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Welcome to the press room! Here’s where we’ll post news-worthy info about If you are a member of the press and need assistance with a story, please contact:

Katie Cullipher
HRPDC Principal Environmental Education Planner
(757) 420-8300

Elizabeth Evans
Public Relations Director, Cahoon & Cross
(757) 705-7153

What is

We’re glad you asked! is a public awareness program of the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), which encourages environmental stewardship among all residents in the 17 cities and counties here in southeastern Virginia. Work on the initiative began in July 2010 as the Executive Committee started to consolidate individual programs begun by HRPDC’s HR CLEAN, HR FOG, HR STORM and HR WET committees into one comprehensive, regional awareness campaign. The idea was to develop a central, go-to resource for everything green in Hampton Roads—from earth-friendly landscaping ideas and pointers for keeping local waterways “debris-free” to recycling tips and simple steps to make local living easy on the environment.

The result is, launched in June 2011. We hope the site is helpful and that you make us your favorite, like us on Facebook, tweet us on Twitter and tune into our blog, written by environmental experts here in the region. But perhaps, more important, we hope you are inspired to start your own little green movement whether it’s at home, in your yard, at work, in the classroom or around your neighborhood.

Annual Reports

Fiscal Year 2011-2012 Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2013-2014 Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Annual Report
Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Annual Report

Special Reports

Outcomes, Observations and Insights of the 2015 Keep America Beautiful Cigarette Litter Prevention Program in Hampton Roads
The State of Recycling in Hampton Roads
FY 2016-2017 Environmental Education Mini-Grant Projects

Research Results Survey – Wave 1 Survey – Wave 2 Survey – Wave 3


News Releases

“Recycle More, Trash Less” at an America Recycles Day Event Near You! (November 9th, 2017)

Educators Can Green Up the Classroom with Environmental Education Mini-Grants (August 30, 2017) Receives Grants for Regional Projects Totaling $13,100 (July 28, 2017) Takes its Message to the Streets (April 20, 2017)

Keep it Green Amid all the Snow, with Winter Storm Prep Tips from (January 6, 2017)

How to Recycle Your Naturally-grown Christmas Tree in Hampton Roads (December 22, 2016)

Hampton Roads Cities and Counties Celebrate the Many Ways to Recycle for America Recycles Day, Nov. 15 (November 11, 2016)

Zika Virus Prevention Begins in Your Yard (August 24, 2016)

Beaching it in Hampton Roads (July 22, 2016)

Where are the Magic Faucets? (April 26, 2016)

Less-is-More When It Comes to Fertilizing Your Lawn (April 14, 2016)

Clean Your Block for the 2016 Great American Cleanup (March 17, 2016)

Drop Those Drips During Fix a Leak Week, March 14-20 (March 17, 2016) 

Keep America Beautiful Presents with National Program Award for Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (Feb. 3, 2016)

Handle “Autumn’s Gold” with Care (Nov. 17. 2015)

Clean out your closet and come to an America Recycles Day event near you! (Nov. 9, 2015)

Regional Approach to Stamping Out Cigarette Litter Pays Off for Seven Hampton Roads Localities (Oct.29, 2015)

Some Things Weren’t Meant to Be Flushed! (Oct.26, 2015)

Bay Star Homes Flags Now Flying Across Hampton Roads (Oct.9, 2015)

Study Shows Hampton Roads Residents Who Are “” More Likely to Live a Green Life (Sept.15, 2015)

G is for Green! Go Back to School with (August 14, 2015) Sets Sights on Reducing Cigarette Butt Litter in Hampton Roads (June 15, 2015)

2015 Great American Cleanup— Underway Near You! (March 24, 2015)

Spruce Up Your Yard for Spring with Eco-friendly Lawn and Landscape Tips from (March 19, 2015)

Drop Those Drops During Fix A Leak Week (March 3, 2014)

Give Your Christmas Tree a Second Life (Dec. 24, 2014)

Just Released, “The State of Recycling in Hampton Roads” Provides Comprehensive Look at Recycling in the Region (Nov. 22, 2014)

Make Approaching Holidays Easy on the Environment (Nov. 17, 2014)

Hampton Roads Cities Come Together For America Recycles Day, Nov. 15 (Oct 13, 2014)

Keep Hampton Roads Beautiful Golf Tournament (Aug 14, 2014)

Take the Pledge and Leave No Poop Behind (May 15, 2014)

It’s Okay to Play in the Dirt (March 24, 2013)

Participate in a Great American Cleanup Event Near You (March 6, 2014)

It’s Time to “Check, Twist and Replace” (March 6, 2014)

Deice Right, Hampton Roads! (March 3, 2014)

Sharing Green Resources is Easy (February 3, 2014)

Give O’ Tannenbaum a Second Chance 2013 (December 24, 2013)

