In celebration of Earth Day and 100 years of National Parks, NOVA hosted the 2016 Green Festival at the Annandale Campus on April 18. Attendees enjoyed multiple workshops in the forum of the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center throughout the day. Faculty, staff, students and visitors attended the filled-to-capacity presentation in the CE Theater by keynote speaker Pete McBride, National Geographic Society’s “freshwater hero” and award-winning photographer, writer and filmmaker.
McBride has spent almost two decades studying the world with his camera. He is a self-taught photographer and filmmaker who has traveled on assignment to more than 60 countries for the publications of the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian, Outside, Men’s Journal, Esquire, STERN and others.
After 10 years working aboard, McBride returned home to Colorado and spent over two years studying and documenting the Colorado River. His talk at the Annandale Campus included showing portions of his documentary film about the Colorado, “Chasing Water,” as well as a preview of his recent and ongoing travels in the Grand Canyon.
NOVA has celebrated nature and national parks for many years partnering with Fairfax County for Arbor Day celebrations before creating the annual Green Festival several years ago. This year’s theme, “Celebrating 100 Years of National Parks,” brought together representatives from national, local and state parks to discuss concerns relating to preservation, protection and water use at all levels. Participants took away the knowledge that each individual can make a difference in protecting the planet for future generations. It was truly a good day’s work.