Pearl Homes: Every person & every home can make a difference in the health of our waterways!

* 1. Is your home a Pearl Home?
Click all that apply. 15 "YES" responses qualify your home as a Pearl Home.This program is FREE to all Virginia Beach residents. 

* 2. If you are representing your student's school as part of the the Pearl School program, please provide the school's complete name below.

* 3. Answer "Yes" to the things that you are doing consistently to MAKE A DIFFERENCE.
(15 "Yes" responses are required for a Pearl Home Award, but you must answer each question)

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Became a member of Lynnhaven River NOW and helped to support our work
Pledge to "Scoop the Poop" if you are a pet owner
Installed a "Scoop the Poop" sticker on my city trash can
Helped with one of LRNow's waterway cleanups during the past year
Installed Lynnhaven River storm drain markers in my neighborhood
Grow oysters for a conservation reef on the Lynnhaven or other local waterway
Display a LRNow Clean Boating sticker on my boat
Serve on one of LRNow's committees
Attended a LRNow presentation at my Civic League, Garden Club or other civic organization
Participated in a LRNow workshop or program
Reduced my lawn area and converted it to a planted bed
Choose native plants for my landscape and avoided invasive species
Do not feed ducks and geese
Planted a tree
Installed a rain barrel or cistern to reduce the runoff from my property
Installed a rain garden to reduce runoff & hold storm water to slowly infiltrate
Reduce my fertilizer use to be more water friendly
Pump out the holding tank on my boat
Switched to marine approved cleaning products for my boat
Installed a Buffer Garden between my lawn and the waterway or between my lawn and the street
Compost leaves, grass clippings and yard waste
Raised the mower blades to 3 inches or higher to keep the lawn a little longer and healthier
Turn off the sprinklers and irrigated less frequently, only when really needed
Got a soil test before applying any fertilizer
Keep the gutter area in front of my home clear of dirt, leaves and debris to prevent these from going into the storm drain
Redirected my downspout into a planted bed away from paved surfaces
Installed pervious pavers in place of concrete or blacktop
Created a backyard habitat for wildlife
Switched to an electric mower or a push mower
Line dry my laundry whenever possible
Installed a living shoreline
Grow some of my own fruits and vegetables
Properly dispose of cigarette butts
Remove invasive plant species from your landscape
Switched from bottled water to a reusable water bottle that I refill
Buy locally produced organic foods & products whenever possible
Belong to a Community Supporter Agriculture (CSA) program
Consistently use reusable grocery bags
Drive fewer miles, consciously eliminating unnecessary trips, use public transportation or a bicycle
Chose a more fuel efficient vehicle
Consistently recycle or reuse
Installed a programmable thermostat or purchased energy efficient appliances
Installed low-flow faucets and/or toilets
Did an energy efficiency renovation on my home (new windows, increased insulation, new heating and air conditioning system, etc)
Dispose of hazardous waste properly (batteries, paint, etc)
Communicated with one of my elected officials about an environmental issue
Keep a grease can in my kitchen, and reduced or eliminated my use of the garbage disposal
Turn off lights and appliances when not in use
Compost kitchen waste
Recruited a new Pearl Home

* 4. Do you have another initiative or action that you would like for us to consider?

Congratulations on becoming a Pearl Home! Clean waterways are important to all of us.

Your Pearl Home flag (with stand) is waiting for you in our office. Please come by to pick it up anytime during our regular office hours, Monday - Friday, 9 am - 5 pm. We are located at the Brock Environmental Center, 3663 Marlin Bay Dr, Virginia Beach, VA 23455. If you are participating in a Pearl Homes Drive as part of the Pearl School program, check with your school to see how you will receive your flag.

Now, it's time to put your flag in your yard and spread the word to your neighbors. We look forward to driving around Virginia Beach to see all the Pearl Homes taking care of our beautiful waterways! Thank you for all that you do for a clean and healthy Lynnhaven River.

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