Welcome to the GVSU Environmental Studies Program!


We provide students and faculty an exciting place to engage in interdisciplinary, engaged teaching and learning about the interaction between humans and the environments they depend upon.

The pioneering environmental educator David Orr wrote that the planet "does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane." This is a tall order, and we have made it our mission.

The Environmental Stuidies program integrates humanities, natural and social science, and environmental policy and planning perspectives. You will gain the broad educational background needed to assist in developing sustainable development policies to create positive social change within the environmental context. Real world links to practical environmental issues are developed through environmental problem-solving at the local and regional levels, faculty-led research projects, internships and participation in campus environmental planning.

The ENS minor is structured for GVSU students with strong interest in environmental issues but who do not necessarily wish to pursue post-graduate opportunities in the natural sciences.

The Sustainable Food Systems Certificate is designed for GVSU students and non-degree seeking community members who wish to develop specialized knowledge about all aspects of suatainable, local food systems.



Women and the Environment Symposium Feb 25, Pew Campus

Women and the Environment Symposium Feb 25, Pew Campus

January 28, 2015

Coming up Feb. 25, 3-8pm: West Michigan Environmental Action Council├┐ Women and the Environment Symposium at GVSU's Loosemore Auditorium. Students can get discounted admission of $20.

Bikes and Baked Goods Nov. 29

Bikes and Baked Goods Nov. 29

November 24, 2014

Boston Square Community Bikes, a non-profit, people-focused initiative of Oakdale Neighbors in Grand Rapids. This organization is all about bicycle ownership, ridership, and awareness in the surrounding communities.   The guys at Boston Squar

Sustainability Mixer Dec. 3 (evening)

Sustainability Mixer Dec. 3 (evening)

November 17, 2014

Looking at a career in sustainability after graduation? Don't miss this networking opportunity on Dec. 3, 6:30pm, at the GVSU Seidman Center in downtown GR! RSVP required. More information: http://www.gvsu.edu/integrativelearning/core-bps-events-

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