Tidewater Current Winter 2011-12

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Jan | Feb | March


Second Virginia Food Security Summit to Be Held Dec. 5-6 at U.Va.‏ - http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=16767

The 7th Annual Green Building Symposium and Expo
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Durham Convention Center
Durham, NC
Expo is Free to Attend -Info

WPA Webinar: Wind Power Economics: Past, Present, and Future Trends
Date: 12/14/2011
3:00 p.m. EST (1:00 p.m. MST)
This is an added webinar to the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America 2011 webinar series. Info

Community and Small Wind Webinar Series: U.S. Small Wind Market Report: 144,000 Turbines Deployed
Date: 12/15/2011
1:00 p.m. EST (11:00 a.m. MST)
Windustry invites you to attend a webinar examining the market for clean, affordable, homegrown wind energy and recent growth in sales, capacity, and incentives for small wind turbines (up to 100 kW) powering homes, farms, and businesses. Info

12/19-11 - Energy Storage and Renewable Energy Portfolio Webinar - Clean Energy States Alliance Events | CESA events‏

WPA Webinar: Wind and Wildlife Interactions
Date: 12/21/2011
1:00 p.m. MST (3:00 p.m. EST)
This free webinar is part of the U.S. Department of Energy's Wind Powering America 2011 webinar series. This webinar will provide an overview of wind turbine and wildlife issues, including a summary of research plans by the American Wind and Wildlife Institute. Other topics will include an update of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wind regulations and bat/wind turbine interactions.The webinar is free; no registration is required. Log-in information is below. Info


11 Jan - UNEP SEF Alliance Webinar: Evaluating Clean Energy Public Finance Mechanisms - Info

12 Jan - METAP Webinar: National Laboratory Activities to Support Marine Energy Technology Progress - Info

13 & 14 Jan - Farm to Institution: Making Local Food Economies a Reality - 13th Annual Future Harvest CASA Annual Conference - National Conference Center, Leesburg, Virginia - Info

Jan. 17 Solar Energy - Norfolk Botanical Garden 9:30-11:30 a.m.- Info

Jan 17 - Hampton Roads Solar Group Meeting - 7: 30 PM in Hampton, at the Ruppert-Sargent Building, 1 Franklin St ( between Old Country Lane and Queen St.) First floor conference room. Directions can be found at: http://www.hampton.gov/medalofhonor/index.html. Agenda: Team Tidewater's Solar Decathlon Experience; SCC position re Dominion's Standby Feee. HR Solar Group Blog.

Jan. 26 Flying WILD Teach Workshop - Virginia Beach, 6 - 9 pm
Princess Anne Recreation Center, 1400 Nimmo Parkway, Virginia Beacc - Info

27-29 January - Virginia Beach Winter Wildlife Festival - Wildlife Walks, Talks and Excursions - Info

Jan. 28 Why Do We Explore? Professional Development Workshop - Nauticus, Norfolk, 8:30-4 - Info


2 Feb - World Wetlands Day -Wetland Photos Wanted. Celebrate the 40th Anniversay of the International Ramsar Convention to Protect Wetlands - Photo Contest hosted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of State - Bureau of Oceans, Environment and Science - Jan 3-20 send in your photos of wildlife, landscapes, plants or tourists in wetlands to promote their protection. Winners announced Jan 25. Perhaps a winning photo of a local wetland like Long Creek or Pleasure House Point will aid preservation. View information about the Ramsar convention and a list of Wetlands of International Importance, including some Bay wetlands.

4 & 6 FEB - CBF'S GRASSES FOR THE MASSES WORKSHOPS - Sea grass growing workshop - INFO

Gloucester - Feb. 4 @ 10:30 AM
Whitcomb Lodge at Beaverdam Park
8687 Roaring Springs Road
Gloucester, VA 23061

Virginia Beach - Feb. 6 @ 7:00 PM
Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center
Education Room
717 General Booth Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23451


10 & 11 Feb - Chesterfield Conference on Organic Farming - Info

Feb 15 - EPA Webcast - Chesapeake Bay Green Streets, Green Jobs, Green Towns Academy 1-2 pm - Info

15 Feb - Application Deadline - Virginia Master Naturalist Program Spring Training - begins March 19th - Mondays 6-9 - Info        

11, 18 & 25 Feb - Beginner BeeKeeping Course - Virginia Wesleyan College, 1584 Wesleyan Drive - $30 - Info

Sustainability Fair - February 26-27 - Webb Center - ODU - Info


3/1/12 - Virginia Outdoors Plan
Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (PD23)
723 Woodlake Drive
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Contact: Janit Llewellyn Allen 804-786-0887
The Virginia Outdoors Plan is the state’s official document regarding land conservation, outdoor recreation and open space planning. It helps all levels of the public and private sectors meet needs pertaining to those issues. The plan provides guidance for the protection of lands through actions of the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation (VLCF), and the plan is required in order for Virginia to take part in the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) program. The 2007 edition of the Virginia Outdoors Plan (VOP) is the ninth written in accordance with §10.1-200 of the Code of Virginia. INFO

3/3/12 - Tidewater Bicycle Association - TBA Chili Ride‏ - Info

3/6/12 - “Habitat restoration: making a difference in coastal Virginia” Symposium. The Chesapeake Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Virginia is pleased to offer a FREE 1-day symposium on some restoration efforts in coastal Virginia! - INFO - Registration Contact

Mar. 8-9 Southeast Coastal Wind Conference - Charlotte, NC - Info

March 11 - Wild Time for Wildlife Benefit for Wildlife Response

March 13 - The Role of TMDL's in Preserving the Chesapeake Bay - 6:30-8:00 P.M. - Meyera Oberndorf Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Boulevard - Please RSVP to Shannon.Kendrick@mail.house.gov or 757-687-8290.

March 15 - Back Bay Forum Advanced Technology Center in Virginia Beach - Info

3/21/12 - Wind Program: WPA Webinar: Development Markets for Wind Energy‏ - http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wind/events_detail.html?event_id=6611

March 22 - UN World Water Day Forum - Charlottesville, VA - Info



4/18/12 - Hampton Roads Green Building Expo - FREE - VB Convention Center - Info

4/21/12 - The Art of Saving a River - Lynnhaven River Now Art Auction at the Oyster Roast



5/7/11 - Eagle Festival - Events | Norfolk Botanical Garden‏

5/24/12 - Sustainable Seafood Fest at the Virginia Aquarium - Info


Nov. 10 RiverRats Training Program - Newport News - Virginia Conservation Network‏


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