Environmental Groups, Concerned Community Members to Protest Data Center Expansions Outside Dice East Data Center Conference

Protesters will highlight the dangers of unrelenting data center expansion.

Courtesy of the Coalition to Protect Prince William County
Courtesy of the Coalition to Protect Prince William County
Elena Sclossberg

McLean, Virginia ― Members of impacted communities and environmental groups plan to bring attention to the consequences of planned data center expansion across Virginia outside the Dice East Conference. Wednesday, May 24-Thursday May 25

In addition to local ecological and air quality harms, data centers require massive amounts of energy that will result in an unstable energy grid and increased energy costs for ratepayers.

As Virginia gears up to give Amazon over $100 million in taxpayer subsidies, the subsequent data center expansion should not be at the expense of impacted communities, energy grid stability, environment and climate as Dominion Energy’s IRP cites data centers as justification for additional fossil fuel projects.  

Protesters will hold signs highlighting the issues of data centers. Two environmental groups and concerned community members will also provide brief remarks conveying various perspectives of how data centers pose threats to communities and Virginia’s energy grid. A link to the live stream can be shared upon request. 

What: Protest of data center expansion from concerned community members and environmental groups and Media Conference

Date:  Wednesday, May 24, 2023 

Time: 3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Where: Sidewalk outside of Ritz Carlton McLean building 

  1700 Tysons Blvd, McLean, Virginia, 22102


David McGuire, Town Council Member, Warrenton;

Paige Wesselink, representative of Sierra Club (MC)

Julie Bolthouse, Piedmont Environmental Council

Elena Schlossberg, Director of the Coalition to Protect Prince William County

Cynthia Burbank of Fauquier, 

Natalie Pien of Loudoun,  

Expect to See: Crowd of 20+ people all holding signs representing data center expansion issues. 

Who is Invited? Anyone who supports saving Northern Virginia's scenic rural areas from data incursion. 

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