Sustainable Community Development Initiative

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Sustaining GV plant life with recycled plant waste

Sustaining GV plant life with recycled plant waste

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Our mission is to provide Grand Valley administration, faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders with the required skills and capabilities to become better stewards and responsible global citizens in the workforce, communities, and family life. This site will guide you to information and resources, helping you to become more involved with sustainability efforts at Grand Valley State University and around the world.









Congratulations Sustainability Champions!

Congratulations to the following Sustainability Champions who were recognized at the Sustainability Champions Awards Breakfast on April 3rd.  Individuals were nominated for their outstanding contributions in promoting sustainability awareness and applying sustainability best practices. There were 38 nominees who received awards.   

Administration:  President Thomas Haas

Students:  Shannon Blood, Chelsea Brehm, Youssef Darwich, Dana Eardley, Justin Ebert, Daria Gosztyla, Bill Kinter, Melissa Salich, Kimberly Schoetzow, Mark Switzer, Jessica Theis, Ron Wheaton

Faculty/Staff:  Sheila Blackman, Lindsey DesArmo, James Dunn, Steve Glass, Kay Hart, Ashok Kumar, Steve Leeser, Jerrod Nickels, Erik Nordman, James Penn, James Sanford, Mary Schutten, Sue Sloop,  Vince St. Germain, Nathan Veeneman, Michael Walenta, Kim Walton

Community Members:  Ryan Cotton, Gayle Debruyn, Mayor George Heartwell, Rachel Hood, Danielle Ostafinski, Eddie Tadlock, Keith Winn

Committee Recognition:  Library Sustainability Team 

Sustainable Community Voices

Sustainable Community Voices is a monthly conversation with guests on sustainable practices.

Please click here for the February podcast.

CSA Shares 

GVSU’s Sustainable Agriculture Project is offering two successive CSA share opportunities this year! The first “season” will run from approximately the end of April through the beginning of August; the second will be offered later in the season from mid-August through December.

The attached sign-up sheet is for the first season, which will provide you with a box full of vegetables for 15 weeks – to be picked up either on campus or locally at the Sustainable Agriculture Project.

If you would like to a reserve a spot, please e-mail your completed form and payment to Levi Gardner ASAP.

Upcoming Events 

Economicology: How Wind Energy Can Power a Cleaner, Stronger America
April 24th, 4pm - 5pm
Aquinas College (Performing Arts Center),Grand Rapids, MI

Aquinas College will host the Wege Speaker Series on Thursday, April 24, 2014 (4 pm - 5 pm), featuring CEO of the American Wind Energy Association Tom Kiernan.

Tom Kiernan is one of the country's leading experts and proponents of wind power. The former head of the National Parks Conservation Association for 15 years, Kiernan also spent three years in the EPA during George H. W. Bush's administration. Kiernan and the AWEA are dedicated to increasing demand for wind power, reducing cost and addressing implementation issues.

While U.S. wind energy development is ahead of the goal of producing 20 percent of America's electricity by 2030 (and more than 80,000 jobs have been created), offshore wind projects remain controversial in Michigan and onshore projects have slowed.

Kiernan will talk about the future of wind power in the U.S. and why it is so important for the future of Michigan's economy and its environment.

RSVP for this event here

Lakeshore Crowdfunding Conference
April 23rd, 8am - 430pm
MAREC, Muskegon, MI

Join us for an EXPLORATION into Michigan's local investing movement with the new Michigan Invests Locally Exemption (MILE) Act. Learn about the elements required to build a high quality local investment market and how businesses and investors can connect with this new legislation.

More information is available here.

Grand Rapids Active Commute Week
May 12th - 18th

The Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition (GGRBC) is proud to present the Grand Rapids Active Commute Week! In honor of National Bike to Work Week, we challenge you to think actively this spring when considering transportation in Grand Rapids. Compete as an individual, or as an employee within a participating company in this one week challenge. Awards and prizes will be awarded to winning participants!

Click here for a full listing of events.

Sustainable Agriculture Project Farm Stand
Wednesdays, 10am - 2pm
Allendale campus, Kirkhof Center

Stop by the Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) farm stand to purchase fresh, organic produce and learn more about the SAP. Available crops include: Parsnips, radishes, beets, lettuce, spinach, kale, and chard. For more information, please visit the SAP website or GVSU's events calendar.

Meatless Monday
Grand Valley offers meatless meals at The Connection, Fresh Food Company, Kleiner, River Landing, and at the downtown Pew Campus as part of the nation-wide Meatless Monday initiative. The movement promotes education and a wider range of options as help to reduce meat consumption in order to improve personal heath and the health of the environment. Click here for more information.


Page last modified April 22, 2014