Events

Rivers of Justice Film Festival
The Rivers of Justice Film Festival is a one day event featuring a series of 10 short films that focus on sustainable agriculture and ethical food growing. After the screening, attendees will vote on their favorite, and the top choice will be shown in the evening session. More info>
WHERE: World Fare, 37 N. Main Street, Three Rivers
WHEN: Saturday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m.
COST: FREE

Safe Kids in Kalamazoo County
Warm weather brings more opportunities for children to be outside on their wheeled vehicles; Bronson Trauma Services encourages you to have your children wear their helmets whenever they take part in one of these activities. They, in partnership with Safe Kids of Kalamazoo, are offering bicycle helmets at a reduced cost. More info>
WHERE: Bronson Methodist Hospital, Gilmore Center for Health Education - Classroom 2
WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., (call to schedule and appointment: Bronson HealthAnswers at 269-341-7723)
COST: $10 cash only minimum donation

Farm Wellness Day 5K
Lake Village Homestead Farm will host its 3rd Annual Farm Wellness Day and 5K in celebration of mind, body, health, and connection to the earth. Enjoy local, healthy food from the farm, a 5K trail run/walk, garden tours, and more. More info>
WHERE: Lake Village Homestead Farm, 7943 South 25th Street, Kalamazoo, MI
WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2016, gates open at 7:45 a.m.
COST: 5K registration $30 for adults, kids FREE

Bike Friendly America Conference
In order to assist other universities, their surrounding communities and businesses to be recognized as bicycle friendly or to achieve the next step in the Bicycle Friendly Program, Michigan State University will host a “Bicycle Friendly America” conference. More info>
WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S Harrison St., East Lansing, MI
COST: varies @ www.lmb.org

Buttermilk Jamboree Tickets For Sale
The Buttermilk Jamboree is a three day celebration of music and arts. A truly family-friendly festival, the Buttermilk Jamboree features an eclectic mix of music, a variety of workshops, local food, goods vendors, a craft beer and wine tent, dedicated kids & teen areas, and much more! More info>
WHERE: Circle Pines Center, Delton, MI
WHEN: Gates open at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10-12
COST: $90/adult, $20/child

Opportunities 

Field-lab Technician
MSU Kellogg Biological Station in Hickory Corners, MI  seeks a full time field-lab technician through November 2016. 
Responsibilities include sampling of soil, water, gas, and plants; preparation of samples for laboratory analysis; sample archiving; data entry; laboratory and field maintenance.
 More info>

Graduate Scholarships in Solid Waste Reduction
The Environmental Research and Education Foundation, one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., is now accepting applications for research grants and graduate level scholarships. More info>
WHEN: Application deadline is May 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Study Abroad Opportunity : Sustainability in the Developing World
Join other WMU students this fall in a study abroad experience to India lead by Dr. Timothy Palmer. Learn about corporate social responsibility and then travel to Banga-lore, the “Silicon Valley of India.” The India Gateway Program will give a crash ‘India experience’ to WMU students.  More info>
WHEN: Registration begins March 14, 2016 for this fall semester experience.

Office for Sustainability Research Writer
The Office for Sustainability is seeking a qualified student with strong writing skills to support the Program Manager for Solid Waste Reduction in reviewing and documenting the progress made in solid waste reduction at WMU. More info>
WHEN: Open until filled

Office for Sustainability Gibbs Site Production Manager
The Gibbs Production Manager will oversee the annual production-related tasks at the Gibbs House Permaculture Research and Demonstration Site. Primary responsibilities include the planning, planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, and distribution of greens, veggies, and produce. The Site provides a supportive research and education space for developing, testing, and learning about sustainable land management practices, food production, and ecological living. More info>
WHEN: Open until filled

NEWS

Protected trail will help make bike rides better
March 03, 2016 | SecondWave Media
National bicycle advocacy group, PeopleForBikes, recently awarded a $5,000 grant to go towards a protected bike lane linking together a continuous 22 mile ride through Kalamazoo county. 

"Why Do I Need A Car?"
February 25, 2016 | Encore Magazine
Kay Chase asked herself whether she really needed to replace it. The answer turned out to be no, and she says this decision has made a remarkable difference in her life.