Water is Life: Protecting Kalamazoo’s Water Supply

Water is Life

A panel discussion sponsored by Kalamazoo Environmental Council

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 10 am to noon, Riverview Launch, 1523 Riverview Drive

John Paquin, Environmental Services Program Manager, City of Kalamazoo

Pat Crowley, Drain Commissioner, Kalamazoo County

Duane Hampton, Associate Professor, Geosciences, Western Michigan University

Water has been a hot topic in Michigan recently! But what do we know about our own water supply, where it comes from, what threats we face to our water, and how we can protect it?

Join our panel and members of Kalamazoo Environmental Council for a stimulating discussion of a vital topic.

“REMEMBER THE KALAMAZOO” THIS SATURDAY, JULY 25

The Remember the Kalamazoo memorial event aims to remind us of the devastating effects of the inland oil spill that shocked the nation five years ago.

Taking place on Saturday, July 25, at the Burnham Brook Community Center in Battle Creek, the commemorative day will feature speakers from Battle Creek, Galesburg and Marshall, the communities most affected by the spill. The event will begin at 10 a.m., featuring workshops, keynote speakers and a healing walk.

The breach of Enbridge Line 6B spilled over 1,000,000 gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River, damaging surrounding communities’ economy and destroying local biodiversity. The memorial day will offer training on how to prepare if a similar situation were to again occur. In addition, a workshop will focus on effective ways to resist the focus on oil profits over people and the environment, with special attention on the threat of increased oil transportation from Tar Sands. The closing of the event will feature a walk to the Kalamazoo River.

To register for the July 25 Remember the Kalamazoo, visit this link or the Facebook event.

Spring 2015 Lyceum Lecture Series: Sustainable Energy Future

Lyceum lectures are held in the Lee Honors College lounge on the main campus of Western Michigan University (map) on Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. Lectures are free and open to students, staff, faculty and the general public. Lunch is not provided, but the audience is welcome to bring brown bag lunches to the seminars.

For more information, please contact the Lee Honors College at (269) 387-3230 or Dr. Carla Koretsky, dean, at carla.koretsky@wmich.edu.

This lecture series focuses on renewable sources of energy. Speakers will discuss the technological, political and economic opportunities and challenges of shifting away from fossil fuels to a more sustainable system of energy.

All lectures are free and open to the community. Light refreshments provided. Lectures will be held Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Lee Honors College lounge, unless otherwise noted.

Jan. 21: “Historical Context of Energy Resources, Energy Demand and the Need for Alternatives”
Dr. Lynne Heasley, history, environmental and sustainability studies

Jan. 28: “What’s at Risk? 2° vs. 4° Warming”
Dr. Dave Karowe, biological sciences

Feb. 4: “Solar Energy Technologies: Potential and Progress”
Dr. Ramakrishna Guda, chemistry

Feb. 11: “Wind Energy Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges”
Dr. Maarten Vonhof, biological sciences, environmental and sustainability studies

Feb. 18: “Role of Biomass for Sustainable Future Energy”
Dr. John Miller, chemistry

Feb. 25: “Why is There Still LEAD in Aviation Fuel?”
Terry Michmerhuizen, aviation sciences

March 4
Late start: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.
“Fuel Cells and Hydrogen Energy for Sustainability”
Dr. Bade Shrestha, mechanical and aerospace engineering

March 18: “Are Renewables the Right Alternative? A Critique of Alternative Energy”
Dr. Brian Petersen, environmental and sustainability studies

March 25: “Politics of Energy”
Jack Schmitt, deputy director, Michigan LCV
Sarah Mullkoff, Michigan Environmental Council

April 1: “Why Are U.S. Firms Becoming More Socially Responsible and Sustainable?”
Dr. Sime Curkovic, management

April 2 (Thursday)
Evening lecture: 7 to 8 p.m.
“Clean Energy Economic Opportunities and Employment Prospects”
Dave Hurst, NextEnergy

April 8
“Energy Policies: Cap and Trade, Carbon Taxes”
Dr. Chris Moser, economics

Environment Kalamazoo News — January 2015

This is the first issue of Environment Kalamazoo News, a new project of Kalamazoo Environmental Council. The goal is to share events, ideas, and projects among the various expressions of the environmental movement in Kalamazoo and southwest Michigan.

To subscribe to the email newsletter, go https://environmentkalamazoo.wordpress.com/signup/ and follow the link to the Mail Chimp signup.

