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.



Wicked Problems of Sustainability

Wicked Problems of Sustainability

November 18, 2015

Seats are available in LIB 322: Wicked Problems of Sustainability for Winter 2016.

This Changes Everything Screening Nov. 17

This Changes Everything Screening Nov. 17

November 09, 2015

Free screening of the film "This Changes Everything," based on the bestselling book by Naomi Klein. Tues. Nov. 17, 6:30-8:30pm 1121 KHS

Future is Bright for Green Jobs

Future is Bright for Green Jobs

October 13, 2015

Good news in the recent USDA report "Employment Opportunities for College Graduates in Food, Agriculture, Renewable Natural Resources, and the Environment 2015-2020."

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Image credits: GVSU, except Wind Turbines (Albert Bridge); Saugatuck Dunes State Park (akexrk2).