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Fairfax County Climate & Energy
09/01/2020

Fairfax County Climate & Energy

When you picture Fairfax County in 50 years, what do you see? We see a clean, healthy, safe, and prosperous community, and we need your help to ensure this vision becomes reality. Climate planning is underway and you can offer your opinions and suggestions via a brief online survey. Click below. https://bit.ly/3fW2cn8

Senate passes Great American Outdoors Act
06/19/2020
Senate passes Great American Outdoors Act

Senate passes Great American Outdoors Act

The Assateague Island National Seashore along the Atlantic Ocean in Virginia and Maryland and the Appalachian Trail farther inland.

Virginia Cooperative Extension - Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia
06/12/2020

Virginia Cooperative Extension - Master Gardeners of Northern Virginia

If you missed the earlier online talk by entomologist and wildlife ecologist Doug Tallamy, the archived video has been posted. Hosted by the Caldwell, NJ Environmental Commission, Tallamy talks about why and how we should transform our yards into havens for pollinators and other insects.
http://ow.ly/7nYa50zWZBO

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
05/08/2020
Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

The highly-anticipated Sundance hit SPACESHIP EARTH is now available to rent! If you do so via this link, a portion of the proceeds will go to the Environmental Film Festival.

It's a win-win, you get to check out this incredible new film, and support our work in the process!

03/01/2020
Plant NOVA Natives

Plant NOVA Natives

Friday, March 6, 9:15am-1pm—HOAs and Condo Associations: Sustainable Solutions to Landscaping Headaches. Sponsored by Plant NoVA Natives. Location: NVCC Annandale Campus, Annandale, VA. Is your community association board dealing with erosion or flooding problems? Is your property management company paying to maintain a lot of lawn that is not being used? Is your landscaping committee looking for ways to beautify community property while supporting birds and butterflies? Unused lawns. Impervious surface. Heavier rain storms. Invasive introduced plants. These are just some of the reasons for our degrading suburban and urban environments. But planting native plants can help address these problems while improving the overall beauty, sustainability, and ecology of our area. In this symposium, you’ll: • Start to develop a plan to upgrade your community's green infrastructure • Learn about the role of native plants in sustainable landscape solutions • Learn about the resources available for investing in ecologically focused community projects
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• Learn how to work with your community bylaws, handbook, or committees to ensure successful projects • Hear success stories from local communities • Wrap up the day by talking to a variety of experts in the field during the “Ask the Experts” session For this half-day symposium, we’ll provide snacks, but bring a bag lunch if you like. Free. For information and registration: https://www.plantnovanatives.org/symposiums-for-hoa-and-condoassoc-?utm_campaign=9a08c734-5a99-412f-9a4064d658ac28dd&utm_source=so&utm_medium=mail&cid=ca71019c-79f3-4502-a3f9-cc69f872df85

Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.
02/14/2020
Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Wetland Studies and Solutions, Inc.

Did you know 150,000 illustrations of the natural world are now available to download for free?

"The Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) cites swiftly changing ecosystems and extinctions as reasons for bringing together a body of knowledge about biodiversity that may help researchers track how the world is changing today. In the wake of Australia’s wildfires, for instance, scientists could make use of this 1907 catalog of Australia’s insects."

02/13/2020
NOVA Outside

NOVA Outside

Lecture and Book Signing with Doug Tallamy
Sunday, February 23, 2020, 3-5pm
Manassas Park Community Center

Along with the Prince William Wildflower Society, a chapter of the Virginia Native Plant Society, Audubon Society of Northern Virginia and Audubon at Home will be sponsoring an author lecture by renowned entomologist and ecologist Dr. Doug Tallamy on Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at the Manassas Park Community Center. Dr. Tallamy, the author of Bringing Nature Home, will have his new book available for signing. Entitled Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard, it will be available from Timber Press as of February 4, 2020.

01/28/2020
Clean Fairfax
10/24/2019
Clean Fairfax

Clean Fairfax

If you don't believe that climate change is a real thing that threatens us, that's on you, but there are actual bad things happening and we still have to deal with them even if some doofus on your Next Door app says it is just "nature."

Sustainability Week @ NOVA Woodbridge Campus!!
10/21/2019

Sustainability Week @ NOVA Woodbridge Campus!!

