Sustainability

Events/Information

Office for Sustainability Permaculture Program Coordinator
The Office for Sustainability is looking for a Permaculture Program Coordinator. More info>

Community Supported Agriculture Shares
Get connected with local food and local growers! Check out the full list of Kalamazoo Area CSAs here>

Kalamazoo Farmers' Market
Connecting customers to food sources through honest learning relationships and supporting local food related businesses through a vibrant market culture. More info>
WHERE: 204 Bank St, Kalamazoo, MI
WHEN: Saturdays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 7:00am-2:00pm
COST: FREE

Garden Hop 2014: The Community Garden Tour
Take a guided tour of several community gardens in the Kalamazoo area and learn how these gardens are improving neighborhoods, building community, and encouraging healthy lifestyles in Kalamazoo. More info>
WHEN: 6-8:30,  Thursday, July 31 (arrive early the tour leaves promptly at 6:00)
WHERE: Starts from Riverview Launch, 1523 Riverview Dr., Kalamazoo
COST: FREE (registration required)

Grow-It-Yourself Season Event: Can It, Yo!
The second annual food preservation party at the 100-Mile Market in honor of the abundance of summer. A canning, pickling, and fermentation bash, full of kids’ activities, live music, educational cooking demos, and more. More info>
WHERE: People’s Food Co-op, 507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Wednesday, August 27, 3-7pm
COST: FREE

Brickyard Vintage Bicycle Show
Old Dog Tavern presents the third annaul Brickyard Vintage Bicycle Show event to buy, sell, trade and show bikes of all kinds. Check out bike part vendors, t-shirt deals, and enjoy good food and the company of fellow bicycle enthusiasts.
WHERE:
Old Dog Tavern, 402 Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo, MI 
WHEN: Saturday, August 23 12:00-5:00pm
COST: FREE

News

Sangren Hall earns LEED gold certification as a 'green' building
July 23, 2014 | WMU News
"Sangren not only meets, but also exceeds the high standards set by the USGBC for LEED Gold," says WMU President John M. Dunn. "Sangren Hall is at the heart of our campus, physically, and it is emblematic of our commitment to keep sustainability at the core of everything we do."

WMU begins STARS sustainability initiative with 'gold' rating
July 23, 2014 | WMU News
WMU has launched its involvement in a national higher education sustainability program by achieving gold-level status as the result of its first annual data report. Among WMU's strongest areas for point accumulation were innovation, diversity and accessibility, research, community partnerships, continuing education, rainwater management and coordinated planning and governance.

Sierra Club launches sustainable agriculture testimonials, Western Michigan University student project
June 26, 2014 | Mlive News
Erin Denay, WMU senior majoring in environmental and sustainability studies and organizational communication (and Office for Sustainability intern) creates video testimonials. "We really want consumers and farmers already involved in the sustainable agriculture  scene to understand there are people supporting them."