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Tree planting set for J.F. Gregory Park
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In honor of the 41st Earth Day, the Coastal Bryan Tree Foundation will hold a tree planting ceremony at 10 a.m. April 22 at the Richmond Hill City Center in J.F. Gregory Park.
Following the Earth Day ceremonies, Kermit Griffin, executive chef and director of the City Center, will host a luncheon at 11 a.m. in the Red Bird Creek Dining Room. The luncheon, which is open to the public, will feature fresh, local and organic produce on the salad bar, a hot and cold carving station and a wide assortment of desserts.
The cost is $10 per person, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Coastal Bryan Tree Foundation. Participating Girl Scouts are invited to eat for free.
Earth Day was established in 1970 to inspire awareness and appreciation for the natural environment of the Earth. Now 41 years later, Earth Day Network has organized “A Billion Acts of Green” to encourage personal, organizational and corporate pledges to live and act sustainability around the world.
In support of this, the largest environmental service campaign in the world, Richmond Hill City Center announced that it will plant one live oak and five dogwood trees in honor of Earth Day. 
Wendy Bolton, foundation president, will plant the live oak while members of Richmond Hill Junior Girl Scout Troop 30270 will plant five commemorative dogwood trees. The live oak tree, also known as the southern live oak, has long been recognized as a southern symbol of strength and the state tree of Georgia. 
Consistent with its dedication to sustainability and commitment to the environment, Richmond Hill City Center is LEED certified by the U.S. Green Building Council and adheres to the stringent standards for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection, indoor environmental quality and innovative design. The facility uses less energy, water and natural resources; creates less waste; and provides a healthier environment for guests.
Richmond Hill set out to establish the standard for the community by building a high-performance green conference center that still captured the timeless beauty of southern architecture.
For more information, call the City Center at 445-0043.

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