NWF Campus Ecology Staff Tour New Green Building at Germanna Community College

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National Wildlife Federation Campus Ecology staff, Jen Fournelle and Kristy Jones, toured Germanna Community College’s new green academic facility, still under construction, in early November. The new building located at Germanna’s Fredericksburg campus is scheduled for completion in March 2012; green features will include reduced energy consumption, a green roof, passive solar heating, automatic shades, native plantings,  a rainwater harvesting system, and superefficient heating and cooling.

Once the building is complete, Germanna students will give tours for their fellow students, faculty, staff and community members sharing the green features of the building. This educational awareness effort is in part funded by the Greenforce Initiative, a partnership of Jobs for the Future and the National Wildlife Federation. Germanna Community College is a partner in the Greenforce Initiative, an effort to advance green career pathways on campus and tap campus greening efforts as hands-on training opportunities. Other Greenforce partners in Virginia include Blue Ridge, Dabney S. Lancaster, Eastern Shore, Lord Fairfax, Northern Virginia, Piedmont Virginia, Rappahannock, Thomas Nelson, and Tidewater Community Colleges; the Shenandoah Valley Energy Partnership is also a partner.

Jen Fournelle (left) and Kristy Jones (right)

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Image credits: Jen Fournelle, National Wildlife Federation