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Fall 2022

Dec. 9 - Adaptive Reuse and Embodied Carbon

Dann Sytsma - the Kalamazoo Nonprofit Advocacy Coalition (KNAC)

The second of the environmental 3Rs is “Reuse,” which can apply to whole buildings as well as a single bottle, can, or box. Whole building reuse has advantages beyond the preservation of historical sites and their remarkable architecture. In fact, there are climate-related reasons to reuse old buildings, including preserving the building's embodied carbon: the thousands of tons of atmospheric carbon that went into the original materials' extraction, transportation, and processing.  KNAC is reusing the First Baptist Church in downtown Kalamazoo.  Join us for an interview and discussion with Dann, who has spearheaded the restoration and repurposing of this 30,000 square-foot building.



Nov. 11 - Climate-Friendly Holiday Meals (a virtual presentation with a cooking demo)

Hristina Petrovska - KVCC

The food that we eat and the way it is produced are significant contributors to environmental degradation and greenhouse gas emissions. Food is also an essential part of the solution! The traditions we create around the holidays, and the foods we choose as we celebrate, can help shape the future we want for our food. 


Join this presentation to learn about the multiple interconnections between our food system and the climate, and how to make some climate-friendly meals that can become a part of your holiday traditions!


Oct. 28 - Doing Climate Science Research at Two Biological Stations in Michigan

Dr. David Karowe, professor of Biological Science at WMU, has spent over 30 summers at the University of Michigan’s Biological Station (UMBS) in Pellston conducting climate change research and running training programs for undergraduate and graduate students.  He will describe some of the large-scale climate-related research projects at UMBS and highlight several of the 150 or so projects completed by undergraduate students in the UMBS summer research training program.

Located near the town of Hickory Corners, MSU’s Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) has been doing long-term ecological research since 1987. The KBS Long-Term Ecological Research Science Coordinator, Dr. Nameer Baker, and climate change scientists Moriah Young and Kara Dobson will describe programs offered to undergraduate and graduate students, the tools available at KBS for doing climate research, and some projects of KBS scientists and student researchers. 


Oct. 14 - Empowering Voters and Protecting Democracy

How can we, as voters, make climate action a top priority for candidates? Aedin Clements and Connie Ferguson (from the local League of Women Voters) and Jace Bylenga (from the Michigan League of Conservation Voters) will describe how their organizations work to ensure that voters can evaluate candidates and proposals, while protecting voters' rights and supporting policies that are good for democracy.

Moderator: Dr. Cybelle Shattuck, WMU’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Department of Comparative Religion.


Sept. 23 - English professor Allen Webb will speak about Extinction Rebellion: An International Perspective on Climate Activism.


Sept. 9 - current work of the Kalamazoo Climate Crisis Coalition,

Spring 2022

Jan. 14 - Kirsten Clemente, director of the DeLano Farm at the Kalamazoo Nature Center

This program will focus on regenerative agriculture practices and the work the Nature Center is doing to incorporate kids' farm camp, the farm internship program and community volunteers in various facets of the farm's operations, including an expanding Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.


Jan. 28 - People's Food Co-op: Our Anti-racism Journey
Chris Dilley, General Manager of Natural Grocery & Deli (People's Food Co-op)
Liis LahtiCo-Executive Director of ERACCE (Eliminating Racism and Creating/Celebrating Equity)

People's Food Co-op has been in business to build and nourish an equitable, resilient community in Kalamazoo for 51 years, and on an intentional journey to eliminate racism as part of our work for over a decade.  Why did we start down that path?  What has that work looked like?  Where do we go from here?  These are some of the things we'll explore together.


Feb. 11- Daniel Schoonmaker, Executive Director of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum 

WMSBF promotes business practices that advance climate leadership, community resilience, social justice and the creation of a circular economy. Schoonmaker (he/him/his), will discuss the organization's work in Southwest Michigan, highlighting opportunities for local engagement.  The presentation will include an introduction to local and statewide efforts to advance sustainable materials management and how those efforts support decarbonization, the intersection of sustainable business and environmental justice, and a brief discussion about the need for the business community to support climate adaptation and resilience.  WMSBF is a regional partner of the Climate Action Campaign.


Feb. 25 - Lucy Dilley, Founder and Executive Director of the Can-Do Kitchen.

The Can-Do Kitchen has been supporting local food entrepreneurs for 14 years. What started out as a small kitchen in a trailer has grown into a shared commercial kitchen with multiple stations and a full menu of business support tools. Now in 2022, Can-Do Kitchen is becoming Can-Do Kalamazoo, a highly collaborative, multipurpose business incubator hub.


