What makes an “active and healthy living” community?

RIDE Solutions sponsors the Ride Smart Challenge to encourage everyone to explore their transportation options. One of the side effects of taking the Ride Smart Challenge and trying new ways to get where you’re going is learning more about your community. — What bus route is near me? Can I ride on the greenway to get to work? Are there safe bike routes near my house? Is someone near me looking for a carpool partner?

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2nd Green Academy Scheduled for October

ROANOKE, VA – Following on the success of its first Green Academy in January, the Citizens for Clean and Green Committee will offer the second City of Roanoke Green Academy beginning Thursday, Oct. 6, at Fishburn Park Elementary School. Sessions will be held on consecutive Thursday evenings through Oct. 20, with a light dinner at 5:30 p.m. and presentations from 6 to 8 p.m. A graduation will be held on Thursday, Oct. 27.

The Green Academy is a four-week environmental awareness program for city residents that gives participants a chance to learn from regional experts on important environmental issues of the day.  Information will be shared on topics such as energy conservation, weatherization, renewable energy, water conservation, green building and more.

Participation is free, but registration is required by Friday, Sept. 30. An application form is available on the city’s website at www.roanokeva.gov/green. For more information about the program, contact City of Roanoke Director of General Services and Sustainability Ken Cronin at 853-1805.