Workshops

The WMU Office for Sustainability hosts in-person and virtual workshops throughout the year. These workshops are designed for communities to share knowledge related to sustainability. Workshops are led by those with knowledge in the topic and are open to anyone interested coming in at any skill level. If one of the workshops focuses on something you want to learn more about, reserve your spot today! Detailed information about each workshop is listed below. 

All workshops and chats will be held at the Office for Sustainability or the Gibbs House. Please see location details under each listed event. WMU students can register for these workshops at no cost. Please bring your Bronco ID card for verification. For anyone that is not a WMU student, workshops cost are listed below — cash only, please. Please bring payment before or on the day of the event.Parking for WMU students and faculty is available in lots near the Office for Sustainability. For community members who are driving, please visit our front desk before the event begins to receive a temporary parking pass. Gibbs House parking is free for all. Cycling is encouraged.

 

Workshop: We Can: A Hands-On Canning Workshop 

Facilitators: Samantha Atkins (Internship Coordinator) and Mia Mendez (Land Steward)
Date and Time: Wednesday,  Sept. 22  from  4  to 5 p.m.
Format: In-person (subject to change) - limited capacity (8 spots) 
Location: Gibbs House 4503 Parkview Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008 
Cost: Free for WMU students. $10 for non-WMU students. There are limited spaces available on a first come, first served basis. 
 

Details: Preserving our own fresh produce during the summer and fall months is a fun and cost-effective way to eat healthier and reduce our environmental impact.  In this 60-minute workshop, attendees will not only learn how and why preservation is important for living sustainably, but they will also practice canning with organic vegetables harvested from the Gibbs Site. At the end of the workshop, attendees will leave with their own can of preserved produce and a step-by-step guide to hot pack canning and other food preservation techniques.  

Register Here

Workshop: Sustainable Halloween: Décor and Fashion   

Facilitators: Elizabeth Tran (Graphic Designer) and Gianna Shaw (Communication Ambassador) 
Date and Time: Wednesday, Oct. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m.    
Format: In-person (subject to change) - limited capacity (20 spots)
Location: Office for Sustainability 2529 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008

Cost: Free for WMU students. $5 for non-WMU students. There are limited spaces available on a first come, first served basis.

Details: Sometimes Halloween can lead us to feel as though we have to spend money and buy stuff to properly celebrate, but we want to show you that you can sustainably enjoy the holiday by getting crafty and creative! The facilitators will discuss what a sustainable Halloween entails and how attendees can be more resourceful on Halloween and beyond. Attendees will learn various DIY costume and decorating techniques through hands-on demonstrations. 

REGISTER HERE 

Chat: Harmful Effects of the Fast Fashion Industry 

Facilitator: Sam Schmidt (Communication Ambassador) 
Date and Time: Wednesday,  Nov. 10 from 3 to 4 p.m.
Format: In-person (subject to change) - limited capacity (20 spots)
Location: Office for Sustainability 2529 W Michigan Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Cost: Free for WMU students. $10 for non-WMU students. There are limited spaces available on a first come, first served basis.
 
Details: 
This chat will cover what fast fashion is, and this industry’s harmful effects on the environment and society. The facilitator will guide a discussion on solution-based ways to counteract fast fashion and cultivate a sustainable closet. Those attending will be able to take home a sewing kit to make or mend their own garments.