Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

The Rivanna River. Photo: Stacey Evans The Rivanna River. Photo: Stacey Evans

Each week, C-VILLE’s Green Scene page takes a look at local environmental news. The section’s bulletin board has information on local green events and keeps you up to date on statewide happenings. Got an event or a tip you’d like to see here and in the paper? Write us at 

Fun in the sun: Ever wondered how a solar oven works? Check out Transition Charlottesville’s solar cookout this weekend, a fossil fuel free feast at Washington Park. Don’t forget to bring your own plates, cups, and utensils, and a potluck dish—preferably one that’s been prepared with little or no fossil fuels—to share with the group. The picnic starts at 1pm on Monday, May 9, and is free to everybody.

Happy trails: During construction of the new Ragged Mountain Dam, the city’s Parks and Recreation Department is leading an effort to restore and replace the trails in the adjacent natural area. Saturday, June 1 is National Trails Day, and starting at 8am, city staff will work with volunteers to create new trail links. If you’re interested in helping out, contact Chris Gensic at (434)-970-3656 or

Up a creek: As of last week, the Nature Conservancy and the City of Charlottesville have completed the year-long project to restore two miles of Meadow Creek. The project, funded by the Virginia Aquatic Resources Trust Fund, involved removal of invasive vegetation and improved creek stability, erosion control, and wildlife habitats. It also added 40 acres of new city parkland, and a conservation easement is now protecting the 70-acre project area.

Talkin’ green: Want to hear what this year’s City Council candidates have to say about the environment and keeping Charlottesville green? Join them in City Hall chambers at 7pm on Wednesday, May 29, for a forum hosted by the Piedmont Group of the Sierra Club. For more information contact Jessica at