Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

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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 

Pack a lunch: Tired of the same old midday routine? Check out the Rivanna Conservation Society’s monthly brown bag lecture. Bring your own sandwich or salad to the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library at noon on Thursday, June 20, for an hour-long lecture and discussion about the health and conservation of the Rivanna River and its watershed. For more information, e-mail or call 977-4837.

Transition town: Transition is a global movement that addresses peak energy, climate change, and economic crisis, and Charlottesville’s chapter has been up and running since last year. If you’re interested in getting in on the action, join the group on Monday, June 24, for a potluck dinner and circle conversation about plans for this month. Meet in the McIntire Room of the Jefferson-Madison Regional LIbrary at 7:00pm.

Environmental ed: Starting late next summer, Western Albemarle High School will host a new Environmental Studies Academy for eligible students in grades 9-12. According to a report by Charlottesville Tomorrow, students selected for the program will be able to choose from two different tracks: a project-based environmental science track centered on field work, and an applied track that addresses current environmental issues. Curriculum will include biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematics, with potential for oceanography, environmental chemistry, and geographic information systems. 

Tree talks: Who doesn’t love a good nature walk? On Saturday, June 22, join an Ivy Creek Foundation staff member for an easy and educational hike to learn ways to identify and preserve trees native to Central Virginia. The free event begins at 10am by the kiosk of the Ivy Creek Natural Area. If you want to make a full day of it, stick around to learn the history of the River View Farm at 2pm.