Clean Commute Month
Once again, we’ve got fun events planned to celebrate Bike Month and Clean Commute Challenge here at RIDE Solutions. You can find a full list of events at our events page: http://ridesolutions.org/events/category/newrivervalleyevents/, but here are a few highlights for the New River Valley.
5th Annual Fix Fest, Blacksburg: April 26, 9:30 to 1:30 pm at the Media Building Lawn across from the Farmers’ Market.
Bike Shorts Film Festival, NRV screening: May 8, 7pm at the Lyric Theater, Blacksburg ($5 at the door)
Clean Commute Challenge: the month of May, sign up for yourself or a team, http://ridesolutions.org/cleancommute
Town of Blacksburg Earth/Arbor Day events
4/26/2014 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Recreation Administration Buildin
615 Patrick Henry Drive
Come plant the next generation of trees at Blacksburg’s tree nursery and the Huckleberry Trail. Bring a shovel and a friend. The Town of Blacksburg’s tree nursery was created to increase volunteer opportunities, lower CO2 levels, and promote wildlife habitat throughout the town.
Also, don’t forget to bring your papers for the free on site shred a thon event.
Green your Lawn & Landscape-by horticulturist Barry Robinson. 10 am-11:30am. $5. Register through VT YMCA by calling 540-961-9622.
For more information on the day’s activities, contact Blacksburg Parks and Recreation at (540) 961-1142, firstname.lastname@example.org or the Office of Waste Reduction & Recycling at 540-961-1806, email@example.com.
The Great Cloth Diaper Change
The Great Cloth Diaper Change will take place at
Kent Square on April 26 from 9:30 am to about 12:00 pm
National Drug Take Back Day
Blacksburg Police Department will be participating in the National Drug
Take Back program sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This
program allows individuals to turn in unused or expired medication for
safe disposal. The collection will be held on Saturday, April 26, from
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Blacksburg Parks and
Recreation Community Center, 725 Patrick Henry Drive.
Collection Site Protocol
Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or
by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it
directly into the disposal box. If an original container is submitted,
remove any identifying information from the prescription label.
solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers
may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain
sealed in their original container. The cap should be tightly sealed to
Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
DBI CERTIFIED GREEN EVENTS
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!!
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 Lilac.
• 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