Remembering Bruce, A Local Eco-hero

by Betty on November 15, 2017

The Betty Team received sad news today about the passing of Bruce Edmonds — a longtime Betty supporter, local recycling hero, co-host of the “Bruce and Betty” eco-living radio segment on 1061 the Corner, and RSWA McIntire Recycling manager.

I have such fond memories of our lighthearted segment with Brad Savage of the Corner radio where we would wax poetic (or at least try to) about the ease, importance, and fun of recycling among other topics.  I remember his favorite saying, “that’s a win-win for everyone!” Usually about the 3 R’s: reducing, reusing, and recycling.

I would tell listeners, “Don’t let his gruff voice and sometimes “negative nancy” attitude fool you– (Bruce’s words, not mine). He cares very deeply about his environmental work!” The photo above is Bruce at Crutchfield’s Big Recycling Event – rumored to be the biggest single-day recycling event in the state at that time (2008).  He was there from dawn until dusk that day!  Bruce and I also worked together when Betty successfully petitioned to keep the recycling center open (bottom photo).

Bruce was in the recycling biz for over 20 years and really knew his stuff. With pride he told me that the McIntire Recycling Center was opened on the first Earth Day. He worked for RSWA for many years and recycling regulars appreciated him keeping the place clean and well-run.

He was a big supporter of Betty’s mission right from the beginning and always had encouraging words for me in my early days of beginning the organization. When I didn’t have the slightest idea on how to recycle an item (like an old but working gas grill – they sell them at the Encore Shop out at the Ivy MUC), he would always know the answer. And if he didn’t know the answer, he would find it out.  Pictured below was plastic wrap I brought in from a flower bouquet – he said unfortunately it wasn’t recyclable, but he would use it as a scarf.  So I snapped his photo!


Bruce, you will be missed! Thanks for all you did for our community and the planet.



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Get the Most Out Of Your Summer Veggies

by Heather Phillips on September 13, 2017

The summer crops are just about done (if not entirely), and you may be planting the last of your fall crops. Many of you may have an abundance of left over tomatoes, squash, beans, cucumbers and the like. A great harvest is fantastic but we may find yourself wondering, “what do I do with all these extra veggies?” Betty’s got a few tips to help you keep it earth conscious.

  1. Can it! Canning vegetables is not as difficult as you might think, and can make a great weekend afternoon activity with the kids. Mother Earth News shares a simple canning guide that you can use with most crops.
  2. You can pickle that! A personal favorite is pickling, which is also pretty simple. For cucumbers you can make fridge pickles, which don’t require you to cook or heat anything. Most veggies can be pickled though and make great toppings for salads. The Kitchn shares an easy guide to pickling any veggie.
  3. Tomato what? Tomatoes are one of the most abundant crops, and people often end up having too many. Fortunately, there are TONS of things you can do with tomatoes that add variety to your cooking and aren’t difficult to craft up. Mamanatural shares 28 Things To Do With Tomatoes
  4. Have a party! A great way to eat through your surplus is to host a party where you share the abundance. A fall harvest party is a great way to bring together friends, family and neighbors to share the fruits of your labor. Check out our eco-friendly entertaining guide here.
  5. Donate. If you don’t have time to pickle, can, craft or host consider donating your left over crops. Food Not Bombs cooks a meal every Sunday at the Haven. They usually glean vegetables from the farmer’s market, but they’d happily take a donation as well.

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Top Takeaways from DiCaprio’s “Before the Flood” Film on Climate Change

May 29, 2017

Thursday night’s premiere of Before the Flood at the Paramount in downtown Charlottesville was a sobering look at how climate change is affecting our environment and what society can do to prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems, and native communities across the planet. I was absolutely thrilled to see so many Betties and Better […]

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Mosquito Conundrum: To Spray or Not to Spray?

May 11, 2017

Recently my friend called me asking for Betty’s help. There was an email exchange on her neighborhood listserv about a neighbor who was asking for recommendations on how to get rid of mosquitoes this summer and a couple folks encouraged her to use the local mosquito control companies that use insectides. She is a bird […]

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5 Things You Can Do After You March

April 29, 2017

If you went to the Science March last weekend or today’s Climate March in D.C. or attended a local march, there is plenty to do in the wake of the positive collective energy that is gathering! 1. Make Your Voice Heard! Wield your phone eco-warrior by calling your local, state, and federal representatives and let […]

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3 Steps to Eco Friendly Hosting

April 13, 2017

Having a dinner party or Memorial Day BBQ? Concerned about how to be an Earth conscious host? Betty has a few tips to keep your event clean and green! Download the PDF guide

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Celebrate Earth Week in Charlottesville

April 13, 2017

Earth Week is a week long celebration leading up to Earth Day, which happens each year on April 22nd. In Charlottesville, there are many April activities and events focused on celebrating, exploring and defending, the Earth. Check out what’s coming up. UVA Earth Week Events by UVA Sustainability 4/17 – 4/23 Mon 4/17: UVA Farmers Market from […]

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On Valentine’s Day Show Your Love for the Planet

February 7, 2017

As with many other holidays in the United States, Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays where we tend to spend money on stuff. Cards, flowers, candies and gifts. We often share a message about buying and consuming less stuff, and we believe you should show appreciation of your significant other or loved ones every […]

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A Green App a Day Keeps the Greenhouse Gasses Away!

March 17, 2016

For those of you who weren’t able to join us at Firefly for yummy green appetizers and some favorite apps, here is a list of some of our favorite FREE apps! Light Bulb Finder I loved this app when we switched our candle-style bulbs from ancient incandescents to the latests LEDs (super savings!).  It will ask […]

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Betty’s Sweet 16! 16 tips for 2016

February 9, 2016

16 Tips for 2016 FOOD 1. Join a CSA to get farm fresh local food! 2. Lower your cookprint: use the right size burner for pots and be sure to cover them. 3. Waste less food. Go to to find creative recipes to use up just about anything that’s about to go bad! 4. […]

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