Sustainability

Events/Information

Low Cost Bike Helmets
Safe Kids Kalamazoo County in partnership with Bronson Trauma Services, offers bicycle helmets at a reduced cost. Monthly appointments are available for the first and third Thursdays of each month April - October. More info>
WHERE: Bronson Methodist Hospital
WHEN: By appointment
COST: $10

Bicycle Advocacy Day
Whether you enjoy riding on Michigan roads, trails, or dirt single track, Advocacy Day is your opportunity to speak with one voice to help advance Michigan bicycling and the interests of cyclists of all abilities across the state. More info>
WHERE:
Municipal Park to State Capitol Lansing, MI
WHEN:
Wednesday, May 20, 8am - 12:30pm
COST: $15, includes lunch

Garden Tool Time!

Do you need an edge to help you in the gardening world?  Bring an old tool and Kalamazoo Nature Center will help you bring new life to it. Learn the ins and outs of maintaining garden tools and gain experience sharpening and repairing. More info>
WHERE: Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Thursday, May 21, 6-7:30pm
COST: FREE

Annual Plant Sale
Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones volunteers will hold an annual plant sale with an abundance of native plants!
WHERE: People's Food Coop. 507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Saturday, May 23, 9am - 3pm
COST: Plant prices vary

Kalamazoo River Watershed Council Community Rain Barrel Sale
Community partners have come together with a shared mission : more rain barrels collecting and saving valuable water in our community! KRWC is a resource to help you decide if a rain barrel will work at your home and
give you the full rundown on exactly how to install one. A community rain barrel distribution event will follow. More info>
WHERE: WMU Community Garden, 1940 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo   
WHEN: Friday, May 29 3:30-7:30pm
COST: Rain Barrel $59.50

Drake Farmstead Community Design Workshop
Help create a master plan and market feasibility study for the Drake Farmstead, a historic farmhouse surrounded by 26 acres of land owned by Oshtemo Township. Your vision can help create a public space for the community to enjoy. More info>
WHERE: Drake Farmstead, 927 North Drake Road, Kalamazoo.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 27 4pm - 8pm
COST: FREE

Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is hosting a Permaculture Design Certificate Course with an emphasis on homesteading skills. Participants will learn about urban, suburban and residential permaculture applications with additional emphasis on homesteading. More info> or here
WHERE: Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI
WHEN: Saturday, May 30 - Saturday, June 6, 2015   
COST: $1,145 - $1,375 (meals included)

SHINE Corporate Sustainability and Health Summit 2015
The Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) invites community leaders to inspiring, invigorating and unique Summit exploring trends in sustainability, corporate influence on public policy in driving sustainability forward, and innovative ideas. More info>
WHERE: Knafel Center, 18 Mason St, Cambridge, MA
WHEN: Thursday, June 4, - Friday, June 5
COST: Half Price discount for academics

5th International Ecosummit - Call for Session and Side Event Proposals
The Eco-summit invites submissions of session proposals and side events in keeping with the spirit of ecological sustainability : engineering change by highlighting advances made to address the current environmental problems facing our changing world. Deadline for proposals, July 31, 2015. More info>
WHERE: Le Corum, Montpellier, France
WHEN: August 29 - September 1, 2016

NEWS

Buns of steel and green appeal
May, 13 | Western Herald
Beginning in the fall, Western Herald delivery drivers will become delivery bikers, using cargo bikes supplied by the Office for Sustainability, to distribute newspapers.

Kalamazoo Bike Week 2015

May 6 | MLive
"Cycling is for everyone, young and old; whether you just like to ride, or need to ride to get to work – it is an integral and sustainable part of our community."

WMU business students win $5,00 award at GreenLight competition
May 5 | WMU News
A WMU student taking part in the student business accelerator known as Starting Gate has won the GreenLight Michigan Business Model Competition's first Whirlpool Award of $5,000 for his eco-friendly lawn care idea.

Student honored for leadership, service
April 21 | WMU News
Office for Sustainability student staffer and WMU junior David Bere has been honored by a national organization as a promising student leader who has demonstrated an investment in his community.

How to create a circular economy
April 3 | Inc.Com
The circular economy concept comes easily to Max Hornick, a member of the student team which won the second annual Wege Prize, a cross-disciplinary design competition focused on solving "wicked problems."

OPPORTUNITIES / INTERNSHIP / EMPLOYMENT

  • Clean Energy Coalition is hiring for an entry-level, full-time Project Associate position at its office in Ann Arbor, Michigan. More info>
  • CLEAResult, a leading energy-efficiency consulting firms in North America, is seeking an Energy Advisor and Efficiency Outreach Associates. More info on these full time, benefits eligible opportunities>
  • Farm Educator for Kalamazoo Nature Center - a seasonal, part-time (25 -40 hours/week) position from late April through Labor Day, responsible for teaching programs for children and family audiences. More info>
  • Urban Outreach Educator:  a temporary (5-month), full-time position designed to develop community partnerships which will engage at-risk populations in the outdoors with an overall goal of improving the mental, intellectual, physical and social well-being of the children in Kalamazoo. More info>
  • Michigan Land Use is accepting applications for a clean energy policy specialist who will initially concentrate on solar power policy and project implementation in Michigan’s Grand Traverse region. More info>