Sustainability

Events/Information

Bike enthusiasts and pedestrians: this week is YOUR opportunity to weigh in on the future of downtown Kalamazoo's traffic. At 2 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, join Mayor Bobby Hopewell in a bike ride from WMU's Ebert Field at the northeast corner of Stadium Drive and Oliver Street to Michigan Avenue and the Kalamazoo River! A listing of events follows. More info>

  • Public meeting to gather input, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites
  • Public drop-in hours to give feedback, 8 to 9 a.m., noon to 1 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites
  • Corridor Pub Crawl & Pedal: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 1
  • Public meeting to present alternatives based on community feedback, 10 a.m. to noon, Friday, Oct. 3, at the Radisson Plaza Hotel & Suites

Radical Mycology Tour
The Kalamazoo Peace Center, Students for a Sustainable Earth and WMU BioClub are bringing the Radical Mycology Tour to campus. They will discuss how fungi can inspire positive personal, societal and ecological transformation, including how fungi can be used to bioremediate polluted areas like the Kalamazoo River. More info>
WHERE: Wesley Foundation, WMU Main Campus, 2101 Wilbur Ave, Kalamazoo, MI
WHEN: Monday, September 29, 7:00 p.m.
COST: FREE! (includes free dinner catered by Campus Beet, courtesy of WMU Office for Sustainability)

People's Food Coop Values Cooking Class, Cooking on a Budget
PFC staff will provide some tips on how to affordably shop and cook for the whole family! More info>
WHERE: Can-Do Kitchen, 511 Harrison St, Kalamazoo, MI
WHEN: Tuesday, September 30,  6:30-8pm
COST: $5.00 per person (kids 12-17 free)

"Krazy for the Kazoo” Community Event
The Kalamazoo River Watershed Council and others invite you to celebrate the Kalamazoo River by volunteering in a river cleanup and conservation day event. Volunteers can help keep the river clean by signing up to clean a local park, remove trash from a stream, or plant trees. More info>
WHERE: multiple locations: Allegan, Plainwell, Otsego, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, MI
WHEN: Tuesday, September 30,  6:30-8pm
COST: FREE

Apple Cider Weekend
Circle Pines' hosts a apple cider weekend featuring a Friday night pizza party, folk dancing, campfires, music-making, and a meeting for members to conduct the business of the Center for the coming year. More info>
WHERE: Circle Pines Center, 8650 Mullen Rd, Delton, MI
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, October 10-12
COST: $140 (Non-members), $120 (Members) Student and low income rates available

Call for submissions, Re:Solution Envisioning Sustainability
WMU's Frostic School of Art and Environmental Studies in and Sustainability programs are pleased to announce a WMU student art competition. Re:Solution: Envisioning Sustainability is a competitive exhibit for current WMU students to share their creative vision on how they convey, express, and visualize sustainability. Submissions due by October 15th. More info> 
WHERE: (Reception) Gallery Room K1206, Kohrman Hall Gallery, WMU, Kalamazoo, MI
WHEN: Thursday, November 20, 7pm-8:30pm
COST: FREE

Michael Pollan to speak in Kalamazoo
Kalamazoo Community Foundation presents Michael Pollan, author of best-selling books about food, in a discussion about the importance of and access to quality food for a healthy community. Bookbug will have Mr. Pollan's books available for sale and signing at this event. Please contact info@kalfound.org for more information.
WHERE: WMU Miller Auditorium, Kalamazoo, MI
WHEN: Thursday, November 6,  7:30pm-9:00pm
COST: FREE (RSVP required)

Kalamazoo Farmers' Market
Connecting customers to food sources through honest learning relationships and supporting local food related businesses through a vibrant market culture. More info>
WHERE: 204 Bank St, Kalamazoo, MI
WHEN: Saturdays, Tuesdays, Thursdays 7am-2pm
COST: FREE

News

MDOT looking at potential changes in Kalamazoo's Stadium Dr. and Michigan Ave. corridor
September 29, 2014 | MLive.com
State and local officials are launching a Stadium Drive & Michigan Avenue Corridor Study to get a vision for what the community would like to see.

WMU among the Top 5 EV-friendly institutions in the U.S.
September 16, 2014 | transportevolved
The number of electric car charging stations located at U.S. universities and colleges has risen by an impressive 35 percent in the past twelve months. WMU ranks fourth in the nation!

California Set to Enact First Statewide Ban of Plastic Bag
September 5, 2014 | Time.com
California is poised to become the first U.S. state to ban single-use plastic bags after Governor Jerry Brown said Thursday that he expected to sign a bill nixing their use.