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Basic Waste Management Fact Sheet,

Joe LaRocco

This document contains basic facts about solid waste management in Virginia written by Joe LaRocco. These facts include the amount of waste produced by one person every day to landfills,the importance of recycling, and how solid waste is…

The Politics of Solid Waste Management ,

Joe LaRocco

Virginians produce over 9.5 million tons of solid wastes every year. Solid waste management is a classic study of federalism. Federal, state, and local laws and ordinances have a multitude of requirements that apply to the disposal of solid wastes.…

How Are Land Use Decisions Made?,

Charlie Grymes

Participating in land-use decisions made by one's local government, after learning the rules of the process, challenges the stereotype that residents affected by land-use changes are victims of uncontrollable circumstances. Working with a county's…

VRA to Invest More Than $200 Million in Local Projects Statewide ,

Rod Davis and Liz Bryant

The Virginia Resources Authority (VRA) is a state organization that helps fund local government projects, such as infrastructure, public health and safety projects, and public schools. This document describes the VRA and some projects it has funded.…

Governor Kaine Announces Energy Saving Donation in Virginia State Parks,

Gordon Hickey, Gary Waugh, and Jeb Hockman

One of Governor Kaine's initiatives is to create a clean energy plan in Virginia. This document provides an example of how that policy is carried out on a local level. Certain electric companies agreed to work with the state to donate more energy…

Governor Kaine Announces 50 New Jobs for Halifax County,

Gordon Hickey, David McFarland, and Suzanne West

Sometimes, states "bid" for different companies to locate their manufacturing plants or jobs in that state. In this case, Virginia pledged $260,000 to help a bath fixture company create a manufacturing plant in Halifax county. In return, LABSCO…

Virginia Energy Plan,

Department of Mines, Minerals and Energy (DMME)

Part of the process of government is figuring out how to turn policy into a practical plan. For example, Governor Kaine and other state officials hope to implement a clean, affordable energy policy in Virginia. What steps can they take to do this?…

Students Celebrate Arbor Day by Planting Trees on Mined Land,

Mike Abbott

Reforestation is an important part of cutting down on carbon emissions. Trees help absorb carbon from the atmosphere. This document describes a cooperative effort between students, Virginia government, and mining companies to reforest land that had…