Rubbish Turned to Riches

Landfills, disposal sites that are detrimental to the environment as well as human health, are everywhere. Landfills result in the production of leachate and gases; these gases consist mainly of methane and carbon dioxide. What if there was something that we could do to transform these harmful waste piles into renewable energy? Group Machiels, aContinue reading “Rubbish Turned to Riches”

A Better Farm Experience

Most farm animals live a dejected life with the inevitable fate of being sent to the slaughter house to become food and protein for humans. Some of the conditions these animals live in are brutal, such as small enclosures or overpopulated farms. However, improving living conditions, health and happiness of farms animals has become increasinglyContinue reading “A Better Farm Experience”

Cleaner Air, Happier Life

Waking up in the morning and getting a glimpse of the warm sunlight beaming through your bedroom window is almost always a perfect way to start your day. Similarly, if it’s a rainy, dreary atmosphere, you may be hesitant to get out of bed, much less find the motivation to finish your to-do list. Well,Continue reading “Cleaner Air, Happier Life”

Common Houseplant with Special Duties

Everyone loves to display a plant at home or in their office to add a touch of decor. What if that decorative plant could do more for you than just increase the aesthetics of a room? Well, thanks to researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle, that is now possible. These researchers have beenContinue reading “Common Houseplant with Special Duties”

Living Off-the-Grid

Living in a house “off-the-grid” sounds a bit like Henry David Thoreau’s Life in the Woods. In this ever-increasing age of digital interconnectedness, the thought of not being connected to a central electrical grid is bizarre, and for some, downright impossible to comprehend. However, green homes are not without electricity, nor are they too farContinue reading “Living Off-the-Grid”

Stressed Out Coral Reefs

Just like college students, coral reefs can get stressed out too. When coral gets stressed out, it loses its color, a process called coral bleaching. Healthy coral has a symbiotic relationship with single-celled, microscopic algae called zooxanthellae that live in the coral’s tissue. The algae are their primary source of food and are what giveContinue reading “Stressed Out Coral Reefs”

Mountaintop Removal

Even with new technologies in alternative fuels becoming increasingly available, efficient, and cost-effective, the world’s citizens are more reliable on fossil fuels than ever before. A new form of strip mining has emerged in the Appalachia region of the United States with devastating effects on the surrounding landscape and its people; it is called mountaintopContinue reading “Mountaintop Removal”

Earth Week 2018

  The week of April 16th, The Office of Sustainability partnered with various other organizations around campus to celebrate Earth Week. Earth Week offered a variety of events, including Campus Garden and compost tours, and workshop and symposium featuring guest artist John Sabraw, and a day-long Earthfest celebration on April 20th, all surrounding the slogan,Continue reading “Earth Week 2018”

RecycleMania Wrap Up

     The eight-week period of RecycleMania has finally come to a close. Schools from all over the nation are tallying their recycling totals and comparing their ranks on the RecycleMania leaderboard. Here’s how Georgia College stacked up: Total Diversion: 18.826%, rank 138/170 Diversion in 2017: 7.816%, rank 186/194   Per Capita Recycling: 6.046 poundsContinue reading “RecycleMania Wrap Up”

Halfway Through RecycleMania

     Four weeks in, RecycleMania rages on; and we are halfway through the season. Each competing college continues to vie for the top spot and contribute to a healthier Earth in the process. We have tracked our recycling rates from the beginning of the event alongside 141 other schools, and Georgia College began itsContinue reading “Halfway Through RecycleMania”