Staff Photo: Erin Evans. Fourth-grade students from East Newton Elementary School were excited to receive a maple tree from Snapping Shoals EMC. Shown are, front from left, Karli Dial, Camille Hay, Will Price and Brayden Harper. In back are Ayana Beazor, Keyarra Bolden and Kaylee Coggins.
COVINGTON -- Earth Day is being celebrated today around the globe and many Newton Countians will be a part of it. The designated day began 40 years ago as a way to inspire awareness and appreciation for the environment.
Snapping Shoals EMC is one of many local businesses and organizations taking their hats off to Mother Earth. Snapping Shoals has several programs to mark the day. One initiative is to provide each elementary school the co-op serves with a 6-foot autumn blaze maple tree for planting on school property.
"Planting trees encompasses the spirit of Earth Day, as it is a day for actions that enhance the environment and trees naturally improve air quality, conserve water and save energy," said Leigh-Anne Burgess, communications specialist with SSEMC.
Also, the first 50 customers who visit the co-op's main office on Brown Bridge Road today will receive a free energy efficiency kit, which includes such items as caulk and compact fluorescent bulbs, useful resources to help conserve energy at home.
"As part of our continuing commitment to our environment, Snapping Shoals EMC is also proud to be a part of Green Power EMC, a partnership of electric membership corporations in Georgia formed to facilitate the procurement of renewable energy sources for its members," Burgess said. "Green Power EMC utilizes 'green' resources such as biomass, solar, wind and water to generate electricity."
Burgess said since its inception, Green Power has generated over 1,512,191,763 kilowatt-hours of green energy, providing the same environmental benefits as taking 139,694 cars off Georgia's roads or planting 213,314 acres in trees.
"While Earth Day is a time to act by turning off a light, joining a carpool, cleaning a park or planting a tree, caring for the environment is a year-round responsibility," Burgess said.
Snapping Shoals EMC offers a range of energy efficiency and conservation advice at www.ssemc.com. For more information on Green Power EMC, visit www.greenpoweremc.org.