One local college is working hard to get community members thinking about how they can make their lives and the world a little more green.
Organizers for the Growing Green in the Valley symposium say their main goal was to focus on sustainability, particularly with agriculture and related tourism.
Sen. Mark Warner was on hand via video-conferencing to give the keynote address.
Sessions centered around many small-scale projects like bringing small, sustainable farms back to the Valley and ways to use small-scale sustainable energy projects for both farms and homes.
A farmer presenting at the event believes sustainable projects such as these don't necessarily mean big bucks for those implementing them.
"One of the greatest misnomers that we have in our country right now is to be an ecological steward I have to sacrifice the economy or to be ecological I have to sacrifice the economy, either short term or long term," says Polyface Farms co-owner Joel Salatin.
Salatin also says things like composting and more efficient use of the land can actually save farmers money while cutting down on the use of chemicals.