The sun was shining as students, faculty, staff, and visitors celebrated Earth Day on Friday at the Cookeville Higher Education Campus (CHEC). The educational event featured environmental science displays, speakers, and documentary films. CHEC students designed interactive activities highlighting fun recycling techniques. Vol State at Livingston students also participated in the Earth Day activities. The projects came from a variety of classes, ranging from Chemistry to Education. The focus of this Earth Day event was the impact of plastics on the environment. Martha Wells, an environmental chemist, discussed reasons to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover plastics. Other speakers included Cookeville Mayor Ricky Shelton, Putnam County Executive Randy Porter, and Gloria Belken from the Climate Reality Project.
Sponsors for Earth Day at CHEC included: HelgasPhotos, Cookeville Honda, and RE/MAX ONE. CHEC is located at 1000 Neal Street. It is the site of classes for Volunteer State Community College, Tennessee Tech University and TCAT Livingston.