Join in the festivities for the annual Sustainability Celebration

Contact: Brianna McCann
Image of a plant coming out of the Earth with the words Sustainability Celebration.

KALAMAZOO, Mich.—Live music, a bike tour and an opportunity to provide input into sustainability planning for the city of Kalamazoo are highlights of the 2019 Fall Sustainability Celebration at Western Michigan University and the surrounding area on Thursday, Sept. 26.

Sponsored by WMU’s Office for Sustainability and the City of Kalamazoo, the annual event celebrates WMU's commitment to sustainability by highlighting campus and community programs and projects.


The Sustainability Celebration commences at noon with an open house that will feature campus and community sustainability groups, EcoEssential distribution for new students, live music, delicious desserts and coffee. The open house is designed to create new opportunities for advancing collaboration, making connections on campus and in the community and celebrating sustainability at WMU and Kalamazoo. 


A guided bike ride from the Office for Sustainability to the Kalamazoo Farmers Market will take place from 4:30 to 5 p.m. for the City of Kalamazoo's First Community Meeting and Kick-Off. The meeting is a chance for participants to provide input about sustainability and climate planning for Kalamazoo. Enjoy free food, educational tables, activities, music and community conversation focused on sustainability.

The City of Kalamazoo’s First Community Meeting and Kick-Off will be hosted from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kalamazoo Farmers Market located at 1204 Bank Street, Kalamazoo, MI 49001. For more information about Kalamazoo’s Sustainability Strategy, visit

The Sustainability Celebration is free and open to the public. For updates and to find out more about sustainability projects on campus and in the Kalamazoo community., contact the Office for Sustainability at

Office for Sustainability

Located on the corner of Howard and West Michigan Ave, the Office for Sustainability is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Its mission is to guide and assist the WMU community in fulfilling and growing its sustainability commitments. Through building a diverse and flourishing learning community around sustainability, we will continually explore and develop new opportunities to create a culture of sustainability and improve quality of life for all.

Biking and walking to each event is highly encouraged. Complimentary parking will be available for community members during the Office for Sustainability’s Open House in WMU Lots 49 & 76.

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