Paine College and Georgia Regents University Partner to Celebrate Earth Day

Posted by lsuggs | 04/17/2013 11:58 AM

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Paine College and Georgia Regents University have partnered to celebrate Earth Day Friday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard beside the GRU Wellness Center on the university’s Health Sciences Campus.

A “Bike to GRU/Paine College Day” will also take place on April 19. Everyone is encouraged to ride with others along one of three routes: the North Augusta Greeneway, the Augusta Canal and down the “Hill area.” Riders will leave from Savannah Rapids Pavilion at 6:45 a.m., North Augusta at 7 a.m. and Daniel Village at 7:30 a.m.; or cyclers can join the routes at other points. When bikers arrive on campus, they will receive juice, pastries and raffle tickets for gift certificates from local bike shops and Earth Day goodies.

This year’s theme is “Think Green, Live Green, Work Green.” The event is designed to inspire the GRU, Paine College and Augusta community to help the planet by “going green” every day, not just on Earth Day. 

Tree seedlings and other small indoor and outdoor plants will be given away, while supplies last, as well as recycled items and recycled Styrofoam coolers. Attendees are also encouraged to drop off items to recycle at college.

“We want people to bring items to recycle, including used eyeglasses, cell phones, writing instruments, such as pens, pencils and highlighters, and printer cartridges,” said Linda Saunders, event organizer.

Vendors, who will demonstrate how they are helping to go green, will open booths at 10 a.m. Food vendors, including Crums and Brown Bag Augusta, will also be on-site during lunch. Tables will be available, in addition to Student Center dining. Southern Swiss Dairy will have ice cream for sale.

In case of rain, the event will move to the Wellness Center. Parking is available at Kroger on 15th Street and the Laney High School Stadium. Shuttles between the Summerville campus and Laney-Walker Boulevard will be available.

For details about the Bike to GRU/Paine College Day, visit the “Bike to GRU” Facebook page or contact Alan Saul at or 706-721-0695. For information about the GRU Earth Day event, visit

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