Climate Solutions

In order to have an impact on climate change, we need to think globally and act locally. In your community solar array at KNC
there are many things that can be done to adapt to climate change in different ways.

Energy Efficiency:

Reduce your energy usage by installing energy efficient appliances (Check out our Energy Efficiency Brochure guide below), or taking steps in your everyday life to rely less on energy (games nights vs TV time, line dry clothes vs dryer, etc).
Renewable Energy Structures:
Invest in renewable energy. Install solar, wind, or geothermal in both old or new houses and business buildings. There are several local West Michigan businesses that provide free consultations and assessments for homes. Find out more on renewable energy structures such as small wind systems here.


Have meatless meals at least once a week. Livestock requires more water and energy than fruits or vegetables do.
Support local farmers and grocers! The less distance food travels to us, the less fossil fuel emissions are consumed. Start a garden with food for our pollinators and your family. Plant native fruit and nut trees to provide free food for you and generations to come.


Properly inflate your tires and routinely change your oil to allow your car to run at its maximum efficiency. This will help you fill up your tank less often too!
Talk to your coworkers about ways to reduce and eliminate waste on the way to your workplace by organizing a carpool. Biking completely eliminates your daily CO2  emissions from other means of transportation; it will also help you stay fit! 


Turn off computers, printers, and other electronics at the end of the work day to reduce energy consumption.
Install a smart thermostat to automatically adjust the office to an appropriate temperature.
Upgrade to motion-activated lighting to ensure that lights are never accidentally left on.
Print double sided and email documents whenever possible, or even better - Go paperless!


Special events at KNCMichigan Climate Action Network

 KCCC is an official member of the Michigan Climate Action Network. The Michigan Climate Action Network is a network of groups and individuals in Michigan working towards climate stability.

KCCC is composed of working groups that involve sustainable business leaders and community members in climate change issues, and address specific sectors of society. 

See below for more information about KCCC working groups.




Working Groups
Storm/Waste Action Group (SWAG)

Did you know lawn and garden watering can make up nearly 40% of total household water use during the summer? AND that you can collect over 300 gallons of water from a 1,000 square foot roof during a half-inch rain storm? The Stormwater Action Group's is dedicated to an annual stormwater rainbarrel sale and in 3 years they have distributed 513 rain barrels to community members. This has saved 1,699,800 gallons of water in 3 years! If you look at this over a 10 year period- we will save 16,978,000 gallons with the existing 513 barrels. 

Exciting News! SWAG is launching a Master Rain Gardner course with a goal of installing 75 rain gardens to start, along with educating the community on the importance of rain gardens for water conservation efforts. 

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE)

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) is a new and innovative way for commercial property owners to pay for energy efficiency upgrades,on-site renewable energy projects, and water conservation measures. PACE financing has many features that can uniquely solves barriers to the adoption of energy efficiency measures. The KCCC has pooled community efforts, and the PACE legislation has passed in Kalamazoo County. PACE is a boon for businesses that wish to increase their energy efficiency using innovative financing techniques. Learn more here.


Green Infrastructure

The Green Infrastructure group is collaborating with the Sustainable Food group on the Disciples of Christ Church, food forest project. This group is also actively seeking garden spaces to do native plantings. They are working on increasing signage on native plantings in local communities, in order to increase awareness on the ecological importance of native plants. 


Sustainable Greenways Working Group is working to connect different entities that are working to green the Portage Creek area. The Sustainable Greenways Working Group worked with Tower Pinkster and KVCC to map green and blue ways along the Portage Creek river. Partners include, the Kalamazoo Nature Center, The Kalamazoo County Landbank, The Office of the Kalamazoo County Drain Commissioner along with many other community partners across sectors.

Energy Efficiency

KalamazEE (Energy Efficiency) Working Group  collaborated with Western Michigan University Students in the Graphic Design program to complete the Energy Efficiency brochure for distribution! KalamazEE also aims to educate the community on home energy saving projects.  KalamazEE has been featured in A View from the Curb sharing an energy efficiency tip on using smart power strips.This working group recently hosted a panel called "Renewable Energy & YOU!" to educate and empower the community on renewable energy.


The Transit Working Group 

The purpose of the Transit group is to minimize community reliance on fossil fuel run vehicles, and to further educate on the use of non-motorized and public transportation. In 2015 the Transit group promoted Dump the Pump Day, where community members who pledged to use non-motorized transportation earned a free bus pass for the day. Transit also assisted  the city of Kalamazoo with a Pop-up Bike Lane event in 2015 and 2016, that assessed areas in Kalamazoo that have a need for bike lanes.

Sustainable Food

The Sustainable Food Working Group focuses on using permaculture techniques to create food access for community members and pollinators. The group is currently partnering with the Disciples of Christ Church, where they are in the process of building their first food forest or "CORE" (Community Organized Regenerative Earth Care.) CORE will provide an opportunity for cooking, canning, and gardening workshops, located inside the Disciples of Christ Church building, in order to increase food sovereignty in the Kalamazoo community.Their goal is to have a archipelago of food forests across Kalamazoo. 

Energy Efficiency Guide

This Energy Efficiency Guide was created by the Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition, whose mission is committed to addressing climate change on a local scale. This brochure provides communities with practical home improvement tips that reduce fossil fuel consumption...

Kalamazoo Climate Change Energy Efficiency Brochure