By Alexandria Ellison
Students at the University of Georgia have endless opportunities to participate in outdoor activities. Whether playing recreational tennis, throwing a Frisbee in the quad or simply walking to class to avoid deciphering the bus system, UGA students tend to find themselves basking in the Georgia weather.
However, these outdoor activities would offer no amount of appeal to students if the surrounding environment was not safe and desirable to be in. In order to sustain the campus’ safe and beautiful surroundings, the University of Georgia has taken preventative measures to avert environmental degradation.
Just last year, Jere Morehead, president of UGA, announced that the University would rid its coal-fired boiler. The 50 year-old boiler was a great source of pollution in Athens. The old boiler could thus cease to exist and be replaced by a different boiler which would reduce the university’s overall energy consumption and allow students to maximize their use of the campus without suffering risk of wheezing and coughing due to coal induced pollution.
UGA even has a team whose objective is to shed light on the issue of animal waste. This team is known as AWARE, and there are even Federal Agencies who are involved in its project to “facilitate awareness” of animal waste. Animal waste, such as manure, may severely harm river and stream ecosystems. In addition, air quality issues may arise due to the emission of gases from animal waste leading to less breathable air for all inhabitants. Keeping students aware of these consequences can lead to the prevention of such environmental degradation occurring on campus.
Furthermore, the Office of Sustainability at UGA works to reduce consumption of all sorts at UGA as well as sustaining clean water and air. The office offers internships great for those interested in pursuing ecology or anyone who wishes to keep this campus lovely so that students may enjoy the infinite amount of opportunities that exist in the vast outdoors.
KEEP OUR CAMPUS CLEAN. DON’T BE A DIRTY DAWG.