Sustainability Champions are individuals who, by practice and belief, support the ideals of sustainable practice and using a triple bottom-line approach to problems and issues. The champions have demonstrated that they support both in word and deed, and can be looked to as leaders in sustainability.
Congratulations to the following Sustainability Champion Award winners:
Dave Feenstra of facilities services led the installation of water bottle re-filling stations on campus in an effort reduce environmental impact caused by plastic water bottles. Lisa Garringer of public safety cut costs and environmental impact by implementing a paperless parking permit system. Ken Stanton of facilities services received an award that designates GVSU a Certified Environmental Steward by the Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program.
Jessica Miranda-Bevier replaced disposable dishes at the Children's Enrichment Center with reusable dishware which cut waste by 2 bags per day and saves $2000 per year.
Courtney Sherwood of the College of Liberal Arts and Science has embraced a philosophy of simplicity that influences everything from the way she runs her home to how she champions waste-reduction, local produce, cost savings and wellness in the workplace. She exemplifies a "no frills" elegance that inspires those around her to stretch themselves to see what they can strip back to essentials while preserving value. She even leads a sustainability class on campus for faculty and staff.
Brian Scull of AWRI for his tireless efforts to implement a recycling program at AWRI and he was also instrumental in AWRI purchasing a composter.
Tim Selgo used ooVoo, an online communication aid, to conduct training, which saved financial and environmental resources.
Karen Matchett, Organic Chemistry laboratory coordinator, touches the life of approximately 900 students per semester. She works diligently to implement green chemistry principles and greener procedures into the laboratory curriculum, to replace harmful reagents or eliminate organic solvents, whenever is possible.
John Kilbourne of the Movement Science Department has worked tirelessly to advocate for activity permissible classrooms. In this endeavor he has been extraordinarily successful, garnering international and national accolades from the nation's top newspapers and other news sources like CNN. His initiative has also resulted in collaboration with one of our prominent local industries, Steelcase, who is interested in developing the products needed. This promotes engagement and general health, which in turn promotes sustainability.
Paul Plotkowski, Dean of the College of Engineering and Computing, for his instrumental role in GVSU installation of vehicle charging stations and the purchase of our first electric vehicle.
Margaret Carney, a graduating MPA student, has done exemplary sustainable development project work for the City, especially in the area of costing for the Transformation Research and Analysis Team (TRAT).
Lauren Lynch, a graduating GVSU intern, has been a tireless and supportive worker in the Office of Energy and Sustainability for the City of Grand Rapids working directly with Haris Alibasic on key climate and energy issues.
Cliff Alles-Cure, an MSW student who works directly for Seeds of Promise and the new community hub in the Southeast Community Association (SECA) building on Madison Ave., has been establishing great working relationships with residents in the local community and is a trusted voice in the community.
Norman Shuford, football starting running back is the inspiration and founder of Carries for the Cures (ww.carriesforthecures.com). He has gotten the support from the entire football team and the Student Senate in developing a website where donations can be made to the local West Michigan American Cancer Society. Donations can be made for each game based on total yards gained, total tackles made, or total points scored.
Natalie Cleary, Student Senate President, supported and promoted the Carries for the Cures fundraiser for the West Michigan American Cancer Society.
Savanna Rayner, a GVSU graduate, is the developer of the American Cancer Society link for Carries for the Cures.
Dominic Kootsillas-Conybeare, the Jobs for the New Economy intern, has been developing a custom database of job opportunities for the New Economy including clean technology, clean energy, green, and sustainable economies.
Kurt Ellenberger of the Pew Faculty Teaching & Learning Center (FTLC) provided funding for the purchase of Exercise Stability Balls and Stand-up Desks to create GVSU's first Activity Permissible/Sustainable Classroom. The research from the use of the Exercise Balls and Stand-up Desks has received national and international recognition. The research has been cited in over 100 newspapers, on local and national television and radio; generating more than three million dollars of publicity for GVSU.
Jackie Cuppy manages the graphic design team in Institutional Marketing and has worked with designers to design strategically for sustainability, clients to reduce the use of paper through efficiencies in design and distribution, paper companies to offer more sustainably made and recyclable papers, and local printers to become Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified. Through her efforts, she has helped save 2,406 trees, 758,674 gallons of water, 415,217 lbs of CO2, and 1,212,236,650 BTUs.
