Susan Garrison Fundraiser

Sustainability Week- Susan Garrison Fundraiser- Sept 17, 2014.

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.

This fund provides support to to the Town of Blacksburg in Blacksburg, Virginia for its use on projects and/or initiatives that promote or support environmental awareness, sustainability, and/or community beautification.

The following downtown businesses raised $2056.14 for this fund!!

Capone's Fine Jewelry
Colley Architects
Downtown Blacksburg, Inc.
Dr. Steve Jacobs O.D.
Fringe Benefit
Mad Dog
Main Street Inn
Matrix Gallery
Polished at Claire v
Shelter Alternatives
Uncommonly Gifted

To make a donation please visit:


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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