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The Covington News - - Sunday, march 4, 2012 -

Want to learn about how to leave a health­ier en­vi­ron­ment for your chil­dren and grand­chil­dren — and en­joy good fam­ily fun at the same time? Visit Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege New­ton Cam­pus March 21 and 22 for the 2012 Daf­fodil Fes­ti­val: Build­ing a Greener GPC. This year’s fes­ti­val will fo­cus on sus­tain­abil­ity. All events are free and open to the public.

Now in its fifth year at GPC New­ton Cam­pus in Cov­ing­ton, the two-day fes­ti­val of­fers an ex­cit­ing va­ri­ety of cul­ture, dance, mu­sic and walk­ing events at the 100-acre cam­pus. This year, the pro­gram be­gins 10 a.m., Wed­nes­day, March 21 with a sym­po­sium on the book “The Boy Who Har­nessed the Wind,” by Wil­liam Kamk­wamba.

The Daf­fodil Trail Walk, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., will fol­low a na­ture trail on cam­pus near a lake on the 100-acre site of Ge­or­gia Perime­ter Col­lege New­ton Cam­pus. The col­lege is invit­ing walk­ers to join stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff in a healthy, half-mile trek in the woods.

“Sus­tain­abil­ity is very im­por­tant to the col­lege now,” said English pro­fes­sor Deb­o­rah Man­son, chair of the Daf­fodil Fes­ti­val com­mit­tee. “And dur­ing these two days we’ll show­case how our stu­dents are learn­ing to be re­spon­si­ble cit­i­zens –not just re­cy­cling but dis­cov­er­ing a va­ri­ety of ways to con­sume our nat­u­ral re­sources in ways that don’t de­stroy what’s around us.”

Ge­or­gia Perime­ter’s push for a bet­ter en­vi­ron­ment in­cludes the open­ing of the new South­east­ern In­sti­tute for Sus­tain­abil­ity at GPC. Also, the col­lege has teamed up with the U.S. En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency Re­gion 4 to be­come the na­tion’s flag­ship com­mu­nity col­lege in- sti­tu­tion to de­velop an en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity ed­u­ca­tion pro­gram for the fed­eral agency. The In­sti­tute is lo­cated on Clark­ston Cam­pus.

Be­sides in­te­grat­ing sus­tain­abil­ity prin­ci­ples across GPC’S cur­ricu­lum, cam­pus op­er­a­tions, and stu­dent ac­tiv­i­ties, the in­sti­tute will be heav­ily in­volved in com­mu­nity out­reach. It will work with com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions, gov­ern­ment agen­cies and schools to pro­mote en­vi­ron­men­tal sus­tain­abil­ity and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment. This year’s Daf­fodil Fes­ti­val will cel­e­brate this new ini­tia­tive in the New­ton County area.

GPC New­ton Cam­pus will un­veil its Com­mu­nity Learn­ing Gar­den where fac­ulty, staff and stu­dents will grow plants and food to serve the cur­ricu­lum in­ter­ests in the nat­u­ral world while serv­ing the in­ter­ests of New­ton County at large.

The Daf­fodil Fes­ti­val, which com­bines aca­dem- ics and the en­vi­ron­ment, is the per­fect pro­gram in which to ex­plore sus­tain­abil­ity, said Joanne Chu, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of the South­east­ern In­sti­tute for Sus­tain­abil­ity.

“Some peo­ple think sus­tain­abil­ity is just about re­cy­cling or about sci­ence. It is so much more than that. Sus­tain­abil­ity is a world­view that con­sid­ers the needs of our fu­ture gen­er­a­tions while we also con­sider our needs,” Chu said. “The Hu­man­i­ties are the aca­demic dis­ci­plines that al­low us to ex­plore our hu­man con­di­tion – our hu­man­ity. It is through the hu­man­i­ties that we learn about our­selves, our pas­sions and our po­ten­tial as a so­ci­ety.”

The Spring 2012 Daf­fodil Fes­ti­val is spon­sored by the New­ton Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, the Daf­fodil Fes­ti­val Com­mit­tee and the New­ton Arts and Hu­man­i­ties Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil. Braille vol­un­teer makes mu­sic avail­able for the blind Rams seek to re­claim po­si­tion as re­gion su­per­power

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