[email protected] Family Festival

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.


Hungry for solutions? Here are eight bold new ideas, inspired by nature. – Biomimicry Institute

Game-changing ideas begin by seeing the possibilities for a sustainable world reflected in the living systems that surround us. #stem #innovation #solutions #LCPS #science #curiosity #teamwork The Official Loudoun County Public Schools

biomimicry.org Game-changing ideas begin by seeing the possibilities for a sustainable world reflected in the living systems that surround us. That’s what we celebrate each year in the Biomimicry Global Design Challenge.


REI deepens investment to 'rewild' 5 American cities

The projects include developing and/or improving areas for water paddling, hiking and cycling in parks, forests and trails in or near urban and suburban areas of the five U.S. cities.

smartcitiesdive.com Since 2015, the outdoor retailer has donated $1.6 million to expand and develop water paddling, hiking and cycling in nature near urban areas.


Learn #science in #nature

“When the forest and the city are functionally indistinguishable, then we know we’ve reached sustainability.”
- Janine Benyus, co-founder, Biomimicry Institute


Designing Cities for Healthier Human Microbiomes

So can we design the city in terms of microbial species? Can we design buildings and parks to create “selective pressure that supports biotic life that is good for humans?”

dirt.asla.org Humans are essentially super-organisms or holobionts made up of both human cells and those of micro-organisms, such as viruses, bacteria, archea, protists, and fungi. Researchers now know the human…


If it will take one more short film, photos, statistics, charts for us to realize the negative impact our actions are doing on our planet that sustains us - here is another one!


Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation

Forget the miles long roads with grass, let's see some meadows in Loudoun!

Here is a video from Difficult Creek Natural Area Preserve, a fantastic pollinator habitat managed by Virginia Natural Heritage Program. It features Chief Biologist Chris Ludwig and Regional Supervisor / Mountain Region Steward Ryan Klopf. #pollinatorweek


Nature is #science & #innovation

A new species of entrepreneur is emerging - one who aspires to create net positive value by looking to nature's time-tested strategies.


A Dozen Of The Best Native Plants For Your Washington DC Commercial Property

When plants are introduced that aren't native to your area, they can become invasive, choking out beneficial plants that birds and animals need to survive.
Choose native plants for your landscape, and you’re helping the environment and your area’s wild creatures.

levelgreenlandscaping.com Native plants are more popular than ever, for lots of reasons. Learn about some of the best native plants for Washington DC.


China's Plastic Ban Will Flood Us With Trash

smithsonianmag.com New study reports China's ban on importing foreign plastic could cripple global recycling programs and lead to 111 million tons of homeless plastic

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Did you know that there was a Loudoun County Commuter Services FB page? Check it out and connect!

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Discover Landscape Architecture Activity Books

Take a journey across an imaginary town to learn about the building blocks of landscape architecture. In this activity book, you will learn about landscape architecture, see sketches from landscape architecture professionals, and have the opportunity to sketch and color drawings. This book is geared towards readers 9-12 years old.

dirt.asla.org The ASLA Discover Landscape Architecture Activity Books are for anyone interested in landscape architecture, architecture, planning, and engineering, and for those who like to draw, doodle, and be …


The Piedmont Environmental Council

We have the right to know what's in our water. For three years in a row, the General Assembly has rejected industry attempts to roll back these important chemical disclosure rules. However this idea, to keep chemical secrets from the public, continues to rear its ugly head. It is sitting in a subcommittee of the Freedom of Information Advisory Council - a state agency responsible for resolving disputes related to the Freedom of Information Act - and may end up in the General Assembly for a fourth year in a row. Enough is enough.
Please join with citizens across Virginia by signing on to the petition below asking for chemical disclosures to remain in place. A copy will be sent to your state legislators and Governor Northam's administration. It will also be delivering the list of signatories to the Freedom of Information Advisory Council at the end of June. PLEASE CONSIDER SIGNING TODAY!

salsa4.salsalabs.com Protecting and promoting the natural resources, rural economy, history, and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972.

Smithsonian Earth

What's more incredible... these fun facts about the nautilus or the timelapsed art?

Either way, this video is best enjoyed on repeat. #CephalopodWeek

Loudoun Residents for Reasonable Growth

The noise contour maps in Loudoun County have protected the growth of Dulles Airport from residential encroachment and residents from excessive noise. Here is your opportunity to participate in the future growth in Loudoun and around Dulles Airport.




Some of the last steps of #Loudoun County's revision for future land use policies and #growth direction is being drafted. County Staff’s primary focus since the conclusion of Round III has been to prepare a complete preliminary draft of the Public Engagement Summary Report for review by the Stakeholders Committee. With the delivery of the agenda packet for TODAY the JUNE18th meeting, staff will now continue to review the specific and general comments contained in the Summary Report.




