Sustainability

Events/Information

STUDENT SUSTAINABILITY GRANT DEADLINE MARCH 5, 2015 More info>

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS : WMU SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPIONS
The Office for Sustainability recognizes that every student, staff, and faculty member plays a critical role in helping WMU meet its sustainability commitments.
Now is the chance for YOU to tell us - who inspires you? 
Who among your peers would you nominate as a Sustainability Champion? Nominations open now through March 16. More info>

Free Online Course Provides Great Lakes Climate Change Knowledge
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering a Massive Open Online Course titled Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region. This open course runs from February 23 - March 30, 2105. More info>

Allied Superfund Site Redevelopment Public Meeting
The City of Kalamazoo will hold a public information meeting to discuss the recent redevelopment option that has been proposed for the Allied Landfill Superfund Site located between Alcott Street and Cork Street. More info>
WHERE: St. Joseph Catholic Church Gymnasium, 936 Lake Street, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Thursday, February 26, 6 pm
COST:
Free

Lee Honors College Lyceum Lecture Series : Sustainable Energy Future
Each lecture in this series will focus on renewable sources of energy. Speakers will discuss technological, political, and economic opportunities and challenges of shifting away from fossil fuels. This weeks lecture features Terry Michmerhuizen from Aviation Services "Why is There Still Lead in Aviation Fuel?". More info>
WHERE:
Lee Honors College, WMU, Kalamazoo
WHEN:
Wednesday, February 25, 12pm
COST:
Free

Good Food Kalamazoo : Community Conversation
Good Food Kalamazoo is hosting a meeting to stimulate shared discussion about food issues while gathering interested voices to the table for collaborative conversation and listening. Cooking demo included, free attendance. For questions please contact Celeste Elechi.
WHERE: Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 120 Roberson St., Kalamazoo
WHEN: Tuesday, February 24, 6-8pm
COST: FREE 

Kalamazoo Wild Ones : Sharing The Land, A 10-Year Saga On The Ridge
Presented by Mike and Carol Klug, whose challenge has been to steward 80 acres “in a manner that allows us to be good neighbors to our shared biological community while still providing our needs (vegetables, fruits, and berries).” Program sponsored by Kalamazoo chapter of Wild Ones, Native Plants/Natural Landscapes.
WHERE: First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park St., Kalamazoo
WHEN: Wednesday, February 25, 7pm
COST: FREE

AASHE CALL FOR PROPOSALS
Are you involved in a sustainable campaign, initiative or activity that that is transforming sustainability in higher education and beyond? The Association for Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) invites you to submit a proposal and share your knowledge, achievements and ideas on advancing sustainability in higher education! More info>
PROPOSAL DEADLINE Monday, March 2

Veggie Gardening 202: Ready, Set, Start Growing Your Seeds
Grow your own plant starts at home! This class will teach you how to build your own plant start set up with grow-lights. Save money by growing your own starts.
WHERE: Georgian Room, Kalamazoo County Building, 3299 Gull Road, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Tuesday, March 3, 6-8pm
COST: FREE

Call for Poster Abstracts : Fate of the Earth 2015: Tipping Points, Crises and Solutions
Michigan State University's Environmental Science and Policy Program has added a poster session to its premier annual event, the Fate of the Earth Symposium. This multi-day event brings together interdisciplinary researchers, communicators, stakeholders and academics to discuss the most pressing environmental problems we face as a global society. Deadline for submissions: March 1, 2015 More info>
WHERE: Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
WHEN: Conference April 1 - 2, 2015

Nature Seen Through the Eyes of Charley Harper
Kalamazoo Nature Center and KRESA Education for the Arts presents 11 original works from the Charley Harper Art Studio. Harper, a conservationist as well as an artist, is noted for his unique and unmistakable minimalist approach to capturing wildlife subjects. More info>
WHERE: Glen Vista Gallery, Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo
WHEN:
Tuesday, February 10 - Sunday, May 10
COST:
Free with KNC Admission

News

Even the cleaning is green at Western Michigan University
February 12, 2015 | SecondWave Media
WMU is now Green Seal Certified for its commercial and institutional cleaning services, gaining national recognition for its sustainable cleaning practices.

Investing in Energy Efficiency Pays Off
February 6, 2015 | New York Times
“The returns are tremendous, and there’s virtually no risk,” according to Mark Orlowski, executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute.

WMU holds panel discussion on social justice
January 27, 2015 | Western Herald
A student led panel looks at the significance of Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech at Western Michigan University.

WMU earns national recognition from U.S. Green Building Council
December 17, 2014 | WMU NewsWMU was named the 2014 Best of Green Schools recipient in USGBC's higher education category. The annual awards program is designed to recognize the best environmental efforts in schools across the country.

OPPORTUNITIES

  • Apply NOW for 2015/2016 Gibbs House Fellowship. Applications due March 30th. More info>
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center is seeking seasonal help for DeLano Farms and KNC Summer Camp. More info>
  • People's Food Coop now taking applications for Deli Assistant. More info>
  • Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is looking for two enthusiastic,individuals to teach engaging, hands-on science activities that allow kids to explore the natural world. More info>