Campus Ecology case study

Thanks to Dr. Doreen Sams, Georgia College is on the list of the National Wildlife Federation’s 2012 Best Green Projects:

Hundreds of case studies from around the nation were reviewed and the NWF liked Shades of Green, our educational outreach program to incorporate sustainability into job search and career investigation for our students.

Here is a link to the supporting documentation. Congratulations everyone!

Campus Sustainability / Food Day – Wed 24 October 2012

Campus Sustainability Day and Food Day, a nationwide celebration, will be hosted on Georgia College’s campus on Wednesday, October 24 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Several companies, including Starbucks, Georgia Power and Weight Watchers, will be tabling on back campus to promote healthy eating habits and other sustainable practices that benefit the environment.

Student organizations from all over campus will be participating in a Canned Food Drive. All donations will benefit Café Central at Freedom Church. The canned food drive will take place in the courtyard behind Chappell.

Campus Sustainability Day and Food Day is sponsored by The Max and GC Sustainability Council and is open to students, faculty, staff and the community. We look forward to seeing you on back campus (Lanier, Library, Chappell area).

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Doreen Sams at or Mrs. Lori Strawder at, or see our website:

Almost HALF of GC Residence Hall students want to Go Green!!!

From Mark Craddock in Housing:

I just ran the report and of the students currently living on campus, residence halls and The Village, 957 (out of 2050) answered yes to the question “Are you interested in participating in university green initiatives such as assisting with recycling and conservation efforts?”

Let’s tap into this energy!

New Sustainability Position at GC!

Beginning May 1st, Lori Strawder is the Assistant Director of Sustainability for GC Plant Operations.  Lori’s job description involves almost all of the sustainability activities on campus, including outreach to student, staff, and faculty, as well as community organizations.

Please make an effort to introduce yourself to Lori, and let her know how you can help improve sustainability at Georgia College!!

Lorianne H. Strawder
Assistant Director of Sustainability, Plant Operations
Georgia College & State University
Milledgeville, GA  31061
P:  478-445-7016
F:  478-445-1797

Georgia Campus Sustainability Network Fall Conference – 09.14.2012

Call for Proposals: Georgia Campus Sustainability Network Fall Conference – 09.14.2012

Proposals are currently being accepted for one-hour panel sessions for the fall meeting of the Georgia Campus Sustainability Network (GCSN) meeting at Georgia State University, September 14, from 9am-3pm. Each session will be facilitated by a moderator, and include three panelists with technical and/or business expertise in the featured topical area. Panel discussion topics include:

Sustainability in the Curriculum: Integrating sustainability in higher education curriculums requires powerful shifts in pedagogical thinking. This panel session will focus on how to introduce sustainability themes into the classroom through traditional and non-traditional methods.

Funding your sustainability efforts: What means of funding are available to subsidize campus sustainability goals? This panel session will focus how schools across the state have found innovative ways to secure funding for “green” projects.

Engaging Students in Sustainability: How can faculty and administrators connect with students and provide support to help them transform their universities into models of sustainability? How can students work to make their campus more ecologically and socially sustainable? To provide some answers to these questions, this panel will feature 2 student presenters & 1 faculty/admin presenter.

Energy Conservation: Energy is an important economic issue on college campuses everywhere. This panel session will focus on innovative ways that schools have lowered GHG emissions and saved money through energy conservation measures.

Panelists will make relatively brief presentations (~ 15 minutes), allowing time for discussion with the audience. A proposal, one page maximum, should include:

• Name, affiliation, and email address of the person making the proposal
• Topic of interest
• Title for the proposed presentation
• A description of topic(s) and themes likely to be included in the presentation
• Brief Bio

All proposals must be submitted to no later than July 16, 2012.

Fill your water bottle from the fountain

Former GCSU Student Ben Pattison transferred to Georgia Tech and noticed these in his new dorms. They allow you to easily refill your water bottle from the water fountain! Which means you don’t need to use throw away plastic water bottles. Neat idea and he said they count the number of water bottles being filled each day

“This semester the count has averaged about 100 bottles a day. That’s a fairly large number of plastic water bottles not being used each day. It would be cool to see these at GCSU when I am visiting. Also I would say it definitely impacts student culture in regards to how conscious we are of our waste!”
-Ben Pattison