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Monday, January 08, 2007

The Green Scene Revisited

In November, we published a feature in the magazine, which I wrote, on sustainability efforts in the Richmond region. If you haven’t the foggiest idea of what “sustainability” means, it’s probably easiest to think of it like this: Waste not, want not. As a writer, I find it’s a sticky topic to cover because it touches on just about every human process. Think of everything you consume and produce in a given day, and then consider whether there’s a smarter, cheaper and cleaner way to make those things happen. Bingo, you’re now thinking about sustainability. Anyway, our story examined what people are doing around Richmond — in government, business and their personal lives — to conserve natural resources, save money and live healthier, notably when it comes to big-ticket issues like buildings and mass transit. When I worked on that story in October, I spoke with almost two dozen sources — far more than ended up in the article — and I learned a lot more than we had space to report. The story bypassed the global-warming debate and instead observed many of the pragmatic benefits of sustainable practices. If you’re the slightest bit intrigued or if you have a strong opinion in one direction or the other about global warming, you’ll have a chance to learn more and join the debate at the Richmond Town Hall meeting from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 16, at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 1000 Blanton Ave. (near the Carillon). The event will feature presentations from experts in climate change and green building, as well as a moderated discussion.


At Mon Jan 08, 04:40:00 PM EST, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Sierra Club-Falls of the James chapter and the Oregon Hill Home Improvement Council are sponsoring a bus trip to Washington D.C.'s National Building Museum on Saturday, January 27, 2007. The object is to tour the National Building Museum's green building exhibits and raise money for the trip sponsors.

The coach tour bus will leave at 8:30 am on Saturday, January 27 from OHHIC's headquarters, the Jacob House, at the corner of Pine and W.Cary streets. Donuts and coffee will be available at the Jacob House prior to boarding. It will park at the National Building Museum, which is in walking distance of the National Mall. There are two hour-long group tours scheduled at 11 and 11:30 with the museum for participants. Following the tours, participants will be free to tour more of the Museum, have lunch, and explore more of downtown D.C. The bus will leave at precisely 5 pm and return to the Jacob House in Richmond.

The fee for this excursion (which includes bus trip and museum's group tour fee) is $30 per person. The bus holds up to fifty passengers. Please reserve your seat now by contacting Scott Burger at


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