Pluck A Leaf – And Celebrate Earth Day!

Aug 26, 2011
Rudi Kiefer

Originally published on 4/20/10

Did you notice the large river birch tree on display in the library? It is Brenau’s Earth Day “mascot”.
For several weeks now, students as well as faculty and staff have been plucking a leaf and committed to activities that have a positive impact on the environment, personal life styles and the economy. You can still get in on it by taking a leaf if you haven’t done so yet! The project is under the supervision of Brenau’s Sustainability Task Force chaired by Dr. Maria Zayas and the student Servant Leadership group is the lead student organization for the Greenathon.

Earth Day is Thursday, April 22, 2010.
Dr. Kiefer and a group of students will install the first Brenau rain barrel at 4:00 p.m. at the Tea Room entrance (next to the wooden gazebo). The Sustainability Task Force and SGA are collaborating to bring a student-centered event to campus on Earth Day from 5 to 6:30 pm. Dinner will served on the lawn, and the activities will take place at the Crow´s Nest. Rain back-up venue is the SUB. Robin Gottfried will be the featured speaker. There will also be a “sustainable band”, rain barrel and Greenathon report. There will be raffle and door prizes. Academy students are planning a campus clean-up day. Also, the Library will have discarded paper available for origami, along with instructions.

Sequence of events:

· 5 pm Dinner on the lawn
· 5 pm Door prizes begin – small to large
· 5-5:30 pm Sustainable band music
· 5:30 pm Rain barrel report
· 5:45 pm Greenathon report/raffle
· 6 pm Speaker: Robin Gottfried, Ph.D.
· 6:20 pm Grand door prize
· 6:30 pm End of event

Sustainability students
Photo: Students of fall semester’s Junior Honors Seminar on Sustainability (Dr. Kiefer) look over Rabun Gorge on a field trip.

Robin Gottfried, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Center for Religion and Environment at Sewanee: The University of the South, where he is also a professor of economics and a fellow of the Landscape Analysis Laboratory. He is the author of Economics, Ecology, and the Roots of Western Faith: Perspectives from the Garden, and a frequent speaker on the ecology and sustainable development.