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askHRgreen.org Honors Environmental Action Award Winners

Posted on February 23, 2017 by | Comments Off

Mr. Amber LaMonte, teacher at York High School Dr. Ella Ward, Chesapeake City Council Member and HRPDC Chair Mr. Michael Hipple, Chair of the James City County Board of Supervisors and HRPDC Vice Chair Mr. Thomas G. Shepperd, Jr., Member, York County Board of Supervisors Mr. Neil Morgan, County Administrator, York County Last week, askHRgreen.org recognized two local schools and educators for their commitment to environmental stewardship and leadership. Wendy VanHosen, assistant principal at John Yeates Middle School in Suffolk, and Amber LaMonte, a teacher at York High School in Yorktown, each received the Environmental Action Award from askHRgreen.org on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC) meeting in Chesapeake.

Ms. Wendy VanHosen, assistant principal at John Yeates Middle School Dr. Ella Ward, Chesapeake City Council Member and HRPDC Chair Mr. Michael Hipple, Chair of the James City County Board of Supervisors and HRPDC Vice Chair Mr. Lue R. Ward, Jr., Suffolk Council Member The Environmental Action Award was developed to recognize individuals who inspire youth (K-12) to have a positive impact on the environment by taking action in their schools or communities. The winning projects had previously received funding through the askHRgreen.org mini-grant program and were selected as outstanding by a panel of local askHRgreen.org representatives from the HRPDC’s 17 member jurisdictions and HRSD. The John Yeates Middle School and York High School projects were among 19 projects under consideration for the award, all of which were funded by askHRgreen.org in 2016.

John Yeates Middle School was recognized for VanHosen’s leadership of a school-wide recycling program.Students from JYMS, Suffolk

“This project is a shining example of what can be done when students, teachers and community partners work together,” said Katie Cullipher, askHRgreen.org team leader. “Not only did the project focus on the importance of recycling and reducing landfill contributions, but also on integrating diverse studies from art to science to social studies. The project itself is a sustainable initiative that will continue to impact students and the environment for years to come.”

At York High School, LaMonte helped the school’s green team improve availability and access to tap water and reduce plastic bottle waste by installing a water bottle filling station at the school.

Students from YHS, York County“We were impressed that the students tracked data on water usage and challenged their peers to reduce waste. Because of their efforts, the school experienced a 75 percent increase in the number of students carrying reusable water bottles,” said Cullipher. “While the projects may have started with a simple idea and a small amount of grant funding,  both serve as a legacy to their schools and will continue to remind students and faculty alike that we can each make an impact by thinking globally and acting locally.”

In addition to the award, each school received a check for $100.00 to be spent to further their project or to launch a new environmental initiative.

askHRgreen.org offers environmental education mini-grants of up to $500 to provide funding for environmentally-themed projects for students. All Hampton Roads teachers (K-12), youth leaders or organizations working with youth are eligible to apply. For details visit www.askhrgreen.org/mini-grant-program/

 

Posted in: For educators, HR Green campaign updates

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Gifts That Keep On Giving

Posted on November 17, 2016 by | Comments Off

Green Holiday WrappingAs hard as it is to believe, Thanksgiving is just one week away and that means we have a month to go until the “gift-givingist” time of the year. Don’t worry, there’s plenty of time to get the right presents for all those special people in your life. There’s also still time for you to put a plan together for how you can give responsibly this year.

Show someone you care by purchasing memberships or event tickets to give someone an experience instead of something that may just end up sitting on a shelf or in a closet. If you are shopping for someone who has it all or just really doesn’t need anything, consider making a donation to a charitable organization in their name. Shop small and local with businesses and artisans/entrepreneurs to support our local economy with your holiday spending instead of sending your hard-earned money elsewhere. Seek out companies with Fair Trade CertifiedTM products to let your loved one know that their gift is helping to ensure healthy, safe working conditions and improving communities the world over. And finally, think about supporting companies that give back, like Toms or Warby Parker, by donating products to someone in need for every product they sell. 

Get creative and show someone you care in a special way this holiday season. There are plenty of ways to give a gift that gives back in some way, shape or form. Happy shopping and happy holidays from the askHRgreen.org team! 

Posted in: Going Green, Holidays

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Don’t Let Your Neighborhood Go to the Dogs!

Posted on November 4, 2016 by | Comments Off

askHRgreen-PetWasteStation-HomepageSlideDon’t let your neighborhood go to the dogs! askHRgreen.org offers free pet waste stations through a regional grant program. If your Hampton Roads neighborhood/HOA/community association is ready to make scooping the poop a priority, then you’re invited to apply. Pet waste stations encourage residents to pick up after their pets by making it easy and convenient to do so. They are also one small thing a community can do to help keep our local waterways clean.

Scooping the poop is not only important for a clean neighborhood, it’s important for our local waterways. When pet waste is not picked up, it becomes a major source of pollution in our water. Rainwater carries nitrogen and bacteria from pet waste into our storm drains and directly into our rivers, lakes, and streams. This excess nitrogen and bacteria transform the water into a cloudy, green, foul-smelling mess that lacks oxygen and becomes an aquatic dead zone. The same pollution is responsible for beach closures, fishing restrictions and warnings on eating local seafood. Installing a pet waste station is one easy way to combat water pollution in your community.

The grant program is open to any neighborhood, community group, or property management company with the ability to install and maintain the pet waste station. To apply online for a free pet waste station, click here. Supplies are limited, so apply today!

