On this page you can connect with environmental groups in our neighborhood, within Michigan, in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes area, and at the National level. Sierra Club links are in the right-hand column.
West Michigan and Southwest Michigan environmental groups
Kalamazoo Nature Center sponsors a multitude of programs that keep kids and families in touch with the great outdoors and teach the value of environmental conservation.
The Land Conservancy of West Michigan is working to “keep nature nearby” in West Michigan.
Local residents formed the Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy in 1991 to preserve the natural, scenic, and historic landscapes in the nine counties of Southwest Michigan – the same nine counties that the Sierra Club’s Southwest Michigan Group serves.
Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition works on active implementation and adaptation strategies to reduce carbon emissions and the impacts of climate change in our community.
Kalamazoo Conservation District partners with federal and state agencies to coordinate and implement conservation and environmental programs throughout the community – resource protection, development, and management.
The Kalamazoo River Watershed Council works with the community, government agencies, local officials, and businesses to improve and protect the Kalamazoo River and its tributaries and watershed.
Founded by citizens concerned about the Allied Paper mess, its PCB contaminants, and the EPA’s weak response, the Kalamazoo River Cleanup Coalition has been taking care of the river and its Portage Creek tributary since 2007.
Environment Kalamazoo Provides news from the Kalamazoo Environmental Council, a coalition of ten local environmental groups, including the Southwest Michigan Group of the Sierra Club.
Based in Paw Paw, the Two Rivers Coalition handles Explore, Enjoy, and Protect in Southwest Michigan’s Black River and Paw Paw River watersheds, two of the healthiest river systems in the southern Lower Peninsula.
West Michigan Environmental Action Council works on building sustainable communities and protecting water resources with an emphasis on inclusiveness and environmental justice.
The Audubon Society of Kalamazoo (ASK) formed in 1945. More than 300 southwest Michigan members share an interest in bird watching, nature, and the environment. A local affiliate of the National Audubon Society, ASK makes educational presentations for local schools and adult groups and is actively involved in local environmental issues.
The Asylum Lake Preservation Association is dedicated to assuring that the Preserve remains a natural and open habitat for wildlife and for the community.
Michigan Safe Energy Future has a Kalamazoo Chapter and a Shoreline Chapter, both working to rid Michigan of the dangers posed by nuclear power generation and by our growing stockpiles of extremely hazardous nuclear waste.
350 Kalamazoo is the local affiliate of 350.org, the international organization working to keep the planet’s atmospheric carbon below 350 parts per million, which scientists warn is the limit to avoid runaway global warming.
Citizens’ Climate Lobby Kalamazoo is the local affiliate of Citizens’ Climate Lobby‘s national organization. CCL emphasizes lobbying our legislators to enact solutions to the planet’s climate change problem.
Animal agriculture devastates the environment, contaminating water and air. The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) reports that livestock farming generates 50% more greenhouse gas than all forms of transportation. Vegan Kalamazoo helps make veganism good for you.
Who’s leading the drive against climate change? People who are making gasoline and tailpipes so 20th-century, that’s who. People like Sierra Club Southwest Michigan Group’s annual co-sponsor of Kalamazoo Drive Electric Week, the Kalamazoo Electric Vehicle Association.
The Coldwater River recently underwent a drastic transformation. The Coldwater River Watershed Council is “actively working towards improving the health and quality of the watershed including the creeks and rivers which empty into the Coldwater River.”
An organization of “Republicans, conservatives, and independents” who “share a passion for the environment,” ConservAmerica is an organization with national reach headquartered in Sturgis, Michigan. Their motto is “Conservation is Conservative.”
Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum promotes sustainability as a socially responsible and economically sound business practice.
Environmental groups that focus on Michigan
Michigan Chapter of Food & Water Watch is working on shutting down Line 5, other pipeline issues, Flint’s water problems, factory farms, and more.
Great Lakes area and nationwide groups
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