Sustainability

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Until recently, much of recycled cardboard in the U.S. would head straight to China. But in March, the Chinese government decided to raise standards for importing recycled material, and that’s had an impact right here in Virginia.

Kroger

Kroger, the grocery store chain, is set to roll out a new milk jug that uses considerably less plastic; a design that was tested by a Virginia company in Lynchburg.

Hitch Your Wagon to the Sun

Jul 11, 2016

You’ve heard about the problems Volkswagen is having after its false claims about running on cleaner energy came to light. But we have a story about something called the “Voltz-Wagon” that rolls around Floyd, Virginia. It’s traveling a different road to the clean energy future.

It’s 12 feet long and six feet wide and covered with 1500 watts worth of solar panels.  They call it the "Voltz-Wagon."

Billy Weistenfeld says, “We picked that name before the emissions stuff with Volkswagen (happened).”

Fully Sustainable Classroom Launches in Floyd County

Jun 9, 2016

A 99-year-old, 40-foot green boxcar at Apple Ridge Farm summer camp in Floyd County has been repurposed into a completely sustainable, off-the-grid classroom called EBase USA.

 

      

“What we’re seeing now is, that employers are looking for candidates that are rooted in an academic discipline, are more prepared to enter the work force, but who can also problem solve with what we call a sustainability lens.”

Angie DeSoto is director of the new Sustainability Institute at Virginia Tech.  It offers a month-long boot camp for juniors and seniors how to focus whatever job they’ll be doing at a firm through that sustainability lens.

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