Get Involved

Sustainability performance is measured by the triple bottom line accounting framework of people (social), planet, and profit. Companies track their success in the social sphere through key indicators such as volunteer hours completed, money donated, and people reached. You can increase your own social sustainability performance by getting involved. You can get involved by volunteering internationally and closer to home and by engaging in sustainability discussions.

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Fig. 1. A picture of the Georgia College library.

Around the world there are many ways to get involved with sustainability. Many international opportunities can be found right here at Georgia College. If you are considering traveling abroad, Georgia College’s International Education Center can assist you with searching, applying for, and completing your studies. While studying abroad, consider completing a program that focuses on Sustainable and Environmental Development, Sustainability, or Environmental Action. A list of current study abroad programs offered can be found here.

To find opportunities on campus, make sure to register with the Give Center and use Give Pulse, to find volunteer opportunities near you. Throughout the semester, there are many events that positively impact the environment. Earth Day and Earth Fest are both celebrated on Front Campus and staffed by many Georgia College students. Georgia College also features over 160 student organizations who garden, do beach and street clean-ups, fundraising for environmental causes, and many other activities as well. There are also volunteer opportunities available through Georgia College’s Office of Sustainability. You can find volunteer opportunities outside of campus through social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Volunteer Match and Serve.gov are both sites that can connect volunteers with causes they are passionate about.

If you do not have time to volunteer, you can always support sustainability by donating to an organization of your choice. The IRS and Charitynavigator.org both have search engines for finding charitable organizations and non-profits that support a variety of causes. Try searching for areas of sustainability that you are passionate about and finding an organization that specifically addresses that area. Environmental organizations help combat pollution, help with conservation, develop sustainable practices, and protect land. Use sound judgement and make sure to research how and where organizations uses their donations before giving.

Time and money are not the only ways to get involved – knowledge is another way as well. Keeping up the latest environmental news and discussing it with others helps combat misinformation and apathy. You can get environmental news from site such as Reuters, NPR, The Weather Channel, and NASA Climate News. Always make sure to fact check any news article you read to avoid false information. Consider contacting your local congressmen to learn what they are doing for environmental issues. The United States’ Find Your Representative provides contact information of all U.S. representatives and their respective websites. Take time to learn what your representatives believe about climate change and sustainability. Remember to be professional, civil, and respectful when contacting any representative, no matter their views.

Protecting the environment takes many forms and you can take part of any of them starting today. If what’s been presented in this article does not work for you, you can always create your own event or make a difference a little at a time. So, go out there and get involved!

Sustainability Must Watch

To complement our sustainability reading list, we’ve found a variety of movies that provide insight and viewpoints on many sustainability and environmental issues. These movies can be checked out from the Georgia College library or your local library, or can be streamed on Netflix or Amazon.

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Fig. 1. Ina Dillard Russel library’s DVD collection which can be found on the second floor.

Taking Root: The Vision of Mangari Waathi is a documentary about the life of Wangar Maathai and the Green Belt movement. The Green Belt Movement started off as a grassroot effort to improve the community, fight deforestation, and lead to economic development in Kenya. This documentary, directed by Alan Derter and Lisa Merton, features interviews from people directly involved with the Green Belt Movement. This documentary shows how planting trees and tending to them was a way for the women of Kenya to get around oppressive laws. The film uses first-person accounts and archival footage to tell the story of how the Green Belt Movement helped end a dictatorship and vastly improved the environment of Kenya. You can check out Taking Root: The Vision of Mangari Waathi from the GC library or buy it off Amazon.

Flow: For Love of Water was released in 2008 and was directed by Irena Selina. This film focuses on how waterways across the world are being effected by corporations and other factors. Throughout the film, scientists and activists are interviewed about the availability of water. Ms. Selina argues that water resources are quickly dwindling due to over-use and pollution. While the film mostly discusses how water is decreasing, it also examines technology that can help the water supply as well. You can check out Flow: For the Love of Water at the GC library or buy it off Amazon.

