Clean Valley CouncilPublic Group active 6 months ago
The Clean Valley Council is a non-profit organization that has served the Roanoke Valley for more than 30 years. CVC provides educational programming and citizen participation events to spread the word about litter prevention, recycling, wastestream reduction, stormwater pollution prevention and protecting our natural resources. We are the go to resource for local recycling information. CVC provides educational resources and programming for the school systems, the public and the municipalities in the cities of Roanoke and Salem, the counties of Botetourt and Roanoke and the town of Vinton. We host and sponsor several valley-wide litter cleanup events and e-waste collections each year.
Our mandate is based on the Commonwealth’s policy “to protect its atmosphere, lands and waters from pollution, impairment or destruction for the benefit, enjoyment and general welfare of the people of the Commonwealth.”
An open house to kick off a water quality cleanup plan
for impaired streams in the upper Roanoke River watershed will be
held June 11 from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Roanoke Civic Center Community
Hall at 710 Williamson Road, Roanoke, VA 24016. The open house will
feature informational booths hosted by local water quality education
and advocacy organizations as well as state and local government
entities. A series of speakers will cover topics ranging from
stormwater to water quality improvement success stories.
The open house marks the first in a series of public meetings to
develop a quality improvement plan for Roanoke River and its
tributaries including Ore Branch, Back Creek, Mason Creek, Mudlick
Creek, Murray Run, Peters Creek, Tinker Creek, Carvin Creek, Glade
Creek, Laymantown Creek and Lick Run.
The current state of these streams violates the Commonwealth’s
quality standards. Excessive bacteria could lead to increased risk of
illness for people who come in contact with the waters. Bacteria
sources identified include failing septic systems, direct discharges
of human waste, pet waste, agricultural practices in the area, and
wildlife. Unhealthy aquatic life communities are the result of
excessive sediment in the streams that are caused by runoff from
paved surfaces and eroding stream banks.
At the open house, working groups, which will include various
representatives from local and state level stakeholders, will be
formed to review data and assist in plan development. The public will
have the opportunity to provide input, ask questions about the
process, and find opportunities to get involved.
For more information, contact Mary Dail with the Virginia Department
of Environmental Quality at (540) 562-6715 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Project documents may be viewed on DEQ’s
website at the following link: http://goo.gl/Wj8ha
Virginia Tech’s visitor center earns LEED certification for sustainability
34th Annual Clean Valley Day!
April 13, 2013
8:30am Kick off at Vic Thomas Park
9:00am -12:00pm Clean up – your location of choice
Clean Valley Council (CVC) welcomes individuals and groups to volunteer for our annual spring cleanup. Last year, we had 70 teams composed of 1400 volunteers that collected 34 tons of trash and 430 tires. Our volunteers came from the Cities of Roanoke and Salem, the Town of Vinton and the Counties of Roanoke and Botetourt.
This is a valley-wide clean up promotes respect and dedication to the beautiful community we share. It is a great opportunity for team-building for corporations and organizations. So, let’s get going! Pick your spot, a park, playground, roadside or a stream bank or your very own neighborhood that have an accumulation of unsightly litter just waiting for you. Please help to keep our valley beautiful and its waterways clean. All volunteers are provided with trash bags and gloves.
City of Roanoke Makes Grant Funds Available for Environmental Cleanup of Properties
August 27, 2012
Roanoke, VA – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recently extended the city’s Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) grant to September 2013. RLF funds are used for the environmental cleanup of properties, including lead and asbestos abatement. The grant still has more than $1 million available for low to no-interest loans to for-profit entities and up to $200,000 in grant funds to non-profit organizations. The former Virginian Railway Station on Jefferson Street is an example of a recent RLF project.
More than $475,000 in assessment grants is also still available for property owners and prospective buyers through the city’s brownfields program. These funds can be used for Phase I and II environmental site assessments, and other studies. The city has three environmental firms under contract to provide these services as expeditiously as the private sector. City staff handles administration of the grants and coordinates services for applicants. Recent assessments have been completed at 1210 Patterson Ave., 305 1st St., and 131 Campbell Ave.
Properties anywhere in the city may be eligible. All property owners and prospective buyers are encouraged to call Frederick Gusler, Senior City Planner with the Department of Planning, Building and Development, at 853-1104, or email him at email@example.com. For more information about the city’s brownfields program, visit http://www.roanokeva.gov/brownfields.
Fall Waterways Cleanup 2012
When: Saturday, October 6, 2012
Where: Throughout the Roanoke Valley and Botetourt County
Time: Cleanup – 8:30am to 11:30am
Picnic Celebration 11:30 – 1:30pm
On Saturday, October 6, 2012, volunteer teams from all over the Roanoke Valley will join forces to remove trash from our streams, creeks and rivers and their vicinities. Clean your favorite spot along a stream, tributary or river (or get to know a new one).In 2010, nearly 780 volunteers collected 31 tons of trash and 355 tires! Volunteers found hoards of bottles, cans, cigarette butts and plastic as well as many other items such as an animal skull, bikes, a desoto hubcap, bait cans, diapers, a full furniture suite, toys, tires and more.
