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Meijer Campus and Herman Miller send team to AASHE conference

Date: October 17, 2012

A team from Grand Valley's Meijer Campus in Holland and Herman Miller is being sent to present at AASHE’s 2012 conference. AASHE stands for The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. The local team will share about how they have created a new waste management system that positively impacts the community, their place of work, and the environment. This new recycling system fuels the triple bottom line of sustainability: people, planet, and profit. The presentation will focus on social justice, partnerships, and community engagement. Both Grand Valley and Herman Miller are passionate about role modeling sustainability practices in their workplace. The conference is held in Los Angeles, California from October 14-17th

 AASHE’s 2010 conference had 500 institutions, 49 states, and 10 different countries represented. This year‘s conference is sure to be a time where leaders from all over the globe converse about sustainability practices and action plans. Below is a statement about the material that will be shared during Grand Valley and Herman Miller’s presentation:

“At Grand Valley State University’s Holland Campus, we define community engagement as connecting the great things happening on campus with the great things going on in the community. With a small, but ambitious Green Team, it made sense for us to connect with one of our neighboring companies, Herman Miller (working toward zero operational footprint by 2020) to identify ways we could learn from and with each other.  Working together has helped us realize our engagement mission to work and learn collaborative, create a mutually beneficial relationship, inspire action and transform culture.  One of the specific examples discussed in this session will be how we modified our recycling initiatives turning the process into job training opportunities at a local rescue mission, thereby truly impacting the triple bottom line through less waste, less cost for hauling trash, and increasing social equity. Much of the session will be devoted to a dialogue about what makes successful community partnerships work well.”

About AASHE:
AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future. Their mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation.
AASHE’s mission is to empower higher education to lead the sustainability transformation. We do this by providing resources, professional development, and a network of support to enable institutions of higher education to model and advance sustainability in everything they do, from governance and operations to education and research.

To learn more about AASHE visit: http://conf2012.aashe.org/,

 

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