KPL staff-selected resources. We welcome your comments and suggestions.

Staff Recommends

The Long Emergency: surviving the end of oil, climate change, and other converging catastrophes of the twenty-first century by James KunstlerEcological Intelligence: how knowing the hidden impacts of what we buy can change everything by Daniel GolemanGreen Wedding: planning your eco-friendly celebration by Mireya NavarroGreen Business Practices for Dummies by Lisa SwallowBuild Your Own Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle by Seth Leitman

Databases (most require KPL library card)


Michigan eLibrary collection of ebooks.

InfoTrac All Using PowerSearch

Magazines, journals, newspapers, reference books, ebooks available in the library or at home with your KPL library card or with your Michigan Driver's License or ID by going to Mel.org
Includes Computer Database; Custom Newspapers; General Reference Center Gold; Grand Rapids Press; Expanded Academic ASAP; General Business File ASAP; Legal Trac; InfoTrac Onefile; Health Reference Center Academic ASAP

Newspapers and Magazines

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EPA Journal

National Parks



Eat Local

Eat Local, Kalamazoo!

Folks in the Kalamazoo area are treated to an annual series of events featuring local foods. Organizers look to exciting trends and community needs as they design presentations that enlighten and entertain.

Green Homes

Healthy House

Environmental Health Watch Healthy House program focuses on hazards such as lead, mold, pests, pesticides, and combustion by-products in home, school and childcare settings, with particular emphasis on lead poisoning prevention and asthma control methods targeted towards the most vulnerable populations (mainly children and the elderly).

Local and Regional Environmental Issues

Allied Paper, Inc/Portage Creek/Kalamazoo River Superfund Site

EPA – Site description and cleanup progress.

Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research

Introductory guide to some of the map and reference resources available via the web.  Presents links to map subjects such as state, city, world, interactive, and many more.

City of Kalamazoo EPA Kalamazoo River

Includes a list of who to contact.

Great Lakes - Monthly Bulletin of Great Lakes Water Levels

Great Lakes Information/Hydraulics and Hydrology/Great Lakes Water Levels/Water Level Forecasts.  U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Great Lakes - NOAA National Ocean Service - Great Lakes Water Levels

One of the longest high-quality hydrometeorological data sets in North America (reference gage records beginning about 1860, sporadic records back to the early 1800's.)

Kalamazoo County Environmental Health Division

The environment of Kalamazoo County is a complex relationship between the ecological balances in which the community lives and the quality of health the community desires. Accordingly, the staff of Environmental Health continually and diligently endeavors to prevent disease, prolong life, protect the environment and promote public health of the citizens of Kalamazoo County. We strive to accomplish this through community assessment, education and assurance activities in all of our programs. 

Kalamazoo River Project

EPA - Background/Site Updates/Legal Agreements and Public Meetings.

Michigan Environmental Council

A coalition of more than 70 organizations created in 1980 to lead Michigan’s environmental movement in achieving positive change through the political process.

Michigan Natural Resources DNR Dept. of Natural Resources

Information about hunting, fishing, boating, camping, wildlife, and habitat.

Recycling and Waste Disposal


Our mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills while enabling our members to benefit from the strength of a larger community.

Kalamazoo County Household Hazardous Waste Center

The Household Hazardous Waste (HHW) Center provides free disposal and recycling services for a wide variety of household chemicals. The service is FREE for most Kalamazoo County residents.

Sustainable Living Information

EnviroWeb - A Project of the EnviroLink Network

Providing access to thousands of online environmental resources. Features news updates, educational resources, articles, and employment postings.


TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream. Partial to a modern aesthetic, we strive to be a one-stop shop for green news, solutions, and product information. At TreeHugger we know that variety is the spice of life, so you can find all you need to go green in our up to the minute blog, weekly and daily newsletters, weekly video segments, weekly radio show and our user-generated blog, Hugg. We also extend our expertise to companies looking for a little green guidance.

Walk Score

The Walk Score mission is to promote walkable neighborhoods. We believe walkable neighborhoods are one of the simplest and most effective solutions to halt climate change, improve our health, and strengthen our communities.


Fuel Economy Guide

Gas mileage (MPG), greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution ratings, and safety information for new and used cars and truck.

U.S. Government

Endangered Species

Lists of endangered species and information about the role and mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in protection of these animals.

Environmental Protection Agency

Environmental information, including air releases, drinking water, toxic releases, hazardous wastes, water discharge permits, and Superfund sites.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Midwest Region 3

Features information about the Great Lakes and Big Rivers area, including wildlife and habitat reports.

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Kalamazoo River, Spring Break

Kalamazoo River 

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