City of Kalamazoo, Western Michigan University seek public input for sustainability strategy


The City of Kalamazoo and Western Michigan University’s Office for Sustainability invite the public to celebrate sustainability and plan to make Kalamazoo a more sustainable community at a series of events on Thursday, September 26.

Starting at noon, the WMU Office for Sustainability will host a campus event to discuss sustainability with students, faculty, and any other members of the community. This open house-style meeting will conclude at 3 p.m., followed by a community bike ride from campus to the Farmers’ Market starting at 4:30 p.m. From 5:30 to 7:30, a second event will be held at the Farmers’ Market, offering another chance to discuss sustainability and share input into the sustainability strategy.

At each event, residents can contribute to the sustainability strategy through a public survey and help identify important natural areas in the City. At the second event held at the Farmers’ Market, there will also be information on the City’s recycling program, home energy savings, composting, local food, and educational opportunities to learn about local climate action. Participants will enjoy a free tamale station, yard games, and prize giveaways. All ages are welcome to attend.

Sustainability was highlighted by residents as a priority during Imagine Kalamazoo 2025, with Environmental Responsibility as one of ten goal areas. The sustainability strategy will incorporate aspects of waste management, natural features protection, climate action, resiliency, and other environmentally responsible strategies to protect Kalamazoo now and for future generations.

More information about the event is available at To stay up to date on sustainability planning for the City visit


"Grave Issues Squad" to Clean Headstones in Mountain Home Cemetery

Due to weather, the gravestone cleaning scheduled for Saturday September 28 was postponed to Saturday October 5 – 10 am to 3pm. Volunteers can sign up at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Kalamazoo Historic Preservation is continuing a project to preserve the rich history within Kalamazoo’s cemeteries. The “Grave Issues Squad”, a subcommittee of the commission, seeks to assess, clean, and repair headstones in Mountain Home Cemetery.

The Squad is looking for volunteers to help clean headstones on Saturday, September 28 between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. The Squad will provide all equipment and materials, along with instructions and snacks.

The Sextons Lodge will be open for the work day and all the participants are welcome to take a short tour.

Mountain Home cemetery, located on West Main Street, contains the graves of many of the best-known figures from Kalamazoo’s history – from Gilmores and Upjohns to Curtenius and Allen.

The Grave Issues Squad takes a two-part approach to improving the condition of cemeteries. With help from volunteers, they first inventory, photograph and assess the condition of each stone. Then, based on the findings of the assessments, they plan cleaning and repairs.

During Historic Preservation Month in May 2018, the group assessed Section 15 of the cemetery, located on the north end near Forbes Street. This year, while a cloud-based, smartphone enabled inventory program is created to finish the inventory, the Grave issues Squad is planning a round of headstone cleaning in Section J – near West Main Street between the two driveways.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Grave Issues Squad at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

For more information, please call Sharon Ferraro, City of Kalamazoo Historic Preservation Coordinator at 269-337-8804 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Kalamazoo County Health Department Continues to Emphasize Protective Measures Against EEE


Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department continues to emphasize that residents take personal precautions to prevent mosquito bites in order to protect themselves against Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).

EEE is a rare, deadly mosquito-borne virus that is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. This particular mosquito species is most active from dusk until dawn (7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.). When possible, residents should avoid outdoor activities during this time. If outside during these hours, residents should apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET or other U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registered products to exposed skin or clothing and always follow the manufacture’s direction for use.

Kalamazoo County is experiencing widespread human and animal activity of EEE with three human cases now confirmed in Kalamazoo County residents. One of the confirmed cases has died. Most who are infected with the virus that causes EEE do not become ill. However, persons below the age of 15 or above the age of 50 years have greater risk of developing a severe infection that has high potential for permanent brain damage or death.

Out of an abundance of caution, and in alignment with the guidance given by the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, Kalamazoo County Health & Community Service Department is recommending, when possible, that municipalities, schools, and community groups reschedule outside events that occur during dusk to dawn hours (7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.) to an earlier time or relocate the outdoor event to an indoor space. These precautionary measures should continue until the first hard frost decreases the mosquito population in Kalamazoo County.

If rescheduling or relocating the activity is not possible, the Kalamazoo County Health & Community Services Department is recommending the following actions be taken:

  • Use EPA-registered insect repellants that include DEET, picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol, or 2-undecanone and by wear shoes with socks, light-colored long pants and long-sleeved shirts. Children under 2 months old should not use repellent but rather be covered in clothing that covers arms and legs; strollers and baby carriers should be covered with mosquito netting.
  • Eliminate sources of standing water around your respective homes, institutions, and jurisdictions.
  • Ensure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings.
  • Use nets and/or fans over outdoor eating areas.
  • Encourage the use of bed nets for those sleeping outdoors or in conditions with no window screens.
  • Share these messages on your social media platforms to help increase awareness about preventative measures to take.

For more information regarding EEE, visit, or


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