[email protected] Family Festival

Sharing sustainability information and news to inspire residents and decision-makers to take action for environmental sustainability.

Mission: In search for a new location, we plan to bring the event back. The mission of [email protected] is to promote and celebrate environmental stewardship among county residents and businesses. This is accomplished through entertainment, exhibits, workshops and activities that engage and inspire the entire community, especially the next generation of environmental stewards. The event also creates an opportunity for local environmental organization(s) to connect with Loudouners.

Operating as usual


Cameras Show Utah's I-80 Wildlife Overpass Is Working. Now Let's Build More of Them

The overpass, which is 48 feet wide and 330 feet long, was opened to the... errr.. public animals back in December 2018, and it reportedly came at a cost of $5,000,000, per CBS2. The overpass, which is 48 feet wide and 330 feet long, was opened to the... errr.. public animals back in December 2018, and it reportedly came at a cost of $5,000,000, per CBS2. It's unclear if this money came from a state or federal agency's budget or if the funds were raised privately, but regardless, I'd dare say that it's a good investment, especially when 46 deer, 14 moose, and four elk were killed on that stretch of road in 2016 and 2017 alone, per CBS2.

Each one of those collisions not only takes a toll on cars, insurance companies, the city, the state, and other parties involved in maintaining public roads, but there's also a human toll. It turns out, hitting a moose or elk isn't exactly safe for humans—even in big SUVs.
Each one of those collisions not only takes a toll on cars, insurance companies, the city, the state, and other parties involved in maintaining public roads, but there's also a human toll. It turns out, hitting a moose or elk isn't exactly safe for humans—even in big SUVs.

thedrive.com More animals in the wild and fewer collisions with motorists. Sounds like a win-win.


How Non-Native Plants Are Contributing to a Global Insect Decline

Be part of the solution!

e360.yale.edu The impact of introduced plants on native biodiversity has emerged as a hot-button issue in ecology. But recent research provides new evidence that the displacement of native plant communities is a key cause of a collapse in insect populations and is affecting birds as well.


Loudoun County supervisors vote to re-establish land preservation program

Good news!

loudountimes.com The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is moving forward with an effort to preserve land by initiating the development of the Purchase of Development Rights program 16 years after funding


Planet-Friendly Gifts for Holiday Hosts

sponsored.treehugger.com Ranging from practical to magical, our gift picks promise to please – all with a planet-friendly spin.


Human-made materials may now outweigh all living things on Earth, report finds

Status of the planet 🌎 health!


The Pollinator Partnership

JOB OPPORTUNITY - Pollinator Partnership is seeking an artist to render the 2021 Pollinator Poster! This year's poster will focus on “Pollinators And Agriculture: A Partnership On The Land". Apply and learn more at https://www.pollinator.org/careers. Application deadline is Friday, November 27, 2020.

We envision this poster being an artistic depiction of the harmony that can be achieved when agricultural landscapes embrace pollinator-friendly management practices. Promoting healthy pollinators in agricultural settings has a direct impact on the quality and quantity of crops being produced, while simultaneously benefiting the health of humans, plants, and the planet.

Artwork by Carol Schwartz from the 2019 “Endangered Pollinators And Their Habitats” Poster 🎨

#pollinator #pollinators #pollinatorart #bee #bees #butterflies #bats #moths #agriculture #farms #BeeFriendlyFarming #flowers #nativeplants #nativeflowers #pollinatorconservation

Loudoun Habitat ReStore Leesburg

Remember to get out there and recycle at the ReStore SATURDAY, November, 14📅 for America🇺🇸 Recycles Day♻!!! We are having an event where you pay $5 to drop off your old paint🎨 to Yuck Old Paint who will responsibly recycle it. Please visit https://yuckoldpaint.com/ for more details. You can also drop off your E-waste🚮 to @junkluggersgainsvilleVA who will responsibly recycle them! Please visit https://www.junkluggersofgainesville.com/e-waste-recycling.html for more details on what kind of E-waste they will recycle.

