The Rome E.C.O. Center will feature E.C.O. Jubilee on Saturday (April 21), an event organized by Berry College environmental science students.
Come celebrate the local ecology of Northwest Georgia and the premier showcasing of the new E.C.O. (Etowah, Coosa, Oostanaula) Center art and educational displays. The Jubilee will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and admission is free.
Berry environmental science students, taught by Associate Professor of Geology Tamie Jovanelly, distributed an environmental survey in January to Floyd County residents. Since then, the class has developed community projects based on approximately 300 survey responses. The students have created permanent interactive environmentally-related displays and permanent educational material for the center. The students wrote grant proposals that were funded by Berry’s Bonner Center to help offset the cost of the projects. They also sought out donations and, when possible, the students used reclaimed materials.
“They range from geology, to botany, to animals, to energy efficiency methods. Each display has a poster and an interactive component. The energy efficiency poster correlates to a bike that is hooked up to a variety of light bulbs,” she said.
During the Jubilee students will lead tours of the wetlands and E.C.O. Center, give educational demonstrations, and discuss green technologies. The students have invited more than 30 local groups such as Keep Rome Beautiful, CRBI, Ducks Unlimited, Chestnut Foundation of Rome, and Rome/Floyd Recycling to the event. Berry Enterprises will also be present. There will be food available for purchase and hybrid car demonstrations.
For more information on the Rome E.C.O. Center, please visit: http://www.romefloyd.com/Environment/ECOCenter/tabid/492/Default.aspx
Written by Student Public Relations Assistant Hayden Sloan