Mar 23

Spring Break is long gone and we are starting to get things into shape for Earth Week. During this weeks meeting, Kyle talked about finalizing our constitution, and showed us everything we need to know as an organization about the constitution before we vote on it. After that Austin gave us a very informative presentation about Geothermal energy.

Announcements:
Anyone still interested in helping to organize Earth Week, contact Erica Putman at Ericafp8@gmail.com
No Impact Hokie kick off event in Brush Mountain A in Squires at 8pm. Be there! Join the movement, or just see what everyone is doing by checking out the blog:
http://noimpacthokie.blogspot.com/


Updates from Residence Hall Federation forum:
  • All of AJ will be a LEED silver certified residential college by Fall 2012, mix of faculty, and students of all levels
  • The new $28 million dollar parking garage being built will have all Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting and have solar panels on top of the garage. These are four times more expensive, but safer and use much less energy
  • Grant for $700,000 from Fed government to improve bike trails
  • Grant from Federal Transit Administration for 2 hybrid articulating buses (2 connected, bend in the middle), and 7 more hybrid buses. Normal buses cost $285,000, hybrids cost $450,000. It will look somewhat like this, but with the Blacksburg Transit color scheme:




Think Green. Think Blue: Israel and Sustainability Event (March 31 at 7:00 in Brush Mountain):

This event will consist of a free sustainable meal and some arts and crafts. I need some help planning this event from the Environmental Coalition side, so if you are interested in helping out (only minimal help and planning needed, nothing too intense) please let me know ASAP! Thanks! ~Lauren Fialkow, lfialkow@vt.edu

“Coal: The Question of Energy Debat” will be taking place this Friday, March 26 at 7pm in Squires Colonial.  Students and experts will debate many issues surround coal.
Energy in the Commonwealth Panel Discussion will take place this Saturday, March 27 at 3pm in the GLC Auditorium.  Representatives from Dominion Power and the Sierra Club will be answering student questions about current policy, as well as the future surrounding Virginia’s energy.
Earth Hour 2010!!  will take place this Saturday, March 27 at 8pm on Henderson Lawn.  This is a world-wide event, where for one hour everyone is encouraged to turn off all electrical sources in their house, most specifically lighting.  Virginia Tech Electric will monitor our electricity usage during this hour to see the impact our community can have.  For more information visit:
http://www.EarthHour.com

Finally… EARTH WEEK IS ALMOST UPON US!  Here is a preliminary schedule, a full website outlining all of the events will be put up as soon as possible.

Earth Week 2010
April 17th-23rd at Virginia Tech
Our mission: “Uniting the Virginia Tech and Blacksburg community with the purpose of promoting environmental awareness and celebrating our planet”

Saturday,     4/17:    Big Event and Town Events: Working with Virginia Tech’s day of service with an eco friendly flair! There will also be several events taking place in the town of Blacksburg.

Sunday,       4/18:    Sunday Funday with the Environmental Coalition: Afternoon outdoor activities, then reconvening at Top of the Stairs with live music

Monday,       4/19:   Conservation and Sustainable Living: Day long events on the Drillfield and in Commonwealth Ballroom with workshops, displays, and a speaker.

Tuesday,      4/20:   Political Action and Community Involvement: Evening workshops and a Climate Action Planning Roundtable with town and Virginia Tech faculty members

Wednesday, 4/21:   Sustainable Food Awareness: Encouraging local and organic dining options, including events at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market, workshops, and displays on the Drillfield

Thursday,     4/22:   Earth Day: A fair on the Drillfield with several sustainability related organizations, a rally for the anniversary of signing the Climate Action Plan, and a march around campus.  President Steger will be officially recognizing new LEED certified buildings.

Friday,         4/23:    Dump the Pump with Alternative Transportation:  Encouraging alternative transportation choices through a transportation showcase, workshops, and free bike tune ups!

For more information (WWW.THEECVT.ORG or EC@vt.edu) or contact the Earth Week coordinator at ericafp8@vt.edu

-Cameron
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