🌎‼♻‼♻‼🌎Responsible Recycling is so very important for our country and our earth, so please come out tomorrow and do your part! You will receive an "I recycled" sticker and a ReStore coupon🌎‼♻‼♻‼🌎

Five finalists have been chosen by PEC staff and local photographers for each of four categories: Beautiful Landscapes and Streetscapes, Native Plants and Wildlife, Wonderful Waters, and Youth. All of the photos were taken in one of the following counties in the Virginia Piedmont — Albemarle, Charlottesville, Clarke, Culpeper, Fauquier, Greene, Loudoun, Madison, Orange, or Rappahannock. https://www.pecva.org/category/about/get-involved/photo-contest/

2019 Winner in Outdoor Recreation: “Kayakers at Beaver Creek Reservoir” by Cass Girvin

Virginia Association for Environmental Education

**Save the Date!**
We are proud to announce our 2021 virtual mini conference series: “Seasons Through Virginia’s Regions”
February 20th- Winter in the West
May 22nd- Spring Social & Silent Auction
July17th- Summer on the Shore
October 23rd- Fall in the Piedmont
It might be a little different this year, but we couldn’t be more excited to explore Virginia virtually and learn more about all the wonderful things happening throughout our state. Stay tuned for request for proposals, registration information, and additional details!
#environmentaleducation #naaee #virginia #virginiaisforlovers #teach #learn #conference #2021 #thefutureisbright

Plant NOVA Natives

Click here for details and registration for this 30 minute session. https://actionnetwork.org/events/gryn-nov-5


Online Yard Design Tool

allianceforthebay.org One of 20 garden templates available in the tool. Each template can be designed as a Conservation Landscape or a Rain Garden. The Alliance has launched an online Yard Design Tool that helps property owners in the Chesapeake Bay watershed create personalized planting plans

EatLoco Farmers Markets

EatLoco Farmers Market at One Loudoun & Brambleton

Northern VA's Award Winning, most talked about, most visited, and most sought-after farmers market by farmers, food producers and artisans, are now BOTH OPEN YEAR ROUND!! With over 100 vendors already signed-up for the winter markets, your selection of produce, proteins, breads, bagels, pastries, jellies, jams, juices, seafood, hot food, prepared meals, etc, have never been better for a winter market!

Please come support your local farmers and small businesses even when the weather is not ideal.

EatLoco Farmers Markets
One Loudoun Saturdays - (Atwater Drive, Ashburn, VA)
Brambleton Sundays - (Olympia Drive, Brambleton VA)
Both Markets 9am-1pm - YEAR ROUND

*Closed Nov 28th & 29th only (Thanksgiving weekend)

#eatloco #eatlocal #loudouncounty #loudouncountyva #Loudoun #loudounpossible #farmerslife #farmersmarket #farmers #supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness

Brambleton Brambleton Town Center Brambleton Community Association Brambleton, Virginia, Brambleton Homeowners One Loudoun Downtown One Loudoun


With new roadmap to combat rising seas, Virginia officially acknowledges the threat of climate change - Virginia Mercury

virginiamercury.com Virginia will no longer sidestep recognition that climate change is occurring and poses an existential threat to the state’s way of life, shoreline, economies and resources, a new planning document released by Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration Thursday reveals. The report, called the Coastal R...


Methods Used to Reconstruct Ancient Rain Forests May Need Revision, Says Study

The comparison revealed that Amazonian and African closed-canopy rain forests have a very similar mean dietary isotopic value, which may be representative of mammalian herbivores in any closed canopy rain forest. But beyond this newly discovered way of recognizing ancient rain forests, Amazonian mammals in this study lacked highly negative dietary values found in a few of the African animals. These negative values are often used outright to infer closed-canopy rain forests in fossil records. https://blogs.ei.columbia.edu/2020/10/05/methods-used-reconstruct-ancient-rain-forests-may-need-revision/

blogs.ei.columbia.edu One way in which scientists use carbon isotopes found in fossils to identify the sites of ancient rain forests may not work as expected.


