Virginia’s “Friendly City” is poised to become its Solar City, as Eastern Mennonite University has begun building the state’s largest solar power installation on its campus in Harrisonburg. Work on a 104-kilowatt solar array on the university library’s roof began in late September, after the university signed a power purchase agreement with Secure Futures LLC,…

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Nation’s first barley ethanol refinery opens in Virginia A barley ethanol refinery on the outskirts of Richmond may soon succeed where corn ethanol has failed: earning widespread praise from environmental groups and farmers alike. The plant, called Appomattox Bio Energy, will be the country’s first commercial refinery to use barley as a feedstock for ethanol…

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Standing before a mostly-full meeting room at the community center, J.C. Powell emphasized the benefits of a clean coal research facility proposed for an empty tract of land on the edge of town: It will create dozens of good jobs. It will further the cause of American energy independence. It will combat global warming and…

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In a perfect world, you’d have time to ski all 16 Southeastern resorts in one season. It’s a beautiful dream that most likely will never happen. Forget work and other obligations, we only have three months of skiable weather down here. With a 90-day window to take your turns, you can’t ski it all. You have to be picky. Ski the best and forget the rest. And here they are—the best ski runs in the Southeast.

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A kayaker rides "the bull"—the class-IV rapid Bull Sluice—on the Chattooga River. The 57-mile, free-flowing Chattooga River plunges south from the Nantahala Mountains.

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