Tapped is a documentary about the bottled water industry and its ecological impact on the environment. Tapped was directed by Stephanie Soechtig and Jason Lindsay. Tapped examines the efforts of Nestle to privatize public water for company gain and how bottled water became so prevalent. This film features interviews with scientists, chemists, government officials, and townsfolk to show how bottled water is harming the environment. You can buy Tapped from Amazon or watch it on Netflix.

Fossil Free is a documentary that examines the efforts of climate change activists to get wealthy investors to invest more in renewable resources. Fossil Free was released in 2015 and was directed by Martijn Kieft. The documentary examines divestment movements, which are efforts to redirect invested money from fossil fuels and into renewable energy sources, across the world and their successes and losses against companies that support fossil fuels. The film follows several people as they campaign for divestment by meeting with politicians, business executives, and investment firms. Mr. Kieft has made Fossil Free available for free screening, so you can watch the film on YouTube.

Chasing Ice is a documentary about National Geographic’s James Balog filming of the glaciers in the Artic. Mr. Balog used time-lapse camera to capture years’ worth of images and turn them into videos that show the effects of global warming. The film follows the aftermath such an endeavor had on Balog’s career, crew, and skeptics of climate change. The film is filled with beautiful but haunting images of glaciers in Greenland, Alaska, and Iceland; and is a visual delight. Chasing Ice was awarded the 2014 News and Documentary Emmy for Outstanding Nature Programming. You can buy Chasing Ice from Amazon, iTunes, or watch it on Netflix.

While movies give good insight into the environment, there are a plethora of TED Talks available to watch as well. TED Talks about the environment range from topics such as sustainable design, substitutes for oil, and much more. While they are all informative, we have picked out a few to highlight. These TED Talks are The Missing Link to Renewable Energy, How Pollution is Changing the Ocean’s Chemistry, and This App Makes It Fun to Pick Up Litter.

In The Missing Link to Renewable Energy, Donald Sodaway examines the biggest problem to renewable energy, maintaining a supply when the source is not active. Mr. Sadoway also explains how he is working on a new battery that may solve the problem. In How Pollution is Changing the Ocean’s Chemistry, Kristin Marhaver explains how the ocean is being impacted by the increasing CO2 levels around the world. Ms. Marhaver also explains how ocean water is collected, examined, and studied and what the findings mean for the future of aquatic life. Jeff Kirchner examines how his app, Litterati, is being used to track littering data and reduce the act around the world in This App Makes It Fun To Pick Up Litter. Mr. Kirchner also draws the connection with how littering data can be used by brands to change their environmental impact.

These are just the few of the many movies and TED Talks about the environment and sustainability. Try to watch many different films to gain various perspectives and expand your knowledge of environmental issues and changes.

I Can’t Believe That’s Recyclable

In the United States, people recycled over 60% of the paper they used in 2014, over 9% of plastics in 2013, and about 26% of the glass used in 2014 according to the Environmental Protection Agency. While this shows that people usually recycle certain materials, there are many other materials that can be recycled as well. In our Recycling During the Summer article, such materials were briefly mentioned; but let’s dig deeper into the world of lesser-known recyclables. While these can be recycled, make sure that you take them to a recycling center or put them in your personal recycle bin and not a recycling bin at Georgia College. Recycling bins at Georgia College are only for materials listed on the Sustainability FAQ page and cross contamination would hinder recycling efforts on campus.

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Fig. 1. Lesser known recyclables such as shoes, batteries, aluminum pans, and glass.

Aluminum is used to make cans, foil, kitchen utensils, and many other items. Almost all aluminum products are recyclable if free of contamination from food. Aluminum cans can be recycled on campus but to recycle other aluminum foil items such as baking pans and trays contact your local municipality to ensure the items can be placed in the recycling stream. The process that aluminum goes through to be recycled is called Secondary Production and the process can be read about here. You can recycle most aluminum foil items by making sure that they are clean of any grease and oils before putting them into the recycle bin. If food is baked onto the foil, and can’t be easily removed by cleaning, then dispose of the items instead. Before recycling any aluminum, items contact your local municipality to see if they take them. Attaway Recycling, Newell Recycling, and Milledgeville Recycling Center accept aluminum items for recycling in the Georgia area.

