BLACKSBURG, Va., Sept. 12, 2012 – Celebrate Sustainability 2012, a collaborative effort of Virginia Tech, the Town of Blacksburg, and Sustainable Blacksburg, will kick off Sept. 18, for three days of festivities highlighting accomplishments made since the three organizations first formed a "green partnership" in 2007.
“The Blacksburg community and Virginia Tech have strong commitments to sustainable living,” said Denny Cochrane, manager of the university’s sustainability program. “This year, we want to recognize and celebrate our accomplishments and look ahead to where the sustainability movement will take us in the future.”
In 2008, Sustainability Week received a Governor’s Environmental Excellence Award and was viewed as a model for Virginia communities with colleges and universities. More recently, the university was placed on the Princeton Review’s 2012 Green Rating Honor Roll.
Sustainability Week was created in 2007 to provide education and promote sustainability in practical and effective ways. The collaboration has benefited the town and campus communities by providing programs to educate about sustainability.
Holding true to tradition, the celebration will kick off on Sept. 18, at 1 p.m. with a tree planting near the entrance to Owens Food Court. Faculty, staff, student, and community volunteers will plant American elms and an oak, along with native birch and hawthorne trees donated by the forestry and horticulture departments. Tree plantings contribute to Virginia Tech's commitment to being a Tree Campus USA.
Other activities include an active commute celebration on the drillfield, electric vehicle presentations at the Blacksburg branch of the Montgomery Floyd Regional Library and The Lyric Theatre, and a sustainability celebration at the Blacksburg Farmer’s Market. Additionally, there will be tours of the solar photovoltaic project at the Perry Street Parking Garage, the LEED-gold-certified Institute for Critical Technology and Applied Sciences Research Building II, and the Smithfield garden.
A complete schedule of events is located on the Office of Energy and Sustainability website.
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 215 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 30,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $450 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.