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Last minute ways to celebrate Earth Day

Posted on April 21, 2015 by | Comments Off

Celebrate TreesTomorrow is Earth Day and most people will be suggesting that you to plant a tree, bike to work, grow your own food, organize an Earth Day education event and more. These are all great ways to celebrate this great big planet we all call home. But we get it, you’re busy! You don’t have a sapling on hand, you can’t bike the kids to daycare and you’re unlikely to go till up a garden plot when you get home from work. You’ve got a lot on your plate, we totally get it. But don’t despair, is here to save the day! These last minute ideas are easy, no-fuss ways that everyone can celebrate Earth Day…even those with a busy calendar.

  • Recycle or donate an old cellphone. You know you have an old cellphone hanging out in the back of your junk drawer at home. Dust it off and let it have a second life through reuse or recycling. There are many convenient drop-off locations throughout Hampton Roads where your old phone could be donated to servicemen and women or recycled through an approved recycling program.
  • Get a car wash. Go get your car pollen-free! It’s actually more eco-friendly to get a professional car wash than the DIY driveway job. Shocking, I know. Professional car washes typically use less water in the washing process and send the dirty water into the wastewater system instead of the nearest storm drain. You can locate a WaterSavers certified car wash here.
  • Refuse a plastic bag. Do you really need a plastic bag for your two item purchase? Probably not. Just say no to the plastic shopping bag this Earth Day unless you really need it. And ladies? Don’t forget about that reusable bag we all carry on our arm….the purse!
  • Drop-off plastic bags for recycling. Speaking of plastic bags, are you a plastic bag horder? Do you have a giant collection of plastic bags shoved under a sink or into a closet somewhere in your house? If so, celebrate Earth Day by rounding up your plastic bag collection and dropping them off at your local grocery store for recycling. They could become composite wood fences or decks in no time!
  • Turn it off. For Earth Day, be mindful of what you leave on. Once you’re paying attention, you’ll be surprised by how often you carelessly or needlessly use unnecessary resources. Whatever it is, the lights, faucet, computer, TV – just turn them off when not in use. This is the simplest way to reduce your impact on the Earth.                                                                                                      
  • Go paperless. Most companies now offer online account services like electronic bill pay and online account statements. There’s no need to waste trees on paper statements and bills with these convenient online services. You can also opt out of junk mail to go one step further. Enrolling in these paperless options is one quick way to reduce waste!
  • Put trash in its place. If you saw a $20 bill on the ground, chances are you’d lunge for it! But how often do we notice and ignore litter in our community? If only for Earth Day, pledge to pick up litter when you see it and place it in an appropriate trash or recycling receptacle. You’ll make the Earth and your neighbors smile.
  • Get outside to play. We are blessed with so many natural resources in Hampton Roads yet most of us spend so little time enjoying them. Set aside an hour to take a walk, go fishing, lounge on the beach or just enjoy the blooming spring flowers this Earth Day.

See how easy it is to do something green to celebrate Earth Day? No saplings, helmets or garden plots required! Happy Earth Day!

Posted in: Going Green, Holidays

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A Green Breakfast for Hampton Roads

Posted on April 13, 2015 by | Comments Off

GreenBreakfastPicThe Green Breakfast is coming to Hampton Roads! No, it’s not green eggs and ham, but it is a new opportunity for residents to learn about matters that affect our environment. The Hampton Roads Green Breakfast will be held on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at Virginia Wesleyan College’s Blocker Hall. The topic for this first installment of eco-friendly information sharing and networking will be: Energy Options & The Proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline Project: Understanding the Economic, Environmental and Safety Issues for our Region and Virginia.

Attendees of The Green Breakfast will enjoy informal networking and group announcements over a light breakfast from 8:00 to 8:30am. Presentations will take place from 8:30 to 9:45 am. The program will feature presentations from Kirk Bowers of the Virginia Sierra Club and James Clary, Senior Economist, with the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC). Mr. Bowers will discuss the Pipeline project and Mr. Clary will provide an overview of the 2014 HRPDC economics report on the viability of different energy options in the region. The event is free and open to the public and you can register here.

The Green Breakfast was originally held in the 1990s as an informal gathering for environmental leaders and citizens to learn more about the environmental issues facing Hampton Roads. It was hosted by various organizations but went into hiatus in recent years. This new version of the event is intended to shed light on different sides of an issue and foster greater collaboration and sharing of ideas among diverse viewpoints. Events are planned quarterly on Saturday mornings, and moved to different parts of Hampton Roads to reach a broad range of interested citizens.

