Rain Forecast Pushes Back Lindsey Creek Clean-up; One CSU 2014 Events Begin Tuesday

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The threat of rain has only pushed back Columbus State University's activities promoting environmental awareness a few days, but the rest of the One CSU 2014 events will go on as planned -- weather permitting.

Events originally were to begin today with a Lindsey Creek Cleanup by volunteers and CSU’s Students for a Sustainable World. But today's threat if rain has postponed that activity until April 25 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Participants are asked to meet near the creek at the parking lot adjacent to CSU’s Blackmon Tennis Center or at the clock tower to assist in removal of trash and refuse.

“One of Columbus State University’s core values is sustainability, and CSU’s Sustainability Week is a celebration of those values,” said Bill Frazier, chairman of CSU’s Department of Earth and Space Sciences. “The celebration continues all week with a variety of events, all focused on developing a healthy environment, a healthy body and a sustainable world.”

All One CSU 2014 events promote those values.

“Our One CSU campaign focuses on creating sustainable communities,” said Troy Keller, associate professor of Earth and Space Sciences. “We stress this point in all of the events. This year we have a suite of new exhibitors that will enhance the breadth of our signature event, the One CSU Sustainability Fair.”

The fair this year will take place on April 22, Earth Day, attracting one of the area’s largest gatherings of groups promoting sustainability initiatives, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. around CSU’s Whitley Clock Tower. Representatives from across the valley will display their wares, recruit volunteers, educate the public and demonstrate what they offer as green-going citizens and organizations. Organizers expect 20 vendors.

“CSU is increasingly emphasizing sound environmental issues and being a model of those practices in our community and our region,” Frazier said. “It’s an opportunity to bring together groups involved in our community, organizations and businesses that are trying to develop green initiatives in town.”

Expected to participate this year are Columbus Water Works, Rivertown Ford, Legacy Chevy, Zipcar, Pratt Recycling, Georgia Power Co., Ride-on Bikes, Outside World Outfitters, Whitewater Express, Treadstone Climbing Gym, the Chattahoochee RiverWarden, the Nature Conservancy, Chattahoochee Fall Line Conservation Partnership, Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, Keep Columbus Beautiful, Students for a Sustainable World, American Institute for Professional Geologists, Columbus State’s Student Recreation Center and CSU Plant Operations.

If you are interested in the fair, come out or sign up as a volunteer or to have a table at the event by contacting keller_troy@ColumbusState.edu.

Also on Tuesday will be a Rock Wall Climbing Competition from 2-6:30 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center and an Earth Day 5K at 6:30 p.m. The race will start at the CSU Student Recreation Center and end at the clock tower. Prospective 5K participants can register athttps://endurancecui.active.com/event-reg/select-race?e=7242054https://www.estartline.com/Register/?event=26013 or at the Student Recreation Center.

On April 23 will be a Beach Body Circuit at 6:30 p.m. where participants join CSU personal trainers for a workout at the clock tower. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 50 participants.

Three events take place April 24, with Tune Up and Tone Up at 6:30 p.m. at the clock tower, kayak demonstrations from 6-8 p.m. at the Student Recreation Center pool and at 7 p.m., at CSU’s Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center, where Judith Curry, a Georgia Tech climate scientist, will lecture on climate change.

Tune Up and Tone participants join CSU group fitness instructors for an outdoor cycle ride and core training. Free T-shirts will be given to the first 50 participants.

One CSU 2014 wraps on Saturday with Oxbow Meadows’ annual ReptileFest from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. For more information, visit http://ColumbusState.edu/oxbow.