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♻️ A new guide to going green
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The online course teaches the basics of sustainability.|Photo via Wikimedia Commons
The Office of Sustainability has created a new online Sustainability Guide to help Richmonders looking to live a more sustainable lifestyle. The guide has five modules aimed at teaching participants the basics of sustainable living.

The modules are:
  1. What is Sustainability, Climate Change, and Environmental Justice?
  2. Introduction to RVAgreen 2050
  3. Where Do I Start?
  4. Building Your Toolboxes
  5. Staying Connected and Getting Involved
The guide is designed to accompany workshops put on by the city. There will be four workshops over the course of the summer — two virtual, two in-person.

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The aim of the workshops is to help Richmonders better understand the available resources to sustainable living, such as free city composting.

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Photo by RICtoday

The 45-minute workshops will cover the fundamentals of sustainability, resilience, and climate change. They’ll also break down the RVAgreen 2050 plan and give attendees guidance on taking steps towards sustainability in everyday life.

Here is the schedule. All workshops are free; you can register online.
  • Virtual Lunch & Learn | Thursday, July 11 | 12 p.m.
  • In-person workshop | Thursday, July 25 | 6 p.m. | SHIFT Retail Lab
  • In-person workshop | Wednesday, Aug. 14. | 6 p.m. | The Life Church RVA
  • Virtual Lunch & Learn | Wednesday, Aug. 21 | 12 p.m.
Even if you can’t attend a workshop, all class materials are available for free online. If you want to host an event of your own, you can request a presentation from the Office of Sustainability.
 
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What percentage of households in the Greater Richmond Region recycle?
A. 29%
B. 32%
C. 48%
D. 59%
 
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Events
 
Thursday, July 4
  • Independence Day at the Virginia State Capitol | Thursday, July 4 | 5-9 p.m. | Virginia State Capitol, 1000 Bank St., Richmond | Free entry | Get ready for a special Fourth of July celebration with bands, speakers, food trucks, and a specialty Apple Doodle Dandy ice cream flavor.
Friday, July 5
  • “Batman & Robin” | Friday, July 5 | 7 p.m. | The Byrd Theatre, 2908 W. Cary St., Richmond | $9 | Ice puns and action abound in this 1997 Batman film starring George Clooney and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Saturday, July 6
  • PopUp RVA | Saturday, July 6 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | The Diamond, 3001 N. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | Free entry | Pets are welcome at this rain-or-shine market with 50+ vendors, live music, food, and drinks.
Sunday, July 7
  • Gospel Music Fest | Sunday, July 7 | 5 p.m. | Dogwood Dell, 600 S. Arthur Ashe Blvd., Richmond | Free | The 14th annual festival will feature host The Belle.
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News Notes
 
Today Is
  • Independence Day. America has been celebrating this day for 248 years since the Declaration of Independence was formally adopted on July 4, 1776. Round up the kids, friends, or just yourself and head to one of several events happening around the region.
Coming Soon
  • After four years of planning and preliminary work, Mudhouse Specialty Coffee Roasters is opening next month. The Charlottesville-based company purchased the space on West Broad near VCU in January 2020, but has been unable to open the location until now. (Richmond BizSense)
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  • Last summer, incarcerated Virginians became re-eligible for Pell Grants for the first time since 1994. Despite this, college enrollment numbers among those in prison remain low. Now, educators around the state are aiming to boost those numbers — here’s how. (VPM)
 
 
The Buy
 
Reusable grocery cooler bags. If you’ve been rocking the same tired grocery bags for a while now (guilty), investing in some sturdy, insulated bags makes transporting groceries comfortable and more convenient.
 
 
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From the editor
I’ve never tried Mudhouse, but since my UVA-grad sister introduced me to Grit, I have to say I’ve developed a soft spot for Cville coffee. Don’t worry though, Richmond — you’re still no. 1 in my heart.
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