Sustainability

Events/Information

Low Cost Bike Helmets
Safe Kids Kalamazoo County in partnership with Bronson Trauma Services, offers bicycle helmets at a reduced cost. Monthly appointments are available for the first and third Thursdays of each month April - October. More info>
WHERE: Bronson Methodist Hospital
WHEN: By appointment
COST: $10

City Repair: Grassroots Place-Making and Urban Permaculture
Join Mark Lakeman, Architect, Community Organizer, and Permaculture Designer in a conversation about City Repair's model to educate and inspire communities and individuals transform the places where they live. Sponsored by the Office for Sustainability, VanKal Permaculture, Kalamazoo Community Foundation, The Peoples Food Coop, Kalamazoo Collective Housing and the Westwood Neighborhood Association. More info>
WHERE: Westwood Community Room, Westwood Fire Hall, 1310 Nichols Rd, Kalamazoo, MI
WHEN: Friday, March 27 6-9pm
COST: Free

Lee Honors College Lyceum Lecture Series : Sustainable Energy Future
Each lecture in this series will focus on renewable sources of energy. Speakers will discuss technological, political, and economic opportunities and challenges of shifting away from fossil fuels. This weeks lecture features Dr. Sime Curkovic presenting "Why Are U.S Firms Becoming More Socially Responsible and Sustainable?". More info>
WHERE:
Lee Honors College, WMU, Kalamazoo
WHEN:
Wednesday, April 1, 12pm
COST:
FREE

HullabaZOO: 4th Annual Celebration of DIY
A festival showcasing workshops, musicians, and artisans from Kalamazoo and elsewhere is a kick-off event for Kalamazoo Peace Center's Peace Week. Celebrate the know-hows and the whatnots of DIY! More info>
WHERE: Wesley Foundation, 2101 Wilbur Ave, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006
WHEN:
Saturday, April 4, 2pm - 10pm
COST:
FREE

“This Changes Everything” - Discussion on Climate Change
Best-selling author Noami Klein’s “This Changes Everything” will be the center of discussion exploring the social causes and responses to climate change. Enjoy light fare as learn about and connect with Kalamazoo climate leaders and initiatives. More info>
WHERE: Kalamazoo Central Library, Van Deusen Room, 315 Rose St, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Thursday, April 9, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
COST: FREE

BIKE SWAP : Buy some gear, sell some gear
Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association is holding a community event to connect members of the Kalamazoo area biking community. Meet your fellow bike enthusiasts, learn about SWMMBA projects, buy some gear and sell some gear. More info>
WHERE: Holiday Inn Kalamazoo West, 2747 S 11th St, Kalamazoo
WHEN: Sunday, April 12, 10am -3pm
COST:
Free

Solar Winds Solar Tour
Take an up-close look at some the large grid-tied and battery interactive array solar projects and a permaculture farm in Barry County. RSVP by April 9. More info>
WHERE: Meet at NE Corner of 28th St & Beltline, Grand Rapids, MI
WHEN: Friday, April 17
COST: FREE

Renowned business sustainability expert visits WMU
Sean Ansett, leading authority on sustainable value chains and senior associate at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, will speak about the complexities of sustainable manufacturing. More info>
WHERE: Schneider Hall Room 2000, WMU, Kalamazoo    
WHEN: Thursday, April 23, 2pm
COST: FREE

Kalamazoo River Watershed Council Community Rain Barrel Sale
Community partners have come together with a shared mission : more rain barrels collecting and saving valuable water in our community! KRWC is a resource to help you decide if a rain barrel will work at your home and
give you the full rundown on exactly how to install one. A community rain barrel distribution event will follow. More info>
WHERE: WMU Community Garden, 1940 Stadium Dr, Kalamazoo   
WHEN: Friday, May 29 3:30-7:30pm
COST: Rain Barrel $59.50

Permaculture Design Certificate Course
Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is hosting a Permaculture Design Certificate Course with an emphasis on homesteading skills. Participants will learn about urban, suburban and residential permaculture applications with additional emphasis on homesteading. More info> or here
WHERE: Pierce Cedar Creek Institute, Hastings, MI
WHEN: Saturday, May 30 - Saturday, June 6, 2015   
COST: $1,145 - $1,375 (meals included)

SHINE Corporate Sustainability and Health Summit 2015
The Sustainability and Health Initiative for NetPositive Enterprise (SHINE) invites community leaders to inspiring, invigorating and unique Summit exploring trends in sustainability, corporate influence on public policy in driving sustainability forward, and innovative ideas. More info>
WHERE: Knafel Center, 18 Mason St, Cambridge, MA
WHEN: Thursday, June 4, - Friday, June 5
COST: Half Price discount for academics

5th International Ecosummit - Call for Session and Side Event Proposals
The Eco-summit invites submissions of session proposals and side events in keeping with the spirit of ecological sustainability : engineering change by highlighting advances made to address the current environmental problems facing our changing world. Deadline for proposals, July 31, 2015. More info>
WHERE: Le Corum, Montpellier, France
WHEN: August 29 - September 1, 2016

News

WMU students are among three Wege Prize finalists
March 26, 2015 : Grand Rapids Business Journal
WMU students are among the three final teams competing for an intercollegiate competition pitting students’ minds against a

WMU's Student Employee of the Year - Dave Bere
February 27 | Western Herald
The Office for Sustainability's David Bere is named WMU student smployee of the year. 52 student employees were nominated for student employee of the year. Bere will go on to the Midwest competition.

Kalamazoo Peace Center invites community to learn about their mission
Feb 19 | Western Herald
Kalamazoo Peace Center's mission is to educate, organize, and mobilize students and community members on issues of peace and social, environmental, and economic justice.


Job Opportunities/Internships

  • Apply NOW for 2015/2016 Gibbs House Fellowship. Applications due March 30th. More info>
  • Kalamazoo Nature Center is hiring an Urban Outreach Coordinator to conduct a 5 month pilot study. More info>
  • Seasonal help needed for DeLano Farms and Kalamazoo Nature Center Summer Camp. More info>
  • Kellogg Bird Sanctuary is looking for two enthusiastic,individuals to teach engaging, hands-on science activities that allow kids to explore the natural world. More info>
  • Plant!Chicago is seeking an enthusiastic and passionate Executive Director to help lead their growing organization. More info>