Campus Sustainability Spotlight

September Spotlight: Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies

The Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies  values liberal learning, a collegial, collaborative environment, cultural diversity and diversity of thought and ideas, engagement with our local and global communities, and risk-taking and innovation. We encourage teaching and exploration that challenges disciplinary boundaries. We provide a place for faculty, staff, and students to propose new, innovative, collaborative programs that bring together faculty, staff and students from across the university and the wider community.

Sustainability Events:

Honey Harvest
September 18, 2012 from 6:00-8:00pm
GVSU Holland

Come celebrate with the GVSU Beekeepers at their Harvest Party. There will be activities, crafts, and information all centered around the harvest and, of course, honey.  Come taste test honey, learn about how healthy honey is for you, and participate in the raffle. Bring your children, this is sure to be a great time!

Shop 'Til You Drop:
September 24, 2012 at 1:30-2:45pm
Room 2263 Kirkhof

Are we too materialistic? Are we willfully trashing the planet in our pursuit of things? And what's the source of all this frenetic consumer energy and desire anyway? In a fast-paced tour of the ecological and psychological terrain of American consumer culture, Shop 'Til You Drop challenges us to confront these questions head-on.”
Bill McKibben Virtual Presentation:

September 25, 2012 at 7:00pm
Room 215, Eberhard Center

Hear Bill McKibben, environmental and climate change writer, educator and activist, give a live Skype presentation on Building the Movement to Save the Climate, Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00 p.m. at the Eberhard Center at GVSU’s Pew Campus followed by a brief Q&A session. Then connect with local organizations to make an impact in our community. This event is free and open to the public. Facebook event page.

Half The Sky:
September 26, 2012 at 6:00pm
Celebration Cinema North
Join WGVU's Engage Women & Girls Lead for a free public screening of Half The Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. There will be a panel discussion during intermission of the program.

Sustainable Agriculture Project Volunteers Needed
Every Tuesday and Friday from 1:00-4:30pm
With the addition of a second Hoop House, the SAP offers open volunteer hours for students interested in sustainable farming. The hoop house is an unheated structure is 30' x 72' and is covered by two layers of poly to assist in creating a micro-climate that allows us to have an extended growing season. Volunteers will help with watering, planting, thinning, hoeing, harvesting, building and a number of other activities. For more information, contact Levi Gardner at

Sustainability Related Classes:

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

AAA 202 - African Diaspora 
AAA 315 - Field to Factory African American Migration
AAA 340 - African American Culture and Social Thought 
EAS 201 - East Asia in the Contemporary World
ENS 201- Introduction to Environmental Studies and Sustainability
ENS 401- Environmental Problem Solving
LAS 210 - Exploring Latin America 
LAS 475 - Latinos in West Michigan 
LIB 311 - Meaning: The Humanities Resource 
LIB 314 - Life Journey 
LIB 320 - Social Autobiography in the US Civil Rights Movement 
LIB 325 - Understand the Gay Life Cycle 
LIB 330 - The Idea of Nature 
LIB 345 - War in the Nuclear Age 
LIB 350 -The Immigrant Experience in the U.S. 
LIB 373 - American Society and Mass Culture 
LIB 400 - Visionary Thinkers 
LIB 401 - Visionary Thinkers in the American Mosaic 
MES 201 - Introduction to the MIddle East
WGS 351 - Family and Gender in the Developing World
WGS 380 - Special Topics in Women's Studies 

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