Catholics in Virginia finance solar energy for churches and schools

Green Prophet

Doing change is much more important than just talking change: seven Catholic community groups in Virginia support renewables through investing in solar energy. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, in Falls Church, Virginia. Energy Catholic solar power Virginia

Arrowhead Bike Farm celebrates West Virginia biking community


Want to ride killer mountain bike trails, then drink a local West Virginia beer and eat vegan bratwurst? Arrowhead Bike Farm has you covered


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Virginia bans cosmetic testing on animals


Starting January 1, 2022, the state of Virginia will no longer allow animal testing or the sale of cosmetics tested on animals. Thanks to Virginia Governor Ralph Northam — and other kind and dedicated Virginians — the Virginia Humane Cosmetics Act became law this month.

Tradeable quotas in Virginia fisheries

Environmental Economics

My students and I will be reading this in the spring semester:  Nash, Betty Joyce, The Fish Market , Region Focus, Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, Third Quarter 2011. I like this picture

Some economics of the West Virginia drinking water contamination episode

Environmental Economics

All regulations are not inefficient: The accidents kept coming, and so did the calls for a plan to improve West Virginia’s chemical safety regulations. Last week’s massive chemical spill into West Virginia’s Elk River was the region’s third major chemical accident in five years. Kessler, the president of the West Virginia Senate] said. “My

Virginia Governor unwittingly makes the case for a mileage tax

Environmental Economics

From the Autoblog : Virginia state governor Bob McDonnell is the latest to offer up another way to secure more revenue from the state's residents to pay for their roads and public transportation. McDonnell's proposal would eliminate Virginia's 17.5-percent gas tax entirely, with funds for infrastructure projects coming from an increase in the sales tax from five percent to 5.8 I have only two things to add: Virginia is not a state, it is a Commonwealth.

Arrowhead Bike Farm celebrates West Virginia biking community


When visiting Fayetteville, West Virginia , I didn’t expect to deliberate over vegan menu options. It’s a great venue for all to meet and get an idea of how friendly and warm we are here in West Virginia. The emphasis is on West Virginia brews, like a Devil Anse IPA from Greenbrier Valley Brewing Company in Maxwelton or a Green Tea Sour from Berkeley Springs. Biergarten aficionados will appreciate the different types of West Virginia-made bratwurst.

Coal Mining Costing West Virginia $97.5 Million

Green Living Ideas

Despite the PR campaigns by the coal lobby that imply that the state relies on coal income, an analysis by The West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy finds that actually coal cost the state of West Virginia more than it took in. The [.] [ Coal Mining Costing West Virginia $97.5 million coal coal mining costs West Virginia

Are Virginia Data Centers Making Your Data Dirty?


It is said that 70 percent of the world’s internet … The post Are Virginia Data Centers Making Your Data Dirty? More: Are Virginia Data Centers Making Your Data Dirty? Eco appeared-first business & policy centers centers-making dirty earth911-com- first-on-earth911 the-world- virginia virginia-data worldappeared first on

Episode 211: Sustainable consumption, victory in Virginia


Continued here: Episode 211: Sustainable consumption, victory in Virginia. Plus, why microgrids and indoor agriculture are a combination worth consideration.

A Haunting at Virginia Coast Reserve?

Cool Green Science

The Nature Conservancy’s Brownsville Farm is situated about two miles east of the whistle-stop town of Nassawadox, Virginia, on a finger of high ground surrounded by miles of salt marsh. Bowdoin “Bo” Lusk, a Conservancy coastal scientist who would be my guide for the next few days as I reported on the Virginia Coast Reserve for Nature Conservancy , was waiting for me in his work truck.

Big Polluter Politics at Their Worst in Virginia

Sierra Club Compass

Virginia Attorney General and Gubernatorial Candidate Ken Cuccinelli. There are plenty of examples of politicians across the country doing or saying anything to push the agenda of their big polluting buddies, but rarely has the evidence been so clear and so outrageous as with what is happening in Virginia. In Virginia, the Gas and Oil Act lets natural gas companies extract methane gas without landowners’ permission as long as they pay for what they take.

Lumenhaus: Virginia Tech has built a “100% energy efficient.

