Campus Sustainability Spotlight

March Spotlight: College of Community and Public Service

The College of Community and Public Service (CCPS) at Grand Valley State University is one of the University’s three largest colleges, offering over 20 bachelor degrees and four master degrees. The CCPS is committed to teaching scholarship, research, community engagement, and service.  

There are four academic departments and schools within CCPS - School of Criminal Justice, Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management, School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration, and School of Social Work.  Additionally, there are two non-academic departments and offices - Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and the Office for Community Engagement.

At the most recent CCPS meeting, faculty and staff decided to make their lunch meeting a zero waste event!  CCPS Dean George Grant, Jr. and TJ Maciak, senior programmer at the Johnson Center’s Community Research Institute were even there to lend a helping hand before the pizza boxes headed to the compost.  Composting is a vital resource offered by Grand Valley State University in an effort to divert food material and waste from landfill.  On the main floor of DeVos C, there are multiple compost bins with clear labeling about what can be composted and recycled, as well as what should go in the landfill. 

College of Community and Public Service Departments, Departments, Schools, and Offices
Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy

The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy is an academic center focused on increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the charitable sector. Our work involves conducting research, teaching effective practices, and providing pathways to service. We work extensively in West Michigan and throughout the state of Michigan and nationally and internationally.

The Johnson Center for Philanthropy is housed in the Bicycle Factory near the DeVos campus downtown.  Established in 2009, the Bicycle Factory is 26,000 square foot Silver LEED (Leading in ) Certified building.  More information about the Bicycle Factory can be found here.

Faculty and staff at the Johnson Center do an exceptional amount in regards to environmental sustainability, beginning with using washable dishes and glass ware instead of paper and plastic ware for events.  Bins are separated for trash and recycling, printers are automatically set to duplex printing, refurbished ink cartridges are utilized to save money, and subscribe to news and other subscriptions through electronic systems, instead of paper.  Additionally, the Johnson Center for Philanthropy produce webinars and YouTube videos for professional development, training, and data distribution.

School of Criminal Justice
The School of Criminal Justice is focused on increasing the understanding of justice based issues for students, practitioners, policymakers and community members.  Their mission is to teach, prepare, advice, and assist students to make positive contributions in their chosen vocations within the criminal justice or legal system at the local, regional, national, and international level. 

Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management
The Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) offers a practical, management-oriented program that seeks to integrate theory with experience. The program was established in 1977 in response to the need for professionally trained managers.  We are dedicated to personal attention to students, professionalism, and practical application.  HTM students complete 1000 hours of industry work in the form of internships, and are expected to display excellent written and oral communication skills, and a high degree of professionalism.  Our program includes international, transfer, non-traditional, and out-of-state students, as well as those from all over the state of Michigan.  With vibrant student organizations, majors have the opportunity to interact professionally and socially with their fellow students, the faculty, and industry experts.

Office for Community Engagement
The Office for Community Engagement fosters partnerships through which direction, alignment, and commitment emerge. Our community and university collaborations cultivate mutually beneficial opportunities that employ assets, promote collective ownership and action, generate new knowledge, and resolve community challenges. Through these partnerships, we enhance our capacity to prepare students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies.

School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration
The School of Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration offers both Bachelor and Master degree programs.  The school aspires to be a pre-eminent source for public service education by providing an innovative professional curriculum with dedicated and inspired teaching, scholarship and service to the community.

School of Social Work
The mission of the School of Social Work is to educate students to be competent professional social workers, and to provide leadership in the shaping of human service delivery system worldwide.  Social work students are challenged by a curriculum taught by exceptional faculty, many of whom are nationally recognized for their contributions in diverse areas of the social work profession.

Campus Sustainability Event Promotions

“YERT: Your Environmental Road Trip” will be shown on Monday, March 11, from 5-8 p.m. in the Pere Marquette Room of the Kirkhof Center. The documentary’s producer, Mark Dixon, will be at the event to answer questions and discuss the film.  LIB 100/201 approved event.

From the film's official website - "3 friends. 50 States. One wild year! Called to action by a planet in peril, three friends hit the road - traveling America with hope, humor . . . and all of their garbage for the year - to explore the good, the bad, and the weird across every state in search of the extraordinary innovators and courageous citizens who are tackling humanity's greatest environmental crises. As the YERT team layers outlandish eco-challenges onto their year-long quest, an unexpected turn of events throws the project for a loop in this award-winning docu-comedy. Featuring Bill McKibben, Wes Jackson, Will Allen, Janine Benyus, Joel Salatin, David Orr, and music by Ben Sollee, Mark Geary and more."


As the author of "The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything," Sir Ken Robinson will be speaking on Wednesday, March 27, at 7 p.m. in the Fieldhouse Arena of the Allendale campus.  As an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity, and innovation, Sir Ken Robinson's presentation is titled "Leading a Culture of Innovation." If you have any questions about this event, please refer to Michael DeWilde at 616.331.3612 or


This year for the sixth time, GVSU is competing in RecycleMania. What Is RecycleMania? RecycleMania is a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs in the United States that provides the campus community with a fun, proactive activity in waste reduction. Over a 10-week period, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate.

The main goal of this event is to increase student awareness of campus recycling and waste minimization.  All participating schools are required to report measurements on a weekly basis in pounds.  RecycleMania provides many ways to gain recognition, including RecycleMania trophies, awards, and participant certificates. 

In the end, RecycleMania helps all participating colleges and universities make achievements in recycling and waste reduction!  This year, RecycleMania will run from January 23rd through March 31.  More information about RecycleMania can be found here.

CCPS Future Sustainability Endeavors


Sustainability Focused Courses:

For class descriptions refer to the Online Catalog under Course Listings and Descriptions. 

HTM 175 - International Food and Culture 
HTM 320 - International Tourism
HTM 368 - Geotourism

Sustainability Related Courses:

For class descriptions refer to the Online Catalog under Course Listings and Descriptions. 

CJ 325 - Criminal Justice and Human Rights 
SW 150 - Human Needs in Complex Societies 
SW 322 - Health Care and Social Services 
SW 340 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment I 
SW 341 - Human Behavior and the Social Environment II

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