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askhrgreen.org Answers, resources and inspiration for a cleaner, greener Hampton Roads. As a region-wide public service initiative, askHRgreen.org educates, engages and motivates citizens to make good environmental choices here in Hampton Roads.

By bringing together the 17 local governments (plus the Hampton Roads Sanitation District), we are a force and a resource, working to help you improve and protect our waterways, infrastructure and recycling activities through information and inspiration. If you want to learn more about this environmental program, which is administered through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, or what

By bringing together the 17 local governments (plus the Hampton Roads Sanitation District), we are a force and a resource, working to help you improve and protect our waterways, infrastructure and recycling activities through information and inspiration. If you want to learn more about this environmental program, which is administered through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, or what

Operating as usual

07/23/2021

What can you do to make washing your car a greener, cleaner activity?

💦 Minimize water usage and runoff by using a hose nozzle that allows you to control the flow.

🚗 Park where water can be absorbed, such as gravel or grass. Avoid washing your car on concrete or asphalt pavement unless it drains into a vegetated area.

💦 Only use a biodegradable, phosphate-free, water-based cleaner.

🐟 Place plastic sheeting and a heavy rubber mat over the storm drain area to prevent wash water from entering the stormwater system.

🌾 Use sandbags, rolled towels, hoses or other things to divert the water runoff to an area that absorbs water, such as gravel or grass.

🧽 Wring your sponges and rags into a bucket instead of onto the ground.

🧼 Always empty wash buckets into a sink, toilet or vegetated area — never onto driveways, roads or into storm drains.

Tag your friends so we can all practice a more responsible way of washing our vehicles!

#askHRgreen #757 #hrva #hamptonroads

07/22/2021

Could there be anything more relaxing than gently swaying in a garden hammock? We think not. And today, National Hammock Day, tells us that there are many other people out there who understand the power of climbing into a hammock and kicking back.

All you need are two trees, a hammock, and a burning desire to celebrate this important holiday!

Besides being hammock holders, what are some other ways trees help us?

🌳 Trees provide food.
🌳 Trees protect the land.
🌳 Trees help us breathe.
🌳 Trees provide shelter and shade.
🌳 Trees are a natural playground.
🌳 Trees encourage biodiversity.
🌳 Trees provide sustainable wood.
🌳 Trees conserve water.

How do you enjoy and appreciate the trees in your life?

#askHRgreen #757 #hrva #hamptonroads

Have you taken the VA Secretary of Natural Resources Coastal Resilience Master Plan Public Stakeholder survey? Make sure...
07/21/2021

Have you taken the VA Secretary of Natural Resources Coastal Resilience Master Plan Public Stakeholder survey? Make sure your voice is heard! Does your community flood frequently? Do you have ideas on how to reduce the impacts of flooding? Do you prefer Facebook over email? Take the survey now and let the State know! #VACRMP
The Survey can be completed online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VACRMP-Public

Have you taken the VA Secretary of Natural Resources Coastal Resilience Master Plan Public Stakeholder survey? Make sure your voice is heard! Does your community flood frequently? Do you have ideas on how to reduce the impacts of flooding? Do you prefer Facebook over email? Take the survey now and let the State know! #VACRMP
The Survey can be completed online here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VACRMP-Public

07/21/2021

From June through November, Virginia is in Hurricane Season. And while we can’t control the weather, we can prepare for it. Which is why it’s important to protect yourself from potential flooding — whether it’s from hurricanes, rain events, or storm surge; it’s the most common and costly natural disaster we can experience.

💦 In fact, there are only four other regions in the country more vulnerable than Hampton Roads.

💦 Are you protected by flood insurance? If you’re not, check out the quick and easy Flood Risk Calculator:
https://getfloodfluent.org/calculator

💦 You can get a quick estimate of what your flood insurance rate might be and see how that compares to what you might have to pay out if you didn’t have flood insurance. (Yowza!)

Good to know. Good to do. What other ways can you protect your home?

#floodrisk #flooddamage #floodinsurance

Plastic Free July is in full swing making it the perfect time to pledge to skip the straw! When dining out, simply infor...
07/19/2021

Plastic Free July is in full swing making it the perfect time to pledge to skip the straw! When dining out, simply inform the waitstaff you don’t need a straw and plan to carry your own reusable straw, if needed. These days straws come in a variety of styles with one sure to fit your needs! Take the pledge from Keep It Beachy Clean to be straw-free at https://keepitbeachyclean.org/strawfree/straw-free-pledge/

#PlasticFreeJuly #StrawFreeHamptonRoads #ChooseToRefuse

Plastic Free July is in full swing making it the perfect time to pledge to skip the straw! When dining out, simply inform the waitstaff you don’t need a straw and plan to carry your own reusable straw, if needed. These days straws come in a variety of styles with one sure to fit your needs! Take the pledge from Keep It Beachy Clean to be straw-free at https://keepitbeachyclean.org/strawfree/straw-free-pledge/

#PlasticFreeJuly #StrawFreeHamptonRoads #ChooseToRefuse

07/17/2021

It’s National Tattoo Day… Show us your eco ink!

