Students in snowThe Institute of the Environment and Sustainability at Western Michigan University sponsors a number of events.

Gwen Frostic Lecture Series

Seminars, readings, and workshops by local, national and international experts on a wide variety of subjects relating to the environment.

Fall 2017 Events

Tuesday, October 3

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. - WMU Fetzer Center Putney Auditorium
"An Update on the Flint Water Crisis" with Noah Hall, J.D.
Join environmental attorney and Great Lakes water law expert Noah Hall for an update on the Flint water crisis - historical chronology of the crisis, current knowledge of lead impacts, status of Flint infrastructure and the water supply, efforts towards justice and care for residents, and legal proceedings underway by the State of Michigan.

Tuesday, October 24

6 p.m. - WMU Humanities Center
"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.

Spring 2018 Events

Monday, February 26

12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Fetzer Center, room 1035-1055 (lunch provided)
"Environmental Employment Insights and Mentor Matchmaking"
The West Michigan Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association is teaming up with Western Michigan University's Institute of the Environment and Sustainability to provide a panel of professionals representing the various facets of the environmental industry to share insights with WMU students aspiring to enter the environmental field.

Monday, March 12

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Lee Honors College Lounge (lunch provided)
"Michigan Environmental Policy"
Presented by our partner, Michigan Environmental Council - A 501(C)(3) Charitable organization - is a coalition of more than 70 organizations created in 1980 to lead Michigan's environmental movement in achieving positive change through the political process. Learn about potential political solutions for some of the most important environmental issues in our state and cast your vote to choose what topic ENVS students will travel to Lansing to educate Michigan legislators about!

Friday, April 13

4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Lee Honors college Lounge (refreshments provided)
Institute of the Environment and Sustainability annual Awards Ceremony
Entertainment: Gracen Martini-Zeller - piano and Koz and the Effects