News & EventsWednesday, September 3, 2014
Filed under: environment
Building a sustainable world is the challenge for this and future generations. And constructing a degree program to meet that challenge is exactly what the faculty at WCC did in a unique and collaborative way.
The public is invited to attend an open house at WCC to celebrate the renovations and renaming of the College’s Occupational Education building on Sunday, Oct. 23. That afternoon it will be renamed the Larry L. Whitworth Occupational Education building in honor of WCC’s recently retired president.
Visitors and students at WCC often remark about the lovely green spaces that accent the College’s central campus. They praise areas like the stand of tall pines that buffer it from the busy Clark and Golfside intersection. And they delight in the well-groomed spaces of the Community Park and the plaza that create restful areas in which to study or enjoy outdoor fun with friends between classes.
WCC is letting the Earth heat and cool one of its busiest buildings. Drilling has just been completed on 140 geothermal wells adjacent to the College’s Occupational Education building. The 120,000-square-foot facility was built in 1982 and is home to the automotive, motorcycle, welding, HVAC, dental, and radiography programs, as well as administrative and faculty offices.
Work begins this month on the much anticipated updates to WCC’s Occupational Education building. Built in 1982 for the College’s vocational programs, the OE building will receive extensive mechanical upgrades, new lighting and ceiling fixtures throughout, and an infusion of green technology, including the addition of 200 geothermal wells and a partial vegetative rooftop.
Editor’s note: The following story about a trip sponsored by Student Activities to the University of Michigan Biological Station in Pellston is by Mike Wilkinson, a WCC staff member.
Summertime is one of the best times to enjoy the WCC campus, and you don’t have to be a student to participate in a number of fun activities.
WCC students are increasingly considering the issue of sustainability, as a growing number of instructors across disciplines are bringing this important topic into their classrooms.
WCC and the Ann Arbor Transportation Authority will extend a special program for bus travel departing from the College’s main campus through the Fall Semester. To participate, students and employees must have a new WCC ID card, which is free.
This year, the annual Ann Arbor Earth Day celebration combines forces with WCC’s own Earth Day for a festival that combines education, entertainment, and fun in a location close to both Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti. On Sunday, April 25, from noon to 4:00pm the Ann Arbor Area Earth Day Festival will fill WCC’s Morris Lawrence building and the surrounding campus green with Earth-focused exhibits and activities.