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Strategic Plan for Office of Sustainability Practices

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 1.A.1

Provide high impact experiential learning through the Sustainable Agriculture Project by hosting 15+ classes at the farm each year.


As of April 2016, we have hosted 10 classes at the farm with several already scheduled for next year.

Outcome B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 1.B.1

Annually increase the number of faculty, staff, students, and community members engaged with the Seeds of Promise ( sustainable neighborhood initiative as well as the amount of shared resources.


Baseline data from 2015

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 1.D.1

Demonstrate Design Thinking through educational opportunities and programs and incorporate the Design Thinking process at Seeds of Promise through at least one project per year.


As of April 2016, we have had 115 volunteers assist at zero waste educational events and have had two classes engage in Design Thinking at Seeds of Promise.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 3.E.1

Complete sustainability reporting as appropriate, including AASHE STARS, the Presidents Climate Commitment, and the Talloires Declaration, and continue to improve upon our scores.


We currently have a gold rating through AASHE STARS.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 4.C.1

Ensure the ongoing execution of a successful "Sustainable Development Best Practices" service agreement annually between GVSU and the City of Grand Rapids, including the City Executive Office, the Office of Energy and Sustainability, and the Grand Rapids Information Network, and accommodate new requests from the City.


As of April 2016, we have completed 6 months of the service agreement.

Objective 4.C.2

Assist with the development and inventory of "Education for Sustainable Development" curriculum, programs, and activities in support of the United Nations University Regional Center of Expertise designation for Grand Rapids.


The first report has been submitted as of January 25, 2016.

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