September Science on Tap Is Part of Sustainability Week 2020

This image is part of the Town of Blacksburg Sustainability Week 2020 flyer and shows a colorful artistic rendering of mountains, trees, and town with many bicyclists.

Sustainability Week 2020 kicks off September 20 with a trail work service project, ends September 26 with a bike parade, and offers a wide variety of virtual and in-person opportunities for community members to engage with issues of sustainability and resiliency.

The Center for Communicating Science is pleased to partner with other supporters of Sustainability Week this year through our September 24 Science on Tap event, “Cycling Toward Healthier Communities.” Virginia Tech Ph.D. student Emma Coleman will present her research on the association between bicycle commuting and heart disease. Erik Olsen, regional transportation planner for Blacksburg Transit, will talk about biking plans in Blacksburg, and Cat Woodson, operations manager for the ROAM NRV Bikeshare and master’s degree student in urban and regional planning, will present a bicycle demo for both beginner and experienced bikers.

Science on Tap will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Zoom. Participants should register in advance. Since we won’t be meeting at a brewery, please bring your own beverage and snack and join us for an evening of all things cycling!

Like Science on Tap, most Sustainability Week events this year will be virtual–and the handful of in-person events will be outdoors with physical distancing. Additional events being offered during Sustainability Week 2020 include

  • Poverty Creek Trails Coalition trail work service project
  • Virtual Cycling Commuter Clinic led by the New River Valley Bicycle Association
  • A VT Sustainable Eats Dining Hall Tour (for dining hall plan holders only)
  • Virtual Sustainable Bike Tour through Town and Campus (Discover hidden gems of Blacksburg!)
  • Virtual Panel Discussion: Changes to Local Recycling
  • Monarchs and Milkweed: Ways to Support Blacksburg’s Monarch City Commitment
  • Blacksburg Farmers Market (Come see how the Farmers Market has adapted and is thriving!)
  • Bike parade
  • “Fall is for Planting Native Plants” sale sponsored by the New River Chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society

This year’s Sustainability Week events will be the first of a series of programs and projects offered throughout the year, a new approach partnering hosts are calling “Sustainability Through the Seasons.” This new approach will enable partners to engage the campus and town communities throughout the year, including events better suited for other seasons, such as tree plantings (fall) and the City Nature Challenge (spring).

Details for Sustainability Week 2020 events, including how to attend virtual events and keep yourself and others safe for the in-person events, are available on the Sustainability Week website.

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