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The Color of Money and Your Utility Bill: What Is and What Can Be

Wed, October 28, 7PM, online with Zoom

Presented by Harrison Wallace, Director of Programs for the Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund; formerly Virginia Director, Chesapeake Climate Action Network; and JMU graduate

People with limited money pay a bigger part of their incomes for electricity than those with bigger incomes.  Why is this and what can be done about it?  This environmental justice issue affects many people in very difficult ways.  Listen in and learn what we can do here in the valley and in Virginia.

Hosted by the Shenandoah Group of the Sierra Club and the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley

All invited! Free! Register HERE.

Global Climate Change Week @JMU is October 12-21, 2020.

Events include a Climate Justice Film Fest, workshops, and a screening of The Condor and the Eagle. Details and registration links HERE.

Solar Congress | October 5-23 | Online | Free

Virginia’s Solar Congress is a time each year for SUN (Solar United Neighbors) supporters from all over the state to come together, meet like-minded people, and attend a full day of solar education sessions. These sessions include everything from panel discussions to skills trainings to help build our capacity to work together to move toward a more equitable clean energy economy.

This year, due to COVID-19, we will have the same opportunity — online! Instead of one day, we will be holding an entire month of events as a part of the National Solar Congress to connect people across Virginia and the country! Sessions will cover topics from “Energy equity and inclusion”,  Electric Vehicles, “Powering Energy Freedom with Power Purchase Agreements”, and Battery Storage. …

– Aaron Sutch, Virginia Program Director, Solar United Neighbors

Full calendar of events and descriptions here.

Free! Sign up for individual sessions by clicking on events of interest in the calendar here.

One Minute for Earth – Giving the Planet a Voice on November 3

CAAV is collaborating with Earth Day Every Day Harrisonburg to bring you encouragement and motivation to VOTE for Earth-friendly candidates in this fall’s election. Through a series of one minute videos made by your fellow community members, hear why your vote is so critical to the health of our planet. One Minute for Earth is hosted on Earth Day Every Day Harrisonburg’s Facebook page. Both live and recorded videos are being added continuously between August 17 and November 3. Check them out to get inspired to make your vote count!

Then head over to our resource page for information about how to vote and who’s in the running.

The City of Harrisonburg’s Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances are being updated. Take this public survey to have your opinions heard!

“You do not need to be an expert or know the ins and outs of the current Zoning and Subdivision Ordinances to complete this survey. Everyone is encouraged to complete it.” It will be open through Monday, November 2, 2020.

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.

We asked, they answered! The 50by25 campaign, environmental justice concerns, recycling, transportation emissions and more are addressed by Harrisonburg’s five Democratic candidates for City Council. See their responses to questions CAAV submitted on issues impacting the environmental health of our city here.

We’ve updated this post to include responses from the two non-Democratic candidates running for Harrisonburg City Council this year. Find it here.

The 50 by 25 campaign is a call for the city to take action on climate change, increase renewable energy, and make home energy costs affordable through energy efficiency programs. Learn about it here. Sign the petition here.

Tom Benevento has an opinion piece in the February 28, 2020, edition of the Daily News-Record about the importance of this effort.



Check out all the solar installations counted so far in Harrisonburg for the 2019 Harrisonburg Solar Census. If you have solar, be counted!