April Is Environmental Awareness and Education Month

April Is Environmental Awareness and Education Month

April Is Environmental Awareness and Education Month The Loudoun Campus is celebrating Environmental Awareness and Education Month with programming during April’s “Green Month.”

Faculty members have organized an entertaining, informative program of April events, including a special Earth Day Symposium on the subject of “Hydraulic Fracturing” (also known as fracking) on Tuesday, April 22 in the Waddell Theatre.

April Is Environmental Awareness and Education Month
Filmmaker Josh Fox and a concerned citizen ignite faucet water affected by fracking.

This year Loudoun is the event host and speakers representing industry and the environment are scheduled for this day-long event. Among the speakers will be filmmaker Josh Fox, who will provide commentary and lead a discussion following a special showing of his 2011 Oscar-nominated documentary “Gasland.”

In recent years, the United States has become the world’s largest producer of natural gas. The predominant means of obtaining natural gas is via a highly controversial process known as “hydraulic fracking.”

In addition to the talks and the Earth Day Symposium, Loudoun’s Green Team (the student club for environmental awareness) will sponsor several showings of “Gasland” throughout the month of April.

The Green Issues Brown Bag Series sessions focus on various environmental topics. These sessions are open to faculty, staff, students and the general public.

The remaining sessions include:

Bill Bour
“The Colorado River and Southwestern Water Resources in a Changing Climate”
Monday, April 14
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
LC 315

Joe Agnich
“Global Warming: Problems With Invasive Species are Heating Up”
Tuesday, April 15
2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
LC 209

Mark Green
“Simmering Earth”
Wednesday, April 16
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
LC 315

Gillian Backus
“Sickening: Climate Change and Infectious Diseases”
Thursday, April 17
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
LC 213

Rob Johnson
“NOVA Sustainability Update”
Tuesday, April 29
12:30 p.m. to 1:30pm
LC 215

Faculty are encouraged to incorporate the topic of environmental awareness into their classes. If you plan to integrate environmental awareness, contact Acting Dean Agnich at jagnich@nvcc.edu to tell him about some of the creative things you have done or plan to do with the topic.

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