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For members new and old, it sometimes helps to have an idea of where our community stands on the issues and what we have done in the past. This section of the website will be updated to give succinct overviews of university policy and goals, past EC efforts, and other relevant details. 
We don’t always win 100% but we do always make progress and that is most important. Rather than feeling bad about what we have lost, we should feel good about what we can accomplish.  But there is still so much to do…
 
In July of 2016, members of The Environmental Coalition attended the Power Shift in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Power Shift is an national even which consists of a weekend of workshops and intersectional action-planning. This event took place at Temple University and the action planned was a march on the Democratic National Convention, with a mission to hold the Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accountable to climate justice issues. 
 

 
 
That same weekend, other members of the Environmental Coalition attended a climate march in Richmond, Virginia. 
 

 
 
 
MVP Resistance Road Trip

In May of 2016, the Environmental Coalition at Virginia Tech initiated a group of approximately 25 students to travel and camp along the proposed route of the Mountain Valley Pipeline. It was a week jam packed with inspiring stories from affected community members along the route. The students were warmly welcomed by each community they came through. The trip inspired the students in more ways than they could even imagine. The resistance continues.

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People’s Climate March

September 21st, 2014

Environmental Coalition gathered over 50 students to travel up to New York for the People’s Climate March!!  Over 400,000 people ended up attending including Mark Ruffalo, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Kevin Bacon, Al Gore, and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon.  Virginia Student Environmental Coalition met up including colleges such as University of Mary-Washington, Virginia Commonwealth University, University of Virginia, Old Dominion University and other Virginia schools and marched together in solidarity.  This is one action that we would not miss and took pride in representing Virginia Tech at this march!  Check out our “Pictures” tab for some first hand photos taken by the Environmental Coalition!

The VT Climate Action

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Be inspired with these VT Environmental Campigns:

Divest Virginia Tech: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNuQ0gkGLc0

Stadium Woods (Conditionally) Saved!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePGWN4vglyw

Several news stories regarding the newly updated status of Stadium Woods can be found below.

WSLS

Washington Examiner

Roanoke Times

Environmental groups decry felling of ancient oak

BLACKSBURG, VA – August 13, 2012 – Virginia Tech officials escalated the Stadium Woods conflict when they felled one of the giant trees, number 131, on Aug. 9, further uniting environmental groups and thousands of people in the New River Valley and beyond who have opposed the destruction of the rare white oak old growth forest.

Stadium Woods To Be Featured on ‘Colbert Report’

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

In an effort to save the Stadium Woods, the Virginia Tech Environmental Coalition will be having one of the many 300-year-old white oaks named after comedian and television host Stephen Colbert…

Playful Plea For Stadium Woods Has A Note of Seriousness

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Many things have been named for American icon and comedy show host Stephen Colbert…

Blacksburg Cycle Chic!

Monday, 30 April 2012

A sustainability celebration of student activists that will be catered by Mikie’s 7th Restaurant and feature every day cyclists & average Joes! This will take place at the Graduate Life Center starting at 5 PM

Environmental Coalition Raises Earth Week Awareness

Thursday, 19 April 2012

The national push to engage in environmentally conscious activities has encouraged Americans to get involved…

Virginia Tech Stadium Woods Group To Name Tree After Stephen Colbert

Thursday, 26 April 2012

A group supporting the saving of an old growth section of forest at Virginia Tech, plans to try to enlist help from a well known late-night comedian…

Blacksburg Transit unveils ‘go green’ bus wrap

Thursday, September 23, 2010;

Blacksburg Transit took over the plaza neighboring Squires Student Center Thursday to unveil a new wrap for its line of hybrid buses…

 
 

Launch set for reusable bottles

Tuesday, September 14, 2010;

Virginia Tech housing and dining officials say the stainless steel reusable water bottles that students could purchase during last semester’s Earth Week could again be available in a few weeks…

 
 

Climate Action Commitment passes BOV

Wednesday, June 3, 2009;

With the passing of the Climate Action Commitment resolution by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors on Monday, Tech has incorporated 14 points into university policy regarding environmental concerns such as greenhouse gas emissions, energy efficiency, and recycling…

 
 

Group lobbys against Styrofoam containers

Wednesday, June 4, 2008;

At Virginia Tech, there is a call for more and more environmentally friendly practices and for more people to “go green.” We are constantly challenged to transform all our economic investments from a negative standpoint of commoditization toward a positive one, toward the environmentally benign…

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