Reinhardt College is "Going Green" for Earth Day and Every Day
Dr. Joseph Kitchens, executive director of the Funk Heritage Center, and Martha Hout, program coordinator and public relations for the Funk, stand in a rain garden that was created as part of the Xeriscape at the Center.
What does it mean to "go green?" Reinhardt College is taking
action to "go green" on Earth Day and every day by contributing to
Cherokee County's recycling of more than 1200 tons of paper each year,
and educating the College community about taking care of the
"It's important for the College to help educate its students
about protecting the earth's natural resources," said John Young,
executive director of physical plant. "Earth Day is a way for the
College to promote what we are doing, not just on this day but
throughout the year, to help protect the environment."
Recycling More Than 1200 Tons of Paper
The Reinhardt Recycles program was one of the College's first steps in "going green." Reinhardt partnered with the Cherokee County
Recycling Center in February 2005 to develop a paper and cardboard
recycling program at the College -- Reinhardt Recycles. Mary Laing,
Reinhardt's support services coordinator, spearheaded the project and
currently chairs the program."Recycling is not just something we want to do; it
is something we need to do," Laing said. "We have more than 20 bins for
paper recycling and a 16ft trailer for cardboard recycling. The program
has been very successful in its three years, and we have increased our
efforts to include donating our shredded paper to the Cherokee County
Animal Shelter for their use as bedding for the animals."
The College was commended by the Cherokee County Government in
spring 2006 on its recycling efforts. "Reinhardt College is a shining
example to the community of how great things can happen when dedicated
people work together to help protect the earth," said Stan Hall, former
environmental coordinator for the County. In 2006, Cherokee County
recycled more than 1200 tons of paper which resulted in saving 31,425
trees, 5,028,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity, and 8,799,000 gallons of
Xeriscaping to Educate the Community
The Funk Heritage Center at Reinhardt is encouraging the
community to learn about water conservation. The Xeriscape at the Funk
Center is being developed as an outside learning environment that shows
landscapers, gardeners and the community how to create a landscape that
is drought-resistant and requires little watering.
"We share a common commitment with the Upper Etowah River
Alliance to provide educational opportunities for children and adults to
learn about water conservation and how to address water-related
environmental concerns," said Dr. Joseph Kitchens, executive director of
the Funk Heritage Center. "Our landscape, when completed, will include
native plants and systems to filter and retain water on site. Last
year's drought influenced our decision to make dry-conditions gardening
the focus of our gardening seminar this year."
The community is invited to attend Gardening in Northwest Georgia,
a seminar that will provide solutions for dealing with the drought and
will feature the Xeriscape, on April 26 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Funk
Heritage Center. Visit www.reinhardt.edu/funkheritage/gardenevent.htm for more information. Registration is not required and seating is limited.
"At Reinhardt, we celebrate Earth Day every day,"
said Zach White, Reinhardt's horticulturist. "Dr. James R. Burgess, Jr.
[Reinhardt's President from 1944-73] said that we should strive every
day to make Reinhardt a better place when we leave the campus than when
we arrived. I believe that we are accomplishing this and more as we seek
to better the Reinhardt campus by educating our community and investing
our time to protect the environment."
Reinhardt's Earth Day Events
Earth Day is April 22, and the Reinhardt community is hosting a
full day of events to educate students, faculty and staff about
protecting the environment and "going green."
Reinhardt's Earth Day events include:
From 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The Recycled Art Contest in the Jewell Wyatt Bannister (40) Glasshouse. Students can showcase their recyclables in any art form.
A Voter Registration station for all Cherokee County residents
in the Glasshouse. The power of the vote can save the environment!
The Flower Planting event on the Hasty Lawn. Students can plant drought-resistant flowers into pots.
A "Go Organic" taste test in the Glasshouse. Participants will get the chance to compare organic and non-organic foods.
An Energy and Water Conservation display in the Glasshouse. Information in handouts and brochures will be available.
From 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
College nature trail clean-up. Dr. Steven Powers, assistant
professor of biology, and members of the College's biology honor
society, Beta Beta Beta, will clean the nature trail on the College