[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.

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

"If you really want to address the climate problem, we're going to need our neighborhoods to be built in a different way," says Elkind. "We just simply cannot meet our near-term and certainly our long-term climate goals unless we address the land-use question." https://www.npr.org/2020/08/06/812199726/why-sprawl-could-be-the-next-big-climate-change-battle


Wild Bees Are Worth $1.5 Billion for Six U.S. Crops


smithsonianmag.com Study also finds that crop yields are often limited by a lack of pollinators


Judge rules against Virginia Uranium’s 'one last effort' to mine Virginia deposit

Protecting the environment that sustains us must be our priority. Support those that put up the fight for all of us.

dailyprogress.com The site in Chatham is the largest known uranium deposit in the country

Feed The Bees

1. Got a camera?
2. Got a backyard?
3. Like bumblebees?
4. Live in North America?
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Then you'll love what the good folks at iNaturalist.org have in store for us. It's the 2nd Annual Backyard #Bumblebee Count!


Recreate Responsibly

recreateresponsibly.org #RecreateResponsibly guidelines for responsible recreation during COVID-19 from the outdoor community.

Some good news!

BREAKING: Today, the House passed the Great American Outdoors Act in bipartisan fashion 310-107!!! One of the most significant pieces of conservation legislation enacted in nearly half a century, this will invest nearly $3 billion in conservation projects, outdoor recreation and maintenance of national parks and other public lands.

The Virginia Delegation came out strong for the bill! Democratic Represenatives Beyer, Connolly, Luria, McEachin, Spanberger, Scott and Wexton were joined by Republican Wittman in voting yes. Griffith (has Covid-19) and Riggleman didn't vote. Cline voted no.

The Senate recently passed the same legislation. Now it goes to the President who has expressed his support.

More info: https://roanoke.com/news/local/house-passes-sweeping-conservation-legislation-pushed-by-sen-mark-warner/article_245c5136-7965-5d36-a0d6-f32da28bfb98.html

Food Revolution Network

Our global food system is broken. In fact, the UN estimates we have fewer than 60 years of farmable soil left on Earth.⠀

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Banbury Cross Update - The Piedmont Environmental Council

As yet another example of how current County regulations fail to prevent the destruction of Loudoun's rural areas, a developer is planning to convert 570 acres of farmland and rolling hills just east of Middleburg into a large residential subdivision.

The Town of Middleburg is holding a public meeting on July 27 to hear what the community has to say. Please consider signing up to speak or writing to the Town Planning Commission (contact info is provided in the PEC link). If you can, please also share your concerns with your County supervisor. Their contact information is on the County website, at www.loudoun.gov/bos.

Your messages should be personal, but following are a few suggestions of points that can be made to our elected representatives:

- Please do what you can to prevent the continued destruction of Loudoun's valuable farmland, including the hundreds of acres threatened by the "Banbury Cross" subdivision application.

- Please ensure that developers conduct rigorous hydrological studies of the potential impacts on local water resources and ensure that those resources are adequately protected.

- Please ensure that developers conduct rigorous surveys of the cultural and historical values on rural properties and ensure they are protected.

As always, thanks for supporting your community's efforts to save rural Loudoun!


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


Canada’s Largest Agribusiness Bans Glyphosate Desiccation | The Detox Project

detoxproject.org Canada’s largest agribusiness, Richardson International, will no longer accept oat crops that have been pre-harvest sprayed with glyphosate

Virginia Cooperative Extension - Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

This large white oak at Arlington's Lubber Run is 100% dead. Last Fall, oak trees in our region began to decline and die, apparently quite suddenly. Several factors are likely contributing, but recent extreme storms combined with the extended drought were key. Read more about oak decline and steps we can take to protect the health of our trees: https://environment.arlingtonva.us/oak-decline/ and https://mgnv.org/2020/01/08/climate-change-weather-extremes-and-oak-decline/
Photo from Arlington Urban Forestry. Thanks to Arlington Forestry for the share!


Dominion cancels Atlantic Coast Pipeline, sells natural gas business

Dominion and Duke announced Sunday that they have canceled the project in the face of mounting regulatory uncertainty caused by a federal court ruling in Montana that overturned the nationwide federal water quality permit the project relied upon to cross rivers, creeks and other waterbodies.

richmond.com The Atlantic Coast Pipeline is dead, abandoned by Dominion Energy and its partner, Duke Energy, ending a 600-mile natural gas project that would have cost at least $8 billion to

Broadlands Naturally

During this unusual period in which neighbors are home, and many are working or participating in distance learning or meetings, the noise of GPLB can be highly disruptive,” according to task force.


