Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

The Blue Ridge in winter. Photo by Jack Looney. The Blue Ridge in winter. Photo by Jack Looney.

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

March of the Priuses: A parade of hybrid cars is descending on Richmond today, their drivers protesting Governor Bob McDonnell’s transportation funding proposal, which would scrap the gas tax but tax hybrid owners $100 a year (hybrid car taxes have been rolled out in other states as a way to close gas tax gaps). Other picketers will join the drivers as they circle the Capitol at noon. The “Stop the Assault on Climate Solutions” protest is organized by the Chesapeake Climate Action Network.

Farm school: Registration is starting for the Piedmont Environmental Council’s “Exploring the Small Farm Dream” course, a four-session workshop for people who are considering launching their first small farm enterprise but aren’t sure where to start. The workshops meet every Wednesday from February 20 to March 13 from 6:30-9pm at the Choice Building in downtown Culpeper (215 E Davis St.). The course costs $160, plus $24 for the course workbook (a single farm can share a registration and workbook). Register online or call Karen Hunsberger at 540-316-9973.

Stream check-ups: Learn  how to assess the health of local streams by examining aquatic insects at a Stream Watch training workshop, 10am-4pm Saturday, February 9 at the Education Building at Ivy Creek Natural Area off of Earlysville Road. Class size is limited, and a reservation is required. Contact Rose Brown at 434-962-3527 or