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New Model for Green Building Opens in Virginia Beach

More than a decade ago, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation constructed the Merrill Center, one of the world’s most energy efficient buildings. Now the group is setting an even higher standard with its new Brock Environmental Center. From Virginia Beach, Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Learn More: Find more details about the Brock Environmental Center and the Living Building Challenge.

Bike Commuters Eager for Richmond’s New Infrastructure

Across the US, most people get to work using motorized vehicles. But US Census data shows an increasing number are commuting by bike, growing 61% since 2000. Many cities, including Richmond, are working to make the streets more friendly to residents who have incorporated bikes into their everyday lives. Catherine Komp has more for Virginia Currents.

Inside Master Violin Maker Don Leister’s Workshop

At this year’s Richmond Folk Festival, spectators have the chance to hear Tibetan opera, Dominican merengue and Native American hip-hop. Virginia’s rich cultural heritage will also be celebrated, including those continuing the tradition of hand-crafted instruments. Virginia Currents producer Catherine Komp brings you to the workshop of one of those artisans, violin maker Don Leister.

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