Thursday, April 13, 2017

Mayor Kicks Off Earth Week with New Sustainability Plan for 2050

Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, along with Alicia Zatcoff, the City’s sustainability manager, announced a new sustainability planning effort for the City of Richmond called RVAgreen 2050. 
This project is a comprehensive undertaking to develop a community energy plan, a deep greenhouse gas emissions reduction plan, and a climate action plan. These components align with the collective goal of reducing city government and community greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050 in order to create a healthier, more vibrant, economically competitive and resilient community.

This summer, the Mayor will host a summit of community leaders to begin planning the year-long process to deliver a realistic yet challenging plan. Indicators have been positive so far. Recycling rates are up, community energy use is down, and renewable energy capacity has increased more than 44,000 percent since 2008. City government emissions are down 11 percent. 

The Sustainability department has improved energy efficiency and reduced power use in city buildings, including new HVAC systems, automated controls, energy-efficient lighting, and power and water use tracking software, resulting in $3.8 million in savings.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

People's Climate March is April 29

The People's Climate March is set for April 29 in Washington DC. Seats are available from buses leaving from Richmond for $10 and can be purchased here.

You can download your poster here.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Help the James River Park System Win a Grant By April 30

The National Recreation and Park Association is providing grants to 16 communities to improve local parks through projects that connect kids to nature, inspire kids and families to live healthier lifestyles, and increase kids' access to sports through the Meet Me at the Park initiative. Voting ends April 30.

Help the City of Richmond win a grant by voting at

VCU Study on Economic Impact of the James River Park System

Two professors from VCU completed an economic impact study of the James River Park System (JRPS) that details its positive impact for the river city. Funded by the Friends of the James River Park System, the study focuses on two factors -- property values and tourism -- and reveals that, among other things, every dollar in the park budget returns over $60 in visitor spending, and that the JRPS generates $33.5 million per year in tourism.

The full report is here.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Invasive Species Removal at Chapel Island, April 24

 Join the James River Park System Task Force in their ongoing invasive species removal project at Chapel Island. They meet every 4th Monday from 1-3pm and focus on different species each month. Meet in the parking lot at Great Shiplock Park at Dock and Pear Street. Click here, don't forget to register!

Discarded: Recycled Items as Art, April 21-May 26 at Pine Camp

This group exhibition will include local area artists who harness reusable materials for their artwork. This exhibit’s goal is to show how, with imagination and creativity, waste can become a beautiful work of art while also addressing important issues surrounding the environment. This exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information or to schedule tours please contact Shaunn Casselle, Curator at 646-6722. Location: Pine Camp Arts and Community Center, 4901 Old Brook Road.

Arbor Day Open House at TreeLab is April 29

Enrichmond's TreeLab is opening its doors to the public for the first time this Arbor Day!

A limited supply of perennials, native shrubs, and Enrichmond gear will be available through donations. All donations will go help power the Enrichmond TreeLab efforts. For more information, contact Aaron McFarland. Time: 9am-3pm, location: 622 Forest Lawn Drive, park in the adjacent parking lot. We'll see you there!