This first installment of The Hampton Roads Green Breakfast on April 25 is sponsored by the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission,, and hosted by the Marlins Go Green Club of Virginia Wesleyan College. The Moderator will be John Deuel, Owner of GreenQuest, LLC. For more information, contact John Deuel at 757-284-7041 or via email at

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Introducing: Green Magazine

Posted on April 10, 2015 by | Comments Off

Have you seen it? The inaugural issue of Coastal Virginia’s Green Magazine hit the shelves earlier this month and we’re thrilled to share it with you. Green Magazine is the result of an exciting new partnership between Coastal Virginia Magazine and Last year we asked the magazine staff about working together to develop a special lifestyle supplement filled with stories covering all sorts of ways to live a more Earth-friendly lifestyle. They said yes and together, working with all of the education committees, they developed this special edition.COVAGREEN415_cover-lowres

Green Magazine features a behind-the-scenes look at a recycling audit that demonstrates the importance of trash vs. treasure, an exploration of the quality of our local waterways and what’s being done to clean them up, a feature on homeowners across the region greening their homes in big and small ways, and the importance and appeal of tap water. You’ll also find a food feature on our area’s beloved oyster, shedding light on why consuming local food straight from our waterways benefits more than just our taste buds.

We encourage you to share Green Magazine with family, friends, coworkers, and neighbors. It is our hope that the stories in this beautiful magazine will educate and inspire residents and businesses alike to do all we can to make our coastal lifestyle a littler easier on the environment. Enjoy!

Posted in: Beautification, Clean and safe tap water, Community events, Fats, oils and grease disposal, Gardening, Going Green, Household tips, Keeping storm drains free, Lawn and landscape, Lawncare, Outdoor tips, Reduce reuse and recycle, Waterways

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Nominate a Conservation Hero in Hampton Roads

Posted on April 7, 2015 by | Comments Off

Julia Hillegass, HRPDC and Barrett Stork, Cox Communications

Julia Hillegass,, Team Leader and Barrett Stork, Cox Communications

Cox Communications, in partnership with The Trust for Public Lands, is accepting nominations for the 5th annual Cox Conserves Heroes program. This national program recognizes local environmental volunteers who are actively creating, preserving or enhancing outdoor spaces in their community. Nominations are being accepted through Friday, April 24th. One finalist from each of the following areas will be selected: Fairfax County/Fredericksburg, Hampton Roads and Roanoke.

These three regional finalists will compete for the title of Virginia’s 2015 Cox Conserves Hero. Each finalist will have an opportunity to tell their conservation story and highlight their great, green achievements. The public will vote online for their favorite finalist and select this year’s winner. Donations to local non-profit organizations totaling $20,000 will be made on behalf of the winner and finalists.

Roanoke has taken the top prize for the last two years – so it’s time to bring the conservation spotlight to Hampton Roads. If you know a conservation hero working to make Hampton Roads a cleaner, greener place; nominate them to be Virginia’s 2015 Cox Conserves Hero!

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Volunteers Needed for 17th Street Corridor Cleanup on May 2

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Previous Virginia Beach cleanup volunteers
Credit: VB Public Works

The City of Virginia Beach Public Works Department, in collaboration with the Parks and Recreation and Police departments, is enlisting the help of volunteers for Keep America Beautiful’s Great American Cleanup (GAC). Volunteers are needed Saturday, May 2, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the 17th Street Corridor near the oceanfront.

GAC is the country’s largest annual cleanup, beautification and community improvement program, drawing millions of volunteers in over 15,000 communities each year. Virginia Beach will be focusing on picking up trash in the wooded lot between 17th Street and 19th Street, next to North Birdneck Road. 

The City will be working with the Virginia Beach Clean Community Commission, Keeping Virginia Beach Beautiful,, Keep Virginia Beautiful, and Keep America Beautiful to continue building an even cleaner, more sustainable city. For more information about this event, or to register to volunteer, contact John Mayer with the Public Works Waste Management Recycling Bureau at or call  (757) 385-3855.


Bags of litter collected during previous Virginia Beach cleanup events
Credit: VB Public Works


You will be surprised by the litter you’ll find!
Credit: VB Public Works
















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