2000s

2000Albion College Symposium: “Environmental Activism for the New Millennium” in honor of the 30th anniversary of Earth Day. Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., environmental attorney with the Natural Resources Defense Council and co-founder of the Hudson River Keepers, was the keynote speaker. Other speakers included:  Stephanie Mills,  who is a Michigan Environmentalist and writer; Sierra Club President Robert Cox; and Sandra Steingraber, scientist, cancer survivor and author of Living Downstream.

2000A tree planting ceremony was held with Robert Kennedy, Jr. and the Albion Community at Rieger Park on the Kalamazoo River. The tree still graces the forks. David Rovics, folk singer, performed environmental music as part of his “Big Mountain Road Show,” designed to call attention to the Navajo dilemmas in the face of the “National Sacrifice Zone” approach to the government.

2006: Baldwin Dining Services introduced organic foods in the students’ diet and are making an effort to purchase locally-sourced Michigan food. The Dining Hall also tried to eliminate waste by changing the napkin baskets with napkin dispensers.

2006: The Albion College Grounds Department installed a new sprinkler system that uses significantly less water.   

2006: Albion College Science Complex is the first building on campus to be built that qualifies as a “green building,” receiving a Silver Certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Green Building Rating System.

2007: Albion River Trail creation and completion. It is a 1.6 mile trail that runs along the Kalamazoo River.

2008: Bill McKibben of 350.org fame and author of The End of Nature speaks on campus. Tree was planted with McKibben in his honor near the Kalamazoo River.

2009: Rain gardens were installed by the Albion College Grounds Department to be used around campus. The rain gardens are used to collect surface water from the tennis courts.

2009: The Albion College grounds department mulches 99% of leaves collected and went from throwing away 700 cubic yards of leaves to just 7 cubic yards of leaves.

2009: Lighting on campus was updated to be more environmentally friendly. The campus changed to fluorescent lights to save energy. Also the buildings now have light sensor equipment which allows lights to turn off when no one is in the room.

2010: “Year of Sustainability” environmental activities such as “Week of Impact,” which looked at people’s physical health and waste-management, were held as well as other sustainable presentations.

2010A group of five students started the Student Farm during Albion’s Year of Sustainability in 2010.

2010: Betsy Damon, an environmental artist, was a Visiting Art and Art History professor.

2010: Albion Campus participates in “Recycle-mania”

2010: Albion College and the CSE facilitate “Green Day.”

2010: Joel Salatin speaker on campus, gives talk over environmental farming.

2011Annie Leonard, author of The Story of Stuff, speaks on campus.

2014Campus energy audit as part of the AASHE, which is the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.

2014: Year of Sustainability on Albion’s campus

2014: Dr. Wesley Dick and his 1960s class have a tree dedicated in front of the Kellogg Center in honor of the Earth Day and learn about the environmental movement.

2014: Richard Alley, author of Earth: The Operator’s Manual, comes to campus as the keynote speaker during Elkin Isaac Symposium.