Students in snowThe Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University sponsors a number of events.

Gwen Frostic Lecture Series

Seminars, readings, and workshops by local, national and international experts on a wide variety of subjects relating to the environment.

Fall 2018

Wednesday, September 19

12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 3715 Wood Hall

Anna Clark, author of a new book on the Flint Water Crisis,

6 p.m. - Public Reading hosted by "This is a Bookstore"

Monday, September 24

5 to 8 p.m., 3512 Knauss Hall

"EnCourage Tour" "Conservative and Concerned about Climate Impact" "Meet the EcoRight" presented by speaker Bob Inglis,

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Co-sponsored by the Climate Change Working Group

Friday, September 28

Rain Barrel Sale:

Lead sponsor: WMU Environmental, Health and Safety (contact Keith Pung at

Tuesday, November 13

6 p.m., Fetzer Center- Kirsch Auditorium

"Bird-Friendly Campus Design" presented by Dr. Sharon Gill, Dr. Gail Walter and student panelists

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Thursday, December 6

6 p.m., University Center for the Humanities 2500 Knauss Hall

The Politics of Carbon Pricing presented by Dr. Barry Rabe, Professor, University of Michigan. This talk will draw on Dr. Rabe's extensive work on the politics of carbon pricing and the lessons from efforts to adopt and implement carbon tax and cap-and-trade policies over the past two decades.

Friday, December 7

9:30 to 11 a.m., University Center for the Humanities 2500 Knauss Hall

Workshop- Using the National Surveys on Energy and the Environment Data in Your Research and in Your Classroom Directed by Dr. Barry Rabe, goals are to learn how you can: 1) conduct, support, and foster applied academic research that informs local, state, and urban policy, and 2) facilitates student learning and engagement with critical policy issues.

The Center for Local, State and Urban Policy (CLOSUP)

National Surveys on Energy and Environment (NSEE)

Spring 2019

Friday, January 25

9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fetzer Center

Environmental Career Connections, Job Fair & Employer Panel
Objective: To connect students with environmental professionals and give them insights into the job market, including the wide range of careers available and how best to launch their environmental careers, and to connect employers with potential employees.