Sustainability

Events/Information

Kalamazoo Farmers' Market
Connecting customers to food sources through honest learning relationships and supporting local food related businesses through a vibrant market culture. More info>
WHERE: 204 Bank St, Kalamazoo, MI
WHEN: Saturdays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 7am-2pm
COST: FREE

Kalamazoo Wild Ones Fall Plant Exchange
Fall is an ideal time to plant for next season, as well as thin out those crowded plantings and share your extras. Plants and refreshments and garden advice available for KAWO members and friends (with donation). Share your bounty, find new plants, and celebrate the season. More info>
WHERE: 2502 Waite Ave, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Sunday, September 21, 1-5pm
COST: FREE

Green Living Series Workshop: Cultivating Mushrooms
Learn how to use the shady parts of your yard to grow delicious, health-promoting mushrooms.  Learn all of the basics of fungi farming from local expert Michael Hoag while creating mushroom beds and logs.  Leave with the confidence and supplies needed to start growing mushrooms today.  More info>
WHERE: Kalamazoo Nature Center Learning Garden, park at DeLano Homestead, 555 West E Ave, Kalamazoo 
WHEN: Sunday September 21, 2-4:30 pm
COST: KNCMembers $25, Non-members $45

Equitable Pioneers Fall 2014 Co-op Retreat
Circle Pines Center hosts a fall retreat for co-op friends. The weekend offers great resources about co-ops through informative discussion, group activities, and communication training and networking connections. More info>
WHERE: Circle Pines Center,  8650 Mullen Rd, Delton, Michigan 49046
WHEN: Friday, September 26 12pm - Sunday, September 28 6pm
COST: $130 (non-members); $120 (members of other co-ops) $110 (CPC members). Children (4-17) are half price.

People's Food Coop Values Cooking Class, Cooking on a Budget
PFC staff will provide some tips on how to affordably shop and cook for the whole family! More info>
WHERE: Can-Do Kitchen, 511 Harrison St, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Tuesday, September 30,  6:30-8pm
COST: $5.00 per person (kids 12-17 free)

"Krazy for the Kazoo” Community Event
The Kalamazoo River Watershed Council and others invite you to celebrate the Kalamazoo River by volunteering in a river cleanup and conservation day event. Volunteers can help keep the river clean by signing up to clean a local park, remove trash from a stream, or plant trees. More info>
WHERE: multiple locations: Allegan, Plainwell, Otsego, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek
WHEN: Tuesday, September 30,  6:30-8pm
COST: FREE

Call for submissions, Re:Solution Envisioning Sustainability
WMU's Frostic School of Art and Environmental Studies in and Sustainability programs are pleased to announce a WMU student art competition. Re:Solution: Envisioning Sustainability is a competitive exhibit for current WMU students to share their creative vision on how they convey, express, and visualize sustainability. Submissions due by October 15th. More info> 
WHERE: (Reception) Gallery Room K1206, Kohrman Hall Gallery, WMU
WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 7PM-8:30PM
COST: FREE

Michael Pollan to speak in Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Community Foundation presents Michael Pollan, author of best-selling books about food, in a discussion about the importance of and access to quality food for a healthy community. Bookbug will have Mr. Pollan's books available for sale and signing at this event. Please contact info@kalfound.org for more information.
WHERE: WMU Miller Auditorium
WHEN: Thursday, November 6,  7:30pm-9:00pm
COST: FREE (RSVP required)

News

California Set to Enact First Statewide Ban of Plastic Bag
September 5, 2014 | Time.com
California is poised to become the first U.S. state to ban single-use plastic bags after Governor Jerry Brown said Thursday that he expected to sign a bill nixing their use.

Environmental organizations lag behind the private sector on diversity
September 4, 2014 | theguardian.com
University of Michigan professor Dorceta Taylor, who visited WMU in September of 2013, recently published an influential report on organizational diversity within green industries.

WMU wins grant to study contaminants in industry, agriculture
September 4, 2014 | WMU News
Dr. Gellert Mezei has been awarded a National Science Foundation grant to study negatively charged ions that are potentially damaging to lakes and rivers when found in fertilizers and also are a toxic byproduct in waste from manufacturing.

GVSU-WMU survey shows value of family businesses
September 3, 2014 | WMU News
Family owned business leaders in West Michigan are committed to the state, with more than 90 percent producing products and services within the state, according to results of a recent survey.