By SOFIA LYNCH
Washtenaw Community College’s 14th annual Earth Day celebration will be held April 9, on the first floor of the Student Center Building. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the celebration will offer information about an array of solutions to environmental problems, presented by WCC departments, local non-profits, government organizations, and businesses.
“The organizations either talk about how they’re serving the community through environmental initiatives or they’re going to tell students how they can help,” said Rachel Barsch, the coordinator of student activities.
Among the multiple organizations represented at the event, three car companies – Nissan, Ford, and Cadillac – will have their environmentally friendly vehicles on display in the North Plaza of the Student Center.
The event will also offer a live raptor presentation from the Leslie Science and Nature Center from 11 a.m. to noon, showcasing birds of prey. All of the Earth Day celebratory events will be free and open to the public.
“It’s an opportunity to appreciate and be thankful for all that we get from this wonderful environment that we live in, but also a chance to think about what problems there are and what solutions we can come up with.” said Dale Petty, industrial technology instructor and member of the college’s Sustainability Council.
WCC’s Earth Day event was organized by a committee that consists of Barsch, Petty, Recycling Operations Manager Barry Wilkins, Energy and Systems Integration Manager Bill Ghrist and Alyssa Camp, a student who works in Student Activities.
The committee is also looking for a few volunteers for the day of to help organizations as they come in and help them find their tables, according to Petty. Students interested can contact Petty at email@example.com or Barsch at firstname.lastname@example.org.