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.

Spring 2019

Friday, January 25

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fetzer Center - Atrium Lobby - Free; no registration required.

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. View exhibits from a variety of potential environmental employers ranging from businesses, to government and non-profit organizations.

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.: Panel Discussion and Buffet Lunch - FREE; preregistration required.

Environmental professionals will share insights about coursework and experiences that best prepare students for work in environmental fields, the job market outlook and the range of opportunities in their line of work. Students, panelists and job fair participants will network over lunch.

Deadline to register for lunch: Friday, Jan. 18.

Friday, January 25

9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Fetzer Center - Atrium Lobby - Free; no registration required.

Student registration link is available on handshake or contact Career Services, Wayne Bond at

Student's bring your resumes! Visit WMU Career and Student Employment Services for help

Panelists and Job Fair Participants to be announced.

Thank you to our gold sponsors: Fleis and VandenBrink, Merit Laboratories, Taplin Group and WMU Institute of the Environment and Sustainability

Tuesday, February 26

7 p.m., 3025 Brown Hall

Ken Ilgunas: "Trespassing Across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and sort of illegal) Hike along the Keystone XL Pipeline."

Tuesday, February 26, at 2:30, in 3900 Wood Hall - Aspiring writers, mark your calendars:Ken Ilgunas will talk about his writing life and career. Bring your questions.

In 2012 and 2013, Ken walked 1,700 miles across North America, following the proposed route of the Keystone XL pipeline, from Hardisty, Alberta, to the Gulf Coast of Texas. On his journey Ken encountered stampedes of cows, charging moose and climate change deniers. Come learn about Ken's adventure, which he describes as "the world's first modern journey across private property," on which he trespassed over one of the most ignored, yet beautiful, regions of our continent-the Great Plains. He'll talk about the people of the heartland, the right to roam, and the stories that form the basis of his book, Trespassing across America, a travel memoir and reflection on climate change. Ken Ilgunas is from Wheatfield, New York, currently lives in Scotland, and is visiting WMU as part of his US tour for his newest book: This Land is Our Land: How We Lost Our Right To Roam and How To Take It Back.

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Monday, March 18

Noon to 1 p.m., Lee Honors College - lunch provided.

Michigan Environmental Policy: Issues and Political Solutions

Learn about potential political solutions for some of the most important environmental issues in our state and help select our annual lobby day issue.

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Thursday, April 18

4 to 5:30 p.m., 3900 Wood Hall

Institute of the Environment and Sustainability annual awards ceremony.

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)