Free Pet Waste Stations Available While They Last (December 4, 2013)

Make Your Kitchen a Grease-Free Zone This Holiday (November 21, 2013)

Plug Into America Recycles Day by Dropping off Your Old Electronics (October 11, 2013)

A Prescription for Proper Disposal (October 10, 2013)

Look Out for Falling Objects! (September 18, 2013)

Go Back to School with (August 12, 2013)

Study Shows Hampton Roads Residents with Environmental Questions are Turning to (June 20, 2013)

Celebrate Drinking Water Week by Tapping Into TapIt! (May 2, 2013)

Transform your Yard into an Eco-avenger! (March 14, 2013)

It’s Time to “Check, Twist and Replace” Faucets During Fix a Leak Week, March 18-24 (March 11, 2013)

Keep Hampton Roads Beautiful this Spring By Joining the Great American Cleanup! (March 4, 2013)

Get Ready for the Big Game, Hampton Roads (January 24, 2013)

Give “O Tannenbaum” a Second Chance (December 26, 2012)

Resolve to Live Greener in 2013 (December 19, 2012)

Make it a Greener Holiday, Hampton Roads (November 28, 2012)

Holiday Shopping Got You Thirsty? Tap Into TapIt Hampton Roads! (November 15, 2012)

Green Learning Guides are Hot off the Press! (November 13, 2012)

Don’t be a Turkey When Cooking this Holiday Season (November 2, 2012)

Give Your Unwanted Electronics a Proper Send-off! (October 17, 2012) Partners with Cox Conserves to Support Responsible Electronics Recycling in Hampton Roads (October 3, 2012)

“Name That Place” in the Photo Trivia Contest! (September 25, 2012) Kicks Off “Summer Staycation Sweepstakes” Weeks (July 9, 2012) to Launch TapIt Hampton Roads During Drinking Water Week, May 6-12 (May 4, 2012)

Volunteers Report to Work This Weekend for Great American Cleanup™ National Action Days (April 26, 2012)

Shoot to Win with the “Good to Do” Video Contest (April 19, 2012)

Volunteers Still Needed for the Great American Cleanup™ National Action Days! (April 9, 2012)

The National Kickoff of the Great American Cleanup™ (January 30, 2012)

After Making Merry, Make Mulch! (December 20, 2011)

Make it a Green Holiday, Hampton Roads (December 19, 2011)

Don’t be a Turkey When Cooking This Holiday Season (November 14, 2011)

HR Green Brings National Recycling Celebration to Hampton Roads (October 25, 2011)

Q&A with HRPDC’s Julia Hillegass (July 27, 2011)

HRPDC and Regional Representatives from 16 Cities and Counties Launch (July 21, 2011)

HRPDC Passes Resolution that June 25 is “Plastic Bag Forgiveness Day” (June 20, 2011)

ODU Service-learning Project Educates Students-and Teacher (June 8, 2011)

Coming Soon! HR Green Website (June 8, 2011)

“Plastic Bag Forgiveness Day,” June 25, Offers Second Chance to Recycle (June 2, 2011)

Tap into Drinking Water Week, May 1-7! (May 2, 2011)

Focus Group and Online Surveys Represent First Wave of HR Green Research (March 7, 2011)

Hampton Roads Planning District Commission to Launch HR Green Awareness Campaign in 2011 (March 7, 2011)


askHRgreen E-Newsletters

Autumnal Tips to Bring out the Green in You – November-December (November 6th, 2017)

Imagine a Day Without Water… – September-October (October 2nd, 2017)

Let’s Do Summer Right! – July-August (July 31, 2017)

Tips to Top Off Your Spring – March-April (March 6, 2017)

New Year, New Greener You! – January-February (Jan. 11, 2017)

Feast on a bounty of green tips, from – November-December (Nov. 17, 2016)

Fall into good, green habits with!  – September-October (Sept. 06, 2016)

It’s summertime and the living is easy with!  – July-August (July 11, 2016)

Where oh where in Hampton Roads are the Magic Faucets?  - May-June (April 25, 2016)

Spring into Action with – March-April (March 15, 2016)

Prepare Now Before the Weather Outside is Frightful - January-February (Jan. 4, 2016)

America Recycles Day, Tips for Holiday Chefs and More! Just a Click Away - November-December (Nov. 2, 2015)

ALERT: Emergency Weather Tips from - Special Edition (Oct. 2, 2015)

ABCs of Reducing, Reusing and Recycling in the Classroom and at Home - September-October (Sept. 2, 2015)

Win a FREE team for the Keep Hampton Roads Beautiful Golf Tournament, October 12! - Special Golf Edition (August 8, 2015)

Become a Bay Star Home! - June/July (July 6, 2015)

Here’s the Scoop: POOP POLLUTES! - Special Edition (May 19, 2015)

