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.

Spring 2014 Events

Wednesday, Feb. 5
Michigan Environmental Policy Lobby Day - Part I
5:30 to 7 p.m.
208-9 Bernhard Center
Presented by our partner, Michigan Environmental Council
Learn about potential political solutions for some of the most important environmental issues in our state and how you can engage as an actor in the political process. Participants will first work together to choose a common issue and position, then experience the technique and strategy of lobbying first-hand by personally meeting with and influencing their state legislators.

Thursday, Feb. 13
7 p.m.
1910 Sangren Hall
Mr. Alfred Meyer, social activist who serves on the board of directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility
Presented in partnership with Lee Honors College and Institute of Government and Politics
Nuclear Power - What You Need to Know About Price, Pollution and Proliferation

Wednesday, Feb. 26
Michigan Environmental Policy Lobby Day - Part II
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Field trip to state capitol - groups will meet with their state legislators.

Saturday, March 22
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
El Dia del Diego Dearborn and Detroit Fieldtrip
Join us on our trip to explore Michigan's legacy in art, nature, and industry. Tour the Factory that inspired Mexico's most important muralist in his spectacular industry frescos at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Mentor (for a day) budding elementary school writers and photographers "seeing" this work for the first time.

Rain Barrel Sale
The WMU Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program, Kalamazoo River Watershed Council, City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Nature Center and many other community partners are sponsoring a RAIN BARREL SALE this spring. So, do something good for the environment and save money on your water bill this summer by buying and installing a rain barrel! Please spread the word! Hurry, all barrels must be pre-ordered and paid for before May 10. A limited number of barrels are available at a discounted price of $45 each in four color choices (limit one per household). Additional barrels can be purchased at $53.50 each. They are 55-gallon reused, food-grade, plastic barrels that come with all the necessary parts.

Thursday, April 17
to 9 p.m. Martini's Pizza, 832 South Westnedge Ave.
Join us during Earth Week for our annual party and student awards. Celebrate the inspirational work of our community.