Have you ever felt so passionate about something that you’ve had it tattooed on your skin? It’s a popular thing to do these days, and today we celebrate National Tattoo Day…

Do you have a tattoo that shows your commitment to taking care of our planet? To being a clean, green supporter? To making responsible environmental choices? Let’s see it!

#askHRgreen #757 #hrva

07/14/2021

So maybe washing your car isn’t your favorite chore. We’re about to make you very happy… It’s a greener, more environmentally responsible choice to… Take your car to a commercial car wash. 😄

🚗 💦 ♻️ Commercial car wash businesses recycle some of the wash water they use and send dirty water into the sanitary sewer system (and NOT the storm drains), where it is treated to remove harmful pollutants before being returned to the environment.

🚙 💦♻️ We encourage you to ask the one you use if they’re a Bay Star Business; that means they’ve pledged to protect water quality in our region. And if they’re not, maybe encourage them to become one: https://askhrgreen.org/programs/bay-star-business

Here’s your chance to give a shout out to the commercial car wash you use… What makes them special?

#askHRgreen #757 #hrva #hamptonroads

07/09/2021

So it’s a hot 🔥 July 🔥 day, perfect for washing your car. 🚗 🚙 🚗 🚙 🚗 You park it in the driveway, pull out your detergent, the hose and a bucket, and you’re ready to get started, right?

Wrong! Did you know that washing your car on a hard surface (like the road or your driveway) can send oil, dirt and soap right into the storm drain? And that our stormwater system takes it straight out to our waterways, where it can contaminate the bay and harm the critters that live there? 🦆🦀🐟🐬🐳

Here’s what to do instead:

💦 Use a commercial car wash if you can.
💦 If you can’t, then wash your car on the grass or a surface that can absorb the water.
💦 And only use a biodegradable, phosphate-free, water-based cleaner.

Besides these, what’s your best, car-cleaning secret? Share your thoughts!

#askHRgreen #757 #hrva #hamptonroads

07/08/2021

It’s July and you’re probably enjoying the summer weather, getting outside with barbecues and picnics. At least, we hope you are! We want to remind you, though, that all the fruit and veggie bits, as well as the oils and grease in dressings and sauces could clog up your drains and pipes.

What to do?
❌ Never pour oil, drippings, sauces or dressings down the drain. Absorb those things with a paper towel and then toss it into the trash.
❌ Pour your used cooking grease into an empty, heat-safe container like a soup can. Freeze it and then toss it out with the garbage.

Keep the Grease Grinch out of your kitchen this summer. Share with your friends so they’re on the lookout for this unwelcome houseguest!

07/08/2021

Great reminder from our friends at Keep Norfolk Beautiful!

A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for portions of Hampton Roads. We're expecting heavy rain, gusty winds, and eek!...
07/07/2021
Batten Down the Hatches! - AskHRGreen

A Tropical Storm Watch is now in effect for portions of Hampton Roads. We're expecting heavy rain, gusty winds, and eek! the possibility of tornadoes through Thursday night. Here's what you should be doing now to batten down the hatches and prepare for the tropical weather: https://askhrgreen.org/batten-down-the-hatches/

Stay safe, Hampton Roads!

Tropical Storm Elsa just won’t let it go, but we’re super thankful she’s not bringing snow! What we are expecting from Tropical Storm Elsa is heavy rain, gusty winds, and eek! the possibility of tornadoes. Here’s what you should be doing now to batten down the hatches and prepare for the tro...

07/07/2021

While we may be at the tail end of strawberry-picking in our Hampton Roads gardens this year, that doesn’t mean we still can’t celebrate the last bit of these berry delicious ruby morsels with National Strawberry Sundae Day today! Load them up and savor every bite…

But don’t be too sad. Why? Blueberries, peaches, cherries...

What’s your favorite fruit to grow in your garden? Or to pick in someone else’s garden?

07/04/2021

🇺🇸 Ooooh! Ahhhh! What a joy to be able to celebrate 🎆 our national independence, and to do it together! This year we are all grateful for the freedom to get out and share burgers and potato salad if we want to!

While you are cooking out 🍔 and waving your red, white and blue, we want to remind you to Start Smart and Recycle Right. Suggestions, you ask?