Blue Earth

Lumenhaus : Virginia Tech has built a “100% energy efficient house … without sacrificing quality of living.” It uses “responsive architecture” coupled with computerized smart features. This house responds to the weather and performs according to its resident’s lifestyle. Eco-houses like this design are in development largely for the high-end market as yet. But builders believe that as they innovate, many features of such homes will begin to reach the mainstream construction business.

Strong Grassroots Activism Helps Defeat Mountaintop Removal Scheme in Virginia

Sierra Club Compass

Last week, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME) upheld an earlier decision to deny a permit for a mountaintop-removal mine on Ison Rock Ridge in Wise County in southwest Virginia after an appeal by the A&G Coal Corporation. During the permitting process, the company was asked to resolve at least four outstanding mine permit violations in Kentucky, West Virginia, and Virginia. "Coal

How companies led the way on clean energy in Virginia


Virginia just passed a landmark clean-economy bill, with the help of some influential firms. View original post here: How companies led the way on clean energy in Virginia. Business Eco Green a-landmark-clean-econom bill food-systems fourth initially-focused landmark-clean-economy plant-protein renewable energy the-fourth with-the

The News Just Keeps Getting Worse for West Virginia (and It Doesn't Stop There)

Sierra Club Compass

Earlier this week, my West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin said the following about whether people should be drinking the water in Charleston and downstream: "It's your decision.I'm " And here's the damning detail: "(B)ecause these contaminants are released gradually and in some cases not tracked or regulated, they attract much less attention than a massive spill such as the recent one in West Virginia."

Dominion, Dump ALEC! Sierra Club Virginia Leads Rally for Climate and Democracy

Sierra Club Compass

Oceana volunteer Priscilla Lin and Sierra Club Virginia Chapter director Glen Besa in front of ALEC headquarters. On a sunny, hot September afternoon, 80 protesters turned out alongside a busy highway at the Arlington, Virginia headquarters of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Richmond-based Dominion, a Fortune-300 company, owns Virginia’s largest electric utility, as well as a huge multi-state natural gas storage and pipeline business.

Photo essay: What’s growing in West Virginia’s urban ruins?

Green (Living) Review

When Danny Swan first broke ground on his West Virginia farm in June 2008, his rototiller hit a baby doll. And since 2008, roughly two dozen copycat gardens have popped up throughout this city in West Virginia’s northern panhandle. WHEELING, W.Va. Then some porcelain plates. Then a pair of pantyhose.

Virginia Firm Sells Gun Targets Resembling Trayvon Martin | PR.

PR Watch

Virginia Firm Sells Gun Targets Resembling Trayvon Martin. The ad was reportedly placed by the Hiller Armament Company of Virginia and has since been removed from the site where it was hosted, Skip to Main Content Area. Contact Us. News Feeds. Podcasts. Privacy Policy. RSS Feeds. Volunteer. Optional Member Code. Sign up. Reports Lisa Graves. Mary Bottari. Brendan Fischer. Rebekah Wilce. Harriet Rowan. Contributing Writers Beau Hodai. Jill Richardson. Wendell Potter.

BREAKING NEWS: Oil Train Derails, Catches Fire in Virginia

Sightline Daily

Word is that a crude oil-bearing train derailed in downtown Lynchberg, Virginia and caught fire. Photos and preliminary coverage here. Additional coverage here. There’s particularly good coverage on Huffington Post , here. Watch local TV news coverage live here. The accident occurred very near downtown, but so far there are no official reports of injuries or death.

LEED Platinum CoLab Building brings first-ever CLT structure to Virginia


It is also the first cross-laminated timber structure in Virginia and the first commercial mass timber building in the Washington, D.C. Located close to HITT’s headquarters in northern Virginia, the 8,650-square-foot Co|Lab serves as a research and testing center for emerging materials and technology. LEED Platinum CoLab Building brings first-ever CLT structure to Virginia.

One Volunteer's Story of the West Virginia Elk River Chemical Spill

Sierra Club Compass

Running alongside the Little Coal River in Boone County, West Virginia is the sleepy town of Van. Thankfully, a corps of community-minded citizens has risen to moment, delivering water to underserved areas throughout the region, calling in to let folks know when water has been delivered to local stores and acting as a rapid response team for folks in need in central and southern West Virginia. Boone County WV Resident Gives His Time to Provide Water to Those in Need.

