News & EventsThursday, December 18, 2014
Filed under: environment
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.
For some WCC students, Welcome Day in September is their first introduction to life on campus. Usually held shortly after classes begin, Welcome Day showcases a host of activities on campus that are open to everyone. A Welcome Day for Winter Semester will be held Wednesday, Jan. 27.
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.
WCC has taken two more important steps in its commitment to minimizing energy use and reducing greenhouse emissions.
It was one of the coldest and snowiest winters in recent memory, but two of WCC’s own jumped on their bikes every morning and rode to school. Student Matt Yost took first place in the Winter Commuter Challenge sponsored by Ann Arbor’s Wheels in Motion bike shop. Dale Petty, an electronics instructor and environmental committee member, placed fifth.
WCC is a lean, mean machine when it comes to reducing waste. The College placed fourth out of 148 colleges that participated in the waste minimization division of the 2009 national Recyclemania competition. Simply put, WCC produced far less trash per capita than most other competing colleges. That includes both waste going into landfills and wastes such as bottles, paper, and cardboard that are recycled.
“Would you want to drink this stuff?” WCC digital video student John Inwood posed this question viscerally with his winning entry at the 2nd Annual Millers Creek Film Festival. His video, a short public service announcement, puts a humorous spin on the serious effects of dumping motor oil in city drains.
How can we all live more sustainably on the earth? Students, employees, and community members will have an opportunity to get answers to that question at WCC’s eighth annual Earth Day Festival Thursday, April 16, from 10:00am to 2:00pm on the first floor of the Student Center building. All events are free and open to the public.