Bethany College will celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day on April 22.

Associate Regional Representative for Sierra Club Stephanie Cole will serve as the keynote speaker. Her address, “How Green Can You Be? It’s Easier Than You Think!” will kick off the celebration at 10:15 a.m. in the amphitheatre on the campus of Bethany College. Cole, a Fort Hays State University alumna, completed an internship with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples. During this time, she worked in the environmental policy sector and was involved in promoting sustainable growth management. With the Sierra Club, Cole works with the Kansas Chapter to establish a clean energy economy.

Concurrent sessions at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. will feature composting demonstrations with Bethany College Professor of Biology Mark Kozubowski. Other sessions will include presentations by Bethany College Assistant Professor of English Kristin Van Tassel, David Van Tassel of the Land Institute in Salina, Community Garden Activist Ted Zerger of Salina and recycled origami with the Bethany College Art Club. The Green Team will also have a meeting over the lunch hour and 2nd grade students from Soderstrom Elementary will participate in a painting and planting project at the community garden in the afternoon. Additional work in the community garden is scheduled from 3-5 p.m.