Ison Rock in Virginia Saved from Mountaintop-Removal Coal Mining, For Now

Sierra Club Compass

Mountain lovers everywhere high-fived today when the news came down that the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy has denied a surface mine permit for the Ison Rock Ridge mine in southwest Virginia. EPA to set a numeric water quality standard under the Clean Water Act to protect streams in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Tennessee, Ohio, and Pennsylvania from pollution caused by mountaintop removal mining.".

Marine Restoration Week: The Future of Sea Grass & Shellfish Restoration Science

Nature Conservancy - Science

Bo Lusk collects eelgrass shoots during a seagrass restoration project in the South Bay of the Virginia Coast Reserve. Eelgrass and excess nitrogen : We’re fortunate in how much science we do have that’s allowed us here in the Virginia Coast Reserve to make this the largest sea grass-restoration project in the world. Image credit: Daniel White/TNC.

West Virginia Suffers Another Enviromental Catastrophe

Living In a Toxic World

Sad to see the beautiful state of West Virginia suffer yet another environmental disaster. Source: West Virginia Gazette.) This latest spill comes just one month after the devastation caused by a chemical spill in the Elk River. More than 100,000 gallons of coal slurry poured into an eastern Kanawha County stream Tuesday in what officials were calling a "significant spill" from a Patriot Coal processing facility.

I assume that Representative David Brat (R-7th Virginia) will now recuse himself from all discussions of economic policy seeing as he holds a PhD in economics and therefore is unqualified to comment on his own work*

Environmental Economics

John forwarded this to me presumably because I am on an EPA Science Advisory Board (although for how much longer I have no idea): Congressional climate wars were dominated Tuesday by the U.S. Senate, which spent the day debating, and ultimately failing to pass , a bill approving the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. While all that was happening, and largely unnoticed, the House was busy doing what it does best: attacking science.

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State Of Virginia Looking To Be First In U.S. Offshore Wind Energy

Eco Friendly Daily

However, the state of Virginia is looking to claim the title of first to install an offshore wind turbine in general. The Virginia Marine Resources Commission recently approved the building of a single turbine in Chesapeake Bay. Bull, stated: “Virginia has made this a very streamlined, very favorable permitting process to get things proposed built. If all goes as planned, this one turbine could be a harbinger for a whole new clean-energy industry in Virginia.”.

Research: Can Restoring Oyster Reefs Combat Nitrogen Pollution?

Nature Conservancy - Science

This question is being answered by research conducted at the Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve. A team of scientists is investigating those questions at the Nature Conservancy’s Virginia Coast Reserve — fittingly, just offshore from Oyster, Virginia — developing crucial data on just how much nitrogen oyster reefs can take out of the water. Most of the area is protected, forming part of The Nature Conservancy’s expansive Virginia Coast Reserve (VCR).

"Virginia governor calls for state carbon regulations"

Environmental Economics

Climate federalism: Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) signed an executive order on Tuesday directing regulators to formulate rules cracking down on electricity sector carbon emissions. The order requires state officials to convene a working group on carbon emissions and issue a report by the end of the year on potential regulations to limit power plant greenhouse gases. 

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Hell on rails: West Virginia burning after crude oil train derailment

Green Blog

The fires from Monday''s derailment of a train carrying crude oil in Fayette County, West Virginia, continued to burn Tuesday morning, and emergency shelters for hundreds of people who had to evacuate after the derailment remain open. "A A CSX train, hauling 107 tank car loads of Bakken Shale crude oil from North Dakota to a transportation terminal in Yorktown, Virginia, derailed in Adena Village near Mount Carbon and Deepwater West Virginia about 1:30 p.m.

Health-conscious travelers near half of U.S. market

Green Traveler Guides

Big Island of Hawaii Coeur d''Alene Colorado Colorado Springs Florida Green Travel News Idaho North America Palm Beach San Diego The Americas United States Virginia Warrenton Airlie Breakers Palm Beach Broadmoor Coeur d''Alene Resort Global Wellness Tourism Congress Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel del Coronado Institute for Healthy Destination Accreditation Mauna Kea Resort wellness travel | Green Travel News | Health-conscious travelers now make up more than 40 percent of the U.S.

