The University of West Georgia believes it is easy being green, and it is evident throughout its practices and accolades. In 2015, the institution earned a bronze star rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS). UWG participates in eco-friendly causes such as Arbor Day, Tree Campus USA, and RecycleMania and also includes sustainability as one of its core values.

“The Center for Sustainability is working to put this core value into practice in the way the university operates,” said Dr. Hannes Gerhardt, associate professor of geosciences and director of sustainability. “Part of this is raising awareness about how to be more sustainable by, for example riding your bike, saving energy, appreciating the nature around you, and learning more about how humans impact the environment.”

As part of this ongoing commitment, UWG will once again celebrate Mother Nature and her ongoing care as the Center for Sustainability hosts its third annual Earth Week from Saturday, April 16 to Friday, April 22.

Dr. Gerhardt said another purpose of Earth Week is to encourage people in the community to follow the Center for Sustainability on social media in hopes maintaining a continuous stream of information on all things sustainability related at UWG – from recycling to what sustainability related courses are being offered.

“We want to raise awareness about how to live more sustainably and give people an opportunity to get involved in UWG’s sustainability efforts,” he concluded.

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Posted on April 15, 2016