Our Solar Mandate
“We have a duty toward the land that brings us food, toward the rain that brings us water, toward nature.”
–Sri Swami Satchidananda
Introduction to Yogaville’s green initiative, focusing primarily on our solar project and it’s benefits to the Ashram. Here we present our grand plan to transform Yogaville into a model of self-sufficiency through clean energy. This is an introduction, with more specifics listed below.
Phase 1: artist rendering of the Sivananda Hall solar project.
How You Can Help
Converting the Ashram to clean, renewable energy is our goal. The first step in meeting this goal is unplugging our Sivananda Hall from the grid and outfitting it with the solar panels necessary to cover its energy needs. To accomplish this, Yogaville is seeking to raise $150,000 from private donors. This money will be added to another $100,000 already raised internally, and together will cover the entire cost of the Sivananda Hall Solar Project. Please help Yogaville to realize this great goal by contributing here. We are grateful for donations of any size.
A more in-depth explanation of Yogaville’s energy goals, perhaps starting with what we’ve already accomplished, and whatwe hope to do over the years ahead.
- Bullet points help simplify
- What we hope to accomplish
- Over the years ahead
Protect Our Water, Protect Our Air
Our Position on the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Stand with Yogaville is an initiative to oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP). If the ACP project is allowed to go forward, the pipeline routes will be between 1600 and 3200 feet from Yogaville with a 40,000+ horsepower compressor station within 5.5 miles. View Map
Stand With Us!
- Sign our petition then share it with friends!
- Send a letter to FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)
- Send your FERC letter to VA public officials (Address List)
- Respond to any article or editorial about: Dominion’s pipeline and natural gas issues
- Repost YES Social Media messages to your Social Media platforms
- Learn about the health and safety risks of natural gas infrastructure and share this with friends
- Donate to Stand with Yogaville! initiative
What is YES?
Yogaville Environmental Solutions (YES) officially launched on April 18, 2015 in honor of Earth Day, at a beautiful event on the grounds of Yogaville, with interfaith prayers and a tree planting. YES is a new undertaking to support, and adopt, sustainable energy practices and to oppose the Atlantic Coast Pipeline.
The long-term goal of YES is to transition Yogaville to renewable energy.
YES has joined our neighboring counties and environmental groups in opposing the construction of the 42”, 550 mile high-pressure pipeline which would transport fracked natural gas from West Virginia through Virginia to North Carolina. The pipeline will be between 1,600 and 3200 feet from Yogaville with a 40,000+ horsepower compressor station within 5.5 miles.
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What has YES been doing?
- Conducted press outreach to explain the YES’ position on the proposed pipeline and compressor station with coverage in the Richmond Times Dispatchand Farmville Herald– August, ongoing
- Co-sponsored Hands Across Our Land with Friends of Buckingham and Friends of Nelson at the Wingina Bridge in Buckingham, VA – August 1
- Officially filed as an intervenor in the legal process to challenge any approvals by FERC
- Attended community advisory group sponsored
- Strategy planning and coordination with ABRA for future PR initiatives
- Presentations to community and coalition members
- Fundraising concert with Siva Fike at Yogaville – June 14
- Met with Senator Tim Kaine to express concerns about the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission process– 28 May
- Special Film Screening of “Groundswell Rising” with Craig Stevens – May 13
- Hosted the Pipeline Resistance Bike Riders of the VA Student Environmental Council (VSEC) – May 12
- YES had a table, along with Friends of Buckingham, at May Fest in Dillwyn to talk with Buckingham County residents about the proposed pipeline on May 9
- A radio Interview of Swami Dayananda by Adrienne Ramey on the show “Backyard Revolution” on WCNR (“106.1- The Corner”) – May 1
- Yogaville, along with other allied organizations, signed on to the scoping comments filed by Appalachian Mountain Advocates (also on April 28, 2015)
- YES members prepared and filed official scoping comments to FERC on April 28, 2015.
- Members of the YES Team spoke at the scoping meeting that the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) held in Farmville and in Lovingston.
- Yogaville retained Appalachian Mountain Advocates as their legal counsel – on March 24, 2015
- Yogaville joined ABRA
- YES members attended a meeting of Allegheny Blue Ridge Alliance (ABRA), where 23 coalition members came together
- YES hosted 13 staff members from Dominion Resources for a question and answer session.
- Virginia state delegate, Mat Farris, came to Yogaville to hear our concerns about the health, safety and environmental impacts of the proposed pipeline and compressor station.
- YES Team members, accompanied by Buckingham County administrators, visited Dominion’s compressor station in Leesburg, Virginia.
Some of the many contributions from Integral Yoga sangha members and friends:
- A petition expressing opposition to the pipeline was created by Integral Yoga Global Network – February 2015. Over 700 names from concerned people from around the world have been collected as of May 1. The petition has been sent to FERC.
- YES launched its Facebook page, with the assistance of Yogaville volunteers- April 2015
- Ashram Pipeline Committee organizes the first pipeline education meeting in Yogaville with guest speaker, Ernie Reed, of Friends of Nelson
- The Yogaville Board of Trustees prepared an official letter of concern to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and mailed it out on 28 Nov. 2014. It is clear that the pipeline and compressor station directly affect the Ashram and its future .