Posted by: KStrate | April 22, 2008

What to do for Earth Day

In case you didn’t know, today is Earth Day! I will first give my sincere props to Dr. Sallot’s PR Campaigns class that organized the Earth Day Fair today at the Tate Center.

The UGA Go Green Alliance had tables with a petition for a sustainability officer, energy efficient light bulbs, bird feeder making, face painting and so much more! I went by around 11 a.m., and there were hundreds of students milling around.

Since we are all thinking about sustainability and how to go green, I’m going to suggest some tips for going green when you eat.

  • First, walk to the restaurant where you’re eating. For students, downtown is just a stone’s throw away, and there’s really no excuse for not walking.
  • Think about sitting outside. Air conditioning costs here in Georgia are sky high, and the less people inside, the less the AC has to keep cranking.
  • Don’t get it to-go. Do you realize how much trash is created by Styrofoam plates, to-go boxes, plastic silverware, paper napkins and everything else? Think about how many times you’ve gotten something to-go and then threw it in the trash. Using real silverware and real plates is so much better for the environment.
  • Eat where you know the ingredients are fresh and local. Farm 255 is the perfect example. Transporting food and supplies with trucks, vans and airplanes takes so much gas and energy. Farm 255 gets all of their food from local Athens farms which definitely creates minimal transportation costs.

I’ve gone through my brain as much as possible, and this is all I can list. If you have any more suggestions, we would all love to hear them. What about experience you’ve had at a “green” restaurant? Do some locations in Athens strike you as environmentally friendly?

Pitch in. Help the community. Recycle. Use good light bulbs. Make a bird feeder. Go green!

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Responses

  1. Thanks for the post, Katherine! I’m glad that you enjoyed our festivities. We couldn’t have asked for better weather. These are great tips for eco-friendly dining that are easy to implement for any Athenian. To-go containers pose a special challenge, but hey, the food is cold by the time you get home anyway!


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