We need correspondents from every active environmental group in southwest Michigan! Being a correspondent will not take much time, especially if you are already sending out announcements. Just post whatever you are sending to your members at the Environment Kalamazoo WordPress site at the same time you send out your publicity — just a few more clicks, and you will reach a potentially much larger audience. Email Mark Miller: memiller55@charter.net to volunteer to be correspondent for your group, and I will send you the information needed to post to Environment Kalamazoo.

follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KalamazooEnvironmentalCouncil

and Twitter: EnvironmentKalamazoo

Citizens’ Climate Lobby Kalamazoo Workshop

Please add one important climate change workshop to your calendar in January. You are invited to an engaging workshop on developing the political will to address climate change. Citizens’ Climate Lobby is a grassroots citizens lobbying organization that empowers citizens to break through the myth that we can’t make a difference! On January 17, Jim Tolbert will lead a workshop that presents the methods and objectives of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. Jim leads the Grand Rapids group for Citizens’ Climate Lobby and has discussed climate change with Senators Gary Peters and Debbie Stabenow as well as the office of Congressmen Fred Upton, Bill Huizenga, and Justin Amash.

The goal of the workshop is to show how each of us can make a difference in the US policies on climate change and to start a Citizens’ Climate Lobby Group here in Kalamazoo. The workshop will be held on Saturday, January 17, 2015 from 9:30 a.m. till 12:30 at
St. Luke’s Episcopal Church
247 W Lovell St.
Kalamazoo MI 49007
Between Rose & Park St., behind Kalamazoo City Hall
Church parking lot entrances are on W. Lovell St. and S. Park St.
Guests should enter through the Office door located at the back of the parking lot.

At Citizens’ Climate Lobby, we act together to persuade our members of Congress to become champions for a sustainable climate. This is important work that must be done, and I encourage you to come to the workshop and consider joining the new Kalamazoo group for Citizens’ Climate Lobby.


from: KALAMAZOO TRANSITION NEWSLETTER

Transition’s first meeting of the New Year will be this Monday, January 12, at 7:30, at the Kalamazoo Friends Meeting house, 508 Denner St., Kalamazoo. We will be very glad to see you all there. We have quite a bit to cover:
1. Content and format for the web site (Tom, Ruth, Gretchen, Derek, everybody)

2. Getting the New Year under way with our working groups:

Waste: ban the single-use plastic-bag project—Nicky

Go to http://bagitmovie.com/bagittown.html to download a very useful guide and tool kit on how to conduct a campaign on banning single-use plastic bags There were only a few of us attending the Students for Sustainable Earth showing of Bag It! Bad timing: Friday of finals week. But Bruce Howe, co-chair of SSE, is enthusiastic and wants to schedule another showing early this winter. We showed Bag It! at the Sambodh ashram’s New Year’s celebration. Good response.

Food: cooperating with other working groups and projects—Rachelle See calendar below for film showing of Many Hands, Feb. 10. See also Rachelle’s article in the latest issue of PFC’s Coop Scoop.
Transportation: exploring possibilities—Jim Ferner Possible collaboration with the Transportation working group of KCCC (which is, so far, only one person)

Education: how might we move forward?—Corinna

Energy and Permaculture—Tomme How might we cooperate with the Energy Efficiency working group of Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition, which is generating an educational brochure and videos?

from: SEEDLINGS, the Newsletter of Kalamazoo Area WILD ONES Native Plants, Natural Landscapes

Laurel Ross from Chicago’s Field Museum Leads Off Wild Ones 2015-16 Series on Stewardship with “Urban Areas: People are the Solution, not the Problem”

Laurel Ross, recently retired Director of Urban Conservation for Chicago’s world-famous Field Museum, will be the leadoff speaker in Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones 2015-2016 series on “Stewardship of the Land.”

In her program on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., she’ll emphasize the vital importance of urban areas of all sizes in environmental conservation. As planners and ecologists seek to stitch together habitat patches into landscapes extensive and diverse enough to provide maximum resilience in the face of climate change, they’re discovering that one of the most valuable conservation assets is the people who live in these largely urban and suburban landscapes. Engaged residents in villages, towns and cities, largely nonconservation professionals, are playing increasingly important roles in ecological restoration and education as stewards of the landscapes where they live.

Wild Ones meets at First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park, downtown Kalamazoo.
Socializing at 6:30 p.m., program promptly at 7.

Calendar:

Mon Jan 12 7:30pm – 9:00pm
Transition Kalamazoo – Friends Meeting house, 508 Denner St., Kalamazoo

Sat Jan 17 9:30am – 12:30pm
Workshop on Starting a Citizens’ Climate Lobby Group in Kalamazoo – St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 247 W. Lovell St., Kalamazoo. Enter through office door at back of parking lot.

