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Our Partners

Climate Emergency Month has been endorsed by the following organizations and individuals.

WMU Climate Change Working Group

The WMU Climate Change Working Group is an interdisciplinary group of faculty, staff, student and community volunteers dedicated to working for the urgent action needed to adapt to and mitigate global climate change. CCWG is a proud supporter of the Bill McKibben event.

WMU Office of the President

Dr. Edward Montgomery became the ninth president of Western Michigan University on Aug. 1, 2017. He came to WMU from Georgetown University, where he had served as founding dean and professor of economics at the McCourt School of Public Policy. The President is a proud supporter of the Bill McKibben event.

WMU Graduate Student Association

The Graduate Student Association is the authorized student government that represents Western Michigan University's graduate student body. The Association provides a variety of funding opportunities, interdisciplinary events, and social activities to promote academic excellence and the well being of all WMU graduate students.

WMU Office for Sustainability

The mission of the Office for Sustainability is to guide and assist the Western Michigan University community in fulfilling and growing its sustainability commitments. Through building a diverse and flourishing learning community around sustainability, we will continually explore and develop new opportunities to create a culture of sustainability and improve quality of life for all.

The City of Kalamazoo

The City of Kalamazoo has put together a proclamation for Climate Emergency Month, presented as of March 6th, 2023.
In 2019, the City of Kalamazoo declared a state of climate emergency. In 2022, they put a plan into action
to mitigate the climate emergency. This sustainability plan includes Styrofoam recycling, as well as
increased efforts for pedestrian and bicycle safety.

The City of Portage

Portage is a city in Kalamazoo County with population of 46,292 in the 2010 census.

WMU Center for the Study of Ethics in Society

The Western Michigan University Center for the Study of Ethics in Society creates interdisciplinary opportunities for the University and Community to engage in public reflection about ethical issues.

Citizens' Climate Lobby

We empower everyday people to work together on climate policy. Our supporters are organized in 420+ chapters across the United States building support in Congress for a national bipartisan solution to climate change. Globally, we also support 150+ international chapters on six continents.

WMU School of Communication

he School of Communication is committed to excellence in teaching, learning, scholarship and the practice of communication. As teacher-scholars, our purpose is two-fold: Develop reflective and skilled communicators who value diversity, community, ethics and critical thinking; and contribute to the research and practice of our discipline with an emphasis on collaboration with local, regional, national and international partners to examine organizational, community, educational and social issues.

Mode Shift Kalamazoo

ModeShift Kalamazoo is a small community collective that exists to make walking and biking in our neighborhoods a safe and easy transportation choice for everyday activities. This effort seeks to dismantle the stigma around active transportation and work toward a broader mobility system that works for all.

WMU Department of Biological Sciences

In the Department of Biological Sciences undergraduates, graduate students and faculty collaborate on real-world applications through laboratory research, publications and fieldwork. The WMU Department of Biological Sciences is a proud supporter of the Bill McKibben event.

WMU Faculty Senate

The Western Michigan University Faculty Senate is the Board of Trustees authorized seat of shared governance for faculty-involved institutional matters related to the academy. The WMU Faculty Senate is the house of faculty participation in institutional governance, with delegated authorities to bring together interested parties for effective decision-making in order to advance the mission of the University.

WMU Women's Caucus

The Women's Caucus promotes an academic culture of inclusiveness at Western Michigan University in research, teaching, service and administrative work by; focusing on issues involved in the recruitment and retention of women, recognizing and encouraging the endeavors of women, discussing special challenges that women face in the tenure and promotion process, supporting the transition of qualified faculty members into administrative positions, and raising gender awareness among administrators, faculty members and students across campus.

GVSU Climate Change Education Solutions Network

GVSU Climate Change Education Solutions Network is a group of faculty, students, scientists, teachers, and community partners, passionate about student-centered and solution-oriented climate change education for all ages.

WMU Department of Chemistry

The Department of Chemistry provides leadership in an environment that promotes teaching, learning, research and scholarship. Our students become critical thinkers and problem solvers, enabling them to meet future challenges and become leaders in a complex and diverse global society.

Lee Honors College

The mission of the Carl and Winifred Lee Honors College is to provide an exceptional undergraduate experience for high achieving students, to inspire in our graduates a thirst for the lifelong pursuit of creative inquiry and discovery, to provide our students with the skill and passion to address critical challenges, and to foster personal responsibility informed by a global perspective.

Bee Joyful Shop

Bee Joyful Shop is Michigan’s first Zero Waste Shop and Refillery, featuring locally-made and sustainably sourced zero waste products for your home, kitchen, bath, and beauty routine.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.


