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5 Ways to Help Virginia's Environment
Your daily living choices directly affect the air you breathe, the water you drink and the natural areas you love in Virginia. Every choice matters — from simply what to eat for breakfast to more difficult ones like what you drive and where you live. Are you willing to make choices that will improve Virginia’s environment and economy? It’s easy. Choose five actions from the suggestions below and commit to start doing them today!
What's your ecological footprint?
Find out the amount of nature (acres) needed to support your lifestyle.
Improving Public Health and the Environment for Local Communities is just a click away
A new EPA website features dozens of projects that local communities can do to help make the air cleaner and healthier to breathe. The websute also features activities for reducing both indoor and outdoor pollution, including diesel engine retrofit programs, improving air quality in local schools, and pollution prevention options for small businesses. These projects have a successful track record; they were previously put into action by state and local governments across the country. This site includes information about the costs to establish and maintain each project, and how local communities can apply for EPA grants to kick-start their activities.
Landscaping & Backyard Conservation
Learn better lawn care techniques for improving the environmental quality of yards, watersheds and landscapes.
Energy conservation and renewable energy technologies are important to Virginia's environmental and economic health as well as to the health of Virginians. Learn how to conserve energy at home and in the community.
Follow these links to learn how you can conserve water at home and improve water quality in your community.
Reduce and recycle! Follow these links to learn how litter affects your community and how recycling can save energy.
Learn more about the organisms in the Chesapeake Bay and how you can help save the Bay for future generations.
Ecological Education for Economic Enterprises
Businesses cal help Virginia's environmentl too! Pollution Prevention is sweeping the nation, sweeping up pollution by avoiding producing it in the first place. Learn more about pollution prevention, environmental compliance and recognition programs for businesses.
Get the Facts on Virginia's Environment
Fact sheets from the Department of Environmental Quality on various environmental topics.
Search the Calendar of Events to find programs, classes and events of interest to you in your area.