Upcoming Sustainability Chats:
September 13, 2019 — Leah Erlandson: Mosquito Surveillance in Kalamazoo
Leah Erlandson, from Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services, will discuss mosquito surveillance in Kalamazoo County. Her chat will dive into the importance of mosquito surveillance and how it allows us to identify and treat breeding sites, often eliminating the problem before adult mosquitoes appear. Leah will also discuss mosquito population dynamics and species distribution of adult mosquitoes in Kalamazoo. Please come join us to learn how you can benefit your community and health through mosquito surveillance!
Past Sustainability Chats:
MARCH 29, 2019 — BRIAN MOLINA, ISAAC GREEN, AND JEFF SPOELSTRA: WALKING THE WALK: AN UPDATE ON CAMPUS WIDE SUSTAINABILITY ACTIONS, PROMISING PRACTICES FROM THE WORLD OF BUSINESS, AND TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT.
Staff members from the WMU Office for Sustainability will discuss campus-wide sustainability efforts documented in WMU's 2019 STARS - 'Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System' - report. The team will share observations on sustainable business practices that were presented at the 2019 GreenBiz Conference. The team will also lead a discussion about challenges and opportunities WMU faces as it works to improve bike infrastructure and align it with federal, state and local best practices.
FEBRUARY 15, 2019 — NATE FULLER, SOUTHWEST MICHIGAN LAND CONSERVANCY: RESILIENCE PLANNING
What does "resiliency" mean for southwest Michigan? Nate Fuller, Conservation and Stewardship Director for Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy, presents on the different approaches being considered to address conservation resiliency for the region, Michigan, and broader eastern United States. Discussion includes other aspects of resiliency such as economics and social justice.
FEBRUARY 1, 2019 — DR. TODD BARKMAN: PLANT SPECIES, COMMUNITY CONSERVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY
Dr. Barkman discusses the challenges and opportunities with plant species within community conservation and sustainability. Dr. Barkman is a professor of Plant Biology in the Biological Sciences department. His background is in Botany and he has spent the last 20 years studying various aspects of plants.
January 18 , 2019 — Dr. brad bazuin: Solar gardens, collection, and conversion
Dr. Bazuin discusses the history and context of solar energy in Michigan as well as the future of solar cells, panels and arrays, solar energy collection and conversion. He also provides an overview of small and large scale solar demonstrations, as well as classroom-appropriate components that can be used for middle or high-school educators.
December 7, 2018 — Dr. Brandy brown: energy futurist
Dr. Brown discusses her sustainability journey from leading electronic vehicle initiates in Detroit to working with power companies in the Kalamazoo area.
November 9, 2018 — David Clark, Amcor: the future of plastics
Mr. Clark discusses how the packaging industry is reckoning with plastic waste while moving towards more sustainable operations.