Green is disappearing. Leaves are molting to yellow and orange. Grass is fading to sad browns. The Benjamins and Washingtons are disappearing from wallets. But Tuesday night, green will blossom again.
Albion’s yearly Green Day means booths will be set up, decorations will be unboxed and plants will be prepared for market. Behind the preparation is Marley Guy, a sophomore from Three Rivers, Mich.
Dr. Doug White, a professor of Environmental Studies, is also behind the event but approached Guy to manage it. Somewhere between hectic and calm, the process has nevertheless given her a refreshing break from her studies.
Featured at Green Day will be multiple booths from the Environment 101 course, where students will present the improvements they made to the Nature Center’s River Trail. After a 2013 micro-storm wiped out 1,000 trees, White said, there was still lingering damage needing to be fixed.
A table from the Student Farm will also be set up, displaying information about their club and the farm itself. As most of the their produce has been harvested or has died, the only vegetables that may make an appearance are leafy greens.
The Nature Center is also expected to have a booth.
Aside from displays, plants will be potted for purchase. Directly from the science complex’s greenhouse, they will sell for $1-$2. The choices are extensive, including Aloe vera, Lemon Button Ferns, Spider Plants, Pothos, Peperomia, Heartleaf Philodendron, Bird’s Nest Sansevieria and even a few cacti, according to Melissa Goodell, who is in charge of the greenhouse.
Green Day has often been presented to help students become more environmentally aware, but Guy says there is more to the event than the generic answer.
“Maybe you’ll find out you actually are interested in environmental stuff. Personally, I wouldn’t go to a business thing, but if I ended up somewhere, maybe I would find out I really liked business,” she said.
If you have not seen the cardboard advertisements, the KC Stack will be greened from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. tomorrow.
Guy says to attend it and you can take away a great experience–and maybe a few plants. There should definitely be enough Washingtons for it.
Photo by Clare Kolenda