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BECrenderingThe Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is seeking a little help from our friends to keep Pleasure House Point green.

As many Bay Daily readers know, CBF is planning to construct one of the greenest, most environmentally friendly buildings in the world on a small parcel of Pleasure House Point in Virginia Beach, Va. The parcel is part of a much larger, 118-acre tract that was saved from intense residential development last year and is now preserved permanently as a public natural area.

CBF’s green building will be called the Brock Environmental Center and is designed to have “net zero” impact on the surrounding environment (for more about the building, click here). Groundbreaking for the Brock Environmental Center is slated for early fall.

In preparation for construction, CBF will soon be moving trees and shrubs from within the construction footprint to habitat restoration areas around the site.  The intent is to save as many of the native plants as practical. The transplanting will be done in two phases: first, interested volunteers will help move small trees and shrubs; later, heavier equipment will be used to move the larger trees.

The site has a few small live oaks and pines that are good candidates for transplanting with DSC00971 volunteers.  These trees are small and in most cases located in areas not well suited for long-term growth.  There also are numerous shrubs that are good transplant candidates. In most cases these shrubs, commonly referred to as high tide bush, can be trimmed and transplanted with minimal care.
To move larger live oaks on the site and give them the best chance of survival, equipment called a tree spade will be used. The tree spade preserve as much of the trees’ root systems as possible, especially important given the sandy soils at Pleasure House Point.
Volunteer transplant days are scheduled for Feb. 17, 22, and March 1. If you’d like to lend a hand, contact Christy Everett or Chris Moore at CBF’s Hampton Roads office at 757/622-1964 or at or

Regular Bay Daily readers also know CBF is asking the Hampton Roads community for a number of salvaged items for the Brock Environmental Center – specific, gently used building materials that can be reused or repurposed in the building to save natural resources and to help meet the strict standards of the “Living Building Challenge.” 

CorkThe latest targeted item – used champagne corks for cabinet and drawer knobs. If you’d like to toast CBF’s Brock Environmental Center and donate a cork or two or three, give CBF's Hampton Roads office a call at 757/622-1964 or send an email to A list of cork drop-off locations will be posted on CBF's website shortly.

Whoever said being green isn’t fun?!

Chuck Epes
Chesapeake Bay Foundation


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