EARTH WEEK-April 19-24, 2015

April 22- Earth Day Film Festival

Alexander Black House- 7-9pm

Join us for a screening of four short films
About Water, Aquatic Life, and People

“Bringing Back the Brooks: A Revival of the South’s Trout”
“The Last Dragons: Protecting Appalachia’s Hellbenders”
“A Deeper Creek: The Watchable Waters of Appalachia”
“To the Last Drop: Floyd’s Water Future”

FREE Admission, Registration Required: or 540-951-1704

Green Drinks

Thursday, April 23rd at 5 p.m. - Sustainable Blacksburg will be hosting its first “Green Drinks” event at 622 North/Franks Bar. This is simply a happy hour/social event for local environmentally-minded folks to hang out and network with one another. The plan is to host one of these every month-kick off during Earth Week.

Environmental Coalition at Virginia Tech-Earth Week Schedule

Sunday April 19: 6:30 pm at the Methodist Church Downtown Blacksburg
Community Meal and Art Auction (benefiting the SNAP program at the Farmers Market) Thanks to the Sustainable Food Corp!

Monday April 20: Clean Energy Day Hosted by Students for Clean Energy
On the Drill Field: 9 am-4 pm- GEK Gasification Demo, Games, Clean Energy Information, Appalachian Voices
Outside Squires: 9 am-4 pm-Alternative Transportation and Zip Car demo
7:00 Speakers in Torgesen on Mountain Top Removal

Tuesday April 21: Nature and Sustainability
Day On the Drill Field: 9 am- 4 pm
Eco Car Demo
Love the Bees Campaign, Games and Group ART
7:30 Movie on the Drill Field (Thanks to the Office of Energy and Sustainability!)

Wednesday April 22: Food& Farms
On the Drill Field: 9 am-2 pm
Vegetarian Club tabling & games, Sustainable Food Corp information, Art installation, Reusable water bottle Decoration Station, Discontinue plastic water bottles on campus Petition
Farmers Market: 2 pm-7 pm Local Food, Face Painting, Music, Flow arts encouraged!
The Alexander Black House: Movie 7:00 pm- 9:00 pm RSVP LIMITED SEATS

Thursday April 23: Health Day
Outside Squires Student Center 9am-4pm
Pie a Coal Plant, Coal Plant effects on Health info, VT Relay, Games
1-3 pm Tree Planting
4 pm Earth Walk at the Duck Pond
Plant Sale All Day in Hahn Gardens
Yoga 6:15 in the Hahn Gardens

Friday April 24: Social Justice Day
Outside Squires Student Center 9am-2pm
Social Justice Fair: Divest Virginia Tech, Womenspace, Preserve Montgomery, and more!

More Details Here


• 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.

Horseshoes & Hats Kentucky Derby Casino Night- Saturday May 2 Details Here

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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