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In the City or the Country—Public Access to Nature Matters

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As the pandemic drove many Piedmont residents to seek respite and renewal in natural areas, parks, and trails like never before, it made one thing abundantly clear; we need more, well-distributed public access to parks and green spaces all throughout ...
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Second Active Mobility Summit Celebrates Collective Action and Launches New Initiatives

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Event recap written by Heidi Hahn. On February 28, representatives from organizations, local businesses, agencies and passionate individuals who share a mission to promote walking, biking, running, everyday access to nature and active lifestyles gathered for a free, half-day workshop ...
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2022-2024 Virginia Budget Priorities

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This text was sourced from an email alert sent out on March 3, 2022. Sign up to receive PEC updates. We’re nearing the end of the General Assembly session, which means focus is starting to shift toward the state’s budget ...
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HB 206 – Getting Solar Siting Right

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Updated March 1, 2022 The Virginia House of Delegates has advanced HB 206, a bipartisan bill to improve the utility-scale solar permitting process in Virginia. The bill passed out of the Senate Agriculture, Conservation and Natural Resources committee on a ...
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Rivanna River Pedestrian Bridge at Woolen Mills: A Historic Opportunity

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Two options are being considered for a pedestrian crossing over the Rivanna River. (Renderings by VBH) Update: The MPO Policy Board will vote on which bridge to pursue at its meeting on Thursday, March 24, at 2:00 p.m. The public ...
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