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Every year the Georgia College Office of Sustainability host a symposium for the campus and community. This year they had a professor name John Sabraw from Ohio State University present. His mission is to remediate streams affected by acid mine drainage by utilizing the iron oxide byproduct to create acrylic and oil paint. During the transformative process, he collaborates with engineers, environmentalists, biologists, and chemists to create a product that is suitable for other artists to use and provides an opportunity for them to incorporate sustainable practices into their studios.
Over 200 people attended the event on Thursday April 19th. Sabraw talked about his path to where he is now, how art and science are linked, and why people should pay attention to their surroundings.
“The water bottles donated by Haws for the second year in a row were again a big hit within the community. Some people’s reason for coming to the event was to get their free reusable water bottles! It was nice to give away such a useful gift at the symposium. Hopefully after getting an bottle and hearing Sabraw’s challenging journey; people will think about the impact they have on the environment. The bottles really made our event look more professional, serious, and important.”
– Toria Middleton, Student at GCSU.