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Global greening

The ultimate test of man's conscience may be his willingness to sacrifice something today for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard. - Gaylord Nelson, former governor of Wisconsin, founder of Earth Day

April 22nd marks the 41st Earth Day celebration at UGA. Building upon the groundswell of environmental action during the first Earth Day in 1970, students at UGA continue to seek and promote a more sustainable future through daily and ongoing engagement. To commemorate the occasion, Students for Environmental Action, in collaboration with the Go Green Alliance, the UGA Office of Sustainability and others are hosting Earth Week 2011, April 18 - 24.

"We've planned a series of events and activities designed to promote stewardship of natural resources and sustainable living practices, said Kevin Kirsche, director of the Office of Sustainability. "Our Earth Week celebration includes themed activities every day this week. With the variety of events we're offering, there is literally ‘something for everyone'."

Themed activities include:

  • Monday - Conservation Day
    Features sheep herding for invasive plant removal and a screening of the film "Tapped," which focuses on water conservation.

    To learn more about the environmental benefits of using animals for the removal of invasive plants and to engage in hands-on action to help eliminate privet on UGA's east campus, interested participants are invited to meet at River Road behind the Lamar Dodd School of Art building from 3 to 5 p.m. At 7 p.m., the focus will turn to water resource conservation with a screening of the film "Tapped" in the multi-purpose room of residence hall building 1516.Tuesday - Consumption Day
    Features a waste audit of the Miller Learning Center and a no-waste dinner and panel discussion on "Food, the Environment and You".
    From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a waste audit of receptacles from the Miller Learning Center will take place on the Tate lawn. The audit will help raise awareness of how individuals manage the waste they generate and evaluate the effectiveness of a new waste reduction pilot program installed in the building. At 6 p.m.in room 348 of the Miller Learning Center, Student for Environmental Action and others will enjoy a no-waste dinner, featuring local and sustainable foods, followed by a discussion of the environmental, social and economic impacts of our food choices.
  • Tuesday - Consumption Day
    Features a waste audit of the Miller Learning Center and a no-waste dinner and panel discussion on "Food, the Environment and You".
    From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a waste audit of receptacles from the Miller Learning Center will take place on the Tate lawn. The audit will help raise awareness of how individuals manage the waste they generate and evaluate the effectiveness of a new waste reduction pilot program installed in the building.
    At 6 p.m.in room 348 of the Miller Learning Center, Student for Environmental Action and others will enjoy a no-waste dinner, featuring local and sustainable foods, followed by a discussion of the environmental, social and economic impacts of our food choices.
  • Wednesday - Healthy Action Day
    Features car-free commuting and exhibits at the Tate Plaza in collaboration with the University Health Center.

    Members of the UGA community are encouraged to commute to campus car-free. From 10 a.m. to - 2 p.m in Tate Plaza, a Healthy Action Fair will feature campus departments and student organizations hosting informational booths that promote sustainability action and healthy living practices.
  • Thursday - Energy Day
    Features tours of UGA's central steam plant, an environmental short film, and an evening "light raid" to turn off lights left on in campus buildings.

    At 2:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., the UGA Physical Plant, in association with Engineers Without Borders and UGA Beyond Coal, will lead tours of the Central Steam Plant, located behind the Boyd Graduate Studies building.
  • Friday - Earth Day
    The week-long celebration culminates with the 2011 Sustainable UGA Earth Day Lecture.

    Justin Gillis, UGA alumnus and accomplished reporter for the New York Times will present Writing in a Hothouse: The Journalism of Climate Change, at 12:30 p.m. in the UGA Chapel.
    "Through Earth Week 2011 and the daily actions of engaged students, faculty and staff, UGA continues to enhance stewardship of natural resources and advance sustainability initiatives to create a model for healthy living on campus and beyond," said Kirsche. "Our campuses increasingly serve as living laboratories in which sustainability is researched, taught, practiced and constantly refined."

 

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