Green Bank Sustainable Living Guide

Green Bank Observatory Sustainability Committee

The Green Bank Observatory employees established a sustainability committee in late 2020 to develop new initiatives for local residents to improve their environment and their lives.

This committee is continuing to reach out to the local and regional community to set standards for sustainable living in Green Bank and the surrounding areas.

Farmers Markets

Green Bank Farmer’s Market, Seasonal. Wednesdays 3-6pm Senior Center parking lot

The Highland County Farmers’ Market take place every Friday from May 27- October 7th. At the Highland Center in Monterey – shop fresh, local produce, meat, baked goods, and maple syrup.

Pocahontas County Farmer’s Market

Local Shops

Trent’s General Store sell locally sourced products in season, and everything else you need

Other Local Products & Resources

Allegheny Mountain Institute free virtual workshops, in person workshops and events for a fee, farmer’s market and CSAs

Frostmore Farms produce and sell maple syrup

Grow Appalachia (High Rocks West Virginia site) garden planning resources

Horse manure for gardening and composting $10/load, Ashley Sheets moc.l1716991008iamg@1716991008sesro1716991008hecna1716991008mrofr1716991008eppa1716991008

Eggs can be purchased locally from several individuals, including Elaine Sheets moc.l1716991008iamg@1716991008steeh1716991008skzje1716991008

Recycling can be dropped off at the Green Box waste collection area in Green Bank which accepts cardboard boxes, office paper, newspapers, magazines, and plastics #1 and #2.

Wednesdays and Saturdays 8am-5pm and Sundays from 1pm – 4pm

The Pocahontas County Landfill accepts white goods, electronics, and tires.

Open Monday – Friday 8am-4pm

Elkins Metal Recycling

Accepts aluminum, iron-based metals, white paper, magazines, cardboard, and plastics #1 and #2

1404 15th Street, Elkins 26241

Randolph County Solid Waste Authority Recycling Center

24/7 Self Service, see photos below for items accepted
10 Eleventh Street, Elkins, WV 26241

Elkins Glass Recycling

Brown, Green and Clear Glass is recyclable at 31 Jones Drive, Elkins, WV

Sort your glass into the 3 dumpsters.

Monday – Friday 6 AM – 2 PM, Saturday 9 AM – 12 PM, Closed Sunday.

Note: Jones Drive is a gravel road, un-named on Google Maps, that branches off of Haddix just after the intersection of Haddix and Andrews St.

Elkin’s Walmart and Kroger

Accept plastic bags for recycling in bins located just inside the front entrances. Click here to see a complete list of what is ok to include.

Earth Day

Learn about the global initiative(s) taking place near you!

Wild and Wonderful Earth Day Learn about the State level celebration that took place in 2021

The West Virginia SPOT program (Science Public Outreach Team) has several presentations that focus on Earth science. Learn more and see upcoming dates here.

2021 Tree Planting on Green Bank Observatory campus

Road Clean-up in Green Bank

Joint Effort with Pocahontas County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) in 2021

Race to Recycle Competition

As part of the events leading up to Earth Day 2022, Green Bank Employees participated in a Race to Recycle. This friendly competition turned recycling into a “game”, where employee groups strived to see who could bring in the most recyclable materials over a short time limit.

The slide shown above is from a recap shared by Jesse Bublitz for the GBO Sustainability Working Group. GBO staff recycled over 1 ton of materials during the three week competition in April. This proof of concept shows that recycling is possible despite the challenges faced in our remote location.