MCCC hosts 15th annual Monroe County Earth Day exhibition

Concerned about maintaining a healthy environment, family and friends gathered at the 15th annual Monroe County Earth Day Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Gerald Welch Health Education Building at Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Rd. .

For more than 40 years, Earth Day has been celebrated around the world by people who care about preserving the planet. For Monroe, this earth-friendly event has been canceled for the past two years due to COVID.

“We are excited to be hosting this year’s event,” said Dan Rock, Recycling and Green Community Program Coordinator. “Usually we attend 500 to 600 people and this year we added outside activities and have more than 40 exhibitors.”

Bedford High School senior Morgan Leonhard greets the guests as they arrive. National Honor Society volunteers handed out passports for the day’s raffle, including tickets to vote for the “Wings of Change” school project.

Seven-year-old Sebastian Yates, a first grader at Manor Elementary School, picks up pumpkin seeds in a pot to take home.  Planting activities were organized by DTE at the 15th annual Monroe County Earth Day Fair held at the Gerald Welch Health Education Building at Monroe County Community College, 1555 S. Raisinville Rd.  Provided by Kennedy Bowling

This year’s theme is “Healthy Planet, You’re Healthy” and features a range of free activities, music, food trucks and exhibitions as presented by Jack Burns, Jr., director of campus planning and facilities at MCCC.

According to Burns, since 2016, geothermal HVAC systems and energy-efficient and environmentally friendly recycling programs on campus have proven to be beneficial for campuses in saving electricity and natural gas.

As a result of the system, Burns estimates last year’s electricity savings could be compared to the electricity costs of powering 19.7 homes per year or saving 120 hectares of forest land. More forests help mitigate climate change by capturing and storing carbon.

Bedford High School student Morgan Leonhard greets guests and distributes passports at the 15th annual Monroe County Earth Day Fair.  This year's theme is “Healthy Planet, Healthy You”.  Provided by Kennedy Bowling

DTE representatives Carol Farrell and Bonnie Masserant host a potting station for kids of all ages to learn about planting. Using biodegradable containers, future gardeners have a choice of green bean, pumpkin, or sunflower seeds. Seven-year-old Sebastian Yates, a first grader at Manor Elementary School, picks up pumpkin seeds in a pot to take home.

“We use biodegradable containers so they can be planted directly in the ground,” said Masserant.

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