What Do You Know About…Tap Water? - May-June (May 4, 2015)

Drop Those Drips - March-April (March 2, 2015)

Easy Ways to Go Green in 2015! - January-February 2015 (January 5, 2015)

America Recycles Day, Nov. 15! - Novemeber-December 2014 (November 3, 2014)

Golf Tournament Registration Ends Soon! - Special Edition (September 19, 2014)

Golf For a Cleaner Greener Hampton Roads - Issue No.27 (September 2014)

Save Green, Go Green This School Year - Issue No.26 (August 2014)

Water Wisely During Smart Irrigation Month - Issue No.25 (July 2014)

Take Your H2O to Go with the Tap-It app - Issue No.24 (June 2014)

Bag it, Trash it! Take the “Scoop the Poop” pledge - Special Edition (May 20,2014)

Make it Great, Make it Clean - Issue No. 23 (May 2014)

April Showers Bring More Than May Flowers - Issue No. 22 (April 2014)

Spring Gardening 101 & Fix-A-Leak Week - Issue No. 21 (March 2014)

Education Made Easy – Our New Online Media Toolkit - Issue No. 20 (February 2014)

Resolve to Recycle More and Commit to Your Community! - Issue No. 19 (January 2014)

Turkey Frying Facts and Green Gift-giving ideas! - Issue No. 18 (December 2013)

Goodbye Old Keyboard! Free Recycling Events! - Issue No. 17 (November 2013)

Plug into electronics recycling events, green tailgating tips and safe prescription drug disposal this October! - Issue No. 16 (October 2013)

Get Ready for Fall with! - Issue No. 15 (September 2013)

It’s Back to School with! - Issue No. 14 (August 2013)

Declare Your Independence! - Issue No. 13 (July 2013)

Survey Shows Hampton Roads Residents with

Environmental Questions are Turning to - June 20, 2013

Go Local This Summer - Issue No. 12  (June 2013)

Celebrate the Essential During Drinking Water Week - Issue No. 11  (May 2013)

Extra, Extra! Green Living Arrives Tomorrow! - April 16, 2013

April Showers Bring May Flowers…and Flooding - Issue No. 10  (April 2013)

Great American Cleanup Special Issue - Issue No. 9  (March 2013)

In Like a Lion! March is the Time to Dream About Summer - Issue No. 8  (March 2013)

The Love Issue from - Issue No. 7  (February 2013)

Resolve to Live Greener in 2013 - Issue No. 6  (January 2013)

HR Green Campaign News - Issue No. 5  (December 2012)

HR Green Campaign News - Issue No. 4  (November 2012)

Electronics Recycling Events - November 2, 2012 (November 2012)

HR Green Campaign News - Issue No. 3  (August 2011)

Plastic Bag Forgiveness Day - June 25, 2011 (June 2011)

HR Green Campaign News - Issue No. 2  (June 2011)

HR Green Campaign News - Issue No. 1 (March 2011)

Bay Star Homes E-Newsletters

Spring has Sprung Among Bay Star Homes – Spring 2016 (April 4, 2016)
Hello, Neighbor! Inaugural Issue
– Winter 2016 (Feb. 18, 2016)

Media Coverage

The Hampton Roads Show Reck on the Road: Write as Rain Secret Messages May 2, 2017

The Virginian-Pilot When it Rains in Hampton Roads, Sneaky Messages will Appear on Sidewalks April 27, 2017

Suffolk News-Herald “Write as Rain” Campaign Launches April 24, 2017

WTKR’s “Coast Live” A Rainy Day Message to Help Us All Live Greener April 24, 2017

Southside Daily Spring Showers will Reveal Hidden “Write as Rain” Message Throughout Southside April 22, 2017

Inside Business Recycling is good for Hampton Roads Economy Week of Jan. 5, 2015

Daily Press “Diggin’ In” Blog Garden Trends 2015 Dec. 27, 20144

WVEC-TV “Dialogue” Holiday Tips from Dec. 21, 2014

Daily Press Recycle Used Electronics Oct. 29, 2014

WVEC-TV “Dialogue” Great American Cleanup April 27, 2014

Inside Business Is Your Landscaping Harming our Waterways? (Week of April 21, 2014)

Tidewater Women Magazine Spring Gardening 101 (April 2014)

The Virginian-Pilot Scoop the Poop and Dispose of it Too (Dec. 5, 2013)

WAFX, WNOR FM Thankful for Water in Hampton Roads (Dec. 8, 2013)

The Chesapeake Clipper Neighborhoods can apply for free pet waste stations (Dec. 8, 2013)

The Virginian-Pilot Pet waste stations now available from (Dec. 8, 2013)

The Virginian-Pilot Don’t blow leaves into ditches, drains, lakes (Nov. 24, 2013)

WVEC-TV News at Noon Recycling events mark America Recycles Day (Nov. 12, 2013)

