Upcoming Better World Betty Events:

Recycling Bingo Night – Wednesday February 4, 6 pm

Better World Betty and the Zero Waste Warriors invite you to Recycling Bingo Night on Wednesday, February 4th! February’s frolic and fun starts at 6pm. Recycled cards will be repurposed into bingo cards and Valentine candy hearts will be our bingo chips. Bring yourself, a recycled card (old birthday or holiday cars, cardboard, or cereal box), and a snack to share to the Lochlyn House at EcoVillage Charlottesville. The games begin at 6:00 pm and will be followed by a roundtable discussion of the future of recycling in Charlottesville. This event is free and open to the public.


Upcoming Community Events:

Email with your upcoming sustainability-related event and we’ll do our best to post within one week!

“Have Trash? Will Travel” – Tuesday February 3, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

The Charlottesville Area League of Women Voters’ February Community Dialogue. Meet and Greet time is at 11:30 am. Program begins at Noon and ends at 1:30. New County Office Building 1600 5th Street Extended, Room A.

Moderator will be Peggy Gilges, sustainability advocate.

Guest Speakers: Jesse Warren, a Program Manager in UVA’s Office for Sustainability, will discuss recyclables’ long journey to be manufactured into new product, the importance of quality in that process and the University’s commitment to landfill diversion.

Randy Layman, retired business owner and entrepreneur in the field of trash and recyclables collection and hauling, will discuss the business challenges in the residential market.

Rose Brown, creator of the Zero Garbage Challenge, will discuss what you can do at home to reduce your output of garbage and recyclables.

Bring your own lunch or, for lunchbox reservations, $8, contact the League office, 970-1707 or by Monday, February 2.

Wild Virginia Hike – Sunday February 15, 11 am

Deep Run Ponds Natural Area Preserve is part of a statewide preserve system managed by the Division of Natural Heritage, Virginia Department of Conservation & Recreation. It is a 668 acre natural area in eastern Rockingham County located on Ore Bank Road, near Grottoes in the Shenandoah Valley. The preserve is noted for 8 sinkhole ponds, one of which supports globally rare sneezeweed. At this time of year, it is a great place to learn winter tree identification.

This will be a 2+ mile loop, or more, depending on the group’s interest. The trail does not have any significant elevation gains but is not well maintained, so there are numerous fallen trees across the trail.

The outing will begin at 11am. Bad weather will postpone the hike until February 22. Contact Chris Bowlen 540-289-6801 or with any questions.

Directions and information on carpool arrangements will be provided about a week before the hike.


Come learn about the proposed route through the George Washington National Forest. Meet landowners near the forest who will be impacted, learn about the unique geology of this area, and see the just some of the special places threatened by the pipeline.

The tour includes a short, flat 30 minute hike to stretch your legs mid-day. We have planned stops along the route from Churchville to Confederate Breastworks.

This outing is limited to 15 people, so please reserve your spot early. If the outing is full – please sign up on the web site and we’ll contact you if a space opens on our waitlist.


Ongoing Monthly Events:

Third Thursday Brown Bag Lectures by Rivanna Conservation Society

Noon to 1pm.  Jefferson-Madison Regional Library 201 East Market Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902


The Historic Resources Committee of Charlottesville is proud to present: West Main Street! as part of Where I Live – Stories from Yesterday and Today discussion series. The series will feature a new neighborhood every month through December.

Come listen, learn, and talk about the place where you live. This is an opportunity to mix and mingle with locals and answer all those burning design questions about your house/apartment, your favorite eatery or late night hang out. Odds are, someone knows why it looks that way/feels that way/smells that way. Meets at C’ville Coffee.


Monthly hikes with Wild Virginia.
One weekend per month, Wild Virginia sponsors a day hike in the George Washington National Forest, Shenandoah National Park or other natural area.  Hikes are free and open to anyone who is interested, carpooling is encouraged.  Details can be found at, or 434-971-1553.


Charlottesville Green Drinks
Second Thursday at 6pm
A monthly gathering of folks from environmental fields to discuss, debate, and meet new friends in downtown Charlottesville. Whether you live green, wear green, speak green or just want to, come mingle.


Saturdays at the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center
River-related acitivies for children: nature drawing, animals, masks, and mapping the rivanna River.  Fee:  $3.  Reservations:  (434) 979-2425 Also free keelboat replica tours.  Saturdays May-October.


Volunteer Opportunities:

Nature Conservancy

The Conservancy has lots of great opportunities for volunteering. Contact Jen Dalke if you are interested or want more information – 434-951-0572 or


Help wanted…. share your skills!
Skill Share Working Group plans monthly reskilling workshops in collaboration with the Charlottesville Trade School. Contact Peter Richardson, or (434) 981-1884.


Edible Yards is a new initiative to replace local lawns with edible abundance! Contact Stevo Johnson,


Transition Cville Initiating Group provides strategic direction for the local movement. We’re looking to form new working groups for Awareness Raising/Monthly Meetings, Communications, and Crisis Response/Gov’t Liaison (building local action campaigns). Contact Joanie Freeman, or 987-1026.


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