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REGIONAL COMMISSION THE COOLEST CITIZEN IN 2012

March 14, 2012

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Photo by Dan Smith, Valley Business FRONT

Salem, VA, March 14, 2012:  The Roanoke Valley-Alleghany Regional Commission (RVARC) was named the coolest organization in the Roanoke region at today’s Affiliate Conference of the Roanoke Valley Cool Cities Coalition.

Wayne Strickland, RVARC’s Executive Director, accepted the award on behalf of the Commission while Richard Flora, Chairman of the Roanoke County Board of Supervisors, and Court Rosen of Roanoke City Council presented the award.

RVARC garnered the Special Achievement Cool Citizen award for its leadership in regional sustainability efforts including

  • RIDE Solutions – Creative strategies to encourage bicycling, carpooling and other alternative transportation
  • Volunteers for Energy – free energy audits and recommendations for local organizations, and
  • Partnership for a Livable Roanoke Valley – planning to promote economic vitality, environmental quality, and equal opportunity in the Roanoke region.

The award honors individuals and organizations that have done the most to reduce harmful emissions during the past year. Other winners included Brandon Oaks, Bench Mark Builders, Roger Holnback (Western Virginia Land Trust), Mark Jackson (New River Center for Energy Research and Training), Gene Marrano, Janet Scheid, and Mary and Doug McCallum. Details on the winners will follow soon.

The conference also featured a presentation by Dr. Melissa Booth titled “Changing Climate, Changing Oceans: What Does It Mean for Citizens of Virginia?” Booth is a marine biologist who recently managed a University of Georgia research station on Sapelo Island. 

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