Roofing and Insulation R&D Activities at the National Research Council of Canada
Dr. Bas Baskaran and Ms. Dominique Lefebvre will provide a presentation on their research and development initiatives related to roofing and insulation materials. As the only federal lab in Canada, this lecture will provide an overview the consortium involved in examining wind resistance, vegetated roofs, photovaltaic rooftops and climate. More info>
WHERE: Georgeau Construction Research Institute, WMU College of Engineering, Floyd Hall Room 136
WHEN: Thursday, October 19th, 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Why Michigan Should Worry About Louisiana's Fight for Coastal Survival
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bob Marshall offers a one-hour presentation on the national environmental and economic crises in the Gulf of Mexico coastal region of the U.S. – and why the rest of the country must pay attention. More info>
WHERE: WMU Humanities Center
WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 6:00 p.m. 

Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman
Green Drinks Kalamazoo and the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host a FREE screening of the new documentary “Rancher, Farmer, Fisherman” at Bell's Eccentric Café. RSVP required by October 10. More info>
WHERE:  Bell's Back Room, 355 E Kalamazoo Ave, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Tuesday, October 24, 6:00 p.m.

A The Precipice: The International Political Economy of Capitalist Crisis and Climate Change
Christian Parenti, one of the leading thinkers in our country on the impact of climate change across the world will discuss his recent publication. More info>
WHERE: 2452 Knauss Hall, WMU
WHEN: Thursday, November 2, 7:00pm


Nominations for Excellence in Diversity Awards 2018
WMU’s Excellence in Diversity Awards Selection Committee is seeking nominations by Friday, Nov. 3, 2017, of groups or individuals of employees, students or WMU community members who exemplify the importance of diversity and inclusion. More info>

Circular Materials Challenge: Easily recycled new materials for consumer packaging
Winners will receive $200,000 and exclusive access to a 12-month acceleration program, with the opportunity to receive mentoring and support from New Plastics Economy participant organizations, to demonstrate that their materials have the potential to be a viable alternative to non-recyclable multi-material laminated packaging. More info>

Special Topic Graduate Seminar, Spring 2018
WMU will offer a special topic graduate seminar during the spring 2018 semester. English 6780 Teaching About Climate Change, will have a social/cultural focus with interdisciplinary dimensions. Graduate students working on climate change in diverse departments are encouraged to participate. For more information, please email Allen Webb at

Special Topic - Enviromental Nutrition, Spring 2018
Drawing on multiple fields of study including biology, ecology, nutritional science, political science, public health, and more, students will use a critical lens to evaluate the link between environment, food quality and safety, and acute and chronic diseases. For more information, please email Caroline Webber at



Choosing to Ditch the Car Commute: What Helps Office Workers Decide
October 9, 2017 | RMI Outlet
Which is more valuable, a parking spot at work or help switching to a clean and healthy commute?

Food truck owner next up in entrepreneurship speaker series
October 2, 2017 | WMU News 
Noel Corwin, chef and owner behind Kalamazoo's Gorilla Gourmet food truck will be the second speaker in the Entrepreneurship Forum speaker series at WMU College of Business on Friday, Oct. 20.

Marilyn Schlack reflects on 35 years as KVCC president
September 25, 2017 | MLive
Technology has ushered in a lot of the changes at KVCC, and the school has worked to create programs that keep the college relevant in today's education and job market.