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Statewide environmental news roundup – October 2022 (Part I)

Amherst County joins other Virginia school systems deploying its first electric school buses. Currently, “Virginia is required to follow California EV standard, [and automobile] dealers … [are preparing] for [an] electric future.” “California ban on gas-powered vehicles [by 2035] highlights EV challenges, including affordability.”

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Statewide environmental news roundup – September 2022

The State Corporation Commission (SCC) recently approved Dominion’s offshore wind project, with the caveat that Dominion needs to achieve the projected capacity of 42% of the “stated 2,600 megawatts of output.” There have been a number of articles and opinions about the fact that the SCC’s approval was a foregone conclusion because of the authorizing legislation, about the costs and risks to ratepayers, about data that has remained hidden, and about the benefits the project will bring.

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Community Perspective: Being Old

Looking in the mirror, he should have been a young, slim, handsome man. Optimistic about the future and looking forward to another year. Wanting to do new things and hanging out with his buddies. Not a gray-haired old man with a double chin and a slight beer gut.

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Community Perspective: How To Say Goodbye

As the needle shape of the economy keeps getting more extreme, traditional graveyard burials have gotten out of reach for most people.

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Statewide environmental news roundup – August 2022

The 2021 National Solar Jobs Census showed an overall increase of 9% nationwide, with increases in 47 states. Virginia is not among the top 10 states, but did have job growth in this sector in the 10-15% range.

Community Perspective: Sentimental Tee Shirts

Harrisonburg resident C.A. Mills’ essay explores the frequently competing forces of decluttering and sentimentality.

Community Perspective: The Elephant Takes Off

James Sattva, a McGaheysville-based teacher and writer, submitted a piece offering his take on a change of tone at the Rockingham County Public Schools’ board meeting.

Statewide environmental news roundup – July 2022

The just-issued, first‑of‑its‑kind Virginia Solar Survey aimed to collect data and information related to each county and city’s experience, readiness, efforts and needs related to solar development. This report contains a summary of results and preliminary analysis of key findings. The City of Charlottesville’s partnership with Local Energy Alliance Program (LEAP), a non-profit, hopes “to make the switch to solar energy easier and cheaper for city residents.”

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