Today marks the kickoff of Blacksburg’s annual Sustainability Week. For the next three days, students will embark on various “green” efforts in and around campus.
For the technologically-inclined, a TED Talk as well as electric vehicle demonstrations are scheduled. Several electric and plug-in hybrid cars will also be on display at the Blacksburg Library from 6:00-8:30 this evening. On Thursday at noon, the Lyric Theatre will feature a TED panel discussion of local experts on the mass usage of electric cars in the future.
Students have also become accustomed to the ceremonial tradition of the campus tree planting.
Today at 1 p.m. in front of Owens, student-led groups will plant native Birch and Hawthorne trees donated by the Forestry and Horticulture Departments. The first 40 volunteers will receive a free Arbor Day t-shirt.
“There’s nothing I like more than planting a tree and a shirt that is free!” said Mike Demsko, a freshman in university studies.
On Thursday evening at the Smithfield Plantation, the volunteer student organization Sustainable Food Corps will host a tasty, hands-on workshop, starting at 4:30 p.m. The tour of the Smithfield Garden will show how it uses sustainable technology to produce crops donated to local food banks.
Students more interested in the community gathering aspect of Sustainability Week can mingle at The Farmer’s Market on Wednesday at 2 p.m. and enjoy the booths, clubs, and live music from the local band “Black Twig Pickers”.
As opposed to the more objective-specific themes of previous years, the aim of Celebrate Sustainability this year is to broadly observe the community’s collective efforts toward the environment and to celebrate accomplishments made so far.
The Town of Blacksburg and the independent non-profit Sustainable Blacksburg have collaborated to sponsor these events in order to both raise environmental awareness and contribute to nature.
“Once again, we’re honored to be participating partners in Blacksburg’s Sustainability Week,” said Blacksburg Mayor Ron Rordam. “Together, we will continue to emphasize the importance of sustainable lifestyles and the value of conserving our resources, while celebrating all that makes Blacksburg such a great place.”