You can also recycle glass depending on the color and chemical makeup, as well as your location. Glass tends be categorized by color – brown, green, or clear – and the category typically determines what its use. Brown glass tend to be used for alcoholic beverages; green, for wine; and clear, for food that will not be effected by sunlight. If recycling glass, just put the bottles into your recycling bin and do not attempt to break them on your own. The recycling process that glass goes through is called Closed Loop recycling because the waste material is transformed back into its original form. Recycling glass is a complicated process that not many recycling centers take part in, so make sure to contact your local municipality to see if they recycle glass or not. In Georgia, Strategic Materials in Atlanta, Sandy Springs Recycling Center in Sandy Springs, and The City of Smyrna Recycling Center in Smyrna, Georgia, all recycle glass.

Car, button, and rechargeable batteries can all be recycled. Many automotive retailers offer to recycle old batteries for you. Button batteries such as the ones used in watches can also be recycled. Recycling batteries is very important due to the toxic chemicals that would be released by improper disposal. You can recycle batteries by taking them to Lowe’s, Staples, or Best Buy. These retailers will have a battery recycle box where you safely deposit your old batteries. For safety purposes make sure to place tape on both ends of rechargeable batteries to prevent any chance of sparks.

Christmas lights can be recycled due to their copper and plastic components. Recycling centers and some retailers are willing to take old Christmas lights and properly recycle them. Compact Fluorescent Lightbulbs (CFLs) are recyclable and the EPA recommends recycling them due to the mercury present in such bulbs. Almost every part of CFLs are recyclable and you can recycle them at local retailers or at your local waste collection agency. Other items that are recyclable are sneakers which can be recycled at Nike or Converse by dropping them in the drop box or mailing them. You can also donate old sneakers to organizations such as the MORE Foundation, where they will be use your donation to plant trees and teach sustainable agroforestry in other countries.

Before recycling any of the above check with your local recycling center to see if they take certain items. Some items are rarely recycled so a municipality may choose not to recycle them because of lack of interest or difficulty in handling. If you are unsure of what recycling centers are near, and the materials they recycle, you can use Earth911’s Recycling Search to find recycling centers near you. Also make sure to avoid cross-contamination or recycling materials corroded by food particles. One unclean item can ruin an entire load of recyclable materials. If you have any questions about recycling, feel free to email recycle@gcsu.edu with any questions or concerns. Make sure to recycle more of these lesser-known recyclables around you!

Meet Us At Your Summer Orientation!

Summer only officially started yesterday, but two of our new student summer orientation sessions are already behind us. Georgia College orientation, sponsored by the Office of New Student Programs, is a comprehensive head start program where our new Bobcats are introduced to all the resources necessary for a smooth transition to college life. More information about these day-long sessions can be found here. One of the featured events is the Bobcat Marketplace, which the Office of Sustainability always attends.

The Bobcat Marketplace is held on Front Campus from noon until 2:00 pm during each orientation session. Campus organizations and departments sit at their tents and tables, eager to provide information to the students and their parents. The Office of Sustainability can be easily found there. We are typically situated between the Environmental Science Club and the Nonhuman Animal Rights Advocates and use our solar powered golf cart as our table.

Fig. 1. GC students Julia Steele and Cameron Skinner representing the Office of Sustainability.

Please stop by to learn about sustainability as a practice and profession, as well as the ways that you can get involved with Georgia College’s many sustainability initiatives. You can also score a free water bottle if you play our recycling game, to learn how to properly recycle once you arrive on campus. The water bottles were generously donated to us by Brita and can be filled at our Brita hydration stations or water fountains located around campus.

