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Looking for a Green Read? Check out the Sustainability Book Collection!

Location: Van Pelt and Opie Library, 2nd Floor. Michigan Tech Campus.

The Opie and Van Pelt Library has recently added a new resource, the Sustainability Collection! Here you’ll find a variety of books, information, and campus resources regarding sustainability topics of interest. The collection is made up of recommendations from students, staff, and faculty with many of our books doubling as required texts for fall and spring semester courses. The collection is constantly rotating its inventory and is always open to suggestions for new material, so stop by and check out a book!

Here’s an closer look at the informational graphics featured in the Sustainability Collection.

Reach out to the Office of Sustainability and Resilience on Instagram: @sustainablemtu

Panel: Introduction to Sustainability Careers – Monday 2/13

Interested in learning more about possible careers in sustainability and want to meet other students from across the region? Then, this event is perfect for you! This panel will include people working in the corporate, government, social enterprise and non-profit sectors. Confirmed panelists are Suzanne Savanick Hansen, Environmental Sustainability Manager for Alina Health and Rob Garcia-Gradoville, Sustainability Manager for Cargill.

The panel will be Held Monday, February 13, 7:15-8:30, Wads G42, snacks will be provided
Career Panel: Introduction to Sustainability Careers

This watch party is a wonderful opportunity to ask questions/learn about how sustainability is practiced in industry!!

Seeking Nominations: Campus Sustainability Leadership Awards

Know someone who is passionate about sustainability and is improving campus or the community through their teaching, research, or service?  Please consider nominating them for the second annual campus sustainability leadership awards!

Self-nominations are welcome; nominations from others are encouraged. Please submit nominations via our submission form by Feb. 15. Award recipients will be informed by March 4 and recognized at an Earth Week lunch event April 19.

The awards will recognize a faculty member, a staff member, and a student on campus who has made significant contributions to advancing sustainability.  A public ceremony will be held to celebrate their accomplishments in early April.

Last year’s winners are listed below, and a 3 minute video on their contributions is on the sustainability website.

Undergraduate: Kendra Lachcik

Graduate: Rose Daily

Staff: Larry Hermanson

Faculty: Sarah Green

Awards are made possible through the Tech Forward Initiative on Sustainability and Resilience

2023 Sustainability Film Series!

Everyone is welcome to be apart of a more sustainable future. The third Thursday of each month from January through May, a highly acclaimed sustainability-related film will be shown at G002 Hesterberg Hall, U.J. Noblet Forestry Building on Michigan Tech’s campus. Films will be facilitated by an expert in the field, and showings are free with a suggested $5 donation to help support future events like these. Donate here!

The Office of Sustainability and Resilience is on Instagram! @sustainablemtu

Announcing the Frank Chernosky Climate Leadership Award

We are thrilled to announce the competition for the second annual Frank Chernosky Campus Climate Ambassador Award that will support the development of Michigan Tech undergraduate students into the climate change leaders of tomorrow.  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. 

This award in his name 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 2023-24 will be $9,600 – a scholarship amount of $8,000 spread over fall and spring semesters, and a professional development and applied work fund of up to $1,600 to be used by August 2024. 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 2023. 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 March 15th, 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 at alturnqu@alturnqu

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

Campus Sustainability Month at MTU

There are a host of events happening in October for the sustainability passionate or curious. See the poster below for the details.

Interested in participating in Sustainability activities on campus and throughout your community? Sustainability month offers a variety of fun opportunities! From craft nights, award winning documentary viewings, community tree identification, and more! See the attached flier and follow us on instagram @sustainablemtu for individual event details.

New MS in Sustainable Communities

The Department of Social Sciences is now home to a new MS degree program in Sustainable Communities!

Sustainability is one of the fastest growing career domains, and this degree program presents an exiting opportunity to get involved. The Sustainable Communities MS helps prepare professionals to work in both private and public sectors. The degree can be completed as a coursework only option or as a research degree with a report. The degree program is also going to be available as an accelerated MS for current Michigan Tech students across any major!

Sustainability is a highly interdisciplinary topic, and this degree program is designed so that students can tailor their MS degree experience to meet their needs. All students complete three core courses in social sciences (one required, two selected from a short list). The rest of the degree can be completed with either individual courses or with existing graduate certificate programs. This allows students to choose to create a stackable set of experiences that build expertise within specific domains or to develop deeper knowledge within social sciences. Students in the Sustainable Communities MS also have opportunities to work with community partners and build projects that contribute to community wellbeing.

