Events

Safe Kids in Kalamazoo County
Warm weather brings more opportunities for children to be outside on their wheeled vehicles; Bronson Trauma Services encourages you to have your children wear their helmets whenever they take part in one of these activities. They, in partnership with Safe Kids of Kalamazoo, are offering bicycle helmets at a reduced cost. More info>
WHERE: Bronson Methodist Hospital, Gilmore Center for Health Education - Classroom 2
WHEN: Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., (call to schedule and appointment: Bronson HealthAnswers at 269-341-7723)
COST: $10 cash only minimum donation

Farm Wellness Day 5K
Lake Village Homestead Farm will host its 3rd Annual Farm Wellness Day and 5K in celebration of mind, body, health, and connection to the earth. Enjoy local, healthy food from the farm, a 5K trail run/walk, garden tours, and more. More info>
WHERE: Lake Village Homestead Farm, 7943 South 25th Street, Kalamazoo, MI
WHEN: Saturday, May 14, 2016, gates open at 7:45 a.m.
COST: 5K registration $30 for adults, kids FREE

Bike Friendly America Conference
In order to assist other universities, their surrounding communities and businesses to be recognized as bicycle friendly or to achieve the next step in the Bicycle Friendly Program, Michigan State University will host a “Bicycle Friendly America” conference. More info>
WHERE: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, 219 S Harrison St., East Lansing, MI
WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
COST: varies @ www.lmb.org

First Look at KVCC's new Bronson Healthy Living Campus
Mark your calendars! Rachel Bair, Director of Sustainable and Innovative Food Systems, will present on the new sustainable design features of the new downtown campus, followed by lunch and a tour of the new campus given by Michael Collins, KVCC's Executive Vice President for Enrollment and Campus Operations. More info>
WHERE: KVCC's new Bronson Healthy Living Campus
WHEN: Thursday, May 19, 12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
COST: FREE

Buttermilk Jamboree Tickets For Sale
The Buttermilk Jamboree is a three day celebration of music and arts. A truly family-friendly festival, the Buttermilk Jamboree features an eclectic mix of music, a variety of workshops, local food, goods vendors, a craft beer and wine tent, dedicated kids & teen areas, and much more! More info>
WHERE: Circle Pines Center, Delton, MI
WHEN: Gates open at 12:00 p.m. on Friday, June 10-12
COST: $90/adult, $20/child

Opportunities 

Administrative Assistant
Support Community Homeworks in their mission to serve low-income families through education, weatherization, critical home repairs, and energy efficiencies by providing direct administrative assistance to the Executive Director and operational support to office, program, and technical staff. Other related work as required. More info>
WHEN: Open until filled

Bookkeeper
The person in this position is responsible for accounting and bookkeeping work related to the management of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs, financial grant management, and general record keeping for Community Homeworks, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation with a $1,000,000 budget. Other related work as required. More info>
WHEN: Open until filled

Lead HVAC Field Technician
This position is a lead HVAC installer and service technician, working directly in residential homes. Responsibilities include direct installations in new and existing structures of forced air furnaces, heat pumps, split air conditioning systems, ventilation equipment, domestic hot water equipment, and diagnostics, service, and repair of existing systems. Must be dedicated to energy efficiency and continual learning in the building science and HVAC field. More info>

Graduate Scholarships in Solid Waste Reduction
The Environmental Research and Education Foundation, one of the largest sources of solid waste research funding in the U.S., is now accepting applications for research grants and graduate level scholarships. More info>
WHEN: Application deadline is May 4, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Study Abroad Opportunity : Sustainability in the Developing World
Join other WMU students this fall in a study abroad experience to India lead by Dr. Timothy Palmer. Learn about corporate social responsibility and then travel to Banga-lore, the “Silicon Valley of India.” The India Gateway Program will give a crash ‘India experience’ to WMU students.  More info>
WHEN: Registration begins March 14, 2016 for this fall semester experience.

Office for Sustainability Research Writer
The Office for Sustainability is seeking a qualified student with strong writing skills to support the Program Manager for Solid Waste Reduction in reviewing and documenting the progress made in solid waste reduction at WMU. More info>
WHEN: Open until filled

Office for Sustainability Gibbs Site Production Manager
The Gibbs Production Manager will oversee the annual production-related tasks at the Gibbs House Permaculture Research and Demonstration Site. Primary responsibilities include the planning, planting, cultivation, irrigation, harvesting, and distribution of greens, veggies, and produce. The Site provides a supportive research and education space for developing, testing, and learning about sustainable land management practices, food production, and ecological living. More info>
WHEN: Open until filled

NEWS

Protected trail will help make bike rides better
March 03, 2016 | SecondWave Media
National bicycle advocacy group, PeopleForBikes, recently awarded a $5,000 grant to go towards a protected bike lane linking together a continuous 22 mile ride through Kalamazoo county. 

"Why Do I Need A Car?"
February 25, 2016 | Encore Magazine
Kay Chase asked herself whether she really needed to replace it. The answer turned out to be no, and she says this decision has made a remarkable difference in her life.