Events/Information

Volunteers Needed
WMU students and sustainability friends are needed as volunteers to help with WMU Fall Welcome events September 1 through September 4. For more information please contact carolyn.noack@wmich.edu.

Family Campout
Experience the excitement of a campout with KNC Camp!  Enjoy food cooked over the campfire, go on a night hike in search of owls and constellations, sleep under the stars, and wake up to a morning naturalist program.  Try your hand at archery, create natural art, play games, and make exploring the outdoors a family affair!  More info>
WHERE: Kalamazoo Nature Center, 700 North Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Saturday, August 29, 5:00 pm to Sunday, August 30, 12:00 pm
COST: $35 member, $40 non-member, per person (children 3 and under FREE)

Mud Fest 


Jump in the mud, slide down the giant slip n slide, try out the zip line and enjoy lunch or dinner by Gorilla Gourmet. Be sure to save some room for mud pie ice cream from Coldstone Creamery. Getting dirty was never so much fun! More info>
WHERE: Kalamazoo Nature Center, 700 North Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Sunday, August 30, 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm
COST: Free with general KNC admission

Adult Co-op Camp: Living Forward in Times of Climate Change
Circle Pines Adult Co-Op Camp will combine the best of summer camp: leisurely afternoons, swimming, and lots of laughter - with social justice and intellectual stimulation.  The format of  Adult Co-op Camp, Living Forward in Times of Climate Change, will include scheduled talks, formal and informal discussions, activities, work projects, and more. More info>
WHERE: Circle Pines Center, 8650 Mullen Road, Delton
WHEN: Monday, August 31 through Sunday, September 6
COST: Varies

Conservation Stewards Program
Registration is open now for the Conservation Stewards program. W.K. Kellogg Biological Station in collaboration with Kalamazoo Nature Center and MSUExtension presents the Conservation Stewards program, a volunteer training program designed for those interested in learning science-based ecosystem management principles and sharing this knowledge with others to help improve Michigan’s natural communities. More info>
WHERE:  Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009
WHEN: Tuesdays 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm, September 8 through October 13
COST: $250 per person

Recumbent Bicycle Rally in Kalamazoo
Recumbent Bike enthusiasts and friends: take test rides and get information on recumbent bikes (and trikes). Hard to find in bike shops, this event features a variety of pedal-powered machines. Contact paul.pancella@wmich.edu for more info.
WHERE: WMU Parkview Campus, College of Engineering, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Saturday, September 12, 10:00 am - 2:30 pm
COST: FREE

Drive Electric Kalamazoo: Electric Vehicles @ 100-Mile Market
The fifth annual Drive Electric Week is coming to town. Test drive an electric vehicle (EV) and chat with Kalamazoo’s EV owners about their experiences. See what local organizations and individuals will receive awards for their support of local renewable energy and sustainability measures. More info>
WHERE: People's Food Co-op, 507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Wednesday, September 16, 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm
COST: FREE

West Michigan Peoples' Climate March
West Michigan Environmental Action Council will hold a celebratory, family-friendly march to motivate all the people who care about the future of our communities while taking action alongside you to address climate change. More info>
WHERE: 647 Monroe NW, Sixth Street Bridge Park, Grand Rapids, MI
WHEN: Saturday, September 19, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
COST: FREE

Tillers 13th Annual Harvest Fest
Tillers International annual festival will focus on local food, local farmers, and the ideas, support, and collaborations which make for a strong local food system with farmers who can make a living bringing us healthy food. The day's events include Mark Kimball, founder of Essex Farm, a year round draft horse powered CSA, and Stephen Leslie, author of The New Horse Powered Farm. Live music, exhibitors, local food vendors, family activities, hayrides and more! More info>
WHERE: Tillers International, 10515 East OP Ave, Scotts, MI
WHEN: Sunday, September 20, 11:00 am - 5:30 pm
COST: $15 per carload, FREE for bicyclists or BridgeCard/WIC holders

NEWS

Is the Beer You’re Drinking Problematic?
June 30 | Good.is
A new joint higher education degree program at the Kalamazoo Valley Community College and Western Michigan University set to kick off later this year will educate brewers about sustainability, the costs involved for brewing, the impact to the environment, and the types of issues they need to be concerned about.

Four from WMU selected to serve as college access advisors around state
July 22 | WMU News
Carlos Daniels, alumni and former Office for Sustainability student employee and an advisor on an award-winning sustainable, closed-loop sustainable agriculture team is among four WMU graduates have been selected to serve among the inaugural team of AdviseMI College Advisers throughout the state of Michigan.

Circular economy inspires young people to change the world
June 29 | The Guardian
“So many of my classmates and other friends say ‘I want to change the world’. The amazing thing is that most of us believe we can.” Max Hornick, a 26-year-old student at Western Michigan University, is reflecting on how the circular economy is inspiring young people to work for the social good.

EMPLOYMENT/OPPORTUNITIES

Local Orbit, the supply chain platform for people who are creating a new, connected food economy are in search of a Marketplace Program Manager. Interested in helping increase market share for small and mid-size food producers? Apply today>

Millennium Alliance for Humanity and Biosphere (MAHB) is developing a new reality TV/documentary series hybrid for release in Spring 2017. Yardfarmers will follow a diverse set of six young Americans (ages 21-29) as they move back home with their parents to become yardfarmers. More info>