All members of the Mid Michigan Community College (MMCC) campus community work to encourage student success, engage the community, enhance employee impact, and ensure organizational effectiveness. The College’s shared governance structure, comprised of advisory councils, committees, divisions, and departments, is organized to support efforts and initiatives connected to those four goals.
The Mid Green Sustainability Committee is charged with implementing environmental awareness campaigns and initiatives across campus locations. Earlier this year, Mid Green organized an official recycling day and encouraged staff members to securely dispose of paper records with the help of a qualified shredding service.
The committee has also been instrumental in placing recycling containers throughout each campus and in every classroom. Students, staff, and visitors now have the option to recycle paper-based products and bottles or cans in specifically marked containers.
“As a member of the Mid Green Committee, I’m happy with the progress we’ve made toward sustainability on campus and I’m excited to improve upon our progress,” noted Diane Miller, Speech Instructor at Mid.
The committee recently applied for a $5,000 grant from Isabella Wind, a renewable energy project of Apex Clean Energy. Apex Clean Energy’s mission is to accelerate the shift to clean energy. Apex currently has projects 19 states with three projects under development in Michigan and others being considered.
“Mid plays a vital role with young adults in Michigan communities, enhancing their awareness of societal issues, like energy, and empowering them with knowledge to impact these issues,” noted Albert Jongewaard, Apex Public Affairs Manager. “We’re very pleased to have the opportunity to support these important efforts.”
The grant, which was awarded to Mid, will be used to improve environmental and clean energy initiatives on campus. Plans include the additional sorting-style lids for recycling bins, and expanded recycling opportunities for staff.
“Apex would like to congratulate Mid and the team members engaged in these sustainability efforts,” shared Scott Hawken, Apex Clean Energy Director of Development. “We cannot think of a more fitting recipient of one of our inaugural Isabella Wind community grants.”