Climate Action Alliance of the Valley (CAAV)

Our grassroots efforts have been keeping the climate conversation alive in Harrisonburg since 2008.

Action

From showing up at rallies to promoting solar energy, CAAV volunteers continuously take a stand for climate change resilience in our community and beyond.

Advocacy

Support for climate-saavy legislators and legislation that reduces our use of fossil fuels is critical to our mission.

News + Events

Stay informed by signing up to receive our regular roundup of climate-related news drawn from a wide range of reliable sources. Subscribe to our Community Events calendar of local environment-related programs.

Top photo by Matt Schmachtenberg for JMU’s The Breeze

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Things going on we want you to know about!


Click on the image above to read this collaborative statement about pressing forward towards effective greenhouse gas emissions reduction. It will be read to the Harrisonburg City Council on October 25 by Earl Martin.

Welcome to Virginia Conservation Network’s 2023 Common Agenda, representing the policy agenda of more than 150 organizations across the Commonwealth. This book provides an in-depth analysis of the conservation issues facing Virginia and provides practical, state-level policy solutions to keep us moving in the right direction. More HERE.

Rockbridge Conservation 2022 Fall Seminars
“We’ve got a great lineup of seminars this fall! These events are all free to attend. We hope you will join us!”

September 21, 7:00pm    Carbon Sink Demonstration Project
October 19, 7:00pm        Alternatives to Mowed Grass Lawns
November 16        Challenges for Virginia Native Bats
December 15, 7:00pm     Returnable Restaurant Carry Out Containers
Details HERE.

Cathy Strickler of Climate Action Alliance of the Valley recently presented Shamika Hayes, Director of the Simms Preteen Center of the Boys and Girls Club, with copies of Our World Out of Balance by Andrea Minoglio and Climate Action: What Happened and What We Can Do by Seymour Simon. She has been raising money to purchase dozens of copies of these books and getting them into the hands of local youth.



At their June 16, 2020, meeting, the steering committee of the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley voted unanimously in favor of supporting Black Lives Matter with this resolution:

Resolved that the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley stands in support of Black Lives Matter, that we support a redirection of tax dollars away from policies that enable police brutality, and toward policies that meet community needs and link environmental and social justice.


Latest Posts

Virginia Environmental News Roundup for October 2022 (Part II)

The Climate Action Alliance of the Valley is pleased to provide Harrisonburg’s The Citizen with a monthly survey of energy and environmental news stories about Virginia. With their permission, we are re-posting these pieces here after they appear in the Citizen. The link to this piece as first published by the Citizen is HERE. Statewide Environmental News Roundup for October 2022 (Part II) Energy …

Virginia Environmental News Roundup for October 2022 (Part 1)

The Climate Action Alliance of the Valley is pleased to provide Harrisonburg’s The Citizen with a monthly survey of energy and environmental news stories about Virginia. With their permission, we are re-posting these pieces here after they appear in the Citizen. The link to this piece as first published by the Citizen is HERE. Statewide Environmental News Roundup for October 2022 (Part 1) …

The Need for Action on Climate Change Is Urgent!

by Les Grady, Environmental Engineer, retired

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Click on image for a printable trifold version of this page.

Driven mainly by carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, Earth’s climate is changing.

  • Evidence from diverse sources confirms climate change.
    • The current warming is unprecedented within the span of human civilization.
    • Oceans are warming.
    • Glaciers are melting.
    • Sea level is rising.
    • The Arctic ice cap is shrinking, the ice is thinning, and its nature is changing.
    • Weather is getting more extreme.
    • Ecosystems are changing more rapidly.
  • Evidence for the role of CO2 as the main cause of climate change is unequivocal.
    • Earth’s temperature is stabilized and regulated by the greenhouse effect.
    • The major greenhouse gases (GHGs) are CO2 and water vapor.
    • Water vapor is responsible for 50% of the greenhouse effect, but its life in the atmosphere is short because it condenses as rain and snow. CO2 is directly responsible for 20% of the greenhouse effect, but its indirect effect is much larger. Because it does not condense, it stays in the atmosphere for a very long time, thereby regulating Earth’s temperature.  It is Earth’s thermostat.
    • The level of CO2 in the atmosphere is increasing because of the burning of fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas).
    • Earth’s temperature is directly proportional to the amount of CO2 in the atmosphere.
    • Satellites show a reduction in outgoing (i.e., cooling) radiation leaving Earth at the wave-lengths associated with CO2 and other GHGs.
    • Land-based sensors show an increase in incoming (i.e., warming) radiation from CO2 and other GHGs consistent with their increased concentration in the atmosphere.
    • Satellite measurements of top of atmosphere radiation confirm that GHGs are responsible for Earth’s observed warming.

We must stop releasing CO2 to stabilize Earth’s climate.

Community Compost Drop-off Program

Compost your kitchen scraps at the downtown community Compost Drop-off bins! Drop-offs can be made anytime year round at the bins’ permanent spot on the edge of the gravel parking lot at S. Liberty and Warren Streets within sight of the Turner Pavilion and Municipal Building. See images below.

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Drop off compostables here at your convenience.

Anyone is welcome to drop off kitchen scraps to these 65-gallon Black Bear Composting bins at anytime. Your compostables can be dumped directly from another container or placed in a paper bag, paper box (remove any plastic tape and/or plastic labels) or BPI-certified compostable “plastic” bag.

Compostable bags to line containers, for ease of collecting your scraps, are available at the bins site.

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