 

 

 

 

 

Fig. 2. You can get a free Brita water bottle when you play our recycling game.

There are only three orientations sessions remaining, on June 23, July 14, and July 21. We look forward to meeting then!

 

Fig. 3. We enjoyed meeting all of the new Bobcats, and their families, who stopped by our cart!

Sustainability Reading List

Information about the environment and sustainability can be found in various places. People can keep up with the latest topics through governmental bodies such as Congress, news sites such as CNN, or social media outlets such as blogs. There are also a multitude of books that have been published about sustainability and bettering environmental health.  Here are a few of these works which can be checked out from the Georgia College library or bought off Amazon.

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Fig. 1. A selection of books about the environment at the Georgia College library.

In Water: A Natural History, Alice Outwater tells the history of America’s waterways and how they are impacted by pollution and the advancement of human civilization. Ms. Outwater is environmental engineer turned author who uses the knowledge she gained for her degree to propose a solution that can improve American waterways. If you want to know more about the history of water and how human activity has affected it, this is the book for you. Water: A Natural History is available as an e-book through the Georgia College library.

In Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less Are Keys to Sustainability, David Owen also focuses on how human living habits can affect the environment. Mr. Owen explains how people living closer and making more environmentally clean choices is good for the environment. He argues that crowded cities may be more environmentally friendly than widely spaced out living areas due to public transit and other factors. Green Metropolis is available for checkout from the Georgia College library.

Unbowed: A Memoir is an autobiography written by the Pulitzer Prize winning Wangari Maathai. In this book, Ms. Maathai details her life as a political and environmental activist in Kenya. She explains the struggles she went through establishing the Green Belt Movement while dealing with sexism. If you want to read about the sustainability movement in a foreign country and how it can be intertwined with local politics and civil rights then this is the book for you. Unbowed is available as a physical copy or e-book through Amazon.

Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills (DIY) by Raleigh Biggs is a book about how to perform basic household tasks such as maintaining a garden, making soap, and how to create a comfortable, sustainable home. The book is handwritten and hand-drawn by Raleigh Biggs and is filled with easy-to-follow tutorials. If you want a read that you can easily follow and incorporate into your daily life then this is the book for you. Make Your Place is available as an e-book or physical copy through Amazon.

In Greenwashed: Why We Can’t Buy Our Way To a Green Planet, Kendra Pierre-Louis examines whether green consumption (buying green) is really that much better than regular consumption. Ms. Pierre-Louis examines green housing, consumer goods, energy, and food and the effects they have on the environment and whether the volume of consumption is the real problem. Greenwashed can be checked out from the Georgia College library in e-book format.

There are many other books available at the Georgia College library that focus on sustainability. A few others are Recycling in America: A Reference Handbook by Debra L. Strong, Living Green Communities That Sustain by Jennifer Fosket and Laura Momo, All You Need Is Less: The Eco-Friendly Guide to Guilt-Free Living Green and Stress-Free Simplicity by Madeleine Somerville, and Sustaining Life: How Human Health Depends on Biodiversity by Eric Chivian and Aaron Bernstein. You don’t have to be in Milledgeville to read these titles. Consult your local librarian or bookstore or click around sites like Amazon to build up your sustainability-themed collection.

Welcome to Georgia College, Class of 2021!

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Fig. 1. A picture of Georgia College’s front campus.

Hello, freshmen, and welcome to Georgia College. This article will introduce you to some of the interesting opportunities available at Georgia College. For starters, this blog is a part of the outreach efforts of the Sustainability Office which helps to make the campus a greener place for all. If you want to stay in the know about all of our activities, you can follow us on WordPress, Twitter, and Instagram. We will also be at the Bobcat Marketplaces for each orientation, feel free to stop by our table and learn more about the Office of Sustainability.

The Georgia College Office of Sustainability is always looking for volunteers and interns who care about the environment to help with events and projects. Email sustaingc@gcsu.edu for more information about these opportunities. Students are also encouraged to come to the monthly Sustainability Council meetings, which are held the second Friday of every month at 1 p.m., or to submit a proposal for sustainability projects you want to see on campus.

