Sustainability at Finlandia University

Sustainable Finlandia Committee : Mission Statement

The Sustainable Finlandia Committee’s mission is to make our university a model institution of the Keweenaw Peninsula and the Great Lakes region. To achieve this mission, we will formulate guidelines for short and long-term practices, and strategic goals. These guidelines will address academics, practices, values, and the community at large. In pursuing these goals, we will represent Finlandia University’s support of regional environmental stewardship and community economic reliance to maintain a sustainable Keweenaw.

Our Recycling Program

In our efforts to make Finlandia University a cleaner and more sustainableinstitution, together the sustainability Committee and Maintenance have started a new recycling program with Waste-Management, Inc. Just take a look around campus. You’ll notice
our new, Finlandia-Blue recycling containers. Instead of trashing your paper, plastic, or aluminum, recycle it! Place all appropriate, clean, and compacted materials in our new bins. Confused about what can and can’t be recycled? Look around for brief lists of recyclable materials posted near these bins around campus. In addition to being good for the environment, recycling can help Finlandia University save money. The more clean, compacted recycling Finlandia produces, the less expense on trash. But we need your help. Inform your friends. Make smart choices. Recycling will pay dividends if we, as a community, all do our part.


Battery Recycling

The Sustainable Keweenaw Resource Center (SKRC) and the Finlandia SustainabilityCommittee have launched a Battery Recycling program. Battery Recycling bins have been placed at the following locations on campus: Finlandia Hall, Wargelin Hall (by the library), Mannerheim Hall (by the Registrar’s office), and the Jutila Center. Accepted batteries for recycling are AAA, AA, C, and D batteries. The bins were funded by the International School of Art and Design, designed by Rick Loduha with the help of Heather Dunne, and will be maintained by the Sustainability Committee.


Little Free Library

Little Free Library is a nonprofit organization that inspires a love of reading, builds community, and sparks creativity by fostering neighborhood book exchanges around the world.

We have several locations to share and exchange book though the little free library program. Look for the our Little free library’s in the lobby of the Jutila Center, and Next to the Ryan street garden

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Academic Committees