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.

Secure, electronic recycling returns to the Keweenaw

The spring collection will be May 4 and 5 at Goodwill  at the airport.

The collection site will be open on Friday, May 4 from 2 to 6 PM, and Saturday, May 5 from 10 to 2 PM.  


“The CCRI  is committed to providing environmentally and socially conscious recycling services for your unwanted electronics.  Comprenew, a Grand Rapids, Michigan, company will recycle the electronic materials.   Comprenew has been in business for 20 years and operates a Michigan DEQ inspected and nationally certified facility. By working with Goodwill and Comprenew we are helping to create jobs for UP families.  The company has a” no landfill” policy that is strictly enforced.”

Our Recycling Program

In our efforts to make Finlandia University a cleaner and more sustainable institution, 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.

Recycling Sign : Missing a sign in your area print off this PDF and help

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 through the little free library program. Look for the

Little free library’s in the lobby of the Jutila Center, and Next to the Ryan street garden

You can find out more information at:


Ryan Street Garden

The Ryan Street Community Garden provides Hancock residents the opportunity to grow healthy, affordable, fresh vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs for their households. It also serves as a place for social interaction and creates a beautiful and educational landmark in the community demonstrating ecologically-sound and climate appropriate practices.

You can find out more information at:


Sustainable Keweenaw Resource Center

The SKRC provides the general public access to tools and resources for sustainable community development in the form of digital media and printed media. 

Visite the SKRC in on the third floor of the Jutila Center, Suite  316

You can find out more information at:


Bike Initiative Keweenaw

BIKE! works to empower people in the Keweenaw to ride bikes more often through education and community outreach, encouragement, and advocacy and regional development.

You can find out more information at:



Recycling Sign 

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