The askHRgreen.org pet waste station grant program is made possible, in part, by funds generated from the sale of Chesapeake Bay license plates. Learn more at http://dls.virginia.gov/commissions/cbr.htm

Posted in: Outdoor tips, Pets, Waterways

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Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Posted on October 11, 2016 by | Comments Off

Medication DisposalMark your calendars because Saturday, October 22, 2016 is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day!

In order to prevent prescription drug abuse and protect our waterways, we must dispose of medications responsibly. As part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 22nd, law enforcement agencies across Hampton Roads will accept all prescription and over-the-counter medications from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm. Find the collection site nearest you by entering your zip code into the National Take Back Initiative Collection Site locator

If you can’t make it out to one of the prescription drug collection sites on the 22nd, please visit our medication disposal page for information on how to dispose of your expired, unused, or unwanted medications the proper way.

Posted in: Clean and safe tap water, Community events, Going Green, Household tips, Uncategorized, Waterways

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America Recycles Day 2015

Posted on October 26, 2015 by | Comments Off

ARD_IR_Logo_GreenandBlack_Nov.-15November 15th is America Recycles Day and it is the only nationally-recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S. It’s our hope that celebrating recycling and all the wonderful things it does for our region will inspire residents to recycle more, trash less all year long. In honor of America Recycles Day, there are a variety of outreach and recycling collection events across Hampton Roads in the month of November. 

For more details about the America Recycles Day event nearest you, please check out the listing below.


Chesapeake

Who: Open to the public
What: 
Chesapeake Recycles Day
Where: Tidewater Community College – 1428 Cedar Road
Date: November 14, 2015
Time: 9am-noon 
What to bring: Documents for shredding, Electronics (no tube TVs) Household Hazardous Waste, clothing and household items - for complete details click here

Hampton

Who: Open to residents only of Hampton, James City County, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and York County; proof of residency may be required
What: 
VPPSA Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling
Where: Hampton Public Works Operations Complex - 419 N. Armistead Ave
Date: November 21, 2015
Time: 8am-noon 
What to bring: 
Electronics (no TVs, please) and household hazardous waste - view complete event information at VPPSA online

James City County

Who: Open to the public
What: 
2nd Annual Litter & Recycling Expo 
Where: James City County Recreation Center
Date: October 24, 2015
Time: noon-4pm 

Newport News

Who: Newport News residents only
What: 
Household Hazardous Waste and Residential Electronics Collection
Where:  Denbigh Drop-off Facility – 550 Atkinson Way
Date: Fridays & Saturdays (excluding city observed holidays)
Time: 8am-4pm
What to bring: 
electronics, household hazardous waste, metal, tires (limit of 4 off rim tires per household) and yard waste - for complete details view the program website or call 886-7947

Norfolk

Who: Open to the public (Proof of Norfolk residency needed only for televisions and household hazardous waste)
What: 
America Recycles Day
Where: 
Norfolk Waste Management Facility – 1176 Pineridge Road
Date: 
November 14, 2015
Time: 
9am-2pm 
What to bring: 
electronics, documents for shredding, household hazardous waste, clothing, kitchenware, household items, plastic bags and more - for complete details view the event flyer
*The first 200 residents to bring 2 or more non-perishable items for the Food Bank will receive a free reusable tote!

Portsmouth

Who: Open to the public (No commercial vehicles please)
What: 
Portsmouth Recycles Day
Where: Monumental United Methodist Church - 450 Dinwiddie Street
Date: November 14, 2015
Time: 9am-noon 
What to bring:
electronics, household hazardous waste, documents for shredding, Goodwill items (clothing, kitchenware, household items)
*Please bring a non-perishable food item in exchange for this free recycling event.

Suffolk

Who: Open to the public
What: 
Plastic Bag Drive
Where: Morgan and North Suffolk Libraries
Date: November 14, 2015
Time: 10am-2pm 
What to bring:
 plastic bags, cell phones, batteries and ink cartridges for recycling – for complete details view the event flyer 

Virginia Beach

Who: Open to the public
What: 
America Recycles Day Celebration – At this educational event, TCC students and the public will have the opportunity to speak face-to-face with Virginia Beach recycling specialists who can answer their questions about sustainable living practices like recycling and donation. Attendees can enjoy refreshments donated by the TCC Student Activities Office. (Please note, this is not a drop-off event; however, drop-off locations are available at other City locations www.vbgov.com/wastemgt.)
Where: Tidewater Community College/Joint Use Library - Michael Labouve Dr. off of South Rosemont Road
Date: November 12, 2015
Time: 11am-1pm 

Who: Virginia Beach residents only
What: 
Virginia Beach Residential Recycling Program
Where: Virginia Beach Landfill and Resource Recovery Center - 1989 Jake Sears Road
Date: Tuesday through Saturday (excluding city observed holidays)
Time: 7am-4:30pm 
What to bring: 
electronics, metals, household hazardous waste, small household items, clothing/shoes, oyster/clam shells and more - for complete details visit www.vbgov.com/landfill

York County

Who: Open to residents only of Hampton, James City County, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and York County; proof of residency may be required
What: 
VPPSA Household Hazardous Waste & Electronics Recycling
Where: County Drive, Yorktown (off Goodwin Neck Rd)
Date: November 14, 2015
Time: 8am-noon 
What to bring: 
Electronics (no TVs, please) and household hazardous waste - view complete event information at VPPSA online

 

Posted in: Community events, Going Green, Holidays, Reduce reuse and recycle

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