LCCSS presented several programs in 2007 focused on the environmental effects of our food consumption patterns. Loudoun food experts, farmers and feature films presented information which emphasized the benefits of local, sustainably grown food.
Cheap energy and agricultural subsidies facilitate a type of agriculture that is destroying and polluting our soils and water, weakening our communities, and threatening the security of our food systems. By buying locally grown food, we can help preserve the environment, and strengthen our community by investing our food dollar close to home.
Why Buy Local?
A one-page explanation from the Local Harvest web site.
Loudoun County's Buy Fresh Buy Local downloadable guide to Loudoun farms developed by PEC helps consumers find local products while building relationships between growers, food artisans, farmers' markets retailers, restaurants, and institutions.
Food Resources in Loudoun County VA
This compilation, created by LCCSS members Gina Faber and Grady O'Rear, itemizes Local and Sustainable Food resources right here in Loudoun County, from farmers markets and raw milk cow share programs to books & films in our local libraries. Last updated: 5/09.
Fresh from the Loudoun Valleys
Loudoun County's Economic Development department created this marvelous resource on which you can find:
Finally, join other Loudoun locavores at the Yahoo group Loudoun Locavores. This group is for anyone and everyone who wants to get more local foods into their diet and for those that want to invest in their communities.
Construction Waste Recycling
Ace Waste President Ken Mogul wants to bring the latest construction waste recycling technology to Loudoun, one of the fastest-growing counties in the country. The proposed facility in the Dulles area would be the county's first green building and pledges a 95% reuse rate! Visit the Ace Waste website or read a brief description the project.
In the news:
Jan 25 2007 article in Leesburg Today about Ace Waste Recycling proposal
Nov 5 2006 article in Washington Post about Ace Waste Recycling Facility
Virginia Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard, 2007(RPS) Bill
Members of LCCSS participated in the 2007 CCAN/VCN campaign to pass the Virginia Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard (RPS) Bill. Relying on renewable resources for our electricity will lower our dependence on coal, oil and natural gas. It's time for Virginia to join a growing number of states in embracing clean energy. It's good for the economy, good for energy security, good for public health and good for the environment.
Update: The 2007 General Assembly passed legislation that, among other provisions, established incentives to implement a renewable energy portfolio standard program. Renewable Energy Standards.
Dickerson Power Plant
The Dickerson Power Plant, operated by Mirant power company, is located just across the Potomac River from the Eastern edge of Loudoun County. In response to student, faith, environmental and agricultural leaders condemnation of Mirant corporation for ignoring public health and rapid global warming, Mirant has promised pollution mitigating improvements to the Dickerson Power Plant. But vigilance is necessary!
In Lucketts VA on May 16th 2006, Loudoun
civic groups (LCCSS, Progressive Action
League) assembled a panel discussion on the
health and environmental impacts of the
coal-fired plant on Loudoun County. See summary page.
Take action: Read up on The Environmental Integrity Project's research and ongoing legal efforts.