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Loudoun County Green Building Efforts Pay Off in LEED Silver

Loudoun County Green Building Efforts Pay Off in LEED Silver

Loudoun County has been awarded its first LEED-certified Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USBGC) for a county government capital project. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is an internationally-recognized green building certification system.  The Loudoun County Homeless Services Center has just earned a Silver certification with 38 credits, just one point away from a Gold rating.

Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste on May 21

Properly Dispose of Household Hazardous Waste on May 21

Loudoun County's Department of Construction & Waste Management will host a Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) collection event from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at River Bend Middle School, 46240 Algonkian Parkway, Sterling.

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. 

Used motor oil, antifreeze, automobile batteries, lead-acid batteries and propane tanks will not be accepted at any HHW collection events. They can be recycled year round at the Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility on 21101 Evergreen Mills Road.

Arbor Day at Sycolin Creek Elementary School in Leesburg

Arbor Day at Sycolin Creek Elementary School in Leesburg

Some students at Sycolin Creek Elementary in Leesburg helped to celebrate Arbor Day by planting two Kwanzan Cherry Trees in the front of the school on Friday, April 29th. 

The trees were donated and planted by Sunrise landscape + design.  The owner’s children attend Sycolin Creek Elementary School, and each year, Joe Markell and his children---older brother Dillon and twins, Alyssa and Russell---use Arbor Day as a fun occasion to share an important message with classmates: give back to the community and also to the earth. 

Pictured are students in Mrs. Gore’s first grade class, along with Sharon Keegan-Coppels, Principal of Sycolin Creek Elementary School.

2011 Loudoun Green Business Challenge Kick Off is May 11

2011 Loudoun Green Business Challenge Kick Off is May 11

From Loudoun County -- The 2011 Loudoun County Green Business Challenge will be officially launched Wednesday, May 11, at 8:00 a.m. at George Washington University’s Virginia Science and Technology Campus, 20101 Academic Way in Ashburn.

The Green Business Challenge is a partnership between the Loudoun County Government and the Chamber of Commerce to encourage Loudoun businesses of all sizes to adopt environmentally sound business practices. The Green Business Challenge has identified a number of actions businesses and organizations can take to become more energy efficient, implement more sustainable practices, improve their bottom line, and help Loudoun County ensure a healthy and sustainable quality of life for all its citizens.

EarthWorks Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Saturday, April 30

EarthWorks Ribbon Cutting Ceremony: Saturday, April 30

From the Town of Leesburg – At 9:00 a.m., on Saturday, April 30, 2011, Town of Leesburg officials will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of EarthWorks, located at 521-H East Market Street in the Bellewood Commons Shopping Center.  Mayor Kristen C. Umstattd will officiate.

EarthWorks is a retail gift shop and art gallery featuring hand-made items including art, photography, wood crafts, stained glass, pottery, jewelry, candles, bath and body products and organic herbal teas.  EarthWorks’ mission is to offer beautiful products with an eye towards responsible and sustainable products and materials, while supporting local artists and craftsmen. 

County Offers Businesses Cost-Effective Way to Dispose of Hazardous Waste

County Offers Businesses Cost-Effective Way to Dispose of Hazardous Waste

From Loudoun County -- Loudoun County's Department of Construction and Waste Management will host a Business Hazardous Waste Program event from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm on Friday, May 13, 2011 at the Loudoun County Solid Waste Management Facility located on 21101 Evergreen Mills Road, Leesburg.

The Business Hazardous Waste Program provides a cost effective way for eligible county businesses, organizations, and agencies to dispose of small quantities of hazardous waste in an environmentally responsible manner and in compliance with all federal, state, and local regulations.  Businesses and organizations located in Loudoun County that generate less than 220 lbs. of hazardous waste or 2.2 lbs. of acute hazardous waste in a calendar month and never accumulate more than 2200 lbs. of hazardous waste at any time are eligible to participate in this program. 

Loudoun Gears Up for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20

Loudoun Gears Up for Bike to Work Day on Friday, May 20

From Loudoun County -- Loudoun County is gearing up for Bike to Work Day, set for Friday, May 20, 2011. Both new and experienced cyclists are encouraged to register for this free event at www.waba.org or by calling 202-518-0524. Free T-shirts are available for the first 9,000 registrants in the region.

The Loudoun County Office of Transportation Services will host two of 49 Bike to Work Day pit stops in the region, where participants can pick-up free T-shirts and giveaways, enjoy refreshments and enter prize raffles. The Loudoun pit stops will be located along the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Trail, rain or shine in:

• Leesburg at Raflo Park on Harrison Street, from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.; and

• Sterling at the trail entrance to Orbital Sciences Corporation, just east of Route 28, from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.