Community college to celebrate Earth Day

Apr. 17, 2014 @ 09:31 AM

Three of Vance-Granville Community College's campuses will celebrate Earth Day with festivities on April 22.

The celebrations will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday at the Vance County, Granville County and Franklin County campuses.

All three events are free and open to the public.

At the Vance County campus, activities will take place at the gazebo and courtyard areas. Students and staff will present art, projects and various demonstrations on subjects including environmental science, gardening, alternative energy, sustainable agriculture, organic food, green construction, recycling and wildlife.

Guests will include the Backyard Nursery of Oxford, the American Wildlife Refuge of Raleigh and the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

The third annual Earth Day 5K Run/Walk will take place at the Vance County campus at 10:30 a.m.

At the Granville County campus, guests will include Metech Recycling, the Creedmoor Farmers Market, Granville County Soil and Water Conservation, Granville Greenways, the South Granville Water and Sewer Authority, Waste Industries, Bird Houses by Gina, The Scrap Exchange, Harris Worm Farm, Greenology Products, All Safe Records Management Solutions and Dalton Mill Nursery.

Presentations will be given by the Tar River Land Conservancy at 10 a.m., the environmental engineering firm Hazen & Sawyer at 11 a.m. and the Granville County Cooperative Extension at noon.

There will also be a trail walk.

At the Franklin County campus, guests will include the N.C. Forest Service, Metech Recycling, Franklin County Cooperative Extension, Franklin County Soil and Water Conservation, New Life Total Fitness, N.C. Green Power, the Franklin County Early College High School, Novozymes and Safe Space.

Attendees may participate in a trash walk to clean up local grounds.

For more information, contact Dr. Dan Settles at the Vance County campus at (252) 738-3449 or settles@vgcc.edu; Geraldine Cash at the Granville County campus at (919) 528-4737, ext. 3506, or cash@vgcc.edu; or Diane Hunt at the Franklin County campus at (252) 738-3600.