How about:⁠
🍎 Making table arrangements out of fruits and veggies⁠
🧺 Setting out cloth napkins⁠
🍽️ Using washable plates, utensils and cups⁠
🥤 Offering reusable straws (or go strawless!)⁠
♻️ Recycling all suitable paper, plastic and metal⁠

Love your country and help keep it safe and clean! What’s your favorite way to entertain while practicing Starting Smart and Recycling Right?

#askHRgreen #757 #hrva #hamptonroads #hamptonroads

What goes up, must come down. And now in Virginia it is (finally) illegal to intentionally release non-biodegradable bal...
07/01/2021

What goes up, must come down. And now in Virginia it is (finally) illegal to intentionally release non-biodegradable balloons outdoors.

If you need help finding alternatives to balloon releases, check out Joyful Send-Off. They have plenty of eco-friendly alternatives for you to consider using at your next event without harming the environment.

Share the news and help us spread the word that intentional balloon releases are no longer allowed in Virginia!

Heads up folks: Starting July 1, it will be illegal to intentionally release nonbiodegradable balloons outdoors. DEQ’s Director Paylor was on hand when the Governor of Virginia signed the new bill, which aims to reduce litter and also protect animals from harm, especially birds and turtles that mistake them for food. Read more: https://fal.cn/3gqZL #TuesdayThought

Happy Water & Wastewater Professionals Appreciation Day! #WorkForWater 💧
06/30/2021
Opinion: Cheers to Hampton Roads’ invaluable water workers

Happy Water & Wastewater Professionals Appreciation Day!

#WorkForWater 💧

Essential water and wastewater employees in Hampton Roads have made a difference during the pandemic, Katie Cullipher and Rebekah Eastep of askHRgreen.org write in a guest column.

Do you have red, white or blue flowers growing in your garden? If you do, what a wonderful place to celebrate July 4th a...
06/29/2021

Do you have red, white or blue flowers growing in your garden? If you do, what a wonderful place to celebrate July 4th and other patriotic holidays! But that’s not all these colorful blooms can do. Did you know…

❤️Red flowers can make your yard look bigger. 🔍 With their bold color, they draw attention, allowing you to control how people see your landscape.

🤍White flowers are used in moon gardens. 🌝 Oh, how romantic! They brighten dark areas and give you a beautiful opportunity to enjoy your garden at night, especially when the moon is shining.

💙Blue flowers are gorgeous for meditation gardens. 🧘 Although many are more lavender or purple than a true blue, they help create a peaceful, serene feeling.

So celebrate July 4th with some oohs and ahhs in your garden! 🎆 And if they’re native plants, even better...

#askHRgreen
#greatgarden
#gardening

Do you have red, white or blue flowers growing in your garden? If you do, what a wonderful place to celebrate July 4th and other patriotic holidays! But that’s not all these colorful blooms can do. Did you know…

❤️Red flowers can make your yard look bigger. 🔍 With their bold color, they draw attention, allowing you to control how people see your landscape.

🤍White flowers are used in moon gardens. 🌝 Oh, how romantic! They brighten dark areas and give you a beautiful opportunity to enjoy your garden at night, especially when the moon is shining.

💙Blue flowers are gorgeous for meditation gardens. 🧘 Although many are more lavender or purple than a true blue, they help create a peaceful, serene feeling.

So celebrate July 4th with some oohs and ahhs in your garden! 🎆 And if they’re native plants, even better...

#askHRgreen
#greatgarden
#gardening

Please join us in showing an abundance of gratitude to all those who work for water in recognition of Water & Wastewater...
06/29/2021
An Abundance of Gratitude for an Essential Service - AskHRGreen

Please join us in showing an abundance of gratitude to all those who work for water in recognition of Water & Wastewater Professionals Appreciation Day, June 30. These water workers are the reason the sinks flow and the toilets flush. The source behind our favorite frosty beverages and our poolside summer fun. Leave a comment or a simple emoji below to show your gratitude to our regional water workers!! ❤️

Read more at https://askhrgreen.org/water-wastewater-professionals-appreciation-day/

#WorkForWater #WaterProfessionalsAppreciationDay

What has kept you going over the past 15 months? A steaming hot shower or relaxing soak in the tub? Baking bread or planting flowers? Maybe it’s been an afternoon coffee or tea break. All of these activities involve one common denominator—water. June 30 is Annual Drinking Water and Wastewater Pr...

06/28/2021

Here’s an astounding fact: The average dog creates about 274 pounds of p**p per year. 🤯

Here’s another important fact: There are more than 77 million dogs in the United States. 🤯🤯

Holy Mountain of Doo, Batman. (Go ahead, do the math. That’s a MOUNTAIN of a p**p pile.)

