[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.

NOVA Outside

Register for the Student Environmental Action Showcase

As you know, NoVA Outside is pleased to announce that our Student Environmental Action Showcase (SEAS) will take place on April 23, 2019 between 10 am and 2 pm. We have some key new pieces of information for you. Registration is open now at www.novaoutside.org. A new photography event has been added for grades K-6.
We are happy to tell you that we have transportation funding to offer schools that may need that type of support to attend SEAS. We are trying to attract schools that have not attended SEAS before and hope you can spread the word about this event to the schools you work with. We can offer a reimbursement for transportation of up to $500 per school. Schools needing this assistance should email us at [email protected] to see if we can accommodate them. If administrators or teachers would like us to visit them to talk about SEAS, we are happy to do that.

If you have students or teams that wish to enter the Young Reporters of the Environment Competition, http://www.yre.global they can enter in languages other than English. This can be a wonderful support for your global classroom and dual language learning.

NOVA Outside

Celebrate with us!

NoVA Outside is hosting a book launch on April 7 at beautiful Historic Blenheim to mark the publication by its Leadership Team Member Nancy Striniste of her new book:

Nature Play at Home:
Creating Outdoor Spaces that Connect Children with the Natural World.

The afternoon will include a networking reception, book talk and signing and a chance to enjoy the lovely grounds of the Blenheim property
The event celebrates the April 2 release of Nature Play at Home from Timber Press
There will be delicious wine, snacks, and desserts.
Enjoy a spring afternoon in a beautiful setting with colleagues and friends.
The author will discuss the importance of children experiencing time in nature, address the benefits of natural playspaces and provide how-to's for homeowners and educators.
Proceeds will benefit NoVA Outside and support our important work on behalf of children in Northern Virginia.

Earth Guardians


-UCLA Professor of Environmental Law Ann Carlson thought it would be dismissed. But the lawsuit filed on behalf of a group of kids alleging the U.S. government knowingly failed to protect them from climate change isn't going away. The Trump administration alone has lost five appeals to stop it, two in front of the U.S. Supreme Court. If won, says Carlson, the impact on America would be "massive." Steve Kroft reports on this unusual yet significant suit on the next edition on 60 Minutes, Sunday, March 3 at 7 p.m., ET/PT on CBS.

Maryland Pesticide Education Network - MPEN

The Food and Drug Administration today released a proposal for updated sunscreen regulations – a big step toward cleaning up a largely unregulated industry with much-needed reforms that would better protect public health...

Cheers for supporting more #solar in #Loudoun Chair Phyllis J. Randall! #renewables

Loudoun, shorty after taking office Bob Lazaro, Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Regional Commission educated me on the Solarize Nova program. With this information I proposed a Solarize Loudoun program to our County Administrator. Long story short...the County adopted Solarize Loudoun. As a result Loudoun has received recognition from the National Association of Counties for our SolSmart program. Funded through the Department of Energy, SolSmart recognizes communities that have taken key steps to address local barriers to solar energy and foster the growth of local solar markets. County staff from General Services, Planning and Zoning, Building and Development and Fire and Rescue contributed to the application which successfully achieved “SolSmart Silver Designation”. Solarize Loudoun provides assessments for homeowners and businesses and offers discounted pricing on Solar Panels.
Our County staff is second to none.
Congratulations to all on this National Award.


Miami Bans Controversial Herbicides That Are Killing Biscayne Bay

A study published in the scientific journal Mutation Research earlier this month appears to validate that theory: Researchers concluded the overall evidence "supports a compelling link" between exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides and increased risk for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

miaminewtimes.com Glyphosate is a popular ingredient in weed-killing herbicides because it's extremely effective. It's also a well-known pollutant — researchers have found the chemical in samples of the air we breathe, the food we eat, and even the beer and wine we buy from the liquor store.

Virginia Clean Cities

Renewable Fuels Association has released this video on Ethanol Facts - #NerdAlert - no narration just the facts over some jazzy background music.

Natural Capital Project

We're so excited to officially welcome the Stockholm Resilience Centre into the NatCap partnership! After years of collaboration, they join The Nature Conservancy World Wildlife Fund Stanford Woods Institute for the Environment Institute on the Environment — University of Minnesota & the Chinese Academy of Sciences as a core partner. Check out the new partnership story and more in our February newsletter: https://naturalcapitalproject.stanford.edu/newsletter/

Monarch Joint Venture

Revised Handout: Mowing and Management - Best Practices for Monarchs

Understanding when monarchs are present allows land managers to time management when it is least likely to harm monarchs. We have partnered witThe Xerces Societyty to update our existing handout to provide recommendations for the timing of habitat management in both the eastern and western monarch breeding ranges of the United States.


