Events

Founder of Engineering Firm Speaking on Sustainable Business
Fred Keller, founder of Cascade Engineering located in Grand Rapids, will be on Western Michigan University's campus to speak to students and members of the business community about sustainability. More info> 
WHERE: 2000 Schneider Hall
WHEN: Thursday, December 1, 2016 at 11 a.m.
COST: FREE

Save the Date! Social Responsibility & Community Engagement
Join the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum for a panel discussion on a critical but hard to measure pillar of sustainability: social responsibility and community engagement. Kris Spaulding of Brewery Vivant will discuss their 'Beer the Change' program, and Cam Spence of Armstrong will outline the company's social programs and how they have integrated them into their business model. the event will include brief presentations from each panelist on their business' approach to social responsibility as well as a Q&A session following the presentations.
WHERE: Location TBD
WHEN: Thursday, December 8, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
COST: TBD

Kalamazoo Nature Center's Buy Local Art & Gift Fair
More than 50 local artisans transform the Visitor Center with their creative displays and top quality work. Visitors enjoy chatting with the artisans and vendors, surrounded by the beauty of the winter woods. KNC supports buying local and gives back to the community by offering free admission to both the Art & Gift Fair and the beautiful winter trails. *Artist submissions for the 2016 Art & Gift Fair are now closed. More info> 
WHERE: Kalamazoo Nature Center
WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2016 form 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
COST: FREE

Opportunities 

Current job listings posted through Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education 
International Affairs Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State; Environmental Social Science Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University; Student Sustainability Coordinator, Sewanee; Zero Waste Manager, American University; UC Energy Research Center Director, University of California; Sustainability Intern, National Outdoor Leadership School; Citizens Climate Lobby Fellowship, Citizen's Climate Lobby; School for Environmental and Sustainability Dean, University of Michigan; EH&S Integrated Waste Program Technician, University of California; Facilities Operations Manager, Yale University; Energy Conservation Manager, Austin Community College; Sustainability Director, West Chester University; Greenhouse Gas Specialist, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; Director of Sustainability Graduate Programs, Wake Forest University; Sustainability Coordinator, Georgia Institute of Technology; Sustainability Coordinator & Campus Farm Manager, Depauw University.

Recycling Specialist Position
Award-winning recycling and sustainable solid waste agency seeks energetic, versatile professional to join our team. Entry level opportunity with the Onodaga County Resource Recovery Agency's recycling team. More info>
WHEN: Application deadline is Friday, December 9, 2016

Sustainability Director - City of Detroit
Responsible for the oversight of the Office of Sustainability, which will include developing the City's near-term sustainability agenda, tracking progress, engaging external partners, and working with city departments to execute sustainability initiatives. More info>
WHEN: Application deadline is Friday, December 16, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.

NEWS

Foundation for Excellence moves forward: 'What a great day to be in Kalamazoo'
October 27, 2016 | SecondWave Media
The Kalamazoo City Commission voted 6-1, Oct. 24 to approve an agreement between the city and area philanthropists Bill Parfet and William Johnston that will lead to the formation of a new foundation designed to bring fiscal stability to the city budget and allow it to invest in projects that will improve the lives of citizens.

Applications available for Student Sustainability Grants
October 16, 2016 | WMU News
Applications are due on Thursday, November 17, 2016, for up to $75,000 in Student sustainability Grant funding to support student research, activities, and initiatives that will foster a culture of sustainability at WMU. 

Legislation hopes to bolster urban farming, but challenges remain
October 16, 2016 | MiBiz.com
Grand Rapids based urban farmers explain its benefits and hope to overcome challenges.