EDGE Celebrates Earth Day
Over 20 environmental groups participated in an Earth Day celebration
on the Lupton Library portico, an observance hosted by the student
group Ecological Decisions for a Global Environment (EDGE).
Dr. David Aborn and Dr. Dawn Ford, biological and environmental
sciences, who serve as faculty advisors to the group say this is
their biggest event of the academic year. EDGE has also brought
speakers to campus, according to Ford.
"Our speakers have discussed recycling and the Arctic National
Wildlife Refuge. We also have student volunteers involved in trail
building on Sunset Rock and the Cumberland Trail. They also help
with the River Rescue, picking up trash along the shoreline of the
Tennessee River," Ford said.
A major campus campaign for EDGE is to establish a recycling program
for on-campus housing, Ford added.
EDGE wants you to know the facts about Americans and our
- The average American will throw away 600 times his or her adult
weight in garbage
- Cow manure is generating power for 200,000 homes in California
- Americans throw out 2 billion disposable razors each year
- Remembering to rinse your soda and plastic items before you
toss them into a recycling bin will ensure the items can be used
in the recycling program
- We cut down 2 million trees daily
What does biodegradable really mean?
Material/Break down time
Paper / 1- 3 months
Wool Sock / 1 year
Tin Can / 100 years
Aluminum Can / 200-500 years
Plastic 6-pack cover / 450 years
If you would like more information about EDGE, please email Dr.
Dawn Ford or Dr. David