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Published on April 22nd, 2015 | by editor

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Hundreds Celebrate Earth Day During Wright College’s 15th Annual Event

Wright College Vice President Nicole Reaves welcomes students, faculty and staff to the annual tree planting during Wright's 2015 Earth Day celebration.

Wright College Vice President Nicole Reaves welcomes students, faculty and staff to the annual tree planting during Wright’s 2015 Earth Day celebration.

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Hundreds of students, faculty, staff, and community members participated in Wright College’s 15th Annual Earth Day celebration on April 22, 2015.  Vice President Nicole Reaves kicked off the celebration in the morning, highlighting Wright’s sustainability initiatives and welcoming those who gathered to help plant three new trees. The newly planted Dogwood, Blue Beech and Chinkapin Oak are now part of Wright’s tree-friendly campus, which features close to 600 trees and 40 different species!

Following the tree planting, hundreds of students, faculty, staff and community members visited more than 21 exhibits in Campus Center, which addressed such environmental topics as energy efficiency, fair trade, GMOs, shark finning, fracking, water conservation and more. Visitors included 23 special needs students and their mentors from Vaughn High School.

Organizers also collected more than 20 books for the Open Books Book Drive, along with more than 100 pounds of waste for recycling. The collection effort for books and recycling will continue through the end of the semester (drop off in Science Building lobby).

Kyla Newsome (right), president of Wright's Student Environmental Club and a 2015 grad, talks to student Diana Desantiago about Earth Day activities.

Kyla Newsome (right), president of Wright’s Student Environmental Club and a 2015 grad, talks to student Diana Desantiago about Earth Day activities.

Congratulations to Wright’s Student Environmental Club – including officers Kyla Newsome (president), Libby Zagorski (vice president) and Samantha Miller (secretary) – along with the Student Government Association, American Chemical Society Student Club, Student Engineering Club, Student Architecture Club, and all of the student volunteers, faculty and staff members who contributed to and supported this outstanding event.

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