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Young Harris College Celebrated Earth Day April 16-23
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. - Young Harris College hosted a special week of service, April 16-23, to celebrate Earth Day, which was Sunday, April 22. The event was co-sponsored by the YHC Sustainability Committee, the YHC Student Government Association (SGA) and Sodexo.
“The College’s Sustainability Committee chose to focus our Earth Day efforts on recycling this year because we wanted to continue to help educate the campus community regarding how to best use our comprehensive recycling program with ReMix Atlanta,” said Academic Service Learning Program Coordinator, Bonner Leaders Program Coordinator and Sustainability Committee Co-Chair Rob Campbell. “By drawing on the creativity of YHC students, as well as local students from Towns County, we also called attention to how recycled materials can be used in other ways, such as creating art.”
Throughout the week, SGA members collected clothing as part of “oneSHIRT,” a national collegiate clothing drive organized by SustainU, a leading producer of university-related apparel that uses fabrics made from 100 percent recycled materials manufactured in the United States. YHC students encouraged students, faculty, staff and community members to donate used clothing that was presented to Support in Abusive Family Emergencies, Inc. (S.A.F.E).
On April 20, SGA members hosted a recycling demonstration on campus and awarded environmentally friendly prizes to members of the campus community who proved knowledgeable regarding the College’s recycling program. Students also collected recyclable electronics on campus throughout the day.
“SGA’s Sustainability Committee worked very hard this year to spread student-led green initiatives across campus, and we were excited to end the semester with a clothing drive,” said Student Government Association President and Sustainability Chair Ashley Cross, a junior biology major from Murphy, N.C. “Through this event and our recycling demonstration, we were able to educate the campus community and show students that all types of items can be reused and recycled.”
Sodexo, the College’s food service provider, hosted a “Weigh the Waste” event on April 23 that encouraged diners to weigh food discarded after each meal to raise awareness about food waste.
Also in conjunction with the Earth Day celebration, three large pieces of artwork made from recycled materials were featured on the Young Harris College campus. The art was created by students in Art Department Chair and Associate Professor of Art Ted Whisenhunt’s design course, as well as members of Towns County High School’s environmental club.
About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.
Young Harris College student Morgan “Tex” Fambrough, a sophomore art major from Hiawassee, Ga., stands next to a piece of recycled art she co-created that was displayed on the YHC campus as part of the Earth Day festivities.
Members of Young Harris College’s Student Government Association host a recycling demonstration in front of Grace Rollins Dining Hall on the YHC campus.