Wed Jan 21 12:00pm – 1:00pm
The Historical Context of Energy Resources, Energy Demand, & the Need for Alternatives – Lee Honors College Lounge, WMU campus

Thu Jan 22 8:30am – 10:30am
Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition – Kalamazoo Nature Center auditorium, 7000 N. Westnedge, Kalamazoo

Thu Jan 22 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Kalamazoo Environmental Council – Friends Meeting house, 508 Denner St., Kalamazoo
We will be planning our annual legislative breakfast, a meeting with area legislators about environmental concerns.

Wed Jan 28 7:00pm – 9:00pm
Urban Areas: People Are the Solution, Not the Problem – First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park, downtown Kalamazoo

from: KALAMAZOO TRANSITION NEWSLETTER

Transition’s first meeting of the New Year will be this Monday, January 12, at 7:30, at the Kalamazoo Friends Meeting house, 508 Denner St., Kalamazoo. We will be very glad to see you all there. We have quite a bit to cover:
1. Content and format for the web site (Tom, Ruth, Gretchen, Derek, everybody)

2. Getting the New Year under way with our working groups:

Waste: ban the single-use plastic-bag project—Nicky

Go to http://bagitmovie.com/bagittown.html to download a very useful guide and tool kit on how to conduct a campaign on banning single-use plastic bags There were only a few of us attending the Students for Sustainable Earth showing of Bag It! Bad timing: Friday of finals week. But Bruce Howe, co-chair of SSE, is enthusiastic and wants to schedule another showing early this winter. We showed Bag It! at the Sambodh ashram’s New Year’s celebration. Good response.

Food: cooperating with other working groups and projects—Rachelle See calendar below for film showing of Many Hands, Feb. 10. See also Rachelle’s article in the latest issue of PFC’s Coop Scoop.
Transportation: exploring possibilities—Jim Ferner Possible collaboration with the Transportation working group of KCCC (which is, so far, only one person)

Education: how might we move forward?—Corinna

Energy and Permaculture—Tomme How might we cooperate with the Energy Efficiency working group of Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition, which is generating an educational brochure and videos?

from: SEEDLINGS, the Newsletter of Kalamazoo Area WILD ONES Native Plants, Natural Landscapes

Laurel Ross from Chicago’s Field Museum Leads Off Wild Ones 2015-16 Series on Stewardship with “Urban Areas: People are the Solution, not the Problem”

Laurel Ross, recently retired Director of Urban Conservation for Chicago’s world-famous Field Museum, will be the leadoff speaker in Kalamazoo Area Wild Ones 2015-2016 series on “Stewardship of the Land.”

In her program on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 7 p.m., she’ll emphasize the vital importance of urban areas of all sizes in environmental conservation. As planners and ecologists seek to stitch together habitat patches into landscapes extensive and diverse enough to provide maximum resilience in the face of climate change, they’re discovering that one of the most valuable conservation assets is the people who live in these largely urban and suburban landscapes. Engaged residents in villages, towns and cities, largely nonconservation professionals, are playing increasingly important roles in ecological restoration and education as stewards of the landscapes where they live.

Wild Ones meets at First United Methodist Church, 212 S. Park, downtown Kalamazoo.
Socializing at 6:30 p.m., program promptly at 7.

Mike and Carol Klug, for Wild Ones February 25 Program, Share Adventures in Stewardship of 80 Acres in “Sharing the Land: A Ten-Year Saga on the Ridge”

Ten years ago we moved to an 80-acre parcel in a sparsely populated area in southern Barry County which was in an existing SWMLC conservation easement. The hundreds of undeveloped contiguous acres with few fences or other barriers was a stark contrast to our former property in Richland. Although we still interact with our human neighbors, our more consistent daily interactions are with the billions of organisms with which we now share the land.

Our challenge has been to be stewards of this land in a manner that allows us to be good neighbors to our shared biological community while still providing our needs (and some wants) from the land. Learning to grow vegetables, fruit and berry crops with limited impact on our community has been a continuous process. We have also become more aware that in relation to evolutionary time we will only be stewards of this land for a short period of time. We will share with you some of our past activities and what we hope to accomplish in our remaining years as stewards of this land.

EPA upcoming public meeting for Kalamazoo River — December 11th.

When/where:
EPA will hold a meeting Thursday, Dec. 11th at 6:00 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel in Kalamazoo to go over the information outlined in the fact sheet.

Download the factsheet here:
The fact sheet “Study Lists Cleanup Options for Parts of Kalamazoo River” is now available: http://kalamazooriver.us6.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=5bb6217a3d3d892853fe13aee&id=9856eaee28&e=133a24f6e9

For more information:
Visit http://kalamazooriver.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=5bb6217a3d3d892853fe13aee&id=9e77892a0a&e=133a24f6e9
or contact:
Diane Russell
Community Involvement Coordinator
U.S. EPA Region 5 Superfund Division
Saginaw Community Information Office
804 S. Hamilton St.
Saginaw, MI 48602