Clean Fairfax
10/03/2019
Clean Fairfax

Clean Fairfax

This is a no brainer. We've been helping older schools retrofit drinking fountains with water bottle filling stations for years. We're trying to get one that is accessible to all employees and visitors to Government Center! How do we not already have one!? (yes we know, there is one in the locker room in the gym but that isn't accessible to everyone)

10/02/2019
Tap

Tap

Find water anywhere with the Tap app.

Fairfax County Environment
09/27/2019
Fairfax County Environment

Fairfax County Environment

Many of you have asked where to find watershed cleanup events. There are several events planned for Saturday, October 26. Click through to sign up.
Thanks for helping keep Fairfax County's streams clean and healthy. Fairfax County Park Authority Fairfax County Government Clean Fairfax Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District

Clean Fairfax
06/27/2019
Clean Fairfax

Clean Fairfax

Going to the beach or the river? Ditch the Styrofoam and grab one of these!

City of Fairfax Sustainability
04/26/2019

City of Fairfax Sustainability

Planting trees around your home will lower your energy bills, clean the air you breathe, increase the value of your home, reduce pollution, and beautify our community. Get some free saplings at the Earth Day event on 4/28 from 2:30-5pm at Daniels Run Elementary School!

04/26/2019
City of Fairfax Government

City of Fairfax Government

A BIG DAY FOR LANIER MIDDLE SCHOOL! This will make you feel great about our schools and our kids... (Please share.)

Earlier today, the National Wildlife Federation awarded its Green Flag Award to Lanier Middle School for its incredible environmental efforts — which is why the school earned the FIRST PERMANENT green flag status the organization has given to ANY school in the country. Here, we talk to Science and Algebra teacher Faiza Alam about her efforts to change the world one great student at a time.

The school's many environmental programs are led by students and teachers, including:
* Outdoor living classroom with various ecosystems, where students are able to connect content learned to an outdoor setting
* Environmental stewardship and watershed projects
* Student-led programs in recycling, bio-retention, reduction of plastics and lighting surveys
* First hybrid windmill (with solar panel) installed on school grounds, leading to experimentation with wind turbines

We're incredibly proud of our kids and our City of Fairfax Schools! Fairfax County Public Schools Carolyn Pitches for School Board David Meyer City of Fairfax Sustainability Michael DeMarco Janice Miller

Environmental Internships, Jobs & Field Trips for GMU Students
03/12/2019
Environmental Internships, Jobs & Field Trips for GMU Students

Environmental Internships, Jobs & Field Trips for GMU Students

Alice Ferguson Foundation- Communications and Marketing Coordinator
City: Accokeek, MD
Application Deadline: April 5, 2019

1.Position Summary
Create and implement strategic communication efforts for the Alice Ferguson Foundation, including website content, social media outreach, media relations, print and electronic publications, and other outreach materials, and measure analytics for organizational advancement.

2. Essential Functions:
Primary Role(s):
Develop and execute an annual communications plan to strategically ensure that AFF’s mission and initiatives are well understood and widely known.Ensure communications tools, including website, social media channels, mass email communications, and publications use consistent messaging and branding to advance the organization’s mission and fundraising goals.
Manage all media relations and outreach for AFF programs and events.
Prepare media contact lists, perform outreach to media outlets, prepare press releases and other media tools, and track earned media.
Manage all social media accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, etc.Coordinate website content and updates organization-wide, including a comprehensive audit and restructuring as needed.
Manage lists in MailChimp.
Organize and manage online photo library.
Coordinate production of materials and publications including Annual Report, newsletters, brochures, event materials, etc. that incorporate the Foundation’s brand standards.
Enhance organizational communications, including integration and effective use of contact and program databases, email communications management systems, and integration of online fundraising, registration and payment systems.
Secondary role(s):

Assist with donor and sponsor engagement through strategic communication and outreach activities.
Participate in special events: Pinot on the Potomac, Potomac River Cleanup, member events and other AFF-sponsored events as needed.
Assist program and management teams as needed, including some capacity development for digital or print communication.

