Berry Environmental Science and Geology classes hosted the first ever and very successful E.C.O. Jubilee at the Rome/Floyd ECO River Education Center.
The event was a massive success; around 600 people attended.
“The many weeks of preparation and planning for the E.C.O. Jubilee completely paid off! Not only did the students inform some 600 visitors about the local environment, but they left a lasting legacy by creating permanent displays,” said Associate Professor of Geology Tamie Jovanelly. “I am proud of the team work and dedication to the project that the students showed throughout the semester.”
Environmental science students, taught by Jovanelly, distributed an environmental survey in January to Floyd County residents. Since then, the class developed community projects based on approximately 300 survey responses. The students 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.
Students led tours of the wetlands and E.C.O. Center, gave educational demonstrations, and discussed green technologies. More than 30 local groups participated such as Keep Rome Beautiful, CRBI, Ducks Unlimited, Chestnut Foundation of Rome, and Rome/Floyd Recycling.
Article by Student Public Relations Assistant Hayden Sloan