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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Lectures Tackle Environmental Issues

What do home energy conservation, strip mining, Native American culture, and poetry all have in common? Far more than you’d guess, and WCC’s Second Annual Environmental Series will show you why.

The lecture series, which features local and national speakers, is sponsored by WCC Student Activities and Phi Theta Kappa, the two-year college honor society.

“We hope to create awareness of the many ways that environmental issues affect all of us in multiple ways,” said Ian Griffin, director of Student Activities. “Most people don’t realize how things such as energy consumption, the use of resources, and consumer attitudes can have an impact on the global economy, on social justice, and on cultural diversity, just to mention a few issues. We hope to help people see how all these pieces fit together.”

Energy and the environment are topics that are only going to grow in relevance, said PTK member Beth Jakubowski, who helped organize the series. “The more students learn about environmental issues, the more they see how these connect with their classes and maybe even their careers,” she said.

The lectures, which are scheduled for September through April, are free and open to the public. They’ll be held in WCC’s Health and Fitness Center unless otherwise noted.

Energy Wise 101
Tuesday, Sept. 29, 1:00pm
The Clean Energy Coalition of Ypsilanti provides tips and suggestions for reducing your home energy consumption and saving money.

Mountain Top Removal
Thursday, Oct. 22, 1:00pm
Dave Cooper describes how mountain top coal mining devastates landscapes, destroys ecosystems, and harms communities.

Transition Ann Arbor
Thursday, Nov. 5, 1:00pm
Nathan Ayers of the Burns Park Green Energy Association talks about the Transition Town Movement, which began in Britain with the goal of reconfiguring towns for a low impact and a sustainable future. Solutions include cultivating a local economy, developing sustainable energy sources, and reviving many of the lost home, farm, and building skills that sustained past cultures.

Calculate Your Carbon Footprint
Wednesday, Dec. 2, noon
GM 118
WCC electronics instructor Dale Petty will help you calculate the energy consumption of your daily activities and their impact on carbon emissions. Refreshments will follow in BE 180.

Environmental Injustice and Native Americans
Thursday, March 18, 1:00pm
Kyle Powys Whyte, a U-M graduate student in environmental justice, discusses how environmental issues affect racial and ethnic groups.

Environmental Poetry Readings
Tuesday, April 6, 1:00pm
Location TBA
WCC students perform their own works on environmental topics.

If you have questions about the lecture series, send an email to .

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