[email protected] Family Festival

EarthDay@Loudoun 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.

Casey Trees

Salisbury Post brings it down to the basics - what is an urban canopy and why you should care


For the first time ever, America's renewable energy is set to surpass coal




Why 'plant blindness' matters — and what you can do about it

Elisabeth Schussler and James Wandersee, a pair of US botanists and biology educators, coined a term for it in 1998: “plant blindness”. They described it as “the inability to see or notice the plants in one’s own environment”.

bbc.com A phenomenon called "plant blindness" means we tend to underappreciate the flora around us. That can have disastrous consequences not only for the environment, but human health.


I’m Done Mowing My Lawn

“Attainable Sustainable: A Modern Guide to Traditional Living.” “The hardest part is overcoming the idea that I have to have this lawn.”

nytimes.com A manicured swath of grass may be the ultimate symbol of suburbia, but perhaps it shouldn’t be.


New York City Passes Law Requiring Green Roofs on New Buildings

This is being #futureready How about #Loudoun?

dwell.com The city's new green building legislation will result in the equivalent of taking more than one million cars off the road by 2030.

Non Toxic Communities

No one would have been surprised, of course, to discover pollution’s effects were long-lasting; they wouldn’t have been looking if they hadn’t had an inkling that might be the case. What shocked these careful men was the scale, the sheer force, of the impact.

Extinction Rebellion Ontario

Piedmont Environmental Council

SECOND PUBLIC HEARING THIS SATURDAY, APRIL 27 AT 9AM IN ASHBURN. It will be held at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building.

"What the Planning Commission submitted is not such a plan. In fact it does you and our citizens a disservice and is anything but comprehensive,” Middleburg Mayor Bridge Littleton said. “It puts our future at risk fiscally and structurally and lacks a sustainable plan grounded in defensible data.”

If you can't make it to the second hearing, please submit comments to the Board. More info: https://secure.everyaction.com/yChPedI5B0KeIkCrepzx5A2


Why Companies Are Making the Case for Conservation

Nature provides society with countless resources, including the capacity to work smarter. For example, green infrastructure projects like bioswales, permeable pavements, and green roofs absorb and filter runoff after a storm like traditional gray infrastructure options, but at a lower cost—both financially and environmentally. Having recognized nature’s potential, both the public and private sector are embracing nature-based solutions (NBS) to further their social, environmental and business goals. #Loudoun

nature.org Nature provides society with countless resources, including the capacity to work smarter with nature-based solutions.

Any Loudoun schools participating?

What an amazing day yesterday celebrating with two Fairfax County public schools, Lanier Middle School and Centreville Elementary School, the first Eco-Schools in the USA to receive permanent Green Flag status. Both schools have been a part of our program since 2010, and it was a wonderful way to continue our #EcoSchoolsUSA10 anniversary celebration! FCPSGet2Green Fairfax County Public Schools

Non Toxic Communities

Messing with the base of the food chain, say environmental researchers, could have profound ecological effects.


Government Cable Channel & Webcast  | Loudoun County, VA - Official Website

Watch LIVE NOW #Loudoun residents sharing their concerns about the possible excessive residential growth of Loudoun County... Loudoun County Government https://www.loudoun.gov/392/Cable-Channel-Webcast

loudoun.gov Information about the government cable channel and webcasts for Board of Supervisors meetings

Casey Trees

“We need to undo the conception that natural areas are inherently self-sustaining,” Natural Areas Conservancy said. “We need to start thinking of [them] as one more type of urban parkland, and we’d never say: ‘We built that playground; we don’t need to check and make sure the equipment is in good working order.’” Mother Jones

Kelly Burk, Leesburg

Last night the #Leesburg Town Council voted to stop using herbicides on the banks of the town creeks. We are going to try other alternatives, one being Goats. Reston, DC and other states use goats to eat all the weeds. This should be interesting!


How many trees does it take to produce oxygen for one person?

A human breathes about 9.5 tonnes of air in a year, but oxygen only makes up about 23 percent of that air, by mass, and we only extract a little over a third of the oxygen from each breath. That works out to a total of about 740kg of oxygen per year. Which is, very roughly, seven or eight trees’ worth. #SavingHumanFromExtinction #LessSufferingFromNaturalDisasters #HumanInducedGlobalWarming

sciencefocus.com Deep breath, you're in for a big surprise when you find out how many trees we need to provide oxygen for our lungs.

