WMU sustainability

Native Plants Improve Health of WMU's Valley Pond

Jul 15, 2016
Christine Lena

Local Loop Farms

In March, five Western Michigan University students won a $15,000 Wege Prize—a national sustainability award—for their aquaponics system. Aquaponics is a circular system of growing food where wastewater from farmed fish fertilizes plants; the plants then take that water and purify it for the fish to use again.


A rally is being held Wednesday calling on Western Michigan University to divest its endowment from fossil fuels. The Earth Day rally is being organized by Students for a Sustainable Earth. 

WMU Office of Sustainability

Judy Wicks says her interest in local food, small business and sustainability goes back to her childhood. 


Western Michigan University has won a "Climate Leadership Award". The honor by the group Second Nature recognizes efforts by colleges and universities to promote sustainability. Second Nature was started as part of the American College and University Presidents' Climate Commitment that includes Western. It is among six schools picked for this year's award.