Month: January 2024

2024 Sustainability Film Series

Now in its 14th year, the Sustainability Film & Discussion Series continues to bring relevant and provocative films to Michigan Tech’s campus to spur discussion and reflection amongst faculty, staff and students at Michigan Tech, as well as, the entire Keweenaw community. The Series provides a rare opportunity for people of diverse ages, backgrounds and life experiences to engage in meaningful discussion facilitated by a local expert on the topic. Everyone is welcome to attend. The film schedule is shown below.

Time: 7 PM, 3rd Thursday of each month, Jan-May.

Location: Fisher Hall – snacks in lobby, films in Rooms 135 or 138

Cost: Free. Suggested $5 donations are greatly appreciated. Or follow donation link: 

Michigan Tech Fund Sustainable Film Series 


2040 – January 18, Fisher 135

This hopeful documentary looks at the effects of climate change and the current technologies that have realistic potential to greatly contribute to reversing climate change by 2040.

The Seeds of Vandana Shiva – February 15, Fisher 138

Explores the interconnectedness of seeds, food, environment, and social justice through the remarkable life story of the Gandhian eco-activist and agro-ecologist, Vandana Shiva.

Going Circular – March 21, Fisher 138

Imagine a future where we mimic the genius of nature—to re-calibrate the way humankind lives, breathes, builds—respecting the limits of our resources and transforming the modern world. The film investigates the concept of circularity, an economic system that eliminates waste and saves the planet’s resources, and offers concrete solutions to move toward a more circular economy.

Climate Sisu – April 18, Fisher 135

Take a journey through Michigan in search of community knowledge about climate action, resilience, adaptation, and education. Climate SISU offers an urgent, yet optimistic call for climate action.

The Engine Inside – May 16, Fisher 138

Follow the lives of six individuals from around the globe who have devoted themselves to a simple, age-old machine – the bicycle. Witness how bicycles have the potential to transform lives and contribute to a better world. 


The film series is coordinated by the Michigan Tech Office of Sustainability & Resilience. Cosponsors include Keweenaw Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Keweenaw Land Trust, Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative, Friends of the Land of Keweenaw, Keweenaw Co-op, WUP MiSTEM Network, MTU: Great Lakes Research Center, Department of Social Sciences, Center for Science & Environmental Outreach, College of Forest Resources & Environmental Science, Sustainability Demonstration House, Students for Sustainability House and Keweenaw Youth for Climate Action.

2024 Chernosky Climate Leadership Award

Are you an undergraduate student at Michigan Tech with a passion for sustainability and climate action? We invite you to apply for the third annual Frank Chernosky Campus Climate Leadership Award.  

This alumni-funded award is named after Frank Chernosky, a former professor and advisor at Michigan Tech.  Mr. Chernosky was an early advocate for sustainability principles who impacted many students before dying tragically from a rare form of Heart Cancer in 1971.  The award consists of three forms of student support: a partial tuition scholarship, funds for professional development and/or applied work, and a formal mentorship by campus and/or external professionals.  One recipient will be chosen annually.

The award for 2024-25 will be $9,600 – a scholarship amount of $8,000 spread over fall 2024 and spring 2025 semesters, and a professional development and applied work fund of up to $1,600 to be used by August 2025. Awardees will also receive active mentorship from campus and/or external professionals to help them develop networks and skills for their future work.  The overall timetable for the award is flexible to accommodate opportunities such as a co-op or internship.  Applicants and award recipients will solidify the details on the timing of the award, as well as the nature of mentorship and professional development, through the application process and dialogue with the committee.

To be considered, an applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student at Michigan Tech with the equivalent of at least three semesters of full-time enrollment at Michigan Tech by the fall of 2024. They must also have a minimum of two semesters of coursework remaining, though there is potential for flexibility to accommodate an internship or coop into the award timeframe.

Applications are due via this Google Form Wednesday, March 13th, with interviews to follow. The committee will make a decision by April 14. Interested students are encouraged to draft their application early discuss their ideas with Alan Turnquist before applying:

Full details of the award and a link to the application are available in the PDF document below.