Metisentry was excited to be a part of this year’s Green and Clean event in Downtown Akron. Now in its 9th year, Green and Clean is a city-wide project, focused on making Downtown Akron ‘vibrant and valuable’. This event encourages business employees, students, and community members to form teams and take part in projects around the city.
Green and Clean kicked off on Earth Day, April 22, and ran through Friday, May 20. Volunteers had the option to sign-up for shifts, or submit their own project ideas. Projects typically include litter clean-up, painting, weeding, and gardening.
Team Metisentry submitted a request to clean up the outside area surrounding our office space in The Nantucket Building. Prior to Green and Clean, our building entrance lacked plants and vegetation, and was not very welcoming. A peeling tar-like material covered the cement blocks out front, creating a worn, outdated appearance.
To clean up the space, our team took part in Green and Clean on Tuesday, May 17th. We started by sweeping up the cement area including Maiden Lane. In order to add some color and cheer to the entryway, we set out window flower boxes, as well as added large planters at our entryway. The soil needed for planting was provided by the Downtown Akron Partnership. Plans to improve the cement area and tar covered area are still in the works, so stay tuned for news on that update!
This project took weeks of preparation and coordination which our administrative team headed up. Sun light and shade patterns were studied. Plants to stay on theme with Metisentry colors were selected. Hostas, Blue Forget-Me-Nots, and Pandora Blue Anemones were among the plants selected. On the day of, Team Metisentry volunteers came together and tasks were divvied up. Even with a slight drizzle coming down, this project was completed within an hour. We are pleased with the outcome of this clean-up. Not only is our Maiden Lane entrance more colorful, it is also more welcoming for our team members and guests!
Downtown Akron is our home, and we enjoyed taking part in cleaning up the city we love! We look forward to continuing to improve our new office space and surrounding area. And to participating in the Green and Clean program again next year!