Earth Day…and Beyond!

April is a wonderful “green” month in a variety of ways. Spring is springing a little late this year, so April is the month of buds and blossoms, of starters and sprouts. We can see more people out in their gardens, jogging, walking, biking, and congregating in any number of places without roof and walls. It is a great time to bask in the greenness of the Valley.

April is also the month of Earth Day. Though it comes later in the month, Earth Day lends inspiration to events many weeks before and after the holiday itself. And this year is no exception.

Our HRGN Calendar has a satisfyingly full list of green events going on throughout April. Whether you want to learn more about fracking, get your hands dirty with the Blacks Run Cleanup, or learn about extreme weather, you have lots of options to go green this month. Check out our Calendar to learn about these and many other green events this month and every month.

As much fun as Earth Day is, sustainability is something that needs to be central in our lives every day. We as individuals can do a lot to make greener lifestyle choices–in our diets, in our transportation, in the products we buy, in the clothes we where, in the places we live…

On a larger level, cities can also make great strides to be more sustainable places. Cities around the nation are adding the position of Sustainability Coordinator to their staff, to help navigate a greener course in local government policies and initiatives. Roanoke is a local example.

Members of HRGN and other Harrisonburg residents are currently working to bring a Sustainability Coordinator to Harrisonburg. As Climate Action Alliance of the Valley (a HRGN member organization) shows, a Sustainability Coordinator would have a number of key tasks, such as developing a sustainability plan, coordinating and enhancing resource management and pollution control, and much more.

If Harrisonburg had a Sustainability Coordinator, that would mean someone whose job it was to think about making every day in Harrisonburg greener. Sure, not all days are about sprouts and blossoms, but every day can be more sustainable with effort, education, and focus. Thankfully, all of these are available…and a Sustainability Coordinator could help keep the City motivated by all of these…to help it be not only the Friendly City, but also a GREEN city.

Do you support hiring a Sustainability Coordinator for Harrisonburg? If so, contact City Council to let them know!

4 comments to Earth Day…and Beyond!

  • http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/a-night-of-exploration/videos/chasing-ice-trailer/
    Suggest helping local folks know that Chasing Ice will be on National Geographic Channel, April 19 at 8PM.

  • The City’s recent experience with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is instructive. It took years of advocacy at city council meetings, meetings with city staff, and countless hours of organizing citizens just to get to the point where progress could be made. Once the city identified a clear process for developing and updating the bicycle and pedestrian plan remarkable progress was made. Creating a designated sustainability coordinator will streamline this process for future projects and opportunities.

  • The City’s recent experience with the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan is instructive. It took years of advocacy at city council meetings, meetings with city staff, and countless hours of organizing citizens just to get to the point where progress could be made. Once the city identified a clear process for developing and updating the bicycle and pedestrian plan remarkable progress was made. Creating a designated sustainability coordinator will streamline this process for future projects and opportunities.

  • “If 100 people contact the City Council and ask for energy efficiency modifications to public buildings and a sustainability coordinator position to be put in the budget, then the Council will have a hard time not doing so. The next meeting is May 14 where the council will vote on the budget.