Young Harris College Hosts Sustainability Awareness Events

Thursday, October 25, 2012

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Young Harris College Hosts Sustainability Awareness Events

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. - Young Harris College recently hosted several sustainability awareness events to celebrate National Campus Sustainability Day, a nationwide event that is observed at colleges and universities across the country. The events were co-sponsored by the College’s Sustainability Committee, Student Government Association (SGA) and Sodexo, the College’s food service provider.

“Sustainability Awareness Week is all about educating students, faculty and staff about the effects the decisions we make have on our world community and the environment,” said YHC Assistant Professor of Biology and Sustainability Committee Chair Jennifer Schroeder, Ph.D. “While there are many facets to sustainability, this year we decided to highlight a few that we thought were particularly relevant to the students at YHC—food and recycling the containers that food comes in.”

The week kicked off with a recycling demonstration outside Grace Rollins Dining Hall that highlighted the various materials that can be recycled on campus. An additional display inside the dining hall showcased the average weekly volume of discarded food in an effort to highlight the need to protect the environment by reducing food waste.

YHC Assistant Professor of Chemistry Charles Swor, Ph.D., presented an informative lecture titled “Thinking BIG About Sustainability,” that explored the cost of products people use on a daily basis to determine their value and impact on society and the environment.

The week of events concludes with a visit to Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Ga., to highlight the sustainable practice of buying locally produced foods.

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. The College currently has more than 1,000 students across five divisions—Education, 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 248-bed, apartment-style residential village. In 2011, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2012-2013 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit

(From left to right) Freshman Alexander Webber of Alpharetta, Ga., freshman Tanner Petitt of Cleveland, Tenn., and freshman Steffania Verizzani of Stone Mountain, Ga., enjoyed a trip to Mercier Orchards in Blue Ridge, Ga., that highlighted the sustainable practice of buying locally produced foods.