Saving for a non-rainy day

“The Green Man” by artist Luke Gehring Location: Health and Wellness Center

“The Green Man” by artist Luke Gehring Location: Health and Wellness Center

Credit: Penn State Behrend

Greener Behrend, Penn State Behrend’s environmental service club, recently acquired three new rain barrels that will surely help make Behrend’s landscape greener.

These aren’t just plain plastic barrels, though; they are part of a public art project—Don’t Give Up the Drip—conceived and orchestrated by Erie-area environmental agencies.

The colorful painted fifty-five gallon rain barrels are located at the Health and Wellness building, Turnbull Hall, and Erie Hall. Behrend’s barrels are three of fifty-two plastic barrels transformed by artists and installed at publicly accessible locations throughout the Erie area.

“Our goal was to showcase our local art talent while educating the community about the benefits of harvesting rainwater and water conservation and health,” said Kristen Currier, environmental educator at the Erie County Conservation District, one of the organizations behind the art project.

The rainwater will be used to quench the thirst of Behrend’s vast flora.

“Erie receives above-average rainfall annually. Still, throughout the summer we experience shortages and the rain barrels are extremely useful then,” said Ann Quinn, director of Greener Behrend. “The water stored will be used