EARTH WEEK 2016
Earth Week 2016 events include activities aimed at building a more sustainable community
Monday, April 18 – Clean Energy Day
Tuesday, April 19 – Recycling & Waste Day
Wednesday, April 20 – Food & Community Day
Thursday, April 21 – Social Justice Day
Friday, April 22 – Earth Day
Weekend Earth Week Actions
Saturday, April 23 – Green Game Day
Sunday, April 24 – Stroubles Creek Clean Up
Sunday, April 24 – Kentland Farm Volunteering
Saturday, April 30 – Arbor Day Tree Planting in Wong Park
All Week Events
Caught Green Handed-All week everywhere! FULL DETAILS HERE
Paint a streak of green paint somewhere on your body that is visible to show solidarity with others who are also struggling to live in a sustainable way within a wasteful system.
Blacksburg DC Fast Charger
As part of Energy Awareness Month, the Town of Blacksburg is proud to announce the installation of the first publicly-available, DC Fast Charger south of Roanoke. This charger will enable owners of electric vehicles traveling along I-81 or Route 460 to re-charge their vehicles quickly and conveniently while visiting downtown Blacksburg. The charging station is located in the Municipal Building Parking Lot at 300 S. Main Street.
“Blacksburg is a Town that is committed to a cleaner energy future. We’re so grateful to VCC and their partners for helping to broker installation of this DC fast charger, which will enable residents and visitors alike to plug in, grab a cup of coffee or a bite to eat downtown, and be on their way in about 30 minutes, with a ‘full’ electric tank,” said Carol Davis, Sustainability Manager for the Town of Blacksburg. “We’re looking forward to sharing this exciting announcement with our community and surrounding area.”
DBI HELIUM BALLOON POLICY
HELIUM BALLOON POLICY JUSTIFICATION
• 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.
HELIUM BALLOON POLICY
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
DBI CERTIFIED GREEN EVENTS
Our events have once again acheived Green Event Status with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
Summer Solstice Fest- June 18 Details Here
Art at the Market- Saturday July 16 Details Here
Steppin' Out- Aug 5-6 Details Here
Please support our green efforts by carpooling, walking, biking or taking the bus to our events!!
COOL CITIES CAMPAIGN
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:
Community Arts Information Office
EATS Natural Foods
The Artful Lawyer Gallery Store
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.
RECYCLING CONTAINERS DOWNTOWN
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:http://www.deq.virginia.gov/AboutUs.aspx