Issue No. 3 | August, 2011 

HRPDC Presses Button onaskHRgreen.org Logo

HR Green Group Photo - Website Launch

It's official! Following a year of fact-finding, research, focus group studies and creative development, the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission (HRPDC), members of its HR Green executive committee and city and county representatives from throughout the region launched www.askHRgreen.org last month at a special kick-off meeting at the group's Chesapeake headquarters. Developers believe the new website, chocked full of fast searchable features, an interactive calendar, social media feeds and a wealth of information, is the go-to resource for all things green in Hampton Roads.


"Our name pretty much says it all," said Julia B. Hillegass, public information and community affairs administrator for the HRPDC. "If you have questions about recycling, smart water use, sustainable landscaping practices or anything related to our Hampton Roads environment, you'll find the answers at askHRgreen.org."


Q&A with Julia Hillegass


Julia Hillegass For the past year, Julia B. Hillegass had spearheaded the HRPDC's HR Green Campaign, working with the HR Green executive committee to consolidate the commission's individual environmental committees under one umbrella program called HR Green. She is the public information and community affairs administrator for the HRPDC. The new askHRgreen.org website was top of mind when Green News in Hampton Roads caught up with Julia this month!
See It Now!


WVEC-TV Interview 7-24-11  

Click here to watch a WVEC-TV interview with Julia Hillegass and Lisa Hardy about the askHRgreen.org launch.


You've got questions?
We've got answers at askHRgreen.org


askHRgreen search function

askHRgreen.org is designed to make it easy for residents to find information about simple green practices they can implement at home, in their yard, in their community, as well as at work and in the classroom.
If you don't find the answer you're looking for, just ask! The site has a terrific search function that allows you to type in a subject, or ask a question, and it will take you to the answer and related info on the site. For instance, if you want to know, "Where can I safely dispose of my old medicines?" you'll be directed to the answer on a specific page within the site. You'll discover there are many ways to handle this task, including taking your unused prescription drugs back to a drug store that participates in a "take back program." Get your questions ready and give it a try!
Where's the Blog?

Lets Talk Green Blog 

Last fall, the HR Green Executive Committee began an online journal at www.HRgreenblog.com as an interim communiqué to keep followers aware of the HR Green campaign. Written by a team of local experts who work in the region's municipal utility and environmental divisions, the blog attracted a large and faithful following that checked in daily for regional news, tips, events and info about the environment. Today, fans will find them at www.askHRgreen.org, where they continue to blog about issues and news that will interest all Hampton Roads residents. You'll find the bloggers by clicking on the "Let's Talk Green" button at the top of the askHRgreen homepage!


Meet HR Green Blogger
John Deuel!

"I am inspired and energized by the leadership ideas of citizens from all over the region. Many have taken on environmental stewardship as part of their lifestyle and to help their own communities."

John Deuel John Deuel, recycling coordinator and executive director of Keep Norfolk Beautiful, has enjoyed a public service career that spans 32 years-beginning with his leadership of the municipal recreation programs for the Town of Jamestown, R.I., and Pacifica, Calif. He came to Norfolk as the special events coordinator in 1983. After moving into the Department of Public Works in 1991, he helped to expand litter prevention, recycling and environmental education programs. Seven years later, he helped open the Ernie Morgan Environmental Action Center, providing citizens with access to environmental information and volunteer opportunities. "I am inspired and energized by the leadership and ideas of citizens from all over the region," John said. "Many have taken on environmental stewardship as part of their lifestyle and to help their own communities." Professionally, he has chaired Keep America Beautiful's National Conference and received the group's leadership award in 2000. John lives in downtown Norfolk with his wife, Sallie. To see John relay why it's important to recycle your plastic bags, click here.

In This Issue
HRPDC Presses Button on askHRgreen.org
Q&A with Julia Hillegass
See It Now!
You've got questions? We've got answers at askHRgreen.org
Where's the Blog?
Meet John Deuel
Mailing List
Your 3Rs
Your Home
Your Yard
Your Business
Your Community
Your Classroom


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