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 Studies 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 Environmental Studies 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 sustainable, local food systems.



Semester in Detroit

Semester in Detroit

April 24, 2015

A pilot partnership with the University of Michigan to spend the Fall or Winter semester living, learning, and working in Detroit.

Cigarette Butt Recycling coming to Allendale Campus

Cigarette Butt Recycling coming to Allendale Campus

April 14, 2015

ENS 401 Students create plan to recycle cigarette butts

Environmental Studies Summer Experience

Environmental Studies Summer Experience

April 07, 2015

The first Environmental Studies Summer Experience is scheduled for Spring & Summer 2015. Registration for Spring & Summer courses is open in Banner, and on-campus housing is available for those who need it.

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