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Public hearing on environmental sustainability

April 27, 2009

On May 1, Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will host a public hearing to receive comment on environmental sustainability opportunities within the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). Community members are invited to participate with faculty, staff and students at the hearing, scheduled for 9 a.m. in the theater at the Ernst Community Cultural Center on NOVA’s Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike in Annandale.

“For several years, NOVA has been taking steps to make its buildings and operations more environmentally friendly, more energy efficient and more sustainable,” President Robert G. Templin Jr. said. “The Virginia Community College System has now made such efforts a major priority for the entire VCCS.”

To fulfill this mission, VCCS Chancellor Glenn DuBois appointed a Task Force on Environmental Sustainability. In his charge to the task force, DuBois said, “The sheer size of the VCCS, with nearly 400,000 students being served in more than seven million square feet of space throughout 220 buildings, demands leadership on the issues of energy efficiency, environmental stewardship and curricula development.”

The task force will develop environmental sustainability priorities related to construction, renovation and the operation of facilities. The members will also identify opportunities to work with community partners to support and promote environmental sustainability. In addition, the committee will recommend curricula enhancements and new workforce programs that respond to the growing “green” economy. Contracting procedures will be evaluated with a goal of implementing procurement practices that promote the use of technologies, products and practices that are environmentally beneficial.

To learn more, contact Ray Bailey, chair of NOVA’s Committee on Environmental Concerns, at 703-257-6683 or

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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America’s largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 60,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College’s Web site,