Sustainability

Events/Information

Call for Abstracts: International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technologies
Abstracts are being accepted for the 22nd annual International Symposium on Sustainable Systems and Technologies.  The open call for abstracts describing presentations, posters, papers, panels and workshops will close Jan 15. Topics that have already been submitted include: Management of e-waste, Alternative energy, Life cycle assessment, Resilient infrastructure systems, Education for sustainability and Training workshops in communication and grant writing. More info>

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. The weeks lecture features Dr. Dave Karowe presenting "What's at Risk? 2 degrees vs 4 degrees Warming". More info>
WHERE:
Lee Honors College, WMU, Kalamazoo
WHEN:
Wednesday, January 28, 12pm
COST:
Free

Kalamazoo Wild Ones: Urban Areas - People Are The Solution, Not The Problem
Laurel Ross, retired Director of Urban Conservation for Chicago’s world-famous Field Museum, will present a 1-hour program emphasizing the vital importance of urban areas of all sizes in environmental conservation. This event is sponsored by Kalamazoo chapter of Wild Ones, Native Plants/Natural Landscapes. More info>
WHERE:
First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park, Kalamazoo
WHEN:
Wednesday, January 28, 7pm
COST:
Free

Call for Proposals : Healthy Planet = Healthy People, Campuses and Communities
The Upper Midwest Association for Campus Sustainability seeks submissions for the UMACS 2015 Regional Conference. Proposals priority will be given to proposals focusing on wellness, environmental and social justice, and campus-community partnerships. Deadline for submissions: February 13, 2015 More info>
WHERE: Bemidji State University. 1500 Birchmont Drive NE, Bemidji, MN
WHEN: Conference June 17 - 19, 2015

$30,000 in prizes available for Sports and Sustainability Ventures
The Next Play, a national for-profit and non-profit business plan competition for undergraduate and graduate student-led ventures connecting sustainability and sports seeking applicants. The first round in the selection process will be judged March 11-16, 2015. For examples, eligibility rules and More info>

News

WMU earns national recognition from U.S. Green Building Council
December 17, 2014 | WMU News
WMU 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.

Office for Sustainability alumni and student team envisions the future of agriculture
December 11, 2014 | Southwest Michigan's Second Wave
At WMU's recent Innovation Day, a team of is working to create a business that has a low impact on the environment, that reconnects people with where their food comes from, and that is profitable.

Boston event recognizes WMU climate leadership status

December 8, 2014 | WMU News
WMU received the 2014 Climate Leadership Award from Second Nature, the support organization of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment.

Western Student Association passed a resolution to create a compost program on campus
December 4, 2014 | WMU News
Western Student Association, the voices of student’s, charge Western Michigan University with working to create a campus composting program.