April is Environmental Awareness and Education Month. NOVA faculty have put together an entertaining and informative program of events for the month including a special all-day symposium on Tuesday, April 22 in the Waddell Theatre. Look for more information about the events throughout the month.
Brown Bag Series:
Six sessions have been scheduled in the LC building focusing on various environmental topics. These sessions are open to all. Mark your calendars for these:
|John Kincheloe||Going Green: A History of the Environmental Movement||Wednesday, April 9LC 311||2:00 to 3:00pm|
|Bill Bour||The Colorado River and Southwestern Water Resources in a Changing Climate||Monday, April 14LC 315||1:00 to 2:00pm|
|Joe Agnich||Global Warming – Problems with Invasive Species are Heating Up||Tuesday, April 15LC 209||2:00 to 3:00pm|
|Mark Green||Simmering Earth
|Wednesday, April 16LC 315||Noon to 1:00pm|
|Gillian Backus||Sickening: Climate Change and Infectious Diseases||Thursday, April 17LC 213||12:30 to 1:30pm|
|Rob Johnson||NOVA Sustainability Update
|Tuesday, April 29LC 215||12:30 to 1:30pm|
One of the most critical public policy issues today deals with finding the right balance between our need to use the earth’s resources for fueling the economy but doing so in a sustainable way. How can we insure economic growth and jobs that lead to improved quality of life without ruining the environment in the process?
In the last few years the United States has become the world’s largest producer of natural gas. This has enabled our nation to become practically energy independent — a far cry from the days of the Arab Oil Embargo and our dependency on foreign oil. But the predominant means of obtaining natural gas is a controversial process known as hydraulic fracking. In 2010 filmaker and environmental activist Josh Fox produced a movie about hydraulic fracking called Gasland. The film was nominated for an academy award for best documentary in 2011.
The campus Green Team, the student club for environmental awareness, will be sponsoring several showings of the movie Gasland during April. Look for flyers with more information.
The April 22 Climate Change Symposium:
For the last several years NOVA has held a climate change symposium on Earth Day (April 22). This year it’s Loudoun’s turn to host the event. We’ve put together an exciting program of speakers representing industry and the environment. Among them will be Josh Fox who will provide commentary and lead a discussion following a special showing of his movie Gasland.
Look for more information about the day’s events later this month.