About Us

Platform Statement

Adopted 22 September 1994

The Kalamazoo Environmental Council exists to promote an environment beneficial to life through protection and wise management of natural resources in the public interest, recognizing the interrelationships of air quality, energy, land use, waste management and water resources. Specific concerns include:

  • Promotion of public understanding of, and participation in, decision making as essential elements in responsible natural resources management.
  • Support of policies and management practices which preserve Kalamazoo County’s remaining open space lands and which encourage the redevelopment and revitalization of previously developed land within urban areas. Other concerns include comprehensive land use planning, habitat preservation (including grasslands, wetlands, and large forest tracts), natural heritage preservation, and reduction of non-point source pollution.
  • Support of a program to provide direction, assistance and education to operators of small businesses regarding pollution prevention and handling, storage, and disposal of hazardous materials.
  • Preservation, protection, and restoration of the Kalamazoo River and Great Lakes ecosystems.
  • Reduction in use of hazardous materials and processes that create hazardous wastes and substitution of less toxic alternatives.
  • Protection and enhancement of biodiversity.
  • Minimization of overall energy use and increasing reliance on renewable energy sources.
  • Provision of adequate and affordable public transportation because of its benefits for land use, energy conservation, and pollution prevention.

Guiding Principles

Adopted 25 Jun 1990

As individuals and as societies, people must learn to live in a sustainable manner, in harmony with the natural systems which ultimately support our economies and lifestyles. Earth’s few remaining relatively undisturbed natural areas are not only inherently valuable, but essential to human enrichment and survival. Grassroots action can and must bring about the changes necessary for sustainable development and the preservation of our natural heritage.