• ofs staff december 2016

    Happy Holidays from the Office for Sustainability

  • Fall 2016 interns

    Welcome fall 2016 Wesustain Interns: Gerrit A., Danny G., Dillon L., Kayla S., Michael S., Laura D. (Intern Coordinator), JustOne C., Debashrita S., and Beth F. We learn so much from YOU!


Kalamazoo Nature Center's Buy Local Art & Gift Fair
More than 50 local artisans transform the Visitor Center with their creative displays and top quality work. Visitors enjoy chatting with the artisans and vendors, surrounded by the beauty of the winter woods. KNC supports buying local and gives back to the community by offering free admission to both the Art & Gift Fair and the beautiful winter trails. *Artist submissions for the 2016 Art & Gift Fair are now closed. More info> 
WHERE: Kalamazoo Nature Center
WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2016 form 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Retirement Celebration for Carolyn Noack
Stop in to celebrate Solid Waste Reduction Manager, Carolyn Noack, as she retires after 26 years of dedication toward sustainability at WMU! Refreshments and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Thank you for all of your hard work, Carolyn!
WHERE: Fetzer Center, WMU
WHEN: Thursday, December 15, 2016 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Smitten in the Mitten K-Wings Hockey Game
Support your local businesses and head out to K-Wings Event Center to support your local hockey team at a discounted price thanks to Buy Local Greater Kalamazoo! Enjoy food, giveaways and hockey with the whole family! More info>
WHERE: Wings Event Center, 3600 Vanrick Dr, Kalamazoo, MI 49001
WHEN: Friday, December 16, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
COST: $13

2017 Midwest Campus Contact Conference
Whether you are new to civic and community engagement, curious about learning the basics of campus-community partnerships, or a seasoned professional seeking new and innovative approaches and discussion of important issues, this conference will provide opportunities to learn, explore, connect, and prepare for bold, thoughtful action. More info>
WHERE: Loyola University, Chicago, IL
WHEN: June 6-7, 2017 (Proposals due February 17, 2017)
COST: TBD (Registration opens early Spring 2017)


Current job listings posted through Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education 
International Affairs Associate Professor, Pennsylvania State; Environmental Social Science Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University; Student Sustainability Coordinator, Sewanee; Zero Waste Manager, American University; UC Energy Research Center Director, University of California; Sustainability Intern, National Outdoor Leadership School; Citizens Climate Lobby Fellowship, Citizen's Climate Lobby; School for Environmental and Sustainability Dean, University of Michigan; EH&S Integrated Waste Program Technician, University of California; Facilities Operations Manager, Yale University; Energy Conservation Manager, Austin Community College; Sustainability Director, West Chester University; Greenhouse Gas Specialist, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; Director of Sustainability Graduate Programs, Wake Forest University; Sustainability Coordinator, Georgia Institute of Technology; Sustainability Coordinator & Campus Farm Manager, Depauw University.

Recycling Specialist Position
Award-winning recycling and sustainable solid waste agency seeks energetic, versatile professional to join our team. Entry level opportunity with the Onodaga County Resource Recovery Agency's recycling team. More info>
WHEN: Application deadline is Friday, December 9, 2016

Sustainability Director - City of Detroit
Responsible for the oversight of the Office of Sustainability, which will include developing the City's near-term sustainability agenda, tracking progress, engaging external partners, and working with city departments to execute sustainability initiatives. More info>
WHEN: Application deadline is Friday, December 16, 2016 at 11:59 p.m.


Foundation for Excellence moves forward: 'What a great day to be in Kalamazoo'
October 27, 2016 | SecondWave Media
The Kalamazoo City Commission voted 6-1, Oct. 24 to approve an agreement between the city and area philanthropists Bill Parfet and William Johnston that will lead to the formation of a new foundation designed to bring fiscal stability to the city budget and allow it to invest in projects that will improve the lives of citizens.

Applications available for Student Sustainability Grants
October 16, 2016 | WMU News
Applications are due on Thursday, November 17, 2016, for up to $75,000 in Student sustainability Grant funding to support student research, activities, and initiatives that will foster a culture of sustainability at WMU. 

Legislation hopes to bolster urban farming, but challenges remain
October 16, 2016 | MiBiz.com
Grand Rapids based urban farmers explain its benefits and hope to overcome challenges.