West Georgia Celebrates Earth Day 2009

Monday, April 20, 2009

The University of West Georgia will celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, with something for everyone that includes cotton candy, Wolfie and recycling. The free event is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. near the Campus Center and the community is welcome to attend.

A Miss Earth Day Pageant, where contestants don only costumes made from recycled products, an Earth Day tee shirt sale, a guest appearance by Wolfie and recycling tubs for ink cartridges, cell phones and aluminum are some of the green and blue attractions for the event.

A traditional Earth Day tree planting will also take place on campus. At 2:30 p.m., three kwanzan cherry trees will be planted near the Calloway Building’s annex. James Hembree, UWG horticulturalist, will provide the trees and dig the holes and faculty and students will help plant. The 10-foot trees will replace a large cherry tree taken down during construction of the addition to Calloway months ago.

Not to be outdone, Aramark, the university food service provider, and Auxiliary Services will celebrate Earth Day all week long April 20 – 24.

Both will help with the green effort Monday through Friday by a different energy saving technique each day. Trayless Dining Day will save hundreds of gallons of water; Dim the Lights Day will lower energy costs, and Weigh the Waste Day, Recycling Day for cell phones and an Earth Day Meal will help the campus community think and eat green.

For more information, call 678-839-6479.