StoryMap - 50 Years of Scenic River Protection in the Piedmont

The Scenic Rivers Program safeguards some of the most important waterways of Virginia and ensures the health and accessibility of our watershed for the communities of Piedmont. This StoryMap helps tell the story of this vital conservation program, where it is today, and where it can go with your support. https://www.pecva.org/work/air-water/scenic-rivers-in-the-piedmont-a-storymap/?fbclid=IwAR21lU6pxwi6KXnxJFhzF-SiCJCDvOkCTOu-zW7G8emDoIJ9Hy1pXar4aeo

pecva.org In 2020, the state of Virginia commemorates 50 years of dedication and commitment to the conservation of Virginia's water resources through the Virginia Scenic Rivers Program. In honor of that anniversary, PEC Fellowship program participants, Meredith Hickman and David Malcolm, created a StoryMap th...


Watch Barbarian Utopia: Encounters on the Appalachian Trail online - Prime Video

Take a walk!

www.barbarianutopiafilm.com A recent college graduate embarks on a unusual journey: hiking all 2,185 miles of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail. Over 100 other hikers also share their stories of adventure, hardship, and camaraderie. What emerges is a portrait of a great American resource and the community that surrounds it...


Here's When Fall Foliage Will Peak Around the DMV | Washingtonian (DC)

washingtonian.com Time to peep some leaves.


Loudoun supervisors strike deal to place St. Louis land in conservation; move ends housing development plans

A controversial housing project targeted for a historically Black area in western Loudoun appears to be coming to an end.

loudountimes.com A controversial housing project targeted for a historically Black area in western Loudoun appears to be coming to an end.

Watermark Woods - Native Plants

We love planting in the fall! Fall is perfect to have oodles of spring growth! Without the stress of growing new leaves, flowers and impending summer drought, perennials focus on root growth and really benefit from fall planting.

Stop by, we have a great selection for you fall planting!


Mountain Lake Lodge: 3 Hikes for Dirty Dancing Fans in Pembroke

gohikevirginia.com Dirty Dancing fans, make the drive to Pembroke, Virginia for three Mountain Lake Lodge hiking trails with dramatic summit and lake views.


12 of the Best National Parks in the USA for This Fall — Harbors & Havens

harborsandhavens.com Autumn in the national parks brings vibrant fall foliage, cooler weather and fewer crowds at big names like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon. That’s why a fall national parks trip is the perfect chance to see some of these natural gems of the United States. These are our top picks for national par...


ODU Research Suggests Evidence of a Tornado Alley in Virginia

Is there a Tornado Alley in Virginia?

Just by looking at the tornado tracks, there certainly appears to be a clustering of tornado tracks in south-central, southeast, and northern Virginia. https://www.odu.edu/news/2020/5/virginia_s_tornado_a#.X26bO5NKhQI

odu.edu Political Science and Geography Professor Tom Allen and researchers from the Center for Geospatial Science, Education and Analytics analyzed nearly 70 years of tornado records for the Commonwealth.

LOUDOUN RESIDENTS from CHAIR RANDALL: Climate-related disasters (wildfires, melting icecaps, several hurricanes at one time, sea-level rise, etc) are happening more than three times as often as they did forty years ago. This massive increase is due to human-caused climate change. I believe in science. Please join me and Supervisor Mike Turner for a Climate Action Webinar on October 8th at noon to discuss environmental policies to move Loudoun forward on climate and energy issues.

Visit the Webex event link https://bit.ly/3j3Bsnh to participate and use the following login information (no RSVP is necessary):
Event number (access code): 173 188 3652
Event Password: 100820


California governor signs executive order to ban gas-powered cars and trucks

fox5dc.com This rule, if not halted by a court challenge by the oil and gas industry and the Trump administration, would make California the first U.S. state with a plan to phase them out completely.