I f**king love science


This is so accurate it actually hurts a little. Happy Earth Day.

All for free...

Happy Earth Day!

Loudoun County Public Library

Happy Earth Day! 🌎 Did you know you can get free admission to Virginia State Parks when you borrow a Nature Backpack from the library? Inside is a park pass (plus cool tools for exploring nature) that you can use for one week. Visit bit.ly/2IZtPQB to reserve a backpack and pick it up at your nearest branch.

Supervisor Ron Meyer

Happy Earth Day! I am proud to be advancing major park initiatives — including leading the effort to add the Broad Run Stream Valley Park into our capital budget for the coming years. From the Potomac River to Hanson Memorial Regional Park, the trail park will be on both sides of the Run. The Board is also advancing a similar project along the Goose Creek (which will create a big circle!). Additionally, we are starting multiple parks along this route that will give Eastern Loudoun much-needed access to nature and green space.


Loudoun libraries waive over $15,000 in overdue fees for food

What a great IDEA! Loudoun County Public Library

wtop.com Part of “Food for Fines” amnesty program

Food Growing People

If health is your priority!?

This looks so good.

Non Toxic Communities

Let's clean up and create health forests in Loudoun.

A landscape populated by nonnative plants is, for wildlife, the equivalent of a desert. Worse, many alien plants are also highly invasive, choking out native plants and sending out their own seeds, some of which will settle and grow in wild places miles away from suburbia.


Mother Nature Says Eat Your Veggies! 🌎 Celebrate #EarthDay with $5 VegeFi and Beyond Burgers on April 22nd! PLUS - receive a packet of Heinz Tomato Seeds to grow at home. 🍅🌱 #GrowItForward

*Limited Tomato Seed supply available. Offer valid 4/22/2019 only at participating BurgerFi locations. Cannot be combined with any other offer or special. No Substitutions. In-store orders only; offer not valid on app, online, phone or delivery orders.*

Earth Day 1970 - 2019: No Time To Waste

Reduce waste...

The first Earth Day was in 1970. What's one of the biggest changes our planet has seen since then? Earth's population has grown by 4 billion people! While ou...


The most effective ways to curb climate change might surprise you

#EarthDayReminder2019 To reduce our impact on the climate and avert disaster, it’s going to take more than switching to high-efficiency light bulbs. But the most effective ways that individuals, policymakers and businesses can reduce our carbon footprint might surprise you.

cnn.com We need unprecedented action to stop climate change. Take CNN's quiz to see how much you know about the most effective solutions.


For some millennials, climate change clock ticks louder than biological one

“There is this sense that if you don’t have kids soon, you could be putting them in a harder position,” Lundahl said. “But if you do have them, that will not be easy either, with the storms, the intense droughts, the precariousness of the times. It’s like you are playing with two ticking time bombs — yours and the planet’s.”

nbcnews.com “I had this internal struggle: ‘Do I really want to bring a child into this world?’” a Seattle 29-year-old said.


How AI could save the environment

"When we start to move away from the hype and realize the real, tangible value that these techniques can provide by being applied to business problems or environmental problems, then we can start to see the real benefits," Brethenoux said. "Expectations and the practical implementation of those techniques is critical."

techrepublic.com Artificial intelligence techniques are now used to monitor endangered species, track diseases, and optimize crops. But there's much more work to be done.


USA's infamous 'Tornado Alley' may be shifting east

Changing climate, changing patterns...

usatoday.com Over the past four decades, researchers found that tornadoes have increased over a large swath of the Midwest and Southeast.

Mother Nature Network

Being part of the solution..

Very cool. More than 250 golf courses have already signed up to plant milkweed and other pollinator flowers 🦋🦋🦋


Plug in to our MVP list of EV cars for 2019.

Virginia Energy Sense

Jack shares valuable energy saving tips for Earth Day. He wants to let Virginians know that pulling the plug on unused appliances can help save energy.

Grow Native

Exactly what #Virginia #Loudoun should seriously consider doing.

