Events

Our Blue Marble: Water, Home, and Humanity
The Lee Honors College spring lyceum series will focus on local water issues. Join Carla Koretsky, Professor of Geosciences and Environmental and Sustainability Studies, as she discusses "Urban Dead Seas: Road Deicers, Fertilizers and the Dynamics of Urban Lakes". All of the talks are free and open to the public. More info on the series>
WHERE: Lee Honors College lounge, WMU, Kalamazoo
WHEN: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 10, 2016 
COST: FREE 

Climate Justice and Faith: Conversations with Clergy
First Presbyterian Church of Kalamazoo will be discussing climate change and how it relates to religious teachings. More info>
WHERE: 321 W South St, Kalamazoo, MI 
WHEN: 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday in February (9th, 16th, 23rd)
COST: FREE

The Flint Water Crisis: Science as a Force for Public Good
A team of students and faculty led by Dr. Marc Edwards have created a scientific "relief report" addressing the widespread lead-in-water problem that Flint is currently facing. Lee Honor's College will be hosting Siddhartha Roy, Virginia Tech graduate student, to discuss their findings. More info>
WHERE: 1910 Sangren Hall, WMU, Kalamazoo
WHEN: 7 p.m. on Tuesday, February 9, 2016
COST: FREE

AASHE 2016: Call for Proposals Now Open
Submissions are now being accepted for the AASHE 2016 Conference & Expo with a theme of "Beyond the Campus". More info>
WHEN: deadline to submit a proposal is Monday, February 15, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.

Midwest Sustainability Conference
The 4th Annual Midwest Sustainability Conference, themed of "Restorative & Regenerative", is open to all, but especially those interested in sustainability, building practices, and sustainable leadership. The conference will include a keynote by Eric Corey Freed, Vice President of Global Outreach at International Living Future Institute. More info>
WHERE: Grand Rapids, MI
WHEN: February 19 - 21, 2016
COST: FREE

Network for Academic Renewal Conference
A conference to examine effective teaching methods in general education for the benefit of education as a whole. A change in perspective from individual teaching styles to a collaborative understanding on teaching will be addressed along with the advantages it can have on students. More info>
WHERE: New Orleans Marriott, 555 Canal St., New Orleans, LA
WHEN: February 18, 2016 through February 20, 2016
COST: various rates and fees apply upon registration

Northeast Campus Sustainability Consortium Conference
This annual event brings together sustainability professionals across the Northeast to engage in peer-to-peer education, collaboration, and great conversations about the important work we all do. More info>
WHERE: Lulu Wang Campus Center, 21 College Road, Wellesley, MA
WHEN: March 31, 2016 ( 1:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.), April 1, 2016 (all day)
COST: different rates apply

Power Dialog: Students Lead on Climate
10,000 students across the nation will have a chance to engage face-to-face with top state officials about cutting global warming pollution. Faculty and their students are welcome to participate in the on site visits to their state capitals and discuss climate solutions. More info>
WHERE: 124 W Allegan St, Lansing, MI 
WHEN: Monday, April 4, 2016
COST: FREE

Fate of the Earth 2016: Climate-Food-Energy-Water Nexus
Michigan State University is inviting all students as well as postdoctoral researchers to their premier annual event, the Fate of the Earth Symposium, to submit their best research posters. Posters are eligible for a cash prize and will be judged by the MSU Environmental Science and Policy Program. More info>
WHEN: Thursday, April 7, 2016 
WHERE: Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center, Michigan State University
COST: FREE

Opportunities

Volunteer for City of Kalamazoo
The major duties of the Planning Commission include developing a master plan for current and future land use, following or requesting changes to the Zoning Ordinance, and reviewing and approving Special Use Permits and site plans for buildings within WMU's Business, Technology, and Research Park. More info>
WHERE: Kalamazoo City Clerks Office, 241 W South St, Kalamazoo, MI
PHONE: 269-337-8792

Sustainability Internship: Michigan Brewer's Guild
The Michigan Brewer's Guild is now accepting applications for a paid internship. By understanding the brewing process, visiting numerous breweries, and identifying potential best practices, you can impact the operational efficiency and sustainability performances of dozens of Michigan craft breweries. More info>
WHERE: email resume and cover letter to brooks@breweryvivant.com   
WHEN: application deadline is Sunday, February 14, 2016

Women and the Environment Symposium
Women and the Environment is a one-day symposium that explores the intersection between women and gender issues and environmental concerns. this year the focus of the event is women in leadership, featuring networking opportunities and two panel discussions. More info>
WHEN: 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016
WHERE: Loosemore Auditorium, GVSU Downtown Campus, 401 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids, MI 49504
COST: $25 to $45

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.

NEWS

WMU's hometown, Kalamazoo, named one of nation's top college towns
December 24, 2015 | WMU News
Kalamazoo is one of just two Michigan cities among the top 10 percent of American college towns, according to the popular finance website WalletHub.

KVCC healthy living campus taking shape
November 29, 2015 | MLive
The Kalamazoo Valley Community College Bronson Healthy Living Campus will host a Culinary/Allied Health Building, Food Innovation Center, and Kalamazoo Community Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services Integrated Health Services Clinic. Buildings will open early 2016, hosting about 1,000 students.

WMU receives recognition for "Best of GRITS"
November 10, 2015 | Southwest Michigan Second Wave
WMU is one of six institutions to be awarded in the Green Revolving Investment Tracking System (GRITS) by the Sustainable Endowments Institute for most carbon emissions saved in a large institution.