An after cleanup celebration will be held at Wasena Park. Our sponsors will be supplying food and drink, and entertainment.
Please join in by registering your team today. This is a ”surf and turf” event so you may choose “land or sea”. We don’t want small fries on the rivers but they can help in a park or by a small stream. Supplies are provided. Register online or download a registration form and mail or fax in to the CVC. To register or for more information, visit http://www.cleanvalley.org or call (540) 354-5523
Thanks in advance for being a team player. We count on our volunteers to help keep our waterways clean!
Webinar: Transforming Schools with PLT GreenSchools! Waste Investigation
May 23, 2012, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Eastern
Kelley Dennings, Director of Recycling Programs and Services with Keep America Beautiful, will discuss how to set up a school recycling program and how your school can become involved in the Recycle-Bowl competition, a free competition and benchmarking tool for K-12 school recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities. Learn about how school recycling programs across the nation compete in a race to collect the most recyclables.
Students and teachers from St. Columba School in Durango, CO, will share their newest endeavor in reducing school waste through a solar vermicomposting bin. Students have taken the lead in feeding worms from the school cafeteria and are studying the science behind vermicomposting as well as the bin’s impact on reducing school waste. You’ll also hear about their experience conducting PLT’s GreenSchools Waste Investigation, integrating the investigation in to the curriculum, and how they are using the results to further their school’s waste reduction.
The Presenters are:
Kelley Dennings, Keep American Beautiful
Kelley Dennings has been working in the recycling industry for around 15 years. After graduating from NC State, she worked in NC as a Recycling and Keep America Beautiful Coordinator for 7 years. She implemented a school recycling program and an electronics recycling program. She then worked for the state’s recycling office for 5 years where she conducted various social marketing projects for the RE3.org campaign and the state’s plastic bottle ban. In 2010, she received her project management certification and joined the Keep America Beautiful organization in their Washington DC recycling office. Her role with Keep America Beautiful includes overseeing projects regarding school recycling, recycling on the go, rural recycling and social marketing.
St. Columba School Students and Teachers
Lu Boren, middle school teacher at St. Columba School in Durango, CO will lead her team of students on the webinar. Lu teaches earth science, chemistry, physics, life science and other subjects to students in grades 6, 7, and 8. She uses environmental topics and PLT activities to engage her students in their learning and has energized the entire school community in new approaches to learning. Through her efforts, St. Columba became a PLT GreenSchool in 2011 and students and faculty throughout the school are involved in investigating and improving their school’s environmental footprint.
For more information and to register, visit http://www.plt.org./webinar–transforming-schools-with-plt-greenschools–waste-investigation
Urban Tree Canopy Increases, Providing Many Community Benefits
April 26, 2012
ROANOKE, VA – Recently released data indicates that the city’s Urban Tree Canopy has increased from 32 percent to 48 percent since 1997. This data was reported in a comprehensive study completed by the Virginia Department of Forestry, University of Vermont, Virginia Tech, and the Roanoke Valley Alleghany Regional Commission. Trees provide many benefits to the Roanoke community, including:
•Removing 304 tons of air pollutants each year, for a total annual value of $2,270,000
•Providing an annual energy benefit of $511,000
•Increasing property values by $913,127 from street trees
•Providing an annunal stormwater benefit of $1,022,236 from street trees
•Providing a benefit-cost ratio of street trees of 6.61 to 1
In addition, the National Arbor Day Foundation reports that “it has been conservatively estimated that over $1.5 billion per year is generated in tax revenue for communities in the U.S. due to the value of privately owned trees on residential property.” Roanoke’s comprehensive plan, Vision 2001-2020, states that “maintaining and increasing the city’s tree canopy will have a beneficial impact on air quality, stormwater control, noise levels, temperature and visual appearance.” Dan Henry, Roanoke Urban Forester, says “tree canopy plays an important role in Roanoke’s popular and growing greenway and outdoor tourism movement.”
For more information, contact Urban Forester Dan Henry at (540) 853-1994.
Build Your Own Rain Barrel Workshop
March 31, 2012 (12:30pm- 4:30pm)
Learn how to build your own rain barrel! After this workshop, you’ll also have the knowledge to host your own rain barrel workshop. The registration fee is $67 per rain barrel. It will be held at the Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs at 3640 Colonial Ave, Roanoke, VA 24018.
To register call: (434) 395-2602 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hosted by Roanoke Council of Garden Clubs, Clean Virginia Waterways, & Chesapeake Bay Restoration
Sustainable Living Workshop
Date: April 20, 2012
Time: 8:30am- 3:00pm
Location: Virginia Western Community College Greenfield Education & Training Center, Daleville.
The workshop will bring together community leaders, educators, stakeholders, and citizens in the greater Roanoke Valley and the New River Valley regions of southwest Virginia to interactively discuss diverse perspectives and case studies related to sustainable living. The Honorable Senator John Edwards is the luncheon speaker. The workshop is hosted by the Cabell Brand Center for Global Poverty and Resource Sustainability Studies and co-sponsored by several regional organizations, including the Clean Valley Council.
Workshop agenda and registration information are posted on the website: http://www.cabellbrandcenter.org
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