Earth Day Celebration: Living the Green Life

Thursday, April 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Booths will be set up for participants to come and go as they explore ways to be sustainable.


  1. Electric bicycle project and bicycle charging station – Physics II class
  2. Solar cooking – Science Department
  3. Solar music powered by a photovoltaic energy power station – students
  4. Electric cars – Chevy Volt and Nissan Leaf – on display – Westar Energy
  5. Zeon electric mower – Brian Nebel, Excel Industries
  6. Solar panel installation process – King Solar (Hutchinson, Kan.)
  7. Battery technologies – sophomore Cody Cook
  8. Light bulbs and energy consumption – Tim Goering, Campus Facilities


  1. Menno Barrel rain barrels for sale – Entrepreneurship class
  2. Rain barrel drip irrigation system – Kevin Wilder, psychology and youth ministry instructor
  3. Rain garden and storm water runoff presentation – Environmental Biology class
  4. Native landscapes and plants suitable for rain gardens and drought tolerant conditions – Brad Guhr, Dyck Arboretum of the Plains


  1. Tour of the Hesston College garden – Gardening Club
  2. Nitrogen fixation with soil microbes presentation – Microbiology class


  1. Recycling on campus – Randy Toews, Campus Facilities
  2. Waste treatment plan presentation – Microbiology class
  3. 10-day give project – Karen LeVan, English faculty

Sunday, April 22, 7 p.m., Hesston Mennonite Church sanctuary

“Around the World in 90 Minutes” by Marty Essen – stories and photos of Marty’s wildlife encounters during his travels around the world. Marty is an award-winning author for his book “Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents.”