Election Day – Tues. Nov 8th!

Don’t forget to vote Tuesday, Novermber 8th! Participate in our democracy by casting your ballot – check out the resources below:

Also, be sure to check out our very own Nicholas Wikar – he is running for Kalamazoo City Commission: www.NicholasWikar.com

Also on the ballot in Kalamazoo will be a proposal to amend the city charter, a vote of YES will make the enforcement of marijuana possession for individuals over 21 the lowest-law enforcement priority.


Peace Week!

All this week is the Peace Center’s annual Peace Week!

Be sure to check out all their events this week: Peace Week Schedule

Fall 2011 Events & Information

Please feel free to join us at any or all of the events!

SSE remains committed to being open to students and the community, we are not a “clique-y” group and love to see new faces. Every member, new or old, is an important fixture to the foundation of our group, the diversity of our members is critical to our success as a group.

Join us if you want to learn about leadership, the environment, sustainability, community organizing while making awesome connections.

Remaining Fall 2011 Events:

10/25 at 7pm –  City Commission Candidate Forum
  • Location: WMU Fetzer Center
  • Come engaged the candidates for YOUR city commission
  • Facebook event: http://on.fb.me/tCoC71
10/26 at 7pm – Wednesday, Kalamazoo Water Quality Forum
  • Location: WMU Fetzer Center
  • This is an event sponsored by Students for a Sustainable Earth and the Kalamazoo Environmental Council
  • Jeff Spoelstra of the Kalamazoo River Watershed Council and John Paquin, Environmental Programs Manager for the City of Kalamazoo
11/2 at 8pm – Van Jones “Rebuilding the American Dream”
  • Location: Dalton Center, Kalamazoo College
  • Not familiar with Van? Check out a Google search of his name, he’s one of the most inspirational green economy and environmental justice movers and shakers of our time
  • This is a ticketed event, be sure to join us at our meeting this Thursday for additional details
11/2 from 7-9pm – Campus Beet/SSE Farmers Feast
  • Location: Ballroom, Bernhard Center
  • This is an event to celebrate the sustainable foods of southwest Michigan while educating the WMU and Kalamazoo community on the reasons such a food economy is extremely important,
  • Keynote Speaker: Lee Arboreal is a founding member of the Eaters Guild Farm
11/4 at 7:30pm – SSE Potluck & Party!
  • Location: Gibbs House
  • Please review and RSVP for the event on Facebook if you plan to attend: http://on.fb.me/oBir0r
11/5 at 2pm – WSA sponsored campus/community cleanup
  • Details pending WSA finalization – save the date!
11/8 all day – ELECTION DAY
  • Location: USA
  • Don’t forget to vote on election day! Participate in YOUR democracy
  • Find your voter registration status & polling location: www.michigan.gov/vote
  • Our very own Nicholas Wikar is running, check out how to support him at his website: www.NicholasWikar.com
11/12 at 2pm – DNR Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery Tour (note date change)
  • Location: Wolf Lake Fish Hatchery
  • Carpool to be planned at our meeting this Thursday
  • Responsible for maintaining fish populations in Michigan and the Great Lakes
  • More information on the website: http://1.usa.gov/ri4guC
11/14 at 6pm – Gwen Frostic Lecture Series feat. Alison Swan
  • Location: Waldo Library Reading Room
  • Featuring Alison Swan, author ‘No Complacency: Words, Imagination, and Calls to Action’ and professor at WMU
12/1 at 7pm – Gasland Screening & Fracking (natural gas extraction) Discussion (note date change)
  • Location: WMU’s Little Theater (on East Campus)
  • We will be featuring speakers and discussion panel following a screening of Gasland

Midwest Power Shift REGISTRATION!

Midwest Power Shift
October 21-23, 2011
Cleveland, OH
Hello everyone! We’re excited to announce that Midwest Power Shift registration is now live! Please be sure to register ASAP, the REGISTRATION ENDS this SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16th!

To insure that our transportation & housing planning goes smoothly we are also requiring those who wish to attend with us to sign-up with our organization. Be sure to visit our Midwest Power Shift 2011 page for additional information.

Steps to Registering for Midwest Power Shift 2011

    1. REGISTER for the Conference
    2. SIGN-UP for transportation & housing
    3. Check you e-mail regularly

For the latest updates, information and to answer questions be sure to attend our next regular meeting – every Thursday at 7:00pm in room 205 of the Bernhard Center!

Summer Meetings

Summer 2011 SSE Meetings will take place every other Tuesday at 5:30pm. During the “off” weeks we will have a day trip or activity such as going to the beach or touring a power plant.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, August 23rd at 5:30pm in room 205 of the Bernhard Center

Clean Air Roundtable 7/21

A panel of West Michigan experts will hold a special roundtable discussion on Thursday, July 21, to shine a spotlight on the benefits and importance of clean air and environmental quality to Southwest Michigan. The panelists will speak about the EPA’s importance to the local economy, public health and quality of life.
WHO: Mark Schauer, former Congressman and National co-chair Jobs 21! Campaign BlueGreen Alliance; Mike Linsea, founder and project manager for Kalamazoo-based Solar Winds Power Systems and others.

WHERE: Fetzer Center Room 1010
Western Michigan University
2350 Business Court
Kalamazoo, MI 49008
WHEN: Thursday, July 21 @ 6 p.m.

RSVP to this event on Facebook