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: Continue reading “2011 Sustainability Week”

‘Smart growth’ in Blacksburg

The following letter to the editor originally appeared in the Collegiate Times on Oct. 14, 2009:

What does “smart growth” mean, anyway?

In 2002, developer Bob Pack made plans for a 100,000-square-foot, two-building complex known as Kent Square. He envisioned office, retail and residential spaces in close proximity and sought $2 million in public funds for a 380-space parking garage for downtown shoppers and residents.

While some described the compact, mixed-use development as a prime example of “smart growth,” not everyone supported Pack’s vision for downtown Blacksburg. Opponents argued that the three-story structure would erode Blacksburg’s small town charm. With time the controversy subsided, and the two Kent Square buildings opened in 2004 and 2005, respectively. Continue reading “‘Smart growth’ in Blacksburg”

Make Blacksburg transportation a major priority

The following letter to the editor originally appeared in the Collegiate Times on Sept. 16, 2009:

Today, the Active Commute Celebration on the Drillfield marks the middle of Virginia Cycling and Pedestrian Awareness Week. Cyclists are learning about bike registration and safety, Blacksburg Transit riders are picking up copies of the latest schedule, and U Car Share members are finding out how to register and unlock a vehicle.

In an era with more students bringing their cars and trucks to campus and parking spaces moving farther from academic and residential buildings, we need to do all that we can to reduce traffic and ensure that everyone can find a way to campus and downtown Blacksburg. Not everyone can take a bus to work or ride a bike to school, but we must increase opportunities for those who can and do. Continue reading “Make Blacksburg transportation a major priority”