Green happenings: Charlottesville environmental news and events

The Blue Ridge in winter. Photo by Jack Looney. The Blue Ridge in winter. Photo by Jack Looney.

Each week, C-VILLE’s Green Scene page takes a look at local environmental news. The section’s bulletin board has information on local green events and keeps you up to date on statewide happenings. Got an event or a tip you’d like to see here and in the paper? Write us at

Dig in: Kick off your weekend with some volunteer work and get your hands dirty with other volunteers working to keep the Rivanna Trail in top shape. The next Rivanna Trail Foundation volunteer work party is tomorrow, Saturday, March 9; meet at the RTF tool shed on Morton Drive at 8:45 am.

Enviro movies: The Banff Mountain Film Festival comes to Charlottesville this weekend with screenings at 6 pm Sunday and 7pm Monday at the Paramount Theater. A selection of last fall’s winners from the 37-year-old outdoor and environmental film competition will be screened. Check out the intro video and see clips from all the touring films here.

Building better: The U.S. Green Building Council has honored UVA doctor Matthew Trowbridge, an MD and public health expert, with a fellowship in recognition of his work in the field of green building design. Trowbridge was named the Council’s 2013-14 Mark Ginsberg Sustainability fellow, which comes with a $350,000 grant—funding that will help him continue his work in developing health metrics that allow the building industry to design better, greener, healthier structures.