10th RVA Environmental Film Fest Coming Feb. 7

The 10th Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival returns from Feb. 7-13, 2020 and will showcase nearly 20 local and national films selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond region, our nation, and our planet. The festival features several nationally acclaimed works as well as the work of local film artists. Presenting sponsors include the Enrichmond Foundation, Sierra Club – Falls of the James Group, Ellwood Thompson’s, and VPM.

To counter the daily bombardment of dark climate news, many 2020 RVA EFF films will bring solution-oriented messages of hope with the goal of inspiring Richmond area audiences to promote planet health as an individual or by getting involved with a  local environmental group of their choice.

Film headliners are the Biggest Little Farm, Butterfly TreesThe Story of Plastic, and The Human Element.

Filmgoers will be taken on a cinematic journey to learn how humans – the fifth element – are changing the planet and experience wild Africa, from the blistering heat of the Namib Desert and the Nyiragongo Volcano to the shoreline of the Red Sea. They’ll also discover the worldwide Biophilic Model Cities Project and hear both heartwarming and heartbreaking stories of regenerative farming. 

Virginia Film Contest
Don’t miss films produced by the Festival’s Virginia Film contestants and winners on Sunday, February 9. The last day for contest entries is December 31.

Richmond Area Theatres
The Festival will take place at several convenient Richmond area locations including the Science Museum of Virginia, the City of Richmond Main Library, University of Richmond, Virginia Union University, Virginia Commonwealth University, and the Byrd Theater. A detailed schedule of dates, times, and locations will be posted on rvaeff.org as the Festival’s February dates approach.

Free Admission
The generosity of our program sponsors allows the Festival to remain free for all. In addition to our presenting sponsors, our family of over 25 contributors includes the University of Richmond Office for Sustainability, the VCU Biology Department and Center for Environmental Studies, RVA Department of Public Utilities, James River Association, and Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine.

See rvaeff.org for more film schedule information as Festival dates approach.

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James River Wins Prestigious ‘Riverprize’

The James River has been selected as the 2019 Thiess International Riverprize winner at the International Riversymposium in Brisbane, Australia. The winner was selected by the International River Foundation, which recognizes remarkable outcomes for rivers, river basins and their communities. The prize is considered the most coveted award of river and watershed restoration and is based on accomplishments in integrated river basin management. 

The James River Association, which has served as a voice and advocate for the river for over forty years, submitted the application that summarized the restoration of the James from one of the nation’s most polluted rivers to one that has been consistently rated as the healthiest major tributary to the Chesapeake Bay by the University of Maryland. The JRA also produces a State of the James report which shows that the health grade of the James River has improved from a low D to a B- minus in 2019. 

“The James River Association has worked to improve the health of the James River since 1976 when the James was considered one of the most polluted rivers in the country. Winning the 2019 International Riverprize is a tremendous tribute to the progress that we have made together with the Commonwealth of Virginia and many public and private partners,” said William H. Street, Chief Executive Officer of the James River Association. “Receiving this award strengthens our resolve to continue this comeback story, and we hope it will inspire everyone who lives, works and plays around the James River to jump in and help out so the James remains a vital asset for our communities and for future generations.” 

The two other river finalists were the Chicago River in Illinois and the Whangawehi Stream in New Zealand. “We cumulatively degrade rivers – incrementally. And so it takes persistence, and dedication, and perseverance – and the shortlist of candidates this year have that in spades,” said Professor Paul Greenfield, Chair of the International River Foundation.

To find out more about the award, go to www.thejamesriver.org/riverprize

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$2M Land Buy Lays Groundwork for New Outdoor Rec Venture

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Wanna Camp? Try This RVA Island on AirBnb

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The Lure of Spring

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