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This release prepared by the Office of Public Relations and Marketing.
Rebecca Eidson, Director, 646-1507,
Lisa Garrett, Public Relations Associate, 646-1506,

Tri-County Plans Earth Day Celebration

(By Lisa Garrett)

PENDLETON --- Awareness is the first step in getting people to become active in environmental issues, says Dr. Sharon Miller, a Tri-County Technical College science instructor who is promoting the College’s April 5 Earth Day celebration.

A highlight of the event, coordinated by the College’s Environmental Club, will be a showing of “Kilowatt Ours, A Plan to Re-Energize America,” a new documentary by filmmaker and conservationist Jeff Barrie. The film chronicles Barrie’s 18-month journey across the southeastern United States to document our energy-related problems and presents cost-saving solutions for consumers. The screenings will be in Tri-County’s Marshall J. Parker Auditorium at 12:30, 1:30, 6:30 and 7:30. There is no admission for the movie, and the public is invited to attend. After each screening, door prizes, consisting of a four-pack of compact fluorescent light bulbs and battery-less flashlights, will be given out

Booths will be set up from 12:20 - 2:20 p.m. in the mall area behind Pickens Hall and in Oconee Hall from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Included among the displays will be Anderson County Solid Waste, Upstate Food Co-op in Six Mile, hybrid vehicles and a bio-diesel demonstration by Phil Gilmore, a chemistry instructor at the College. K.L. Crawford, a Tri-County student, will be working with several member of Pendleton High School’s Environmental Awareness Club to build a solar cooker, which will be used at the event. The high school students will be assisting with the exhibit. .

“The event is an effort to create, within the student body and the community, an awareness and concern for environmental issues,” said Dr. Miller. “We will have hands-on demonstrations, educational activities and entertainment for the students to learn from and to enjoy,” added Mike McCarthy, of Townville, a University Transfer major and secretary/treasurer of the College’s Environmental Club. “We will provide reliable information and we hope to energize the students and the entire community to become more educated and thoughtful regarding environmental issues,” he said.

For more information, contact Dr. Miller at 646-1303 or by e-mail at