Blacksburg Sustainability Week, a collaboration between Sustainable Blacksburg, the Town of Blacksburg and Virginia Tech is celebrating its 13th year in 2019.
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.”
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!
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
EATS Natural Foods
Blacksburg True Value Hardware
Blacksburg True Value Hardware has a cardboard compactor available for public use to recycle cardboard.
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.
Policy Adopted October 2014
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.
Sustainable Blacksburg are spearheading the "Last Plastic Straw" movement. The following Downtown Blacksburg, Inc. restaurants are participating. Please give them a shout-out when you visit next time and online.
Bollo's Cafe & Bakery
Cafe de Bangkok
Green's Sushi & Grill
Next Door Bake Shop
The Lyric Theatre
Top of the Stairs
Our events have once again achieved Green Event Status with the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality.
Please support our green efforts by carpooling, walking, biking or taking the bus to our events!
Supports the work of the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality, (DEQ) visit:
Supports the mission of Ride Solutions provides alternative transportation options – ridesharing (carpooling and vanpooling), biking, public transit, walking, and guaranteed ride home services – to residents living within the greater New River and Roanoke Valleys and Region 2000 regions of southwestern Virginia.
Through our free services we partner with citizens and businesses to connect them with commuting options – beyond the single-occupancy vehicle – to access work and school.
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Did you know that cardboard boxes can be reused quite a few times before hitting the recycle bin?
Our local Easy Way Packaging & Shipping Store accepts boxes and packaging material and offers them to customers for free. This is great for the environment and helpful to customers.
Drop off your boxes & packaging material there and give them a shout out next time you go in!
Reduce - Reuse - and the very last of the 3Rs....Recycle.