Friday, February 11, 2011

A Dry Winter,SE

Just a quick note to let you know we're having a bit of a dry winter and by the looks of this data, we're in a moderate drought.  I must say I'm a bit concerned for what's in store this summer if we're already this dry. 

Thursday, December 30, 2010

City of Roanoke Green Academy

Citizens for Clean and Green are pleased to present the City of Roanoke Green Academy. If you are a resident of the City of Roanoke and are interested in reducing your energy costs and learning about green building, then this series of evening classes is for you. Regional experts will share their knowledge on everything from energy conservation and weatherization to renewable energy and water conservation.

Sessions begin Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011, at Fishburn Park Elementary School and continue on Thursday evenings – Jan. 20, Jan. 27, and Feb. 3 – for a total of four weeks. Classes will start at 5:30 p.m. with a light dinner; each program will run from 6 to 8 p.m. A graduation event will be held Feb. 11. (Location TBD.)

An online application is available here: Or you may download the informational brochure and application form and return it by mail.

For more information, please contact Director of General Services and Sustainability Ken Cronin at (540) 853-1805.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Greening the Holidays

Like you, I am interested in finding ways to make life
a bit easier and to cut costs when i can.
Here are some websites that I find invaluable at
doing both:

When it comes to the holidays, who couldn't use a little help keeping costs down while learning to tread lightly on the Earth?

here are what some folks have suggested:

~Use LED lights and use less strands of lights to help with the electric bill.

~if someone on your gift lift doesn't need anything, give to a charity of her/his choice in her/his name.

~when it comes to meals, buy local, go vegetarian or vegan, if you so choose and take a walk after your big meal

~Use nontoxic cleaners as you

~serve an Organic bubbly for new year's eve

~focus on your own Personal development instead of focusing on -new year's resolutions.  Work on yourself a little bit at a time~~cut down on clutter, volunteer your time or money, improve your recycling habits,  speak out for those who can't or won't

~before putting your decorations away, Swap or donate unwanted items

~ wrap presents using maps, sewing patterns, towels, material, bandannas, brown paper, the Sunday Comics.  cut magazines into strips to use as filler in gift bags or the bottom of gift baskets

~purchase your Holiday tree from a local tree farm or buy a small tree in a pot and reuse each year,

~I'm fond of buying online and taking advantage of free shipping whenever possible.  What are your thoughts?  Is Online shopping vs. shopping big box stores or local stores better or worse for the environment?

Below are the links where you will find these ideas and more to help you enjoy the holiday season: 

Sunday, October 17, 2010

October 2010 Meeting

Hey everyone!
I hope you are doing well.  :-)

Our next meeting is this Tuesday, October 19th, 7 PM- 8 PM.

We will be meeting at Cups Coffee & Tea on Grandin Rd. @ Westover in the Rockfish Grill building.  
The address is 1402 Grandin Rd.
Roanoke, VA 24015

Our topic will be greening the holidays: Tips, tricks, and ways to green the holidays, 'do' instead of 'buy', all to keep costs down and, of course, go easy on Mother Earth.

Below are some links to websites you might find useful.

See you then!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

September Meeting 2010

We will be discussing Car Sharing on September 21st, 2010, 7 PM, at the Mill Mountain Coffee & Tea in Salem.

Jeremy Holmes, Director of Ride Solutions will be on hand to discuss Car Sharing in the Big Lick area in the not too distant future.

~~~Jeremy will not be able to attend tonight.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Sailing Into the Future

Several times this week I've been pryvy to the affects the current economy is having on people.

Some folks are looking down-trodden, frustrated, bits of anger flaring;  Others are flourishing, 

happy, eager to help others. 

New stores have opened in the area while some big companies are announcing that

they'll be closing some of their brick and mortar locations.

The pendulum is swinging back the other way in the real estate market,

however, those in the know are saying a couple of more years til we

get back to normal. 

I don't know about you, but I don't have the patience to wait and certainly not for a couple of years.

This summer I have taken matters into my own hands, have set sail, and am eager to share with

you where I'm headed and how I'm getting there.


Until next time, as my friend Nikki says, Live, love, laugh, share, and pay it forward!