Chelsea Schelly, associate professor of sociology and Sustainable Communities MS degree advisor, puts it this way:

“Contributing to more sustainable communities requires that we question all we take for granted in the ways systems and institutions are designed to meet (or deny) human needs and comforts. Faculty in the Department of Social Sciences share a passion for teaching students how to use skills from the social sciences to understand sustainability challenges and contribute to a more sustainable future. The biggest challenges to community-scale sustainability were created by humans—and they can be changed by humans, too.”

For more information about this degree program, you can visit the Graduate School’s program site above and contact Chelsea at

Are You Ready for Husky Exchange?

Class schedule? Check! Room assignment? Check! Dorm supplies? Um… Missing a few things for your dorm? Don’t worry, Michigan Tech’s green move-in program has you covered! 

Husky Exchange has collected donations from your fellow Huskies this past spring, and now we’re giving it all back! Stop by Wadsworth Hall to check out all the back to school supplies we have available to you. 

*Items available on a first come, first serve basis. All items are either free or priced for a donation.

Where: Wadsworth Hall, room G41

Opening weekend: Fri. 2-7pm, Sat. 10am – 5:30pm, Sun. 9 – 11am

Presented by the Office of Sustainability and Resilience

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Interested in attending COP27? Here’s your chance!

Sarah Green, Interim Department Chair and professor in the Chemistry Department at Michigan Tech, is excited to announce the opportunity of a lifetime for students interested in attending the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27)!

Michigan Tech will be sending a delegation of students to COP27, which will be held in Sharm El-Sheik, Egypt, this fall on November 6-18, 2022. If you are interested in attending or would simply like more information on the opportunity, please fill out the google form here. Space is limited!

Important Notes:

  • Michigan Tech students will join the YEAH group, which links Colorado State, Boston University, U Connecticut, Vaderbilt, and others.
  • Students will collaborate to present student-led events at COP. You will be expected to actively participate in delegation activities.
  • COP is 2 weeks; most students will attend for 1 week only.
  • The Michigan Tech group will be limited to about 5 each week (we do not know our UN assigned quota yet.)
  • Priority will be given to students enrolled in UN5400/UN4400.
  • If potential participants exceed the number of badges available, a secondary selection process will be implemented

Contact Sarah Green for more information at

Follow the Office of Sustainability and Resilience on Instagram! @sustainablemtu

Husky Exchange (MTU’s green move-out) by the numbers

Michigan Tech held the second annual Husky Exchange this spring to gather unwanted items from students during move out from the residence halls. In sum, students donated nearly 9,000 items, keeping over two tons of materials out of the landfill and headed toward others in need.

Here’s what 9000 unorganized donations look like! Students use the pool noodles to protect their noggins on their lofted beds.

The most common donations were nonperishable food (~3,500 items), clothing (~1,000 articles!), and pool noodles (~700). All of those items, with the exception of some expired food, will go back as donations to students next academic year. We partner with the HuskyFAN food pantry in Fisher Hall for our food donations and the new clothing closet in Douglass Houghton Hall for our clothing articles to provide students access to these items throughout the year. Its a great example of how we all have to work together to make better use of our resources and work towards a more sustainable campus.

Many of the remaining items will be made available to our newest Huskies moving into the residence halls before fall orientation. Over 95% of the items will be available free of charge, or for a charitable donation, while a handful of higher value items like refrigerators, microwaves, and box fans will be sold at a steep discount to cover the costs of running the program.

Finally, we partner with non-profit organizations in the area for the remainder of the donations, including linens, lightly expired food, and other items of need. We included a handful of photos and a full list of donations below to get a better picture of the program. Thank you to the staff and students who put many hours in to collect and sort the donations!

Item Type Number of Items
Food (unexpired) 3000
Food (expired) 450
Clothes (winter) 25
Clothes (other) 1000
linens 35
Lamps 30
Small electronics 40
Refridgerators 11
Microwaves 16
Fans 28
Noodles 700
Hangers 650
Misc Office 300
Kleenex/Toilet Paper/Paper Towel 100
chairs 12
other furniture 1
Mirrors 20
bedmount Shelves 25
Bathroom Caddies 30
Kitchen Misc 80
binders 100
Notebooks/paper reems 50
Textbooks/packets 30
large storage/organization 15
small storage/organization 50
trash bin 20
Disposable plates/utinsels 1500
Mugs, cups, waterbottles 100
cleaning supplies 50
laundry detergent 30
hand sanitizer 20
Personal Care 150
Ironing boards and drying racks 5
Sporting goods 40
Brooms, hokies, swifters 8
Throw Rugs 6
Miscelaneous 100
TOTAL 8827