Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

Students nibble carrots at the Buford City Schoolyard Garden, one of two Charlottesville community gardens recognized by the Piedmont Environmental Council following a yearlong contest. Photo courtesy of PEC. Students nibble carrots at the Buford City Schoolyard Garden, one of two Charlottesville community gardens recognized by the Piedmont Environmental Council following a yearlong contest. Photo courtesy of PEC.

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 news@c-ville.com. 

Natural relations: Jeff Kerwin, emeritus professor and extension specialist in forestry at Virginia Tech, will speak about the relationships between indigenous people and their natural surroundings at this week’s Virginia Native Plant Society meeting. The meeting is free, and will begin at 7:30pm on Wednesday, May 8, at the Ivy Creek Foundation Education Center. 

Walk it out: Love walking and biking around town? Want to see more sidewalks, trails, and bike lanes? Join a group of City officials and residents for an open discussion on the economic and environmental benefits of promoting non-motorized transportation in Charlottesville. The event is free, and begins at 7pm on Thursday, May 9, at CitySpace.

Ready, set, grow: The Piedmont Environmental Council is now accepting applications for the 2013 Community and School Garden Awards Contest. The competition is meant to be a celebration of the relationship between nature, food, and community, and PEC will make up to six cash awards for the winning gardens. To nominate a new or long-standing garden for the contest, visit pevca.org.

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