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Northern Virginia Community College’s Annual Green Festival to Focus on Biodiversity and Urbanization

ANNANDALE, VA (April 15, 2019) – Northern Virginia Community College’s (NOVA) 6th annual Green Festival will take place on April 25 at the Annandale Campus, Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center located at 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003. This environmental-focused event is free, open to the public and is designed to provide methods anyone can use to conserve resources, promote change and make a difference as individuals. 

NOVA has been celebrating nature and national parks for many years in partnership with Fairfax County. In 2013, NOVA launched the Green Festival. This year’s theme is “Biodiversity and Urbanization” and will feature several presentations, including a keynote address by Dr. Joan Maloof, founder and executive director of the Old-Growth Forest Network

Another highlight will be a screening of the film “The Last Stand: Ancient Redwoods and Their Bottom Line”, which focuses on the ramifications of a 15-year battle between environmentalists and the timber industry over the fate of ancient coastal redwoods in Northern California. The Scrap Exchange is bringing its creative arts program, “Make and Take” to the event. In addition, the Green Festival will include panel discussions, interactive demonstrations, informational displays and more. 

“We look forward to hosting the College’s annual Green Festival at the Annandale Campus and we are excited to have so many wonderful local presenters and organizations participating in this year’s festival," said Rob Johnson, manager, auxiliary services. "As in the past, it will be a great event for NOVA and the community. Ideally, it will help people learn simple ways they can improve the environment by making minor changes in their daily lives.” 

The purpose of NOVA’s Annual Green Festival is to increase both the college and the local community’s awareness of regional, national and global environmental issues and to provide information regarding ways that individuals can help to preserve the environment. Past participants included NOVA faculty and staff, high school students, college students and local community members.

Story Contact: Rob Johnson | rojohnson@nvcc.edu

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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 75,000 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 website, www.nvcc.edu.

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