Public radio from Western Michigan University

Green Drinks Kalamazoo

Green Drinks Kalamazoo is a monthly, informal networking event for local folks to discuss sustainability-related topics. We would love to partner with the KCCC on Climate Emergency Month and add an event to your calendar! We are still locking in our speaker and location for our March 28th event, however I wanted to reach out and introduce our organization to you. The plan is to host a panel of speakers to discuss sustainable business in Kalamazoo and discuss how business can be a force for good/ take action on climate change.

WMU Department of Geography, Environment, and Tourism

Through instruction and research, the Department of Geography, Environment, and Tourism seeks to understand distribution patterns of the world's physical and cultural features and their implications for better use and management of resources.

Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition

The Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition mobilizes collective action to achieve immediate & drastic reductions in greenhouse gas emissions through a just transition. KCCC is a proud supporter of the Bill McKibben event.

Kalamazoo Nature Center

The Kalamazoo Nature Center is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to create relationships & experiences that welcome and inspire people to discover, enjoy, value, and care for nature.

Michigan Climate Action Network

Michigan Climate Action Network connects and amplifies individuals, communities, and organizations confronting the climate crisis in Michigan and supports them in advancing equitable climate solutions with the urgency science demands for the environment and all that live in it.

WMU College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences represents the academic heart and liberal arts core of Western Michigan University and provides a broad range of academic programs for students.

WMU Office of Legislative Affairs

The Western Michigan University Office of Government Relations will operate with transparency, civility, and inclusivity to support higher education policies benefiting the students, faculty, staff and the University. Our work will always be grounded in a spirit of bipartisan cooperation with our internal and external stakeholders.

WMU Office of Research and Innovation

At Western Michigan University, we take pride in being discovery-driven across the academic spectrum. Research fuels innovation among faculty, staff, and students, connecting us all in the shared enterprise.

People's Church of Kalamazoo

People’s Church: A beloved community embracing and serving our diverse world.

WMU Department of English

The mission of Western Michigan University’s English department is to: encourage, instruct, assess, and respond to undergraduate students as they develop competencies in written communication;
support, credential, and grow a dynamic group of professional educators as they develop, maintain, and apply expertise in writing instruction; and,
connect with the university community and beyond on conversations and initiatives involving writing, rhetoric, and literacy practices.

WMU University Center for the Humanities

The mission of the Center for the Humanities is to recognize and support the humanities at Western Michigan University. As a gathering place for dialogue, the center acts as an incubator for the exchange of ideas among faculty, emeriti, alumni, undergraduate and graduate students, and people in the wider community.

Don Cooney

Don Cooney is serving his 11th term as a City Commissioner and 2nd term as Vice-Mayor. Cooney is an associate professor in the School of Social Work at Western Michigan University where he has taught for 45 years.

WMU Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences

The Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences at Western Michigan University offers outstanding opportunities for education and research.

Kalamazoo College Center for Environmental Stewardship

The Center for Environmental Stewardship was officially started in 2019 with a generous grant from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation. The Center infuses sustainability and environmental themes across the curriculum; increases opportunities for students to conduct mentored research and community programming; and better utilizes the Lillian Anderson Arboretum as a learning lab for the liberal arts.

Western Student Association

We exist to unify students, amplify their voices, and provide new opportunities to leave a legacy. WSA is a proud supporter of the Bill McKibben event.

Hope for Creation

Hope for Creation, the Southwest MI regional chapter of Michigan Interfaith Power and Light, is a grassroots inter-religious group working to encourage and support faith-based action on climate change in greater Kalamazoo.

Merze Tate College at WMU

Merze Tate College exists to help our students envision the future, embrace their potential and discover their purpose. Like guideposts on a map, the offices and services within this college equip students with invaluable resources, skills, knowledge and connections that will help guide them on the path toward success. All explorers start somewhere—and that place is Merze Tate College.

Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Dr. Julian Vasquez Heilig has been appointed provost and vice president for academic affairs effective January 5, 2023.


MEER designs and develops surface-based mirror arrays and solar reflectors and welcomes partners who will help to deploy them swiftly, in economically feasible and environmentally sensitive ways, on a local level for heat adaptation, and eventually on a global level, to steer Earth away from a lethal heating trajectory.

Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership

The Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership (ACSJL) is an initiative of Kalamazoo College whose mission is to develop and sustain leaders in human rights and social justice through education and capacity-building.

WMU Libraries

Western Michigan University Libraries is dedicated to helping you discover, explore and shape the information universe. We provide a wide range of resources, programs and services that support the research, creative and academic pursuits of WMU and the global community.

WMU Dining Services

WMU dining services is dedicated to providing outstanding products and service, assuring a culture of service, and operating with environmentally and fiscally responsible methods

Brought to You by the Western Michigan University Climate Change Working Group

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