1990s

1990: “Declaration of Interdependence” – an environmental symposium in honor of the 20th anniversary of Earth Day. The keynote speaker was David Brower, the most renowned environmentalist of his generation. David Brower met with college classes and Albion elementary school children. A “Brower Tree” was planted on campus after a viewing of Dr. Seuss’s “The Lorax.” The tree remains part of our environmental heritage.

1990: Albion College hosted Cesar Chavez on campus for a program on farm workers, pesticides, and social justice, including a viewing of the film, The Wrath of Grapes.

1999: Albion College team participated in “The Greening of the Campus” Conference at Ball State University

1999: The Environmental Institute was founded, which is now the Center for Sustainability.  The founding of the Environmental Institute led to environmental education and an annual environmental trip to places such as Florida, Washington and the Pacific Northwest, Arizona and the Southwest, the Chesapeake, Appalachia, New Orleans and Louisiana, California and Yosemite, the California Desert and Salton Sea, and Portland, Oregon.