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. 10 "YES" responses needed to qualify. 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.
(10 "Yes" responses are required for a Pearl Home Award for your Condo, apartment or townhome, but you must answer each question)

  Yes I don't now, but I will start No N/A
Are a member of Lynnhaven River NOW and help to support our work
Pledge to "Scoop the Poop" if you are a pet owner
Helped with one of LRNow's waterway cleanups during the past year
Installed Lynnhaven River storm drain markers
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
Do not feed ducks and geese
Pick up litter outdoors regularly & disposed of properly
Pump out the holding tank on my boat
Switched to marine approved cleaning products for my boat
Properly dispose of cigarette butts
Encourage HOA to remove invasive plant species from landscaping and replace with native plants
Do not release balloons into the environment & dispose of them safely and properly
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
Purchased energy efficient, Energy Star appliances
Installed low-flow faucets and/or toilets
Installed energy efficient windows
Increased insulation inside home
Installed a new heating/air conditioning system
Dispose of hazardous waste properly (batteries, paint, CFLs, etc)
Recycle used electronic devices
Communicated with one of my elected officials about an environmental issue
Keep a grease can in my kitchen, and have reduced or eliminated my use of the garbage disposal
Turn off lights and appliances when not in use
Compost kitchen waste
Open blinds to help with heating in the winter; close to help with cooling in the summer
Use non-toxic, biodegradable, environmentally safe cleaning products
Grow house plants to improve indoor air quality
Turn off the water at the bathroom sink while brushing teeth
Take short showers to conserve water
Installed a low flow shower head
Replace toilet tissues with 100% recycled product
Only run full loads in dishwasher, washing machine & dryer
Unplug electronics when not in use
Replaced incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) and/or LEDs
Recruited a new Pearl Home

* 4. Do you have another initiative or action 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) or door-friendly magnet 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 up your flag or magnet and proudly 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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