Outside the Office of Sustainability, Georgia College offers students many perks that are environmentally friendly. Georgia College Transportation Services offers shuttles that will take you to retail locations, Main Campus, and West Campus. If you prefer to ride your bike, Georgia College also has bike racks where you can safely secure it between classes. Also, you can fill your water bottles at Brita hydration stations on campus, use kinetic exercise equipment and climb the environmentally-friendly holds on the climbing wall at the Wellness Center, visit the West Campus Garden, and park under the LED lights at the Irwin Street Parking Lot.

Curriculum

Georgia College also offers many opportunities to learn more about the environment and sustainability in your coursework. You can take classes such as Intro to Environmental Science, Biodiversity, Ecology, Global Perspectives: Water and Society, and Sustainability. You can also minor or major in Environmental Science to get a deeper perspective of the environment. Once you are in upper level classes, consider performing independent research focused on your environmental area of choice or assisting professors with their research to gain experience.

In March, a Certificate of Sustainability was added to Georgia College’s educational offerings. The certificate is managed by the Department of Philosophy and Liberal Studies in Arts and Sciences. This provides a way for students to achieve competence in Ecology, Economics, and Ethics – the triple bottom line of sustainability. To learn more about this certificate and the course requirements for it, read our Certificate in Sustainability at Georgia College article here.

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Fig. 2. Bobcat Marketplace, where various clubs interact with incoming freshman.

There are many clubs on campus focused on sustainability and the environment where you can make a big impact. Among its many activities, The GC Gardening Club helps to maintain the community garden found at West Campus and is focused on practicing gardening methods that are environmentally friendly. The Environmental Science Club is another student-run organization focused on sustainability and environmental science in the community and on campus. The Environmental Science Club hosts river cleanups, power bike rides, EarthFest, and many other activities. Bobcats Against Hunger is an organization focused on making a sustainable impact in the community primarily by reducing hunger and poverty. They run canned food and clothing drives and help at the Potato Drop. There are many other organizations focused on a wide variety of interests and passions including philanthropy, sisterhood/brotherhood, various hobbies, and mental health. Make sure to try out many different ones because you never know which one may be the best fit for you. A full list of clubs at Georgia College can be found at the Georgia College student organization page.

These are just a few opportunities at Georgia College available for freshman. At Georgia College, you will have many chances for success and personal development, so make sure to take advantage of all of them. Have a great freshman year and remember to recycle!

Recycling During the Summer

The summer is now in full swing and the Georgia College Office of Sustainability is still open and providing services to the Georgia College community. The Office of Sustainability is delivering news and information through this blog but, it also responsible for monitoring and educating the community on sustainable behaviors. Even though it is summer, we’re still open and offering green alternatives for the community to use.

Fig. 1. A recycling bin found on the third floor of the Georgia College library.

The familiar blue recycling bins are still available throughout the campus for use by GC students and the public. Remember you can recycle copy paper, newsprint, magazines, cardboard, plastics #1 and #2, and metal cans. A full list of what is recyclable is available at the Sustainability Council FAQ page. Brita water stations are available around campus providing filtered and safe water if you have a reusable water bottle.

Fig. 2. Flowers blooming and healthy on the Georgia College campus.

The Grounds Department at Georgia College is still hard at work composting lawn trimmings. The compost they create is being used on campus.The community garden, located at West Campus, is still open to students and looking for helpers. Work days on the garden are every Tuesday at 7AM during the summer. No matter the time of year, the Green Initiative, handled by the Sustainability Council, will continue to make positive changes for the Georgia College community.

