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Unity: International Festival To Mesh With Moving Planet Event

Friday, September 23, 2011

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Unity: International Festival To Mesh With Moving Planet Event

One is a Harrisonburg tradition over a decade old. The other is a grassroots movement in its inaugural year. This Saturday two very different events will be taking place in Harrisonburg. But both events share a common goal; bringing members of the community together in a display of unity. The International Festival, an event that […]

State Agencies Weighing Benefits Of Burning Poultry Litter To Generate Electricity

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


State Agencies Weighing Benefits Of Burning Poultry Litter To Generate Electricity

The practice of using poultry litter as fertilizer in the Valley has become the subject of increasing environmental scrutiny. Is burning chicken litter to make energy a good solution to our energy and waste problems?

A Year Later, The Prospect of Fracking Remains

Monday, March 21, 2011


A Year Later, The Prospect of Fracking Remains

Turn west off of VA 259 onto Bergton Road and you drive into the far northwestern corner of Rockingham County. The narrow paved road winds you into a land of sheep pastures and chicken houses, hunting cabins and homes, rolling hills and wooded ridges that rise into the mountain that creates a skyline marking the border with West Virginia. Whether that skyline will someday feature a natural gas derrick is a question that remains unanswered.

City Council Approves 100% Solar Exemption and Northend Greenway

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


City Council Approves 100% Solar Exemption and Northend Greenway

Dull? Not last night’s Harrisonburg City Council meeting. Thirty people turned out and stayed two hours to support various initiatives, including an exemption from a solar tax, and the addition of the Northend Greenway to the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan. In addressing the issue of tax exemptions for certified solar energy equipment, Harrisonburg City […]

City Council To Consider Solar Panel Tax Exemption

Saturday, March 5, 2011


City Council To Consider Solar Panel Tax Exemption

UPDATE: The issue of a solar panel tax exemption in Harrisonburg arose because EMU requested an exemption, and City Council is trying to find a way to manage that request while simultaneously preventing a tax on residential solar additions. — In an email to a local environmental list-serve, Harrisonburg attorney and solar advocate Tom Domonoske […]

EPA Bay Funding Down The Drain?

Friday, February 25, 2011


EPA Bay Funding Down The Drain?

Rep. Bob Goodlatte successfully added an amendment to a House budget package that strips the EPA of federal funds designated to implement their Chesapeake Bay restoration plan. The EPA’s Bay restoration program involves a “pollution diet” for six states in the watershed, including Virginia, and funding to help states meet the mandates.

Smith Creek Restoration Continues

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


Smith Creek Restoration Continues

Smith Creek, the North Fork tributary stream that runs through part of eastern Rockingham county, has been the focus of restoration efforts by several organizations working to reduce pollution in the waterway since summer 2010. Clean-up has been a joint effort between many organizations, including USFS, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and JMU, among several others. […]

EMU Launches Solar Energy System

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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Eastern Mennonite University officially dedicated their new solar energy system consisting of more than 300 solar panels Monday.

Forest Service Hears Hydrofracking Concerns

Wednesday, October 6, 2010


The U.S. Forest Service held a public meeting Tuesday in Verona to discuss possible revisions to their land management plan in George Washington National Forest over the next 15 years. The USFS is in the process of determining where companies may drill for natural gas using the controversial hydrofracturing, or hydrofracking method.

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