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 George Mason University, the city’s neighbor to the south, continues to grow in size and prestige. Ongoing construction projects on campus impact and benefit the city — including realignment of roads, parking garages and construction of campus buildings, as well as off-site construction, including a conference center and faculty housing. 


A City/University event

The Mason Speaker Series at Old Town Hall.  Free and open to the public

Tues, April 24, 7PM
An Evening with Professor Kinter
“How Climate Change is Affecting Virginia”

George Mason University, Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, and The Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce invite you to attend a lecture by Professor Jim Kinter, Director of the Center for Ocean-Land-Atmosphere Studies (COLA) at George Mason University. Professor Kinter will provide a talk on how climate change is affecting Virginia.

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.” This old saying neglects the fact that everybody is inadvertently doing something about the weather – we are changing it. The reality of global climate change is now undeniable and the likelihood is high that human activities have caused the majority of the changes observed in the past half-century. The citizens and businesses of the Commonwealth of Virginia are not exempt from the changes Earth will experience during the rest of this century – there will be a new normal and we all need to prepare for it. The most obvious impacts of our changing climate on Virginia are already evident in the Tidewater region, with rising sea levels increasing nuisance floods and exacerbating the effects of tropical storms that infrequently reach the shores of the Chesapeake. Less immediate, but potentially more damaging are the relentlessly hot summers we can expect by mid- to late-21st century. And there will be impacts on our economy as the coal mining industry dwindles and Virginia businesses begin to exploit our sun and wind resources to generate renewable energy. Knowing where, when, and by how much climate will change in the Commonwealth, and where and how to exploit natural resources, are critically important aspects of planning and preparing for changes that are decades in the making. Prof. Kinter will describe Mason research that is focused on this question, emphasizing what we have learned about predicting future weather and climate in the mid-Atlantic region and what remains to be done to advance our understanding to actionable predictions.

Questions? Contact Sarah Gallagher,, 703-993-8761


Meeting Schedules

Mason and Community Forum

Meeting Presentations

  • May 21, 2014 - Mason and Community Forum
  • February 26, 2014 - Mason and Community Forum
  • Meeting Presentation
  • May 15, 2013 - Mason and Community Forum
    Meeting Presentation Video

Fairfax Campus Advisory Board (FCAB)

Meeting Notes

For information call 703-993-8846

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The Jack Wood Award for a Not for Profit - Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts

The Jack Wood Awards for Town/Gown Relations, 2016

The Jack Wood Award for Community Involvement - Joanna Ormesher

The Jack Wood Award for a Not for Profit - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute


Northern Virginia Community College

With commitment to the values of access, opportunity, student success, and excellence, the mission of Northern Virginia Community College is to deliver world-class in-person and online post-secondary teaching, learning, and workforce development to ensure our region and the Commonwealth of Virginia have an educated population and globally competitive workforce.

The vision of NOVA is to be a learning-centered organization that promotes student success. NOVA's Strategic Vision 2015 is detailed in the Gateway to the American Dream Document.

NOVA is part of the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). As an institution of higher education in the VCCS, NOVA supports the VCCS Achieve 2015 strategic plan.

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