Warned 30 years ago, global warming 'is in our living room'

“The biggest change over the last 30 years, which is most of my life, is that we’re no longer thinking just about the future,” said Kathie Dello, a climate scientist at Oregon State University in Corvallis. “Climate change is here, it’s now and it’s hitting us hard from all sides.”

apnews.com SALIDA, Colo. (AP) — We were warned. On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn't approaching &#

Virginia Energy Sense

Did you know?

#DidYouKnow washing off your outside unit can increase its efficiency so you can use less power? #VAlueYourPower!


WTOP | JK Moving puts Loudoun land into conservation

The Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy said Stumptown Woods has more native species of plants and wildlife indigenous to Loudoun County and Virginia than is typical.

wtop.com JK Moving, the largest independent moving company in North America, has purchased an 87-acre parcel of land in northern Loudoun County, known as Stumptown Woods, for $1 million and placed it into conservation easement.


#Parks4Pollinators Photo Contest | National Recreation and Park Association

Every week in June, our panel of judges will choose the best photo and award a Miracle-Gro Nature’s Care prize pack that includes Nature’s Care products, garden gloves and a garden trowel (prize valued at approximately $100). You can submit photos every week of the contest – that means four chances to win!
Winners will be selected and notified on June 8, June 15, June 22 and June 29.

nrpa.org You can share your love of parks and pollinators this June by participating in the #ParksForPollinators Photo Contest sponsored by The ScottsMiracle-Gro Foundation


Top 10 Animal Dads

Enjoy the Father's Day!

animalplanet.com Mom is often the first to get props when it comes to raising the kids, but let's not forget to give Dad credit where credit is due. The Top 10 dads in the animal kingdom will go to great lengths when it comes to parenting. Meet the lion.


Chesapeake Bay earns ‘C’ for overall health; blue crabs, rockfish, anchovies are thriving

“While only a slight improvement, it’s encouraging that the overall health remained steady despite many pressures on the Chesapeake Bay and across its watershed,” said Bill Dennison, a top scientist with the center.

washingtonpost.com Environmental scientists said the passing grade and the minor improvement in scores are signs that cleanup efforts are working.

Give us some park names or other locations that you recommend while we are having this beautiful weather in Loudoun!!!

Interesting Engineering

These turbines can harness the wind generated by passing busses to generate energy..

Updated: ENLIL has corrected the statement saying “300 turbines will power 20,000 homes” is incorrect. The startup elaborated on the topic, saying tests are promising and still underway.

Climate Reality

The International Solar Alliance is a trillion dollar plan to save the planet. (via The Years Project)


Best compilation of Kinetic masterpieces by Anthony Howe.

Anthony Howe, an Eastsound, WA-based painter and sculpture artist to highlight his work in the medium of surreal kinetic wind sculpture that are initially designed in 3D software. Wind powered.

Best compilation of Kinetic masterpieces by Anthony Howe. http://www.howeart.net 1. SPINES 2. In-Out Quotient 3. About Face 4. In Cloud Light 5. Octo Thanks ...


Plant a Tree: A Native Community Takes a Step to Reverse Climate Change

“Start by planting trees,” he says. “They are a positive answer to climate change and much more. Trees build up soils organically and increase their water-holding capacity. They sequester excess climate-altering carbon dioxide. They attract beneficial insects that help other crops and produce food, medicine, building material and other useful items. Planting them can transform a community.”

inthesetimes.com Rural America In These Times is dedicated to making the issues that people in rural America are grappling with part of national discourse.

Planet Paws

What's your priority?

How your neighbor can impact your pet's lifespan...

For a non-toxic DIY weed spray recipe, click here: https://planetpaws.mykajabi.com/p/dr-beckers-diy-weed-spray

How to manipulate the system...

In western Loudoun County, we frequently see cluster developments touted as an option to allow the developer to put in more houses in exchange for "preserving rural land." This neighborhood just south of Purcellville is an excellent example of why this does not actually work. The "preserved" agricultural land is home to 25 septic systems. You cannot grow crops or graze animals on top of a septic system. So the agricultural land set aside here is not usable for agriculture.


Here is some visual -

The Nature Conservancy in Virginia

Have you spotted dolphins in the Chesapeake Bay or its river tributaries? It's a hopeful sign of improving water quality. You can report your sightings through the Chesapeake Dolphin Watch website.


Leesburg real estate group planning $2 billion data center project along Sycolin Road

Do you remember the True North data center approved not too long ago by rezoning a land for a data center... so, let's not be surprised. Bye bye scenic river Goose Creek!

loudountimes.com A Leesburg-based real estate company is seeking to bring another major data-center cluster to Loudoun County at a 95-acre site near Panda Stonewall Generating Plant along Sycolin Road in Leesburg.


This maybe something #datacenters can learn from.

Since the publication of the original Eastgate building case study, researchers have realized that the science was flawed, but the lessons are still valuable.

Since then, we've realized that termite mounds actually follow the temperatures of surrounding soil, and not necessarily the air outside.

So in a way, the soil around the termite nest acts as a “buffer” against daily changes in outside temperature.

You can read our updated case study here:

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