The Union Recorder

April 16, 2013

River cleanup, EarthFest highlight Earth Week events

From staff reports
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — Georgia College students and faculty invite the community to take part in Earth Week festivities taking place this week. 

The events are hosted by the Georgia College Sustainability Council and the GC Environmental Science Club. 

Events include a Student Green Fee Symposium, slated for 5:30 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Magnolia Ballroom and a river cleanup at Fishing Creek, beginning on S. Wilkinson Street, set to begin at 2 p.m. Friday. The cleanup is being coordinated by the Earth Action Team. 

The GC Sustainability Council and the Green Initiative both work to provide a sustainable campus and community for Georgia College. 

“The Green Initiative complements our academic training and other extra-curricular programs by helping students, staff and faculty learn how to conserve resources and protect our way of life,” said Dr. Doug Oetter, Georgia College Sustainability Council chair. “We hope that everyone from campus and the community will come out to celebrate spring, learn about the important environmental issues of our time and act to protect our way of life on Earth.”

The highlight of the week is EarthFest, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.  Saturday on the Georgia College front campus. The event is the celebration of the environment through music, art, crafts and activities. Some of this year's activities include yoga sessions, a drum circle, a collective mural and the classic King of The Earth Challenge. All of this will be combined with live music, vendors, local artists and helpful environmental information.

The community is also invited to join the Spring on the River Float Trip down the Oconee River at 10 a.m. Sunday. 

Colin Maldonado is president of the GC Environmental Science Club.

“EarthFest is a great opportunity for students to see what's going on here on campus, in our community and around the state, while at the same time enjoying great music, local art and vendors,” he said in a press release on this year’s schedule of events.

For additional details on the week’s events and to sign up for Friday's cleanup, visit

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