As part of Piedmont College’s focus on Critical Thinking, QEP began sponsoring annual Earth Day Celebrations on both campuses in 2010. During these events, students are encouraged to think about their impact on the environment through a variety of performances, displays, pledges, and volunteer opportunities. The student interest in Earth Day is so high, the Student Activities Board has taken over planning all future celebrations to ensure this tradition caries on!
-Pictures of Earth Day-
Piedmont Students have also transferred this interest to the outside community. In 2012, the Chemistry club presented displays at two local elementary schools during their Earth Day Celebrations. The students focused on pollution, healthy living, and careers connected with the environment.
As a product of Earth Day, QEP addressed the need for on-campus recycling. Within the first year of availability, the Demorest Campus alone recycled over two hundred pounds of paper and plastic each week. Both the Athens and Demorest Campuses are now equipped with designated recycling areas and regular pick-up.
Natural Science Seminars
The Department of Natural Sciences teamed with QEP to co-sponsor several series of speakers beginning in 2009. While themes differed widely, each focused on critical thinking in the natural sciences.