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

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

Students for a Sustainable Earth - Earth Week CelebrationsStudents for a Sustainable Earth, Western Michigan University's sustainability-oriented RSO, will hold several events this week in honor of earth week. Events ranging from bake sales, to documentary film screenings, and an Asylum lake hike are scheduled. More info>
WHERE: various campus and Kalamazoo locations
WHEN: Monday, April 20 through Friday, April 24
COST: FREE

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Infrastructure Workshop
Considering electric vehicle charging infrastructure? Attend a workshop to cover the process for applying for charging infrastructure and installation incentive funds. More info>
WHERE: Office for Sustainability, WMU
WHEN: 9am - 12pm, Wednesday, April 29
COST: FREE

Annual Plant Sale
Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones volunteers will hold an annual plant sale with an abundance of native plants!
WHERE: People's Food Coop. 507 Harrison St, Kalamazoo
WHEN: 9am - 3pm Saturday, May 23
COST: Plant prices vary

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

How to Create a Circular Economy
April 3 | Inc.Com
The circular economy concept comes easily to Max Hornick, a member of the student team which won the second annual Wege Prize, a cross-disciplinary design competition focused on solving "wicked problems."

Western Michigan University students win national sustainability prize
March 31 | MLive
Five WMU students have been recognized for using design principles to tackle sustainability problems. The student team won first place and a $15,000 award for the 2015 Wege Prize from the Grand Rapids-based Wege Foundation.

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.

Job Opportunities/Internships

  • 2015 EPA Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships for Undergraduate Environmental Study. 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>
  • Plant!Chicago is seeking an enthusiastic and passionate Executive Director to help lead their growing organization. More info>