The Alexandria Sustainability Committee sponsored a Green Town Hall on November 6 at the Alexandria Campus. The conference, which was open to the public, was aimed at educating the campus community on a variety of sustainability issues that are rapidly affecting many fields and sectors of society. The event offered a forum for discussion to identify ways to increase sustainability issues and practices on the Alexandria Campus. The speakers included Dr. Victor Zabielski (professor of geology and event organizer), Robert Johnson (NOVA’s sustainability officer), Lenna Storm (sustainability manager at George Mason University), Dr. Christine Bozarth (assistant professor of environmental science) and Jonathan Kolm (assistant professor of music).
The event drew approximately 50 participants from all sectors of the Alexandria Campus and community. The open discussion identified many possible means to increase sustainable practices at the Campus including new classes geared toward educating students on the impacts of sustainability in their lives and careers, improvements to the Campus facilities, encouraging recycling, car pools, bike share/ bike accessibility, and incorporating solar and geothermal energy into the power structure for the Campus.
Numerous future events were discussed including possible speakers, an Earth Day event in the spring 2013 semester, and a follow up Green Town Hall to monitor and encourage action on items identified in the Fall 2012 Green Town Hall.
The first Green Town Hall was meant to be the first step in a concerted effort to increase awareness of sustainability issues at the Alexandria Campus and to mark a course for future action on this issue of growing importance to NOVA students, staff and faculty.