3. Scope of Work
Work takes place primarily at the main office in Accokeek, MD and is in support of communication needs for entire staff and board designated priorities. Work is primarily sedentary but can occasionally involve physical tasks.4. AFF Functions
Professional Standards of Conduct
Exhibit teamwork and cooperation by sharing knowledge, coordinating duties with other staff, and demonstrating the willingness to assist others as needed.
Exhibit leadership by taking initiative, mentoring, and problem-solving.
Dress appropriately, use time wisely and meet deadlines.
Treat staff members, students, teachers, partners, and visitors with courtesy and respect.
Initiate and respond positively to suggestions for improving service.
Communicate effectively orally and in writing, including emails, press releases, promotional materials, newsletter articles, social media, website, and other documents. Assist in documenting AFF activities via digital images and video.
Maintain confidentiality of privileged and sensitive information.
Promote and support the values and mission of AFF in all outreach and visitor contact.


5. Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities Required
Enthusiastic and positive self-starter, with ability to write, edit, and proofread text; create and post engaging and visually appealing print and online content; design and project manage printing of materials such as outreach brochures, flyers, advertisements, newsletters and annual reports.
Ability to enjoy a fast-paced working environment.
Comfortable with public speaking and cultivating and managing relationships with a variety of audiences, including stakeholders and the media.
Strong commitment to the environment and an understanding of marketing and the importance of communication role in nonprofit fundraising.
Excellent oral, written, and visual design skills.
High level of proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite required and Adobe Creative Suite encouraged.
Experience working with HTML, WordPress websites, and MailChimp is desired.
Relevant Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of three years of experience.
https://fergusonfoundation.org

https://earther.gizmodo.com/recycling-is-broken-1833063010
03/07/2019
Recycling Is Broken

https://earther.gizmodo.com/recycling-is-broken-1833063010

In Philadelphia, people like to recycle. Together, all 1.6 million of us generate about 400 tons of recyclable material each day. But since last fall, roughly half of the bottles and cans my neighbors and I have placed dutifully curbside in our blue bins every week haven’t made their way to a sort...

5 Ways To Make Your Holiday Gifting More Sustainable
12/18/2018
5 Ways To Make Your Holiday Gifting More Sustainable

5 Ways To Make Your Holiday Gifting More Sustainable

The holidays are a time for generosity and tasty food, but its environmental impact can be a bit more sobering. Want to make your holidays more eco-friendly? You're not alone. According to data by Stanford, it's the peak time for rubbish heading to…

NOVA Green Club
11/16/2018

NOVA Green Club

The Green Club at the campus waste audit.

Learn Strategies to Prevent and Manage Waste at Symposium on Oct. 17 | Public Works and Environmental Services
10/05/2018
Learn Strategies to Prevent and Manage Waste at Symposium on Oct. 17 | Public Works and Environmental Services

Learn Strategies to Prevent and Manage Waste at Symposium on Oct. 17 | Public Works and Environmental Services

Fairfax County, Virginia - Fairfax County’s Solid Waste Management Program is co-hosting a Waste & Recycling Symposium in partnership with Northern Virginia Community College. The event will take place on Wednesday, October 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Ernst Center, located on

10/04/2018
PBS NewsHour

PBS NewsHour

Pro-tip: You're not supposed to recycle plastic bags at home.

WATCH to see what you should do with these bags instead.

09/07/2018
Drive Electric Events

Drive Electric Events

Drive Electric Events promote plug-in electric vehicles & their benefits!

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Please join us! The Northern Virginia Community College International Heritage Club invites the Great Prince William County and surrounding community to an evening celebration of culture. Please join us for a multicultural immersion experience featuring students from the Manassas Campus. We will take you on a journey around the world showcasing different cultures that are present on our campus. The evening will feature keynote speakers, skits, music free food and so much more. We are excited to celebrate with you. Parking: FREE parking in all B Lots except for spaces marked “A Permit.” https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nvcc-manassas-campus-international-night-celebrates-global-diversity-tickets-38867428525 NVCC-Manassas Campus International Night Celebrates Global Diversity The Northern Virginia Community College International Heritage Club invites the Great Prince William County and surrounding community to an evening celebration of culture. Please join us for a multicultural immersion experience featuring students from the Manassas Campus. We will take you on a journ... eventbrite.com
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