Environment

Three trees, with orange, yellow and red autumn leaves, in front of a concrete building at WMU
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

Western Michigan University hopes to recoup a badge of environmental honor: the distinction of being a Tree Campus, as defined by the nonprofit Arbor Day Foundation.


Closely spaced solar panels tilt upward in a field.
Toby Talbot / AP Photo

Breaking down silos: that's the aim of a meeting in Kalamazoo Township Friday. The guests are officials from local governments – cities, townships and the county. They intend to share plans for fighting climate change, becoming more sustainable and building resiliencey, and perhaps for working together.


A man in a bright yellow jacket stands with a bike, which has a trailer loaded with bins and buckets.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

  

WMUK is listening back to some of its favorite stories from the year, including this one from earlier this month.

Chris Broadbent rides his bike through Kalamazoo’s Vine neighborhood, towing a trailer loaded with buckets. He pulls up behind an apartment building, takes a bucket up the stairs to a back porch, and swaps it for one filled with food scraps. He’ll make a couple more pickups around the city this afternoon. The peels and trimmings are destined for a bin in his backyard.

 


A man in a bright yellow jacket stands with a bike, which has a trailer loaded with bins and buckets.
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

  

Chris Broadbent rides his bike through Kalamazoo’s Vine neighborhood, towing a trailer loaded with buckets. He pulls up behind an apartment building, takes a bucket up the stairs to a back porch, and swaps it for one filled with food scraps. He’ll make a couple more pickups around the city this afternoon. The peels and trimmings are destined for a bin in his backyard.


Three young people hold a bright red banner that says "climate and ecological emergency - extinction rebellion SwMI - www.extinctionrebellion.us"
Sehvilla Mann / WMUK

When climate activists shut down parts of London this spring, Chris Carr took notice.

“I’d been pretty depressed about this – the climate, and thinking, well there’s nothing we can do,” he told WMUK.


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