#monarchbutterfly #monarchs #habitat #habitatmanagement #conservation #newandimproved

Casey Trees

Loudoun 2040 Comprehensive Plan The Official Loudoun County Public Schools Loudoun County Economic Development

Having completed this extensive planning process, Tallahassee now has a better understanding of its urban forest’s distribution, composition, and opportunities - and released a 20 year Master Plan

Eagle Ridge Middle School PTA

Does your student want something exciting and fun to do for spring break this year? Is your student interested in archaeology, nature, and the outdoors? There is a spring break camp being held at Banshee Reeks that offers lots of hands-on fun that’s educational too! See flyer below with more details and how to sign up. Space is limited.


Moisture and temperature with conservation tillage

Oh - this will be valuable info when the summer heatwaves come. In each spring and early summer, the chisel plow and strip-till berms were the driest and warmest of the treatments.

agweek.com Reducing tillage is one approach used to build the benefits of a healthier soil — like reducing erosion and better water management. But, leaving some extra residue on the surface can be daunting in the Red River Valley, where soils are high in clay, can hold a lot of water and be slow to warm up....


John Francis, the Planetwalker: A Champion for the Environment • The National Wildlife Federation Blog

Dr. Francis’ unique journey of self-discovery led to the beginning of our nation’s legislation and policies on oil spill management.

blog.nwf.org In honor of Black History Month, we are celebrating the many African Americans – like Dr. John Francis — who have contributed to the environmental conservation movement. Dr. Francis’ unique …

Center for Watershed Protection

Oh boy!

EVERYTHING ends up in the water! Read about drugs ending up in the rivers of London below:


Glyphosate Found in 19 of 20 Beers and Wines Tested

ecowatch.com Glyphosate—the active ingredient in Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller—is also a secret ingredient in nearly 20 popular beers and wines.

Biomimicry Institute

MCAD is once again offering their FREE 4-week online course, “Biomimicry: A Sustainable Design Methodology”, starting March 25th.

This course will be a fun introduction to biomimicry, and will run from March 25 to April 21, 2019.

Register here: mcadsustainabledesign.com/yes-its-free-4-week-online-biomimicry-course/


An Update on Loudoun2040 + Upcoming Community Meetings - The Piedmont Environmental Council

The push for more #growth in #Loudoun came despite the majority of public input calling for no increase beyond levels that are currently planned.... Loudoun 2040 Comprehensive Plan Loudoun County Government #overcrowdingLoudoun #growoutofcontrol #qualityoflife PLEASE SHARE!

pecva.org Protecting and promoting the natural resources, rural economy, history, and beauty of the Virginia Piedmont since 1972.


Evidence for man-made global warming has reached a “gold standard” level of certainty, adding pressure for cuts in greenhouse gases to limit rising temperatures, scientists said on Monday.

“Humanity cannot afford to ignore such clear signals,” the U.S.-led team wrote in the journal Nature Climate Change of satellite measurements of rising temperatures over the past 40 years.

They said confidence that human activities were raising the heat at the Earth’s surface had reached a “five-sigma” level, a statistical gauge meaning there is only a one-in-a-million chance that the signal would appear if there was no warming.


Strong Towns

Still not sure we should be building places for people, not just automobiles? Here's some inspiration from Business Insider.


Millennials on the Move | WISPIRG Foundation

Millennials are drawn to the high quality of life in places that offer extensive and safe #walking and #biking options, as well as clean, fast, and efficient #publictransportation networks. Moreover, this preference for multimodal lifestyles appears to be influencing young people’s decisions about where to live and work. Better Roads-Better Traffic For Loudoun Loudoun County Commuter Services Loudoun 2040 Comprehensive Plan Loudoun County Government Piedmont Environmental Council Chair Phyllis J. Randall #futurereadyLoudoun #timeisnow BikeLoudoun

wispirgfoundation.org Car culture no longer represents the “American Dream” for young Americans. Many young people today prefer car-light, multimodal lifestyles that allow them to get around efficiently, multitask while commuting, and feel connected to their communities. Millennials are drawn to the high quality of l...


Loudoun State Park Expansion Restored in Budget Negotiations

Efforts to get the state government to accept ownership of a 280-acre addition to the 600 acres of state parkland in northwestern #Loudoun County have paid off. Yesterday, local leaders received confirmation that the project had been restored to the budget by House and Senate conferees. #greenspace #localparks

loudounnow.com Efforts to get the state government to accept ownership of a 280-acre addition to the 600 acres of state parkland in northwestern Loudoun County have paid off. Yesterday, local leaders received confirmation that the project had been restored to the budget by House and Senate conferees. County sup

Land and Water Conservation Fund

We are getting closer to permanent reauthorization of America’s best conservation and recreation program! Next up, the House of Representatives needs to follow in the footsteps of the Senate and pass S.47 to #SaveLWCF!


