2011 Sustainability Week

For the fifth consecutive year, the Town of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech, and Sustainable Blacksburg have partnered to sponsor Sustainability Week, Sept. 18-24.

There is much that the Town of Blacksburg can do to ensure that we are good stewards of our environment and use our resources in a way that meets not only our needs but also the needs of future generations, including:

  • Incorporating “smart growth” design principles—such as promoting compact, mixed-use development and conserving green and open spaces—in land-use decisions
  • Improving access to public and alternative transportation
  • Building on the success of the downtown recycling pilot program
  • Making good on Blacksburg’s Cool Cities status under the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement
  • Leading by example with low-impact, energy-efficient building practices
  • Supporting the local foods movement through the Blacksburg Farmers Market and community-supported agriculture (CSA) programs
  • Restoring Stroubles Creek and preserving the Tom’s Creek Basin
  • Empowering citizens to make environmentally conscious decisions and leveraging the talents, creativity, and initiative of young people

Michael would like to hear your suggestions for a creating a more sustainable Blacksburg. Share your ideas in the comment box below, on his Facebook page, or in a message to the campaign.

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