Simpson Middle School Powers Up with Solar Array - Loudoun Now

“People use energy, not buildings,” said Energy Education Specialist Michael Barancewicz.

Treanor said that, plus the opportunity of a recently-replaced roof, made it a good school for the pilot program.

He said the building will now save more than $100,00 a year in utility costs, meaning the project will pay for itself in 17 or 18 years.

loudounnow.com J. Lupton Simpson Middle School officially unveiled its new solar array Thursday, making it the first school in the division


KIND Becomes First Snack Company to Commit to Exclusively Source Almonds From Bee-Friendly Farms by 2025

prnewswire.com /PRNewswire/ -- Today, KIND Healthy Snacks (KIND) announced its commitment to become the first snack company to exclusively source its almonds from...

Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership

Want to use your phone to pinpoint the best outdoor recreation areas? The MAPLand Act would make that possible by pushing public land agencies to digitize their paper maps. Follow TRCP to learn more about this bipartisan bill and many others that will improve your outdoor access.

Project Learning Tree

Great educational materials are always available here!

Download this free hands-on exercise to help middle school students put their knowledge about the carbon cycle into practice.

This activity is part of Project Learning Tree's e-unit on Carbon & Climate for grades 6-8, so be sure to check out the full curriculum: https://www.plt.org/carbon-climate-unit

Yale Environment 360

Enough unused roof space exists on commercial buildings in the United States to install 145 gigawatts of new solar capacity — nearly double the country’s current total solar capacity, according to a new report by the energy research firm Wood Mackenzie. That is enough to power 28 million homes. https://e360.yale.edu/digest/u-s-commercial-rooftops-hold-145-gigawatts-of-untapped-solar-potential


Ramundo: Unanswered questions persist with Banbury Cross project

loudountimes.com After a contentious public hearing on July 27 that lasted more than three hours, the Middleburg Planning Commission voted unanimously to delay its decision to approve or reject Banbury Cross


Tropical Storm Isaias spreads dead zones in Severn River, killing thousands of fish

capitalgazette.com Strong winds from Tropical Storm Isaias caused oxygen-depleted water at the bottom of the Severn River to mix with the rest of the water column, killing at least 10,000 fish Tuesday, the Maryland Department of Environment said in a statement.


Why do cities need trees? Here's why we need them more than ever | DW | 27.07.2020

dw.com As city populations soar, it might seem like there isn't much room for trees. But ecologists say these climatic powerhouses are an often overlooked solution to the health and environmental issues greater density brings.

Plant NOVA Natives

Can we afford to be plant-blind any longer?


Tell Governor Northam: Stop Mountain Valley Pipeline from Bringing More than 4,000 out of state pipeline workers to Virginia in the middle of a Pandemic

actionnetwork.org It’s a new day in Virginia! Dominion Energy’s Atlantic Coast Pipeline is dead. Gone. Not coming back! This great victory was made possible by the just demands of a determined, organized, grassroots and multi-generational movement that declared, in one voice, that justice would prevail. Meanwhile...


Top 10 Covid Outdoor Classrooms - Learning Landscapes Design

Some schools and districts are turning to outdoor learning for the fall, by creating spaces where students are socially distanced and fresh air and sunlight greatly reduce the potential virus spread. Covid Outdoor classrooms open up the many health benefits of learning outside and give students the chance to have a collective laugh, relate to one another and see each other's facial expressions and emotions. All of which have immeasurable benefits for students' mental and emotional health.

learninglandscapesdesign.com How can education be delivered outdoors in the time of covid, covid outdoor classrooms, outdoor learning, green schoolyards

Want your school to be the top-listed School/college in Ashburn?

Click here to claim your Sponsored Listing.

Videos (show all)

Loudoun Residents Speak Asking Water Protection
Opposition to True North Data Center by Compass Datacenters
Opposition summary to a data center on Goose Creek
Roundabout Meadows
Ready for 2013 Event on Sunday, April 28!
2011 Captured!



About   Contact   Privacy   FAQ   Login C