Sustainability

Events/Information

STUDENT SUSTAINABILITY GRANT DEADLINE MARCH 5, 2015 More info>

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS : WMU SUSTAINABILITY CHAMPIONS
The Office for Sustainability recognizes that every student, staff, and faculty member plays a critical role in helping WMU meet its sustainability commitments.
Now is the chance for YOU to tell us - who inspires you? 
Who among your peers would you nominate as a Sustainability Champion? Nominations open now through March 16. More info>

Free Online Course Provides Great Lakes Climate Change Knowledge
The University of Wisconsin-Madison is offering a Massive Open Online Course titled Changing Weather and Climate in the Great Lakes Region. This open course runs from February 23 - March 30, 2105. More info>

Veggie Gardening 202: Ready, Set, Start Growing Your Seeds
Grow your own plant starts at home! This class will teach you how to build your own plant start set up with grow-lights. Save money by growing your own starts.
WHERE: Georgian Room, Kalamazoo County Building, 3299 Gull Road, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Tuesday, March 3, 6-8pm
COST: FREE

Lee Honors College Lyceum Lecture Series : Sustainable Energy Future
Each lecture in this series will focus on renewable sources of energy. Speakers will discuss technological, political, and economic opportunities and challenges of shifting away from fossil fuels. This weeks lecture features Dr. Bade Shrestha of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering presenting "Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Energy for Sustainability". More info>
WHERE:
Lee Honors College, WMU, Kalamazoo
WHEN:
Wednesday, March 4, 12:30pm
COST:
FREE

Kalamazoo Area Community Supported Agriculture Fair
Find your farmer and enjoy information artworks on Food and Farming from The Lexicon of Sustainability. Meet local farmers face-to-face, learn about CSA programs, and find out if a CSA is right for you. More info>
WHERE:
Anna Whitten Hall Room 128, KVCC, 202 North Rose Street, Kalamazoo
WHEN:
Friday, March 6, 6-8pm
COST:
FREE

Nature Seen Through the Eyes of Charley Harper
Kalamazoo Nature Center and KRESA Education for the Arts presents 11 original works from the Charley Harper Art Studio. Harper, a conservationist as well as an artist, is noted for his unique and unmistakable minimalist approach to capturing wildlife subjects. More info>
WHERE: Glen Vista Gallery, Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo
WHEN:
Tuesday, February 10 - Sunday, May 10
COST:
Free with KNC Admission

News

WMU's Student Employee of the Year - Dave Bere
February 27 | Western Herald
The Office for Sustainability's David Bere is named WMU student smployee of the year. 52 student employees were nominated for student employee of the year. Bere will go on to the Midwest competition.

Kalamazoo Peace Center invites community to learn about their mission
Feb 19 | Western Herald
Kalamazoo Peace Center's mission is to educate, organize, and mobilize students and community members on issues of peace and social, environmental, and economic justice.

Even the cleaning is green at Western Michigan University
February 12, 2015 | SecondWave Media
WMU is now Green Seal Certified for its commercial and institutional cleaning services, gaining national recognition for its sustainable cleaning practices.

Investing in Energy Efficiency Pays Off
February 6, 2015 | New York Times
“The returns are tremendous, and there’s virtually no risk,” according to Mark Orlowski, executive director of the Sustainable Endowments Institute.

OPPORTUNITIES

  • Apply NOW for 2015/2016 Gibbs House Fellowship. Applications due March 30th. More info>
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center is seeking seasonal help for DeLano Farms and KNC Summer Camp. More info>
  • People's Food Coop now taking applications for Deli Assistant. More info>
  • Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is looking for two enthusiastic,individuals to teach engaging, hands-on science activities that allow kids to explore the natural world. More info>