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More Loudoun Businesses Sign Up for the Green Business Challenge

More Loudoun Businesses Sign Up for the Green Business Challenge

More than 50 local businesses and organizations have signed up for the 2011 Loudoun County Green Business Challenge, which is designed to encourage participating businesses to increase operational efficiency and reduce their overall carbon footprint.

The Green Business Challenge is a partnership between the Loudoun County Government and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce to encourage Loudoun businesses to adopt environmentally sound business practices. Businesses are ranked for their environmental practices through a Green Business Challenge Scorecard.

Actions taken by businesses participating in the 2011 Challenge can include conducting office-wide energy audits, having employees turn off lights and computers when not in use, purchasing recycled paper products, and adopting formal telework policies.

Hit the Trail

Hit the Trail

What would you expect a four-and-three-quarter-year-old to say at the end of a four-and-a-half-mile hike that she just finished using her own two feet? “What a wonderful day,” Sofi announced when we walked past the old Tavern (that I was wishing was still a tavern) at Great Falls National Park.

Loudoun Encourages Businesses to Participate in Green Business Challenge

Loudoun Encourages Businesses to Participate in Green Business Challenge

In a matter of weeks, nearly three dozen local businesses and organizations have signed up for the 2011 Loudoun County Green Business Challenge, which is designed to encourage participating businesses to increase operational efficiency and reduce their overall carbon footprint.

The Green Business Challenge is a partnership between the Loudoun County Government and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce to encourage Loudoun businesses to adopt environmentally sound business practices. Last year, the inaugural Challenge attracted more than three dozen area businesses, which were ranked for their environmental practices through a Green Business Challenge Scorecard. Winners were announced in three categories, for small, medium and large businesses. While the 2011 Challenge Scorecard covers many of the same topic areas as the 2010 version, the categories have been simplified to make the system more user-friendly.

Access to Direct Markets & High Median Income Make Loudoun Ripe for Innovative Agriculture

Access to Direct Markets & High Median Income Make Loudoun Ripe for Innovative Agriculture

Access to Direct Markets Video Highlights Loudoun’s Farms

Reduce Your "Waste Line" This Summer In One Easy Step!

Reduce Your "Waste Line" This Summer In One Easy Step!

Summer is the perfect time to shed some of the excess waste found throughout your household.  Are you storing paint, stains, fuels, or pesticides that you are not sure how to dispose of?  The Department of Construction and Waste Management encourages you to bring these items and others to the next Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday June 25, 2011 at Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn.   It’s a guaranteed way to reduce your “waste line!”

HHW includes items such as fluorescent bulbs, household batteries, oil-based paints/stains/varnishes, paint thinners, metal polishes, rust removers, wood preservatives, furniture polish, waxes, pesticides/insecticides/herbicides, pool chemicals, old fuels including gas/oil mixes, and many others. Latex or water-based paints are not a hazardous waste and can be dried or solidified and disposed of in your household garbage. 

Leesburg Utilities Department Recognized for Operational Excellence by Virginia Office of Drinking W

Leesburg Utilities Department Recognized for Operational Excellence by Virginia Office of Drinking W

From the Town of Leesburg – The Town of Leesburg’s Utilities Department recently received a state award for operational excellence.  At the Southeast Rural Community Assistance Project Conference in Roanoke, Aref Etemadi, Acting Director of the Leesburg Utilities Department, accepted the 2010 Silver Excellence in Waterworks Operation/Performance Award from the Virginia Department of Health’s Office of Drinking Water.  The Leesburg Water Treatment Plant has received this award every year since 2004.

“Every year, the Office of Drinking Water selects those waterworks that have met the state’s goals for filtration and clarification optimization,” explained Aref Etemadi. “It is really an honor to be recognized, year after year, by the state regulatory agency.”

2011 Loudoun Green Business Challenge is Underway

2011 Loudoun Green Business Challenge is Underway

The 2011 Loudoun Green Business Challenge has begun. The Loudoun County Government and the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce held the Green Business Challenge Kick Off on Wednesday, May 11, at George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus.  The event attracted about 75 people and was hosted by Loudoun County Potomac District Supervisor Andrea McGimsey and Chamber President Tony Howard.