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Statewide environmental news roundup – March 2021

A report from UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center describes ways to accelerate Virginia’s transition away from carbon-source fuels toward clean energy. Not everyone believes these are feasible solutions. Powhatan County approved a 20 MW solar farm. A Harrisonburg resident leads Give Solar, which will help Habitat for Humanity install solar on several area homes in 2021.

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Area environmental groups hoping for boost from Biden executive order

Even as the details for implementing President Joe Biden’s executive order establishing a Civilian Climate Corps are still being hammered out, crews from the Appalachian Conservation Corps (ACC) are out planting trees in the Rappahannock watershed. Zach Foster, founder and director of the Harrisonburg-based ACC, said the group’s work exemplifies what the newly created national effort is trying to achieve.

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Amid the pandemic, EMU student-athlete has hit his stride

Isaac Alderfer, an EMU junior, pulled down his mask, then went to work running the mile at the Roanoke Invitation on Jan. 30. He won the race, finishing four seconds ahead of the next runner, but he also smashed the Old Dominion Athletic Conference’s record in the mile with his time of 4:11.91. He beat the conference’s previous record from 2017 by roughly three seconds.

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School board to send more students back to class next month

More elementary and middle school students will be back in city classrooms in a month, after the Harrisonburg School Board voted unanimously in a special meeting Tuesday to approve the next phase of the division’s reopening plan.

Little Pantry aims to help others stock up

At the Singers Glen recycling center sits an unassuming cabinet next to the bins full of cardboard and newspapers.

VDH, community groups partner on vaccine outreach to underserved groups

Seven weeks after his first dose of Covid vaccine, José Ríos is still waiting for a second shot. The 67-year-old Harrisonburg resident went to the Rockingham County Fairgrounds in early February after a friend at church told him about the vaccination clinic there, but he says a scheduling mix-up has kept him from completing the series. Not knowing who to contact, Ríos is still waiting for a call from the clinic, unsure of how to proceed.

Statewide environmental news roundup – utility regulation special report

During 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic, most utility customers enjoyed a moratorium on paying utility bills. Anticipating the lifting of that moratorium, some legislators examined existing state law with a view to identifying and addressing some that favored utilities over consumer. The result was introduction of several bills that, together, would expand the State Corporation Commission’s authority to regulate Virginia’s investor-owned monopoly utilities in a more balanced manner than current law allows. All but one were filed in the House of Delegates.

Community Perspective: On the Road to a Living Wage

A contributed perspectives piece by Chris Hoover Seidel, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Living Wage Campaign Steering Committee Member Six years ago when On the Road Collaborative Executive Director Brent Holsinger was building an organization of “five volunteers and zero dollars” from scratch, he was searching for a wage level that would honor the work of closing opportunity gaps for …

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