WVBW, WGH, WVSP, WVHT FM Inside Hampton Roads Keep falling leaves out of storm drain (Nov. 10, 2013)

WYCG-TV County News Minute America Recycles Day in York County (Nov. 7, 2013)

PCTV-TV Avenue Update America Recycles Day in Portmouth (Oct. 31, 2013)

WVEC-TV Dialogue Plug into America Recycles Day (Oct. 27, 2013)

Cox Channel 11, Back to school with (Sept. 9, 2013)

WVEC-TV, Great American Cleanup (May 7, 2013)

Woman’s Day, Build some hometown pride (May 2013)

Norfolk TV 48, Great American Cleanup (April 4, 2013)

Suffolk 48, Great American Cleanup (March 25, 2013)

WFOX-TV, Spring cleaning is time to fix a leak (March 20, 2013)

Suffolk Sun, A few green tricks can keep the lawn green and healthy (March 20, 2013)

Inside Business, Resolving to work greener helps bottom line (Jan. 21, 2013)

The Virginian-Pilot, Don’t let your butterball turn pipes into a grease ball (Nov. 18, 2012)

WVEC-TV Evening News, Green Learning guides are hot off the press (Nov. 15, 2012)

Cox Communications “Hot Ticket” America Recycles Day Recycling Event, Newport News and Virginia Beach (November 2-14, 2012)

WVEC-TV “Dialogue”, Great American Cleanup interview with Lisa Hardy and Mike Baum (Apr. 22, 2011)

The Virginian-Pilot “Sunday Forum” (editorial), Keeping America beautiful, one trash bag at a time (Apr. 8, 2011)

The Chesapeake Clipper, Volunteers needed to clean, paint, draw (GAC) (Apr. 6, 2011)

The Virginian-Pilot “Gracious Living” section, Do your part for a cleaner, greener Hampton Roads (Apr. 1, 2011)

The Portsmouth Currents, Initiative seeks Portsmouth residents to tackle litter (GAC) (Apr. 1, 2011)

Hampton Roads Messenger, Volunteers to cleanup and green up in Hampton Roads (Apr, 2011)

The Virginian-Pilot, Calling all volunteers, help needed for the Great American Cleanup (Mar. 31, 2011)

WVEC-TV Noon News, Great American Cleanup interivew with John Deuel (Mar. 26, 2011)

The Virginia Beach Beacon, Spring cleaning:  Great American Cleanup (Mar. 25, 2011)

Daily Press “Diggin’ In” gardening column, Grab your work gloves and get ready for Great American Cleanup (Mar. 21, 2011)

WVEC-TV “Dialogue”, Great American Cleanup interivew with Lisa Hardy and Linda Minner (Mar. 11, 2011)

WNN-TV 48 “Norfolk Perspectives”, Great American Cleanup interiew with John Deuel and USS Truman (Feb. 19, 2011)

James River Journal, Get ready for Great American Cleanup (Feb. 20, 2011)

The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk event talking electronics (Nov. 15, 2011)

Hampton Roads Messenger, Hrgreen America Recycles Day (Nov. 2011)

James River Journal, Hrgreen brings national recycling celebration to Hampton Roads (Nov. 9, 2011)

Williamsburg Yorktown Daily EcoFreak Blog“askHRgreen celebrates America Recycles Day” (Nov. 8, 2011)

Daily Press“Recycle old TVs, computers, cell phones, Nov. 15” (Nov. 12, 2011)

James River Journal,Don’t be a turkey when cooking this holiday season” (Nov. 17, 2011)

The Virginian-Pilot’s Home MagazineDon’t be a drain on the environment, pipes this holiday season” (Nov. 19, 2011)

Daily Press“Dispose of holiday meal grease, fats properly” (Nov. 21, 2011)

WVEC-TV, “HRPDC Launches” (July 24, 2011)

The Virginian-Pilot, “This is Not Trash.” (June 25, 2011)

FOX-43, “The Hampton Roads Show,” HR Green and “Plastic Bag Forgiveness Day” (June 23, 2011)

WVEC-TV, “Plastic Bag Forgiveness Day” Report (June 22, 2011)

HR Green “Behind the Scenes” Series on WTYD, The Tide (June 15, 2011)
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

Keepin’ it Green Interview Series on FOX-43’s “The Hampton Roads Show” (April 18-22, 2011)
Be Storm Drain Smart, Interview with Fleta Jackson
Tap into Tap Water, Interview with Tiffany Wright
Plastic Bag Recycling, Interview with John Deuel
• Cut the Fats, Oils and Grease, Interview with Harry Kenyon
• HR Green, Interview with Julia Hillegass

Tidewater Women, “Find Your Inner Green” (April 2011)

Inside Business, “Region to See Green Initiative Launch This Summer” (March 28, 2011)






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