April 22, 2008

O'more will continue to go "green" with more efforts to save energy and resources.

O'More to mark this
Earth Day with tree and tea
The Tennesseean
FRANKLIN — Anyone who's passed by the O'More College of Design campus on Margin Street might have noticed the property looking a little greener in the past year. In celebration of Earth Day, which is today, and the planting of its 100th tree, the O'More staff is recognizing a commitment to beautify the seven-acre campus with a ceremony and afternoon tea.
In addition to the trees, which were planted as part of a program conceived in 2006, leaders of the fashion and design school have plans for a sensory garden in the yard behind Abbey Leix Mansion. Based on Aristotle's concepts of elements and seasons, the garden will open in early June. O'more will continue to go "green" with more efforts to save energy and resources, said college President Mark Hilliard. This includes instituting recycling opportunities, replacing light bulbs with compact florescent lights, using Earth-friendlier paints and using outdoor message boards to reduce paper waste. The planting ceremony will begin at 1 p.m. today. The tea will follow at 2 p.m. For the next two weeks, Williamson County residents will have several opportunities to observe Earth Day through their own actions. • A series of "shred days" will secure no-longer-needed private and personal documents from identity thieves and also make sure the paper doesn't end up in the landfill. Cadence Bank and Keep Williamson Beautiful will accept personal documents from the public to be cut into tiny pieces by large industrial shredders. Small paper clips and staples are acceptable, but heavy clips, clamps and binders should be removed. The shredding service is free and open to the community. Cadence Bank will offer a shred day from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Franklin branch at 1224 Columbia Ave. and April 30 at the Brentwood branch at 93 Seaboard Lane. Shred-it of Nashville, which recycles 520,000 tons of paper every year, is in charge of the waste. Keep Williamson Beautiful will have a shred day from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 420 Century Court off Columbia Avenue in Franklin. • A collection day for household hazardous waste and old computers will be from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 3 at the Williamson County Administrative Complex, at 1320 W. Main St. in Franklin. Residents can hand over their old household cleaners, automotive products, home maintenance products, batteries, computers and cell phones for proper disposal. Another Williamson Recycles/Keep Williamson Beautiful event, there is no charge for this service.

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