Events

Circle Pines Center: Spring Membership Weekend
Get into the woods, the garden, the fresh air, and enjoy a brisk morning with fresh hot coffee and tea at Circle Pines Center. A membership meeting will be held along with a gathering at the waterfront for swimming and boating, hiking, folk dancing, etc. More info>
WHERE: Circle Pines Center, 8650 Mullen Road, Delton, MI 49046
WHEN: Saturday, May 27th, 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, May 28th, 10:30 a.m.
COST: Membership fee

Fourth Annual Native Plant Sale
Get all your locally grown, pesticide free, nursery quality native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses at one convenient location in Kalamazoo. More info>
WHERE: PFC Natural Grocery and Deli, 507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
WHEN: Saturday, May 27th, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
COST: FREE

Circle Pine Center: Spring Workbees
Workbees are the best of work, and the best of play. Watch your project transform as the morning passes, and witness for yourself how many hands do indeed make light work. More info>
WHERE: Circle Pine Center, 8650 Mullen Road, Delton, MI 49046
WHEN: Friday, June 2nd - Sunday June 4th, and Friday June 9th - Sunday June 11th; 9:00 a.m. - 
COST: TBD

Lake Village Homestead 4th Annual Farm Wellness Day 5K
A celebration of the connection between the health of our bodies and minds, and the health of the Earth and the animals that inhabit it. More info>
WHERE: Lake Village Homestead Farm, 7943 South 25th St, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
WHEN: Saturday, June 3rd 7:45 a.m. - 1:00 a.m. 
COST: TBD

Midwest Campus Compact Conference
Whether you are new to civic and community engagement, curious about learning the basics of campus-community partnerships, or a seasoned professional seeking new and innovative approaches and discussion of important issues, this conference will provide opportunities to learn, explore, connect, and prepare for bold, thoughtful action. More info>
WHERE: Loyola University, Chicago, IL
WHEN: June 6-7, 2017
COST: TBD 

Open Roads Presents: Community Bike Rides
Community Bike Rides are free and open to the public. They offer these drop-in rides on a monthly basis April-October. All ages and skill levels are welcome. More info>
WHERE: Kalamazoo River Valley Trail
WHEN: Next ride is Tuesday, June 13th, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
COST: FREE

Vegan Night at Bell's Eccentric Cafe
Come enjoy a four-course meal including: lettuce cups, roasted spring vegetable salad, vegan spanakopita with sundried tomato sauce, and vegan crepes filled with fruit and chocolate or vegan apple cake. More info>
WHERE: Bell's Eccentric Cafe, 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49007
WHEN: Tuesday, June 13th, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
COST: $25.20 per person including tax and gratuity but not including beverages. More info>

Well-Being in Supply Chains 
The SHINE Summit at Harvard is the leading forum for visionary thinking, innovative research and practical solutions for business leaders to advance corporate sustainability and well-being in the workplace. More info>
WHERE: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA 
WHEN: June 13 and 14, 2017
COST: Various rates apply

Opportunities

Sustainability Coordinator
Wesley Foundation of Kalamazoo seeks an individual with an enthusiasm for gardening and food justice to perform and organize garden and growing-related work through the summer of 2017. More info>

NEWS

Freshwater Future: NOVA Program "Poisoned Water"
May 10, 2017 | PBS
One of PBS's most-watched shows examines the chemistry and engineering behind Flint's manmade water disaster in a 30-minute episode. 

University's green cleaning efforts recognized nationally
May 16, 2017 | WMU NEWS
Western Michigan University has earned another top honor in a national awards program for educational institutions that recognizes exemplary stewards of the environment.

Faculty Senate approves design for general education revision
May 24, 2017 | WMU NEWS
The Western Michigan University Faculty Senate approved a memorandum of action May 11, adopting a model to use in revising the University's general education curriculum. There will be five new areas that will be built into the curriculum including: diversity and inclusion, global awareness, critical thinking, sustainability, and real-world problem solving.

Science's role in society is threatened. Protest is the right response
April 22, 2017 | The Guardian 
Tens of thousands of scientists and supporters of science are pouring into the streets of Washington DC and other cities around the world on Saturday in a massive March for Science, aimed at highlighting the importance of science to society and the need for basing government policies on evidence.