Join the Office for Sustainability for the third annual sustainability themed open house celebration at the Gibbs House. More info>
WHERE: Gibbs House, 4503 Parkview Ave, Kalamazoo
WHEN: 12:00p.m.- 5:00p.m., Friday, April 18

Rain Barrel Sale
The WMU Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program, Kalamazoo River Watershed Council, City of Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo Nature Center and other community partners are sponsoring a Rain Barrel Sale this spring.  Do something good for the environment and save money on your water bill this summer by buying and installing a rain barrel! Barrels must be pre-ordered and paid for before May 10th. More info>
WHERE: Barrel pick-up @ WMU Stadium Drive Community Garden, 1940 Howard St, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Barrel pick-up 11a.m.-3p.m., Saturday, May 17th
COST: $45.00 - $53.50 each

C2C Fellows sustainability leadership trainings
Sponsored by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, C2C Fellows sustainability leadership trainings teach the leadership skills such as how to: raise money, tell your story, build your network, and pitch your ideas. More info>
WHERE: Moraine Valley Community College (metropolitan Chicago area)
WHEN: Friday, April 25- Sunday, April 27
COST: $30-$60 (includes food and lodging)

Permaculture Design Certificate Report
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute will hold an intensive week-long course to provide skills needed to create permaculture landscape on their property. Workshop will be lead by Bill Wilson of Midwest Permaculture. All meals are included and lodging is available. Registration deadline is Monday, April 7. More info>
WHERE: Pierce Cedar Creek Institute
WHEN: Tuesday, May 6 - Tuesday, May 13
COST: $1,145 - $1,375

Michigan Green Infrastructure Conference
Hosted by the Department of Environmental Quality, this conference will focus on what's happening and what's possible for green infrastructure at the regional, local, and site-specific levels. More info>
WHERE: Lansing Center
WHEN: Thursday - Friday, May 8 and 9
COST: Varies

Great Lakes Trails Conference
Mark your calendars for a conference in applying the trimodal approach to planning trails around the entire Great Lakes system. Contact Dave Lemberg at Western Michigan University for more information (, 269-352-8729,
WHERE: Saugatuck Center for the Arts, Saugatuck
WHEN: Thursday-Friday, May 15 and 16

C2C Fellows National Climate Seminar series
Dial-up conversations are designed to keep C2C Fellows engaged with each other and and up-to-date on current sustainability topics and opportunities. Join C2C on the first and third Wednesday of each month at noon eastern for a chance to connect with experts on climate and clean energy solutions. More info>
WHERE: Via phone
WHEN: First and Third Wednesdays of the month


WMU named finalist for 2014 Climate Leadership Award
April 02, 2014 | MLive
WMU has been named a finalist to win a 2014 Second Nature Climate Leadership Award. In all, 20 finalists chosen from US colleges and universities were named in five categories for this year's competition.

Western Student Association Supportive of Sustainable Cafe Idea
March 28, 2014 | Western Herald
The Western Student Association (WSA) passed a resolution to support a sustainable cafe in the Bernhard Center.

WMU earns sixth Tree Campus certification, finds rare species
February 20, 2014 | Western Herald
The Arbor Day Foundation announced that WMU has been named a TreeCampus for the sixth consecutive time, in recognition of WMU's commitment to effective community forestry management.