Each spring, UGA hosts Earth Week to encourage sustainable living. The weeklong celebration centers on national Earth Day on April 22.
From April 22-27, the UGA Office of Sustainability, Students for Environmental Action and other campus and community organizations will host events highlighting opportunities ranging from alternative transportation and local food to water resource preservation and career insights from industry leaders.
UGA Earth Week is held in conjunction with Athens-Clarke County GreenFest, a community-wide event that provides citizens with the opportunity to increase their awareness of and interest in improving the environment of their homes, yards, businesses and communities.
Tabling at Tate will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 22 in the Tate Student Center Plaza. It kicks off UGA Earth Week and will feature information promoting sustainability initiatives from student-focused and community organizations. It will include learning activities, volunteer opportunities and a visit from the goats of the Tanyard Creek Chew Crew.
Volunteers are needed to assist the goats on April 25 and May 1 from 4-6:30 p.m. at the Chew Crew site near the intersection of Hull and Baxter streets. While goats do much of the work, they depend on assistance from humans. Volunteers pick up trash, sow native plant seeds to help stabilize the soil and assist the goats by cutting down invasive vegetation that is too tall for the animals to reach on their own.
The 2013 Earth Day Lecture will be held April 22 at 7 p.m. in the State Botanical Garden’s Day Chapel. The Environmental Ethics Certificate Program and The Georgia Review will host author Scott Russell Sanders, a distinguished professor emeritus of English at Indiana University who was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012.
More information about UGA Earth Week is at http://sustainability.uga.edu/earthweek. More information on GreenFest, is at http://athensgreenfest.com/About_GreenFest.php.