Fest- June 20-21

Art at the Market- Saturday July 19

Steppin' Out- Aug 1-2

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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