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We need your help. A bill that could help school districts across the state transition to clean electric school buses is facing stiff headwinds. Please call members of the conference committee and ask them to ensure it's passage with a couple key tweaks.

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Elly Boehmer
State Director

Our bill to ban polystyrene cups and takeout containers was not enacted this year. It passed out of the House and nearly made it through the State Senate. But at the eleventh hour, several Senators added an amendment that requires the bill pass again next year before it can become law.

 | by
Elly Boehmer
State Director

We need your help. Our bill to ban polystyrene cups and takeout containers (HB533) passed out of the Virginia House of Delegates and nearly made it through the State Senate. But at the eleventh hour, several Senators added an amendment that requires the bill pass again next year before it can become law.

UPDATE: The House rejected the delay clause from the Senate and HB 533 will go to conference committtee. This has been a long, circuitous process, but this does give us one last shot to pass the bill with no delay.

An Update on Environment Virginia’s Legislative Priorities at Crossover

Environment Virginia 2020 Program Agenda

Clean water to drink and clean air to breathe; healthy beaches, lakes and rivers that are safe for swimming and fishing; preserved open spaces; clean sources of energy that don’t pollute and never run out — all this should be the heritage we leave to future generations. This year, the Virginia legislature is presented with an opportunity to make significant steps toward acheiving those goals. While there are sure to be many issues and bills that deserve the consideration of our Senators and Delegates, Environment Virginia is calling on legislators to prioritize the following items.

When Oxford Dictionaries chooses “climate emergency” as the word of the year for 2019, you know things are changing. Our children are inheriting a world vastly different and more dangerous than the one we grew up in, and we need to act on climate now. 

When Oxford Dictionaries chooses “climate emergency” as the word of the year for 2019, you know things are changing. Our children are inheriting a world vastly different and more dangerous than the one we grew up in, and we need to act on climate now. 

Yet as world leaders meet in Madrid this week to discuss progress towards cutting global warming pollution and hitting the targets of the historic international Paris Agreement, President Trump has vowed to pull our country out. 

Overall auto emissions in major metro regions in Virginia are headed in the wrong direction. But incentivizing people to adopt electric vehicle technology could play a major role in reversing that trend.

The video provides visceral imagery of the suffering caused by single-use plastic. Marine animals, like this turtle, ...do not deserve to suffer extraordinary pain because of the vast quantities of disposable plastic products that end up in the sea.