Earth Day: Can You Dig It?

Georgia Tech will celebrate its 19th annual Earth Day Festival on April 22, starting at 10 a.m. The event — one of the biggest Earth Day celebrations in the Southeast — will take place on the Instructional Center Lawn. Activities are planned throughout the day to educate the Georgia Tech community about the environment and eco-friendly living.

Attendees at this year's event — which is themed "Can You Dig It?" — will have the opportunity to visit information booths, and there will be live performances, a farmers market, and free giveaways during the celebration. In the afternoon, there will be a screening of “Can You Dig This” at the Student Center Theater from 2 to 4 p.m. The Festival will conclude with an Earth Day Garden Party on the IC Lawn from 5 to 8 p.m., featuring music, snacks, food trucks, and more information about sustainable living. Live performances will feature Nothin’ But Treble, Julie & the Transit Boys, and Flow-Tech.

Throughout the day, students, faculty, and staff are also invited to participate in the multiple recycling programs taking place:

  • Clothing Swap: Bring gently used clothing to donate or shop among men’s clothing, women’s clothing, and accessories for free.
  • Office Supply Exchange: Throughout the year, gently used office supplies are collected from departments around campus. Georgia Tech students, staff, and faculty with a valid BuzzCard are invited to shop for office supplies for free. Items include pens, markers, file folders, desk organizers, paper, toner cartridges, and more.
  • Cell Phone Recycling: Bring old cellphones to recycle at the E-Waste area. Other electronics, such as laptops, are welcome as well. Atlanta Recycling Solutions will be assisting with this program and will handle the recycling of these electronics so they do not end up in landfills.
  • Shoot the Shoes: Old athletic shoes will be collected and sent to Nike’s Reuse-a-Shoe program. Sneakers of any brand are accepted, just no cleats.

For more information and a schedule of the Earth Day festival events, visit the Earth Day website. In the event of rain, the Earth Day festival will be held in the Student Center and Skiles Courtyard.


Maria Linderoth
Solid Waste Management and Recycling

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