Students in snowThe environmental and sustainability studies program at Western Michigan University sponsors a number of events.

Gwen Frostic Lecture Series

Seminars, readings, and workshops by local, national and international experts on a wide variety of subjects relating to the environment.

Fall 2014 Events

Wednesday, Oct. 22
Tar Sands Panel
6:30 p.m.
Lee Honors College
Panelists: Dr. Stephen Hamilton, Professor of Ecosystem Ecology and Biogeochemistry, Michigan State University; Dr. Patricia Maurice, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Earth Sciences, University of Notre Dame; Dr. Jeff Insko, Professor  of English, Oakland University; Beth Wallace, Community Outreach Regional Coordinator for the Great Lakes Regional Center of the National Wildlife Federation
The panelists will speak about the ecological ramification of the Kalamazoo River spill, problems encountered by local homeowners and communities along the project, the role of government environmental and regulatory agencies in pipeline oversight, and greater concerns about the health of the Great Lakes.
Friday, Oct. 24
Environmental and Sustainability Studies Alumni Award Luncheon
Our 2014 Alumni award recipient is Thom Phillips. Thom graduated in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and General Business and received a secondary teaching certificate in 1983. Thom is the Sustainable Building Specialist with Habitat for Humanity Michigan.  He works closely with Habitat affiliates throughout the state, providing construction resources and support through consulting, education and training on new home design and construction, accessibility, rehabilitations, repairs, weatherization and preservation.
Thursday, Nov. 20
Seminar and Student Art Show
Seminar: 5:30 p.m. - 6:45 p.m.
2008 Richmond Center for Visual Arts
Speaker: Garth Lenz, Landscape Photographer
The True cost of Oil: In this talk, internationally renowned photographer Garth Lenz will discuss his work documenting the environmental consequences of oil exploration in Alberta, Canada. Drawing from images spanning 20 years, the The Cost of Oil illustrates and contracts the beauty, diversity, and biological significance of Canada's boreal forest with the world's largest energy project, The Alberta Tar Sands. The project is placed in the context of the world's greatest remaining forest and most effective carbon sink. The size, impact, and far-reaching consequences of this project are illustrated by a series of images which have received the highest photographic honors internationally and been featured in the world's leading publications, museums and galleries.
Thursday, Nov. 20
Student Art Contest: Envisioning Sustainability
Opening Reception: 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
K1206 South Korhman Hall Gallery Room
Participating faculty exhibit in K1117
Sustainable Energy Future
Lee Honors College
Thursday, April 23
Annual Environmental and Sustainability Programs Awards Event
More information to come