• Petitioned Western Michigan University Administration

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Western Michigan University Administration

Protect WMU's Goldsworth Valley Woods

    1. Olivia W
    2. Petition by

      Olivia W

      Kalamazoo, MI

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Protect Goldsworth Valley Woods: A campus and community appeal for Western Michigan University's Administration development plans to reflect WMU's role as a leading sustainable university

We, the students and faculty of Western Michigan University and members of the wider community, are concerned about impending development of the Goldsworth Valley Woods for the construction of a new dining facility. We believe in the intrinsic value of natural areas and consider it essential to the well-being of those who live, study and work on campus. We believe the destruction of several hundred trees will tarnish our reputation in the wider community, damage the relationship of students and faculty with the administration and cause devastating damage to campus ecology. This is unacceptable at an institution which professes to support sustainability.

We, the undersigned, petition the administration to delay the development of Goldsworth Valley Woods until alternate sites are considered and public and internal opinion are surveyed. We insist that development decisions are consistent with sentiment expressed in the survey.

To:
Western Michigan University Administration
Protect WMU's Goldsworth Valley Woods

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. President John Dunn writes a letter announcing that dining hall is on hold

      Olivia W
      Petition Organizer

      http://www.wmich.edu/president/goldsworth-valley-building-plans
      "The impact of removing so many trees from the environment was simply too great for us to consider moving forward with the project."

      Goldsworth Valley building plans | President | Western Michigan University

      Dear friends and colleagues: For the past 10 days, news coverage of a proposed enhancement to our Goldsworth Valley dining facilitates has revolved around the subject of trees-and with good reason.

    2. News Channel 3 reports again

      Olivia W
      Petition Organizer
      Planned new WMU dining hall creating controversy - WWMT Newschannel 3 - News - Top Stories

      KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Controversy is brewing over plans for a new dining hall on the campus of Western Michigan University. Student groups are now lining up against the project, ready to protest if they have to. They're concerned about losing hundreds and hundreds of trees.

    3. Reached 1,000 signatures
    4. MLive.com continued coverage of the story

      Olivia W
      Petition Organizer

      This article includes a video in which Dr. David Karowe of the Biological Sciences Department speaks about the value of the forest to instructors and students: http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2013/04/petition_to_save_western_michi.html#incart_flyout_news

      Students launch petition to save Western Michigan University's Goldsworth Valley woods

      Estimates of the number of trees that would be cut down to make way for a new 26,688-square-foot dining hall range from 380 to 570. An online petition to save Western Michigan University's Goldsworth Valley Woods has garnered more than 850 signatures in its first week.

    5. Reached 750 signatures
    6. MLive.com covers the story

      Olivia W
      Petition Organizer
      Preliminary plans for new 7-restaurant dining hall causing a stir at Western Michigan University

      KALAMAZOO, MI -- Western Michigan University's plans to chop down trees to construct a 26,688 square-foot building, which will become a two-story dining hall featuring seven restaurants, is raising the eyebrows of the university's environmentalists. The dining hall will feature various styles of food, from Latin to comfort, and will seat more than 1,000 students from the three Valley residence halls.

    7. News Channel 3 reports: "Cafeteria plans spark controversy at WMU"

      Olivia W
      Petition Organizer

      Link to story can be found here: http://www.wwmt.com/shared/news/features/top-stories/stories/wwmt_cafeteria-plans-spark-controversy-at-wmu-9038.shtml A correction is that the parking lot is to the WEST of the site.

      Cafeteria plans spark controversy at WMU - WWMT Newschannel 3 - News - Top Stories

      KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Plans for a new cafeteria on WMU's campus are sparking controversy with staff and students. Building the enormous eatery will destroy 500 trees, according to the campus newspaper. Eco-friendly groups say the project violates the college's commitment to "going green."

    8. Reached 25 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Mario Gonzales KALAMAZOO, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      Preservation of green space.

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    • Barbara Plampin CHESTERTON, IN
      • over 1 year ago

      Value of trees and other veg. is significant. Use alternative site.

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    • Jeremy Ferrin KALAMAZOO, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      As a former Student Ambassador and tour-guide for WMU, not only would I be personally disappointed, but so would perspective parents and students. Quite often during tours, students and parents mentioned how pleased they were to see such abundance of trees around campus compared to other universities they had visited.

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    • Dale Aldrich RICHLAND, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      Let's consider wisest use of resources.

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    • Aubrey Kounelis MATTAWAN, MI
      • over 1 year ago

      I will be attending WMU this fall, and the reason I chose this school versus other schools (Upper Peninsula), was because there were still trees and grass on campus. Pleas reconsider. Thank you.

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