Environment

Mashed bananas, a flashlight, and a sheet? Yep—those are the tools you’ll need to get up close and personal with some nocturnal summer insects. File photo.

Ivy Creek experts offer tips on after-dark bug hunting

Last week, two volunteer naturalists offered visitors to the Ivy Creek Natural Area’s Education Center a new take on local nightlife. In an evening lecture at the preserve off Earlysville Road, Ivy Creek Education Programs Coordinator Bruce Gatling-Austin and volunteer guide and Master Naturalist Rachel Bush shared some illuminating facts about local nocturnal insects, and […]

Future solar cooker? Better World Betty offers tips on how to recycle—or repurpose—
your household items. File photo.

Ask Betty: Your burning recycling and energy questions answered

Teri Kent runs Charlottesville’s Better World Betty, a non-profit organization and online resource for locals looking to shrink their impact on the environment. Every month, Betty—Kent’s ’50s-housewife-meets-earth-goddess alter ego —answers the most burning eco-questions from our readers about energy use, water, waste and recycling, transportation, and green buying. What can we do with an old […]

Sigora Solar employees install solar panels on a commercial roof. Founder Andy Bindea says Dominion Power’s new solar purchase program could be a boon for customers. Photo: Sigora Solar.

Dominion rolls out solar purchase program

Dominion Virginia is wading into the renewable energy credit market, and it’s offering its customers a way to cash in. Andy Bindea, co-founder of Waynesboro-based residential and commercial solar installation company Sigora Solar, said Dominion’s new solar power purchase program, launched June 20, is a big step for sustainable energy in the Commonwealth. The power […]