Mar. 11 - Lori Evesque, co-shepherd and caretaker at Natural Cycles Farm,LLC


Mar. 25 - Better World Builders: Healthy & Efficient Homes: Mark Lee, Owner and Founder, Isaac Bertman, Energy Auditor, Shawn Farrell, Energy Auditor
Join us as we learn from Better World Builders about what makes a home healthy & efficient, how to identify an unhealthy & inefficient home and how to fix it. Examples from house projects local to Southwest Michigan will be discussed.

Apr. 8 - Dr. Susan Schneider, Climate activist, behavioral psychologist, and award-winning author of The Science of Consequences
Learning to Fight the Climate Crisis - The IPCC warns that humanity has only about eight years to cut global greenhouse gas emissions in half, and the consequences of failure are dire.  The technology to solve the climate crisis has been available for years:  This is a behavioral challenge.  Simply providing information about what’s needed is seldom sufficient, sadly.  This talk focuses on learning principles like positive reinforcement - more complex than it might seem.  From the fuel efficiency feedback in car dashboards to gamification of all sorts of sustainable behaviors, we can learn to make green choices. Standouts include Seattle’s transportation program, an internationally successful approach getting kids to eat their veggies, and energy efficiency campaigns with surprising incentives.

Apr. 22 - Jamie McCarthy, Sustainable Development Coordinator & Nolan Bergstrom, Community Planner, City of Kalamazoo

A draft of the Kalamazoo City Community Sustainability Plan is now available for public review.  This Earth Day session of Fridays for Future will provide an overview of the plan and ways to provide feedback.

Fall 2021

October 8, Citizens' Climate Lobby, People's Church, and Countywide Climate Action Campaign, watch the recording here.

October 22, The Climate Mobilization, watch the recording here

November 12, City of Kalamazoo Sustainable Development Coordinator, Jamie McCarthy, will provide an update on the Sustainability Strategy planning process, status, and opportunities to get involved. Kalamazoo Sustainability Strategy
350 Kalamazoo coordinator, Kate Miller, will provide an overview of a No Idle Policy Campaign. Read their blog submission here!

December 10,

  • Kalamazoo Township Climate Committee

  • Michigan League of Conservation Voters: How to Give Effective Public Comment

  • Countywide KCCC Action Campaign 

Spring 2021

February 12 -  Open Doors Kalamazoo, Stephanie Hoffman 

February 26 - "Environmental Justice and Climate Action" Dr. Cybelle Shattuck,

March 12 - "Why are electric vehicles the way of the future and what should you do about it? " Dr. Steve Bertman and Dr. Paul Pancella.

March 26 - Conservation Stewardship at Kalamazoo Nature Center (KNC). Jessica Simons

Winter/Spring 2020 (Truncated by Covid-19)

January 10 – "Climate History to 1850: The Geological Record" - Duane Hampton
January 17 – "The Seas are Rising: Ocean Systems" - Michelle Kominz
January 24 – "Debunking Climate Myths" – Duane Hampton
January 31 – "Climate Change in the American Mind" – Denise Keele
February 7 – "Climate Impacts on the Great Lakes" – Dave Karowe
February 14 – "Climate Policies & Politics" – Paul Clements
February 21 – "Making Your Voice Heard: Your Climate Vote" – MI LCV
February 28 – "Beyond Food Justice: Rights to Land, Water and Seed" – Brionne Fonville
Saturday, March 7 – "Regenerative Agriculture Panel" – Kalamazoo Nature Center
March 13 – "The Global Political Economy of Sustainability" – Paul Clements
March 20 – "Carbon Neutral Power" – Cancelled

March 27 – "Climate Reality: Building Resilience" – Cancelled
April 3 – "Celebrating Food Around Lake Michigan" – Cancelled
April 10 – "Carbon Criminals, Climate Crimes" – Cancelled
Saturday, April 18 – "Kalamazoo Earth Day Celebration" – Cancelled

Fall 2019

September 27 – "The Scientific Case for Urgent Action on Climate Change" - David Karowe
October 4 – "Institutions and Politics of the Climate Crisis" - Paul Clements

October 11 – "Climate Refugees, Migrants and Displaced People" - Deirdre Courtney, Casey Schotter and Allen Webb
October 18 – "Empowering Youth to Act" – Kalamazoo Central High School
October 25 – "Meet the KCCC" – Arcus Center
November 1 – "Climate Action Planning in Higher Education" - Jeff Spoelstra and Sara Stockwood
November 8 – "Day of Student Action-TBA" - Kalamazoo Central High School students
November 15 – "Low Carbon Cooking" Chefs: Hristina Petrovska and Lauren Johnson

November 22 – "Gathering and Gifts: How to Holiday Differently" - Jenny Doezema
December 6 – "Michigan Climate Policy" - Denise Keele

December 13 – "Eating for Climate Resilience" - Jenny Doezema and Hristina Petrovska

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