Service Projects2022-07-09T19:46:07+00:00

About Virginia Turfgrass Council Environmental Institute

SERVICE PROJECTS

WHAT: Come to the Bay Service Project
WHEN: Monday, January 23, 2023
PARTNERS: Chesapeake Bay Foundation, City of Virginia Beach
SCOPE: Environmental Protection at Virginia Beach's Pleasure House Point, including: replanting the 1,200 square foot entry planting with native flowering pollinators and other native plants; establishing native plants in a display garden, and protecting sensitive beach areas.
COST: $12,000
DONATE (your donations are tax-exempt): https://vaturf.org/donate_institute/

ORIGINAL MASTER PLAN OF ENTRY

CURRENT STATE OF ENTRY (it needs help!)

l – Chris Moore (Chesapeake Bay Foundation)
r – Michael Moore (City of Virginia Beach)

One needy area on the Brock Environmental Center campus

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Stabilizing Shorelines in Virginia Beach

February 14, 2022 Service Project

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Michael Moore (City of Virginia Beach) and Kati Grigsby (Chesapeake Bay Foundation) examine the site
Michael Moore (City of Virginia Beach), Wes and Paula Bray (Lawns & Gardens Plus) determining the number of labor hours required to plant 15,000 American Beach Grass plants.
Wes Bray (Lawns & Gardens Plus) looking forward to February 14

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Mitigating Erosion and Sediment Loss in Petersburg

This project was completed 11/20/2021. We are preparing a narrative that will be posted here. In the meantime, go look at a temporary site for a sneak look
Here are some posts about the project
Posted November 17
Posted November 11
Posted November 10
Posted November 06
Posted October 07
Posted August 25

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Stabilizing Shorelines in Virginia Beach: 2021 (last year)

Service Project Sponsors:
Agronomic Lawn Management
Elizabeth River Project
Lawns and Gardens Plus
TruGreen

The 2021 Come to the Bay conference, held each February on the Virginia Beach oceanfront, initiated a service project as part of the event. We partnered with the City of Virginia Beach and provided and planted 6,000 American Beach Grass plants on sensitive oceanfront areas. That event was possible because of the generous contributions of Wes and Paula Bray.

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During February's Come to the Bay conference, the VTC Environmental Institute worked with the City of Virginia Beach to provide and plant 6,000 Dune Protecting American Beach Grass plants on the oceanfront.

Those plants have taken root, they are growing, and they are protecting sensitive beach areas. Next year we intend to double the planting!

Thanks to Lawns and Gardens Plus, ALM and many others for their sponsorship of Come to the Bay!

Check out these recent (6/15/21) photos taken by Michael Moore who is with the City of Virginia Beach

Below are photos of the grasses when they were planted (four months ago).

Lawns and Gardens Plus employees planting the American Beach Grass last February

Here are boxes of the plants when we received them

Ray Funkhouser getting ready to plant

Beach Grass shortly after planting in the sand

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New Logo

Dawn Rigby of Xylem Marketing has worked with the Development Committee to design a logo for the VTC Environmental Institute. The Board of Directors approved that logo. Many thanks to Dawn for donating her time and expertise!

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The Virginia Turfgrass Council Environmental Institute has its own Employer Identification Number: EIN: 85 - 3595976

We are registered with Commonwealth of Virginia (Identification Number: 11124775)

We have received 501(c)(3) status from the IRS

The purposes of Virginia Turfgrass Council Environmental Institute are:

1. Providing education for industry professionals and the general public on proper practices for environmental protection through various means, including seminars and workshops.

2. Providing opportunities for industry professionals and the general public to restore environments.

3. Encouraging and providing support for environmental research.

4. Educating decision makers about proper industry practices that protect the environment.

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