Strange and Surprising Facts about Opossums

Cool Green Science

And other weird facts about the underrated Virginia opossum. Death fainting! Walking embryos! The post Strange and Surprising Facts about Opossums appeared first on Cool Green Science. From the Field Latest Science Wildlife Mammal Watching Weird Nature

The winners and losers of 2021’s greenest states report


As for the losers, West Virginia leads the hall of shame with a paltry 18.77 Eco Green agriculture alabama daily earth energy information nature united states virginia west-virginiaThe personal finance site Wallet Hub has released its greenest states report for 2021, just in time for Earth Day. While the results aren’t shocking — with Vermont in the lead and five Southern states lagging at the tail end — they’re still interesting to peruse.

10 Amazing Fall Foliage Photos

Cool Green Science

1) View from the Conservancy’s Bear Rocks Preserve of fog in the Dolly Sods Wilderness in the Monongahela National Forest, West Virginia. 6) Sunrise over red spruce and red blueberry, in full Fall color, at the Conservancy’s Bear Rocks Preserve, West Virginia. 8) Fallen leaves in creek at Dolly Sods Wilderness area of West Virginia. Fall is a season for color lovers.

Egyptian strawberries linked to US Hepatitis A outbreak; over 80 sick

Green Prophet

The outbreak is linked to frozen strawberries from Egypt that were served up in smoothies in a Virginia restaurant chain. Most of those infected are Virginia residents, according to that state’s Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Confirmed victims also hail from New York, Maryland, North Carolina, West Virginia, Oregon and Wisconsin, a CDC spokeswoman said Tuesday. If a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?

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D.C.-area hotel wins LEED Gold

Green Traveler Guides

Arlington District of Columbia North America United States Virginia Green Travel News LEED Marriott Renaissance Arlington Capital View Reuters Washington DCRenaissance Arlington Capital View Hotel has been awarded LEED Gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Council. The property, which opened in March 2011, is managed by Marriott International and was designed to be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. The hotel’s certification is shared with D.C.-area

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When the Best Design Is NO Design, Except Nature’s

Cool Green Science

Hog Island, Virginia Coast Reserve. By Jill Bieri , Director, Virginia Coast Reserve. Breaking News: Virginia Coast NOT Devastated By Storm! The Eastern Shore of Virginia may be less than thrilling for a storm-team reporter , but as a marine scientist, I have found my nirvana. Water birds congregate at Hog Island, Virginia Coast Reserve. Oyster reefs at Virginia Coast Reserve. Photo: © Hal Brindley.

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Digging for Newer, Cleaner Solutions: WVU-Led Team Tapped to Explore Geothermal Energy

Environmental News Network

This fall, West Virginia University researchers will drill three miles into the ground to test the potential of geothermal energy. . Digging for Newer, Cleaner Solutions: WVU-Led Team Tapped to Explore Geothermal Energy

Ray of Hope Prize program names top 10 nature-inspired startups


GROW Oyster Reefs – Charlottesville, Virginia Researchers have discovered many critical contributions of oysters to the marine ecosystem. Business Eco Green belgium code environment london north ocean switzerland university virginia

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WVU Scientist Earns $2.5 Million to Help Pump the Brakes on Diesel Emissions

Environmental News Network

Department of Energy initiative to slash carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles, one West Virginia University engineer will target heavy-duty diesel engines. As part of a U.S.

The Great American Rail-Trail to offer bike access from coast to coast


It will travel through the top of Illinois, then cross Indiana, Ohio and small sections of Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland before ending in Washington, D.C. People have turned toward outdoor exercise as a way to keep fit, lift spirits and fight the monotony of a pandemic.

Southern NV Water Authority wants to ban useless grass


Eco Green a-has-nearly alabama california city energy mexico virginia waterDoes a city that went a record 240 days without rainfall in 2020 really need to water ornamental grass? More and more, Las Vegas residents are saying no. Now, it may be the first U.S. city to ban nonfunctional turf.

The Green Buzz: Wednesday, November 6

Cool Green Science

Coal was dealt a blow on its own turf with the election of Virginia’s new governor. Election results (and what they mean for the environment) in today’s green news. Could global warming 50 million years ago have caused mammal dwarfism ? Discovery News ). Christian Science Monitor ). What’s killing golden eagles in America? ( BBC News ). If we melt all the ice in the world, this is what Earth will look like. TreeHugger ).

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