Now consider all the parasites and bacteria that p**p contains, and, well, you start to understand why we want to remind you to scoop the p**p.

Do YOU know someone who needs to be reminded? This is a good place to tag them. Just sayin’.

Rain, rain, down the drain,Nothing else; let’s say it again...Not champagne and not chow mein,Not the p**p from a dane n...
06/25/2021

Rain, rain, down the drain,
Nothing else; let’s say it again...
Not champagne and not chow mein,
Not the p**p from a dane named Dwayne.
Not leaves, not grass from the house on the lane,
It’s only rain down the stormwater drain.

Please help keep your neighborhood storm drains—and our waterways—clean and healthy!

#askHRgreen
#stormdrains
#healthywaterway

Photos from Hampton Clean City Commission's post
06/24/2021

Photos from Hampton Clean City Commission's post

06/23/2021

There’s a simple thing you can do to help keep Hampton Roads green and healthy… Pick up after your pooch! 💩 And while it may not sound like a heroic thing to do, it is. Really and truly.

Be the super p**per scooper 🦸‍♀️ you are and show your support by taking the Scoop the P**p pledge:

I pledge to…
✅ Be a good environmental steward and neighbor by not looking the other way when it comes to pet waste.
✅ Scoop it, bag it and trash it each and every time, whether in my own yard or out for a walk.
✅ Always take p**p bags on walks with my pet – even if it means tying plastic grocery bags to the leash so I don’t forget.
✅ Share the importance of keeping pet waste out of our waterways with others in my community.
✅ Share the Scoop the P**p Pledge with other pet owners in my community.

Know another super p**per scooper? Tag ‘em here!

06/23/2021

There’s a simple thing you can do to help keep Hampton Roads green and healthy… Pick up after your pooch! 💩 And while it may not sound like a heroic thing to do, it is. Really and truly.

Be the super p**per scooper 🦸‍♀️ you are and show your support by taking the Scoop the P**p pledge:

I pledge to…
✅ Be a good environmental steward and neighbor by not looking the other way when it comes to pet waste.
✅ Scoop it, bag it and trash it each and every time, whether in my own yard or out for a walk.
✅ Always take p**p bags on walks with my pet – even if it means tying plastic grocery bags to the leash so I don’t forget.
✅ Share the importance of keeping pet waste out of our waterways with others in my community.
✅ Share the Scoop the P**p Pledge with other pet owners in my community.

Know another super p**per scooper? Tag ‘em here!

So you want to honor your Dad/Pop/Papa/Old Man for Father’s Day. Of course you do! But you also want to give him somethi...
06/20/2021

So you want to honor your Dad/Pop/Papa/Old Man for Father’s Day. Of course you do! But you also want to give him something “green” and environmentally friendly… Good on ya! Here are some ideas. Give him:
☕️A reusable stainless steel coffee mug
🎍Bamboo bath “tools” and towels
☀️A portable solar charger
🍅A raised garden bed so he can grow his own produce
🌳Or plant a tree in his honor

Show Dear Old Dad just how you feel. About him AND about the planet.

What are you planning on giving your dad this year?

So you want to honor your Dad/Pop/Papa/Old Man for Father’s Day. Of course you do! But you also want to give him something “green” and environmentally friendly… Good on ya! Here are some ideas. Give him:
☕️A reusable stainless steel coffee mug
🎍Bamboo bath “tools” and towels
☀️A portable solar charger
🍅A raised garden bed so he can grow his own produce
🌳Or plant a tree in his honor

Show Dear Old Dad just how you feel. About him AND about the planet.

What are you planning on giving your dad this year?

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As a region-wide public service initiative, askHRgreen.org educates, engages and motivates citizens to make good environmental choices here in Hampton Roads. By bringing together the 17 local governments (and our friends at HRSD), we are a force and a resource, working to help you improve and protect our waterways, infrastructure and recycling activities through information and inspiration. If you want to learn more about this environmental program, which is administered through the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission, or what you can do, just askHRgreen.org. Financial support for askHRgreen.org is made possible by the following member localities and agencies: the cities of Chesapeake, Franklin, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Poquoson, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach and Williamsburg; the counties of Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City, Southampton, Surry and York; the town of Smithfield; and HRSD.

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Hey there! Will there be any curbside Christmas tree pick-ups or other tree recycling drop off opportunities this year? Happy Holidays!!!
One thing I can't seem to find on your website is what numbers of plastics can be recycled in Virginia Beach. I've heard that only 1's & 2's can (be recycled) but I've never been able to get an answer from Tidewater Fiber Corp.
I have a question. What actually happens to our recycling and the yard waste that the city picks up?
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Write as Rain pictures at the Spratley Gifted Center! #askHRgreen