The Callery pear "buy-back" program on April 26, organized by Grow Native!'s Missouri Invasive Plant Task Force, Forest ReLeaf, and Forrest Keeling Nursery, is discussed in this Callery pear article from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

[04/18/19]   Fact check can be complex. #Conservation will be critical to keep #Loudoun's open space protected from excessive development for economical and environmental #sustainability.


New Wind and Solar Power Is Cheaper Than Existing Coal in Much of the U.S., Analysis Finds

How about that!

insideclimatenews.org Coal-fired power plants in the Southeast and Ohio Valley stand out. In all, 74% of coal plants cost more to run than building new wind or solar, analysts found.

Loudoun Now

Awesome! One town at a time!

Should the town go organic? Some residents think so.


Nissan LEAF Wins 2019 Connected Green Car of the Year and Chevrolet 2019 Green Car Technology of the Year at the Washington Auto Show

Connected Green Car of the Year™ is awarded to the model that most significantly raises the bar in environmental performance while also connecting vehicles to our lives, other vehicles, and in some cases transportation infrastructure. The LEAF has continued to evolve in its second generation with Nissan's suite of ProPILOT connected technologies and the new LEAF PLUS that delivers 226 miles of electric driving.

prnewswire.com WASHINGTON, April 4, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The Nissan LEAF was named Green Car Journal's 2019 Connected Green Car of the Year™ today during a Green Car Awards™...

Non Toxic Communities

Great article describing how the author and a small group of citizens got gas leaf blowers banned in the nation's capitol.

Sky Meadows State Park

CANCELED On Saturday, April 20, 2019 Meteors, Moons and Movie, sponsored by the Friends of Sky Meadows (FOSK), provides a relaxing opportunity to learn the importance of dark sky conservation, have a chance to see a meteor, enjoy a near full moon and more. Activities are scheduled 8:30 p.m. - 11:45 p.m. Call the park office for more information (540) 592-3556 or visit http://ow.ly/T2mp50q05oN $25/car, stay all night and enjoy the following activities:
8:30: Saving the Dark: This one-hour film, provided by the American Conservation Film Festival.
9:30: Light Pollution's Effects on Wildlife: A discussion about the impacts of light pollution.
10:30: Lyrid Meteor Shower :Listen as an astronomer describes the Lyrid phenomenon and how to capture them on film.
11:00: Imaging the Night: Learn tips from an astronomer on capturing celestial objects on your device.
Throughout the night, play light-up field games and watch as radio signals are bounced off meteors with the Vienna Wireless Society.
To register, visit: http://ow.ly/xvP350q05s3. Proceeds benefit the FOSK.

Loudoun Residents for Reasonable Growth

The assumptions underpinning the draft from the Planning Commission just don't stand up.


March for Science

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

In honor of Leave No Trash, please watch this inspirational video from the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics #LeaveNoTrash
Let's all do our part for Nature!

Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy

Timely and critical information for #Loudoun residents. #timesensitive

Here's why it's so important to use Green Infrastructure planning to support a growing population. Grab a snack and watch this great video from the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, which beautifully explains what Green Infrastructure is, how it benefits us, and why it should be part of every community's comprehensive plan.

Loudoun's current green infrastructure policies have been cut from the proposed 2040 comprehensive plan. After you've watched the video, please use what you've learned to write an email to Loudoun's Board of Supervisors at [email protected], asking them to reinstate current Green Infrastructure policies back into the proposed draft comprehensive plan.


Solarize NOVA

Solarize NOVA Spring 2019
April 16th through June 14th
Free solar satellite assessment
Qualified, local solar installers
Discounted pricing for solar systems
Fixed pricing for EV Chargers
Information about incentives and financing

solarizenova.org Our clean energy future starts with your roof.

Environmental Working Group

Asbestos imports to the U.S. soared by nearly 2,000 percent last summer. In its Fall deregulatory agenda, the White House further indicated that Trump’s EPA, under acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler, has no plans to implement a ban of asbestos. Learn more here:

Bluewater Kitchen

Hi there everyone! I was curious if anyone needs or knows someone who needs a part time job! We are hiring contract catering staff to work with us. We are a hyper-local farm to table catering company serving Loudoun and the great DC area and we pay great! Please email or PM me for details! www.bwkitchen.com

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