Mardi Gras Beads v. Environment

Mardi Gras, Fat Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday. Whatever you call this feasting holiday, you’re probably familiar with the decorations, the large number of beads, and all of the parades and celebrations. These beads, whose bright colors represent justice, faith, and power, are thrown from parade floats to parade attendees, but where are these beads actuallyContinue reading “Mardi Gras Beads v. Environment”

Oak Tree Down at old Wilkinson/Montgomery Parking Lot

The Georgia College campus community raised concerns regarding the removal of the large oak tree that shaded the former commuter/resident parking lot at the intersection of Wilkinson and Montgomery. Although the school, neighborhood, and environment lost a valuable addition to the local ecosystem, the reasons for removing the tree are more than what it seems.Continue reading “Oak Tree Down at old Wilkinson/Montgomery Parking Lot”

Certificate in Sustainability at Georgia College

On March 21st, 2017, the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia approved the Certificate in Sustainability at Georgia College.  This interdisciplinary certificate will be managed in the Department of Philosophy and Liberal Studies, in the College of Arts and Sciences, but it includes course offerings from three of the university’s colleges.  TheContinue reading “Certificate in Sustainability at Georgia College”

Sustainability in Action: Aerial Lift Safety Training at GC

When he came to work for Georgia College in 2011, Assistant Director of Environmental Health and Safety and Fire Safety Shea Groebner began touring the college to meet and understand the safety needs of our many departments. In doing so, he observed members of our Theater Department working on aerial lifts. An aerial lift isContinue reading “Sustainability in Action: Aerial Lift Safety Training at GC”

Heat Wave News! Please Conserve Energy!

The current heat wave we are experiencing throughout the state has resulted in an exponential rise in our electricity cost. The heat wave is projected to last into next week and campus constituents are urged to be aware of electricity usage in their offices, labs, residence halls and other spaces. Georgia College purchases electricity onContinue reading “Heat Wave News! Please Conserve Energy!”

4th Annual Campus Green Initiative Fund Symposium

The Campus Green Initiative Symposium on April 23, 2015 featured keynote speaker Gary Ferguson, an accomplished author and lecturer.  Mr. Ferguson delivered an engaging 45-minute lecture on how to get America back to the heyday of environmental appreciation.  The audience of over 100 was treated to a short history of the American environmental movement, andContinue reading “4th Annual Campus Green Initiative Fund Symposium”

Physics Students Propose Energy and Water Improvements for Herty Hall

The April GreenBag Series discussion featured Physics majors Michael Crawford, Rhett Roberts, Parker McNair, Wenu Mutunda, Kyle Sorrells, and Jairus Elarbee.  As part of their senior research project, these students recently conducted an extensive study of enery and water use in Herty Hall.  Under the supervision of Dr. Hauke Busch, they examined heat loss throughContinue reading “Physics Students Propose Energy and Water Improvements for Herty Hall”

Composting at Georgia College

The March 2015 Green Bag Discussion was facilitated by Susan Daniels, Assistant Director for Landscaping and Grounds.  Susan led a discussion on the production and usage of organic materials at Georgia College, including the installation of a new industrial food waste composter and the school garden at West Campus. Susan has been at Georgia College forContinue reading “Composting at Georgia College”

Green Bag Discussion: Dr. Mark Causey

The November Green Bag Discussion Series featured an excellent presentation by Dr. Mark Causey, Philosophy & Liberal Studies professor.  Dr. Causey talked about the economic, environmental, and health impacts of eating animals, as well as the ethical issues we typically ignore when choosing to consume meat, fish, and dairy products. A key environmental impact ofContinue reading “Green Bag Discussion: Dr. Mark Causey”

Ennis Hall Targeted for LEED Silver

The team renovating Ennis Hall is targeting their work for the Silver Certificate in the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building certification process.  Georgia College has enjoyed the the sustainability initiatives of the Wellness & Recreation Center, with its own Silver certification, and we look forward to exploring theContinue reading “Ennis Hall Targeted for LEED Silver”