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Young Harris College to Host Sustainability Awareness Events
YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. - Young Harris College will host several sustainability awareness events that will culminate in a special day of service on Saturday, Oct. 15, to celebrate Make-A-Difference Day, a national annual event traditionally held in October. The events are co-sponsored by the College’s Sustainability Committee, S.E.R.V.E. (Service, Empowerment, Responsibility, Voice and Engagement), Bonner Leaders Program, Student Government Association (SGA), Sodexo and Office of Religious Life.
“Sustainability awareness is not just about recycling but also includes issues that deal with making life more equitable and livable for all,” said Academic Service Learning Program Coordinator, Bonner Leaders Program Coordinator and Sustainability Committee Co-Chair Rob Campbell. “During this week of events, we hope to send a signal that sustainability awareness extends into all aspects of our campus and community and is something we all must engage in if real impacts are to be achieved.”
The week will kick off with a special chapel service regarding social justice issues on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 7 p.m. in Susan B. Harris Chapel. The student organization Third World 1st will present a short film regarding Invisible Children, a non-profit organization that assists communities in Northern Uganda. A T-shirt swap will be held outside the chapel immediately following the service, and remaining T-shirts will be donated to the Humane Society Mountain Shelter’s thrift store.
On Friday, Oct. 14, Young Harris College faculty, staff and students will have the opportunity to pledge to lead a more sustainable lifestyle by visiting tables set up in Grace Rollins Dining Hall from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Students may also submit ideas for initiatives to utilize the SGA Green Fee in which students pay $5 each year to fund sustainability efforts at the College.
Sodexo, the College’s food service provider, will serve an environmentally friendly menu consisting of items that incorporate locally grown fruits and vegetables along with ingredients from an herb garden planted on the YHC campus last year to further sustainability efforts in the College’s dining services.
YHC will also initiate a campus-wide “blackout” on Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. in which faculty, staff and students are encouraged to limit use of electricity and water on campus.
To celebrate Make-A-Difference Day on Saturday, Oct. 15, service events will include a clean-up day of the Lake Chatuge shore in conjunction with the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition, trail maintenance at Cupid Falls and garden preparation on the YHC campus.
"It’s important for my generation to understand the effects their daily actions have on the environment to avoid limiting the choices of future generations,” said Student Government Association Sustainability Chair Ashley Cross, a sophomore biology major from Murphy, N.C. “By taking part in these sustainability-related events, I hope the student body will become proactive and fight to make a positive difference not only on campus, but also in their everyday lives."
About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, 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. Earlier this year, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit www.yhc.edu.