Science and the Human Endeavor Speaker Series
Western Michigan University's Center for the Humanities and the Lee Honor's College are hosting the 2016-2017 Science and the Human Endeavor speaker series. Join Dr. Ron Numbers for his talk "Some Things We've Learned about Science through Its History". More info>
WHERE: 2452 Knauss Hall, WMU
WHEN: September 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

The Road to a Zero-Waste Future Through the Past? Sustainable Design Strategies in Historical Perspective
Environmental historian and author, Dr. Carl Zimring will explore "upcycling" (transforming descarded material into goods of elevated worth). Starting with aluminum, and its history in Michigan, this presentation will roam through the centuries and across the globe, landing on Adida's recent plan to turn the Pacific plastic garbage patch into upscale running shoes.
WHERE: 1028 Brown Hall, WMU
WHEN: Thursday, September 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Kalamazoo Tweed Ride
Join Open Roads for the 2nd Annual Kalamazoo Tweed Ride! This community bike ride involves a slow roll throughout Kalamazoo dressed in all things tweed, dapper, and turn of the century. Proceeds from this event support the work and mission of Open Roads. More info>
WHERE: Meet at Open Roads - 1523 Riverview Drive, Kalamazoo, MI
WHEN: October 1, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
COST: Prices vary

Great Lakes Adaptation Forum
The 2016 Great Lakes Adaptation Forum will bring together hundreds of practitioners and researchers from across the Great Lakes region of Canada and the United States for 3 days of sharing climate adaptation and resilience solutions and products in an engaged learning program.  More info>
WHERE: University of Michigan Palmer Commons, Ann Arbor, MI
WHEN: Wednesday, October 5, 8:00 a.m. - Friday, October 7, 2:00p.m.
COST: varies

Alternative Energy Tour at Ft. Custer - SWMSBF
Tour solar array and wind funnel energy installations at Ft. Custer! Register by October 10, 2016. Lunch included. More info>
WHERE: Ft. Custer
WHEN: Thursday, October 13, 2016 at 12:00 noon
COST: $20 for members, $30 for non-members

2016 Summit on Racism
Gain a deeper understanding of racial equality with KVCC as they host the 2016 Kalamazoo Summit on Racism. Look at the progress of organizations and learn what you can do to further help the Kalamazoo community. More info>
WHERE: Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Texas Township Campus
WHEN: Friday, November 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
COST: FREE and open to the public


Current job listings posted through Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education
(last updated August 18, 2016)
Sustainability Engagement Manager, Cornell University; Sustainability Program Officer, University of Leeds (U.K.); Sustainability Behavior Change Officer, University of London; Horticulture Operations Specialist & Culinary Liaison, Metropolitan Community College; Sustainability Outreach Coordinator, Bowdoin College; Sustainability Coordinator, Syracuse University; Associate Director at Sustainability Institute, Penn State; Energy Manager, University of Arizona; Farm and Gardens Coordinator, University of Florida; Adjunct Assistant Professor, Southern Oregon University; Adjunct Instructor, Southern Oregon University; Senior Data Analyst, University of Virginia; Sustainability Education & Outreach Coordinator, University of Vermont; Energy Conservation Manager, Austin Community College District; Sustainability Outreach & Engagement Specialist, University of Virginia; Sustainability Coordinator, Johns Hopkins University.

Recycling Coordinator - LA City Waste Franchise
The Recycling Coordinator will assist in the LA City Waste Franchise transition and ongoing account service in support of the city's Zero Waste plan. The Recycling Coordinator will proactively work with customers to help them increase their waste diversion and implement resource management practices and programs. Interested candidates can send resume and cover letter to Nick Vega ( and Eric Romero ( More info>
WHEN: Open until filled

Natural Resource Specialist 3 (Material Recovery Specialist) - Portland, OR
the purpose of this position is to develop and implement strategies to increase and improve recovery of high impact materials. The person in this position will conduct analysis to determine barriers, program and policy options to increase and improve recovery of high impact materials. He/she will work with partners in the industry and other stakeholders to evaluate existing material recovery programs and different management options. More info>
WHEN: Application deadline is Monday, September 26, 2016


U.S. News, others laud WMU for academics, diversity and sustainability
September 15, 2016 | WMU News
Sierra Club ranks WMU in top-100 "Cool Schools" to be environmentally friendly.

Nearly 4,000 solar panels installed at WMU
August 24, 2016 |
The massive solar garden at WMU’s engineering campus is a new way to generate power for the area. It will help West Michigan students study the new technology and anyone can buy in.

Governor recognizes WMU renovation for reducing energy waste

August 12, 2016 | WMU News
Western Michigan University's Heritage Hall renovation has earned a 2016 Governor's Energy Excellence Award for sustainable features.