The NMC Student Green Team and the faculty/staff Campus Sustainability Committee have organized a series of events for 2023 Earth Week. There’s something for everyone! 

Spring Clean Up Hike
Sunday, April 16, 1 p.m., Kids Creek Park (park in Kohls parking lot; carpooling available by filling out this form)
Get some fresh air, meet with other students and clean up our local environment. Join Student Success and the Student Green Team with cleaning up a local Traverse City hiking trail. You can come out and do a 2 mile loop or more! Snacks and Drinks provided.

Campus Clean Up
April 22-29
Help keep our campuses green and beautiful throughout the week. Sign up on your own or with a departmental group/team. Supplies for clean up are located in the Student Success office. Sign up here.

Future Generation Celebration Earth Day Concert and Mini Fair
Saturday, April 22, 10:30 a.m, tent near North Hall
Audio Tech is presenting the first ever Future Generation Celebration, a free music festival, in conjunction with a mini fair organized by the Student Green Team. Both events will follow the Big Little Hero Race.

Music lineup consists of:

  • Noon: The Bourdains
  • 1 p.m.: Eliza Thorp  
  • 2 p.m.: Funky Uncle
  • 3 p.m.: Ted Alan and the Under-Privileged
  • 4 p.m.: The Marsupials
  • 5 p.m.: East Bay Drive with SkyeLea and Ryan Critchfield
  • 6 p.m.: Dixon’s Violin

Vegan Week
April 24-28, Hawk Owl Café
Learn more about a plant-based lifestyle by enjoying the vegan menu options served at the Hawk Owl Café.

Campus Birding Walk
Tuesday, April 25 (Wednesday, April 26 alt. rain date), 8 a.m., main entrance of the Timothy J. Nelson Innovation Center
Learn about local wildlife and a great hobby—birding! Walk will be led by Kirk Waterstripe, Laboratory Manager and Board Member of the Grand Traverse Audubon Club.

EGR 101 Grounds Maintenance Alternative Practices Presentation
Tuesday, April 25, 3:10 p.m., Timothy J Nelson Innovation Center room 106/107
Hear about the alternative grounds maintenance practices that students in Jay Smith’s EGR 101 have been researching for their semester project. This presentation will feature their recommendations to the college on creating more sustainable grounds maintenance systems.

Film Screening of Kiss the Ground
Wednesday, April 26, 3 p.m., Scholar’s Hall room 217
Learn about regenerative farming practices and join in a discussion led by Campus Sustainability Committee members Ryan Wilson, Kirk Waterstripe and Laura Jaquish. Snacks will be provided.

Environmentalist Mingle
Friday, April 28, 7 p.m., Timothy J Nelson Innovation Center room 107
Make new friends by connecting with other like-minded individuals who enjoy the outdoors and are working on environmental issues. Attendees will get to know each other’s prompts and musical preferences. Refreshments will be provided.


NMC is dedicated to spreading social, economic, and environmental change through education and action at the campus, community and national level. Join our mission by taking the sustainability pledge.