Green Tour at Tech

A dozen students in 10th-12th grades from Lake Linden-Hubbell (LLH) High School participated in their 2nd annual "Green Tour" at Michigan Tech today, along with their teacher/advisor, Jennifer Saaranen. The students are all members of Lake Linden-Hubbell High School Green Club and asked to come to Michigan Tech to learn about college majors and possible careers in environmental sustainability. Joan Chadde, of the Michigan Tech Center for Science and Environmental Outreach and Lake Superior Stewardship Initiative (LSSI), organized the tour for the students.

Students began their day at the Great Lakes Research Center where they learned about Great Lakes Sturgeon recovery and research led by Dr. Nancy Auer, Michigan Tech Department of Biological Sciences.

"I now realize how fascinating sturgeon are!" observed 11th grader Cody Kunnari.

Jen Fuller, PhD student, Department of Civil and Environmental Sciences, described her research looking for effective methods to remove pharmaceuticals from wastewater.

Karin Cooper, Project Architect with U.P. Engineers and Architects, Inc., described features of Green Building Design using Michigan Tech's Great Lakes Research Center and the Lakeshore Center as a local example.

Dr. Evan Kane, a soil scientist, with the U.S. Forest Research Laboratory and Michigan Tech's School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, led tours of the PEATcosm and Rhizotron.

The day wrapped up with a tour of trees infected with Hypoxylon canker, caused by a fungus, and estimated to reduce annual net growth of aspen by 30 percent. The tour was led by Chris Hohnholt, Director of Development and Outreach, and Tara Bal, PhD, MTU School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science, and included a look at an emerald ash borer infestation on campus.

I learned so much today!" exclaimed 11th grader Tyler Roose.

 


 

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