Now that you know what Georgia College is doing this summer, here are some things that you can do to have a positive environmental impact. Set your thermostat to 78 ° F during the summer. Not only do you save on your heating bill, but you also reduce the amount of energy used to cool your home. Outside summer activities such as mowing the lawn and grilling can also be made greener. Save any lawn clippings you have and add them to a compost pile so they can be used as a soil nutrient. There are now many lawnmowers options that are environmentally friendly. Push lawnmowers do not emit gas fumes and can be a good workout. There are also electric and solar lawn mowers that are battery powered. If your old lawn mower is acting up, consider recycling it and investing in a push, solar, or electric lawnmower. Check with your local scrap metal recycling companies to see if they will recycle your lawn mower.

After grilling, make sure to recycle old propane tanks instead of throwing them away. You can usually recycle old propane tanks or trade them for new ones at various retailers. If you’re getting rid of old clothing, make sure to donate it to a thrift shop or charity instead of throwing it away. The beach is also a popular summer destination and like camping it is better to leave the sand better than when you found it. Empty bottles of sunscreen and aerosol cans may be recyclable in your area, so don’t immediately throw those away. Be sure to check with your local municipality to find out where and how to recycle these items.

These are just a few tips that can make your summer greener and safe for the planet. If you have any questions about green services at Georgia College, feel free to email sustaingc@gcsu.edu.

Environmental Holidays

Happy World Environment Day to all our readers!

World Environment Day is an annual holiday that falls on the fifth day of June every year. The holiday first started in 1974 after the UN General Assembly declared that June 5th would be World Environment Day. This day has now become a viral sensation throughout the world and is used to highlight various environmental issues.

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Fig. 1. A picture #WithNature taken at the Oconee River Greenway.

The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is “Connecting People with Nature.” People are encouraged to use the hashtags, “#WithNature” and “#WorldEnvironmentDay,” across social media, to celebrate the event and draw attention to sustainability efforts across the world. World Environment Day first went viral in 2015 when it became the most popular topic on Twitter and the focus of many YouTube videos. World Environment Day has not only led to more social media involvement but also led to positive changes for the environment.

In 2010, the first World Environment Day Challenge lead to actor Don Cheadle and model Gisele Bündchen having a follower war on Twitter. The loser, Bündchen, ended up planting over 50,000 in Grumari Municipal Park. Six years later, the day was used in collaboration with the U. N’s digital campaign against wildlife crime. The countries of Angola and China made promises to curtail their ivory markets after the holiday.

While World Environment Day is on June 5th, there are many other environmental holidays occurring all year long. National Clean Beaches Week is a week-long event that lasts from July 1st to the 7th. The week was enacted by Congress in 2007 and promotes having clean beaches for years to come. During National Clean Beaches Week, beach goers are urged to leave no trace and to not walk on sand dunes. Sand dunes are tiny mounds made by wind, eroded sandstone, and waves. The sandstone and other sediment gets caught in between grass roots and forms into a sand dune which becomes a home for animals and a barrier against storms. Sand dunes are very fragile and are easily destroyed by foot traffic, so use walkovers whenever possible to avoid them. Many beaches will also be holding beach clean-ups during the week to get people involved in taking care of their environment.

Other environmental holidays include World Oceans Day, World Cleanup Day, World Habitat Day, and America Recycles Day. November 15th is America Recycles Day, and the America Recycles Day website has an option to pledge to learn, act, and share information about recycling. Georgia College celebrates America Recycles Day each year to raise awareness about proper recycling on campus.

We wish you all a happy World Environment Day here at the Office of Sustainability, and we hope that you take part in many other environmental holidays as well.

Summer Sustainability

Summer is an excellent time for relaxation, travel, and recycling. While most of our readers are currently off-campus, recycling and sustainability can happen anywhere. You can have fun, relax, and make a positive impact on the environment. No matter what activities your summer vacation involves, you can easily introduce sustainability into them.

Relaxation

The summer can be a time of frequent travel, cozying up with a good book, or even crafting. If you’re not doing much traveling and have time to craft, there are many items you can upcycle (re-use materials instead of throwing away) for use later in the year. These items can be used around the house or given away as gifts to friends and family. Upcycling crafts range from remodeling old furniture to creating simple knickknacks. Below are some select upcycle crafts we decided to highlight.

