NCMC visits campus to explore sustainability connections

North Central Michigan College faculty members Kerri Finlayson and Seamus Norgaard (middle row, center) and six students met Grand Valley faculty and staff members who are involved in campus sustainability efforts.
North Central Michigan College faculty members Kerri Finlayson and Seamus Norgaard (middle row, center) and six students met Grand Valley faculty and staff members who are involved in campus sustainability efforts.

Students and faculty members from North Central Michigan College toured Grand Valley November 11 to learn more about the university's sustainability programs and make connections to work being done at both institutions.

Kerri Finlayson, professor of anthropology and sociology at NCMC, said the college began an Environmental and Sustainability Studies program this year.

"We have a lot of students who transfer to Grand Valley and it's nice to visit the campus and hear examples of how we can improve our program," Finlayson said.

She was joined by colleague Seamus Norgaard and six students from NCMC in Petoskey.

Representatives from Grand Valley departments — Environmental Studies, Natural Resources Management, Bicycle Repair Shop, Surplus Store, Traverse City Regional Center, and Facilities Services — gave short presentations that highlighted the university's commitment to sustainability.

The group toured the Mary Idema Pew Library and heard from a reference liaison, and also visited the Sustainable Agriculture Project.