MIT Media Lab Beyond Smart Cities course

executive-education.mit.edu Discover the future of cities.


Creating urban tree biodiversity within a uniform street tree landscape

Many of the Eastern Loudoun's community trees can benefit from diversity and correct, smarter planting as they start to age.

openaccessgovernment.org Dr Nina Bassuk, Professor at the Urban Horticulture Institute, explains creating urban tree biodiversity within a uniform street tree landscape

Virginia Clean Cities

Have a suggestion on a charger location? EVgo and Virginia are installing hundreds of new locations. Submit here:

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

New: Trump's top pick for the EPA spent lavishly on an unjustified security detail to manage an unidentified threat. “One more thing to add to the growing list of fake emergencies in the Trump era.” 😡

Edge of the Woods Native Plant Nursery

A timely blog post about removing invasive ivy:

Sierra Club

Virginia is working on a plan to cut pollution from power plants and invest in clean energy. The Department of Environmental Quality is accepting public comments on the plan through March 6.

Submit a comment to support a clean energy future for VA: https://sc.org/2GNsVV1


Americans Waste Tons of Perfectly Good Food Because They Don't Understand Expiration Dates

For dry or non-perishable goods, dates are often a marker of quality, and you’re not likely to do yourself any harm by keeping the food around longer. Perishable goods should be discarded when their “use by” dates have arrived. But no matter what the package says, if doesn’t smell or look quite right, label it trash and go shopping.

mentalfloss.com Confused over expiration dates on nutrition labels and when it's best to discard food? You're not alone. A Johns Hopkins survey found that people in doubt tend to throw it out.


Loudoun Supervisors Split Over Development Rights Marketplace Proposal

Loudoun is under a lot of pressure to add additional residential growth. Is there a way to measure the impact on the "quality" of living for it's residents in the entire County and realize that there has to be a limit and more is not always better...

loudounnow.com Loudoun supervisors last night agreed to study a program that would allow rural landowners to sell the rights to develop their land to people with property in suburban areas of the county, but not without debate. Supervisors Tony R. Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) and Geary M. Higgins (R-Catoctin) orig

Chesapeake Climate Action Network

Important reminder as our states work to expand fracked gas: most pipelines leak, spill, or explode. We need a just transition to a clean energy future right NOW!

Tony Buffington, Blue Ridge Supervisor for Loudoun

I oppose and will vote against this Planning Commission recommendation. We don’t need more data centers in the Transition Policy Area.


Potomac Conservancy

Silent emergency- pollution of our waters.

The Potomac River is three times saltier than it was 25 years ago - Here's why.

UN Environment - Caribbean Environment Programme

Project Learning Tree

Project Learning Tree is seeking EDUCATORS TO PILOT TEST NEW ACTIVITIES. Check it out The Official Loudoun County Public Schools Loudoun Education Association #environmentaleducation #teachingoutdoors #handsOnStem

PLT is updating its flagship curriculum, the PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide. We’re seeking educators to pilot test five new activities. Stipends are available, apply by March 8, 2019 at https://www.plt.org/news/plt-seeks-educators-to-pilot-test-new-activities/

Fox 5 DC

PANDA SNOWDAY: Bei Bei and Mei Xang celebrated the arrival of snow at the National Zoo! 🐼😍🐼😍

MORE: http://bit.ly/2Vcytwr
📹: Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Tony Buffington, Blue Ridge Supervisor for Loudoun

Sign up for the first ever Loudoun 1725 Gravel Grinder on June 9!

It’s a scenic 40, 60 or 80 mile bike ride down Loudoun’s historic gravel roads that starts and ends at the Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg.

This is your chance to ride down crushed rock roadways that meander through awe inspiring beauty, past stone walls, grand estates, horse farms, wineries, bubbling creeks, tiny hamlets, and significant historical sites!


Salamander Resort & Spa
Town of Middleburg
Visit Middleburg
Visit Loudoun
MTB LoCo - Mountain Bike


A new chemical process could turn a quarter of our plastic waste into clean fuel

technologyreview.com Grocery bags and other trash could be melted down to yield useful products like oil and gas.

Strong Towns

This important Gallup article perfectly identifies diagnoses why the American economy has gone stagnant. Too bad their only recommendation is....education.

Here's our take: people need to be able to start with nothing and build it to something—a near impossibility in our current development culture. Education alone won't get us there.

Outdoors Alliance for Kids

Let's go #Loudoun!

The National League of Cities has just joined OAK. We are pleased to announce our newest member and look forward to working collaboratively to expand equitable access to nature for kids and families in cities and towns across the U.S.

Learn more about NLC's great work supporting cities in connecting kids with nature.

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