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Fig. 1. Crafting and art supplies that can be used to transform a pair of jeans into a dog toy.

Two-liter soda bottles can be upcycled into reusable decorative planters. These planters can then be used to grow herbs and other small plants year-long. You can find how to make these at Good Housekeeping.com. Jeans, like plastics, can last a very long-time; but if you have pair to get damaged during summer shenanigans, you can easily turn it into a dog toy, napkin, or other useful objects. You can also use old books and magazines to create a variety of crafts that are pleasing to the eye and the environment.

Websites like Pinterest, Instagram, and many others have even more craft projects focused on recycling.

If crafting is not your thing and you’d rather sit down with a book there are many novels about sustainability and healthy living. We have a longer sustainability reading list in the works but try reading some of these books to pass the time.

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Fig. 2. Books about the environment and plant life that can be found at the Georgia College library.

Try out 365 Ways to Live Green by Diane Gow McDilda, Green Washed: Why We Can’t Buy Our Way to A Green Planet by Kendra Pierre-Louis, and Living Green: Communities That Sustain by Jennifer Fosket and Laura Mamo.

Make sure to visit your local library or the Georgia College library to check out books about the environment (all of the above books can be found at the GC library). By doing this, you can reduce your carbon footprint and cut down on paper waste.

Travel

While on the road, make sure to have a container or bag dedicated to plastic bottles, cans, or even office paper. Many cities across the US have recycling centers where you can quickly dispose of such goods, instead of just throwing them away. If flying to an exotic locale, check to see if your airline offers composting or recycling opportunities. Also check with any hotel you stay with to learn about their sustainability standards.

Camping is a popular summer activity that can also be made healthier for the environment. While camping, make sure that all your water is stored in reusable water bottles and to leave the area better than when you found it by properly disposing of all wastes. Campers should also make sure to only use EPA registered insect repellent that is safe for use around animals.

These are just some simple ways to make your summer vacation healthier for the environment. We hope you keep sustainability in mind during your vacation and have a nice summer!

2017 Maldonado Environmental Hero Award

Colin A. Maldonado graduated from Georgia College in 2013, with a major in environmental science and a minor in geology. While on campus, he was very active, having served as President of the Environmental Science Club, as a leader at the GC Wellness and Recreation Center climbing wall, and as a member of the Bike Polo team. In addition, during his senior year, he developed the GC Bike Plan, which included designs for bike paths and a bike share program. Tragically, he passed away from infection while living and learning about sustainability at a spiritual center in Costa Rica in 2014. To honor his determination, faith, optimism and kindness, the GC Environmental Science Club and Sustainability Council created the Maldonado Environmental Hero Award that same year.

The Maldonado Environmental Hero Award is given annually to a GC student or recent graduate who best exemplifies Colin’s belief that individuals can make a difference and help us attain a sustainable future. In 2017, this award was presented to two very deserving graduating seniors, Emma Brodzik and Andrew Wright. Emma graduated with a major in economics. During her time at GC, Emma served as the Director of Environmental Affairs for SGA and the Sustainability Fee Program Director for the Sustainability Council while also interning in the Office of Sustainability. The honors she received include the SGA President’s Award, the President’s Award from the Honors Program at Eta Sigma Alpha, and the GC Student Leader of the Year Award. Andrew graduated with a major in environmental science. During his time on campus, Andrew served as the Sustainability Fee Program Assistant Director for the Sustainability Council and as President of the GC Gardening Club. Additionally, he successfully presented and oversaw two Sustainability Fee Program proposals which created the West Campus Garden and the compost site on campus.

Thank you, Emma and Andrew, for your commitment to helping make Georgia College a more sustainable campus; congratulations on this well-deserved award; and best wishes for a bright and successful future.

Fig. 1. Andrew Wright and Emma Brodzik, in downtown Milledgeville, after being presented with the Maldonado Environmental Hero Award.