Lisa Miller, in addition to her responsibilities as the director of the Meijer Campus in Holland, manages to truly be a sustainability champion for Holland. As the leader of the Green Team, Lisa ensures that the team makes continual progress toward meeting specific and impactful goals. By consistently looking at the triple bottom line, Lisa helps many both on and off campus understand how they can be sustainability stewards.
Fred Antzack, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Wendy Werner, Dean of the Brooks College have collaborated to purchase a hoop house for the Sustainable Agriculture Project which will ensure students more hands-on access to learning about organic farming.
Wendy Werner, Dean of the Brooks College and Fred Antzack, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have collaborated to purchase a hoop house for the Sustainable Agriculture Project which will ensure students more hands-on access to learning about organic farming.
Mary Morgan of the library led the library's sustainability team with a smart strip energy conservation experiment.
Haris Alibasic, director of Energy and Sustainability, is helping to transform the City of Grand Rapids into an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable organization. As a professor at GVSU, he teaches students to integrate sustainability into their future careers and organizations.
Becca West, for her tireless volunteer efforts at the Sustainable Agriculture Project's CSA and to help construct GVSU's first hoop house.
Frank Parks, for his tireless volunteer efforts at the Sustainable Agriculture Project's CSA and to help construct GVSU's first hoop house.
Dan Broresma, Liberal Studies major on the Holland Green Team, has extensively applied sustainability experience in his personal and professional life and has assisted in implementing many campus sustainability initiatives including triple bottom line recycling (through the Holland Rescue Mission) and a new waste management program that brings us closer to zero waste.
Andy West organized large recycling and composting efforts by the Student Environmental Coalition at Grand Valley football games.
Eddie Tadlock, DeVos Place Assistant General Manager at SMG, implemented sustainable development best practices at the DeVos Center and Van Andel arena. He is also a leader in the community for social responsibility and overall community development.
Mark Vanderploeg of the city of Holland and Board of Public works, for his instrumental role on the City of Holland's Sustainability Team and ongoing development of a 40 year energy plan for the City of Holland, one of the first ever plans of its kind.
Ron Jimmerson, retired form Cascade Engineering, for his role in the ongoing development of the Seeds of Promise inner city Grand Rapids sustainable neighborhood development initiative that seeks to empower local residents to become future leaders for their neighborhood community. Current key activities focus on building local leadership capacity and community capital, as well as developing job opportunities for those in poverty.
Ken Steensma, currently director of Help Build Community, for their roles in the ongoing development of the Seeds of Promise inner city Grand Rapids sustainable neighborhood development initiative that seeks to empower local residents to become future leaders for their neighborhood community. Current key activities focus on building local leadership capacity and community capital, as well as developing job opportunities for those in poverty.
Kristin Van Reesema, Director of the Consumers Energy, for work on the SmartStreet project work including working with the Seidman College of Business to determine energy savings. The SmartStreet project seeks to develop energy savings among residential and commercial owners in the Heritage Hill area through a collaborative effort including the pubic, private, and economic sectors in Grand Rapids.
Rennie Ramial, GVSU graduate, for work on the SmartStreet project work including working with the Seidman College of Business to determine energy savings. The SmartStreet project seeks to develop energy savings among residential and commercial owners in the Heritage Hill area through a collaborative effort including the pubic, private, and economic sectors in Grand Rapids.
Adam Boyden, a student worker for the chemistry department, has been a leader in his sustainability efforts. He took on the project to sand blast and paint over 40 old ring stands, saving the chemistry department money and the land fill space. Each ring stand cost about $100 and are made of heavy cast iron.
John DeRuiter, creator of Farm Club student group, has committed countless hours to volunteering at Sustainable Agriculture Project and hoophouse.
Christina Keller has long been a supporter of sustainability and the positive impact it can have on a business. Her advocacy for the triple bottom line approach is recognized throughout Cascade Engineering and extends to her public speaking engagements throughout West Michigan. Christina "walks the talk" and her enthusiasm for sustainable practices and the positive impact they can have in business is contagious.