#5 Plastics Get a New Life

We are excited to share the work some Industrial Design students from Virginia Tech on products made from recycled #5 plastic. Ryan Conklin, collected a big load of the #5 plastic we collected at our recycling event last week for his project. He will be shredding melting, molding and machining …

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Ric Brown Solar Video

Alternative Energy Videos

As part of the Blue Ridge Virtual Eco Fair we featured presentations from experts in the field of alternative, clean energy. We are now happy to make these videos available for everyone. The provide information and views on wind energy, solar energy, and electric cars. Understanding Solar Ricardo Brown presents …

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Tulip Tree Grove in Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

A New Look at Virginia’s Old Trees

It is told that, in the forests of post-revolutionary Virginia, the widely-spaced mature trees stood so tall and created so much shade that a gentleman could ride horseback from Richmond to Bristol and never take his hat off to brush and low branches. A squirrel could cover the same distance without touching the ground.

Rural Virginia Renewable Energy Fest Sparks Curiosity, Not Controversy

Article by Mason Adams In a community where renewables have provoked backlash, expo offered a showcase for clean energy entrepreneurs, advocates.Renewable energy is still a controversial topic in Floyd County, Virginia, but solar-baked chocolate chip cookies? Not so much. Children huddled around Alex Haney, a project manager for Affordable Energy …

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In Search of Balance Film

In Search of Balance: a Review

By Fred First Imagine three circles that take in all of our life’s important domains: the circle of human physical and spiritual well-being; the circle of global health and sustainability; and the circle of mankind’s economic engines that turn nature into commerce and profit. They are inextricably interconnected, and yet …

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Market Breakfast Summer 2016

Market Breakfast Summer 2016

The Market Breakfast is becoming a summer tradition anticipated by market regulars, locals and out-of-town visitors who discover to their delight that they can have buckwheat pancakes and all the fixin’s a few steps away from the market. Settling into the shade of the massive maple at the edge of …

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Voluntours March 2016

Students Serve and Learn in Floyd

For four years – 2012 through 2016 – SustainFloyd hosted twenty-something twenty-something year olds from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia. It was a life-changing experience for many of them – a first time experience of cooking their own meals, stoking the wood stove that would keep them warm, gathering eggs, …

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