The Plastic Free July challenge is here to help you rid your life of single-use plastic waste

As part of its core values, Plastic Free Foundation operates under the principle that "small changes add up to make a big difference" and puts an emphasis on "inclusiveness of people, ideas, visions and approaches."

cnn.com Unlike dance battles and dangerous dares, here's a "challenge" just about anyone can get behind.


DC Water Will Build A New Tunnel To Prevent Sewage Overflows Into Rock Creek | DCist

The initial installation cost of all this green infrastructure would be similar to building an “all grey” project, according to DC Water’s assessment. An “all green” project would cost $208 million to build, compared to $185 million for an “all grey” project.

But over the years, maintenance and operation costs of green infrastructure add up — crews have to regularly clean trash from rain gardens and clear debris from permeable pavement to keep them in working order. When you add in operation and maintenance for 30 years, the cost of an “all green” project for Rock Creek balloons to $407 million, compared to $211 million for an “all grey” project.

dcist.com Sewage overflows into Rock Creek 25 times a year.


Director of science at Kew: it's time to decolonise botanical collections

theconversation.com Scientists still report species as being 'discovered', even if they've been used by local populations for years.

Did you know?

Did you know that swimming is prohibited in the lakes and streams of Fairfax County parks? Like the lakefront parks and the parks along the Potomac River. Why? Well, safety. Sometimes trash gets washed in by rains. There are no lifeguards. And then there's this advisory: https://bit.ly/2yT4fW9

Because those plants are still being sold and people continue planting invasives, we have to spend tax dollars to somehow remove them to protect our forests - because we also like having forests. CATCH 22!

The goats are back to work!

100 goats are working hard to control invasive vegetation on a six-acre plot on Paul State Forest. The goats grazed half of the plot in about a week before moving on to the other half.

Read about a past case study with goats at Lesesne State Forest: http://myvaforest.org/2019/10/09/goodness-gracious-goats/


This school bus ‘tiny house on wheels’ conversion is SO NICE!!! 😍😳 (@going_boundless)


The many lifetimes of plastics

whoi.edu Infographics strive to give us a sense of how long plastic goods will last in the environment. But is this information reliable?


Diversity in the Great Outdoors: Is Everyone Welcome in America’s Parks and Public Lands?

"Why do we see differences across racial and ethnic groups for public land visitation?"

It comes down to affordability, childhood experiences, cultural factors, discrimination, and historical traumas. We can all play a part in making the outdoors and parks more inclusive, inviting, and fun for people from all backgrounds.

resourcesmag.org Memorial Day weekend is upon us and like many Americans, we’re looking forward to the unofficial launch of the summer holiday season. Our plans might include a visit to a national or state park—nearby Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, for example, or Assateague Island National Seashore in Ma...


Channel 16 Live Video Stream | Cable and Consumer Services

Purposeful, health and valuable step and Loudoun should not waste any time.

fairfaxcounty.gov Fairfax County, Virginia - Channel 16 Live Stream

Beaverdam Reservoir

Please help by sharing this message with your friends, neighbors and children. Swimming, bathing or wading in Beaverdam Reservoir is prohibited. The safety and well-being of our guests and the protection of a valuable drinking water source for Loudoun County are top priority. Also, domestic animals are not permitted in the water at the reservoir. #leavenotrace

Loudoun Habitat ReStore Leesburg

🚛The Loudoun ReStore is scheduling pickups. If you have working electric appliances that are 10 years or newer schedule a pickup with us today! ⬇



Maryland state parks see surge in visitors as gyms and most recreational facilities remain closed

Are you visiting parks too?! Aren't we lucky to have them. #conservation #publicparks

washingtonpost.com Numbers were up sharply in March and April compared with the same period last year.


Outdoors: Trails lead you to a legacy of people who cared

Excellent reminder...

timesunion.com “This is the way.” Trails tell us these words without speech. Maybe the first human...


Native Alternatives to Overused Foundation Plants, Part I

mgnv.org In walks around my neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia, I repeatedly see a limited palette of plants surrounding the foundations of homes and apartment buildings. The popular selections include euo…


Sale of Japanese Barberry outlawed in West Virginia come July 1

That’s an example of how to protect natural environment!

woay.com CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – The sale or distribution of Japanese barberry, Berberis thunbergii DC, will be illegal in West Virginia starting July 1, 2020. Duri

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