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.



Summer Experience Registration

Summer Experience Registration

March 24, 2015

Environmental Studies, Food Systems, and Sustainability courses all summer in Allendale. Registration is open!

Invasive Species Management position

Invasive Species Management position

March 18, 2015

West Michigan Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area (WMCISMA) Coordinator Position

West Michigan Community Sustainable Partnerships Ignite

West Michigan Community Sustainable Partnerships Ignite

March 17, 2015

West Michigan Community Sustainable Partnerships Ignite, hosted by Grand Rapids Community Sustainable Partnership. Monday, May 18, 2015 from 1:18 PM to 5:18 PM (EDT), GVSU Eberhard Center, Grand Rapids, MI

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