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Sustainability News - August 2014

Name Change: SCDI Becomes The Office of Sustainability Practices

We are starting the new academic year with a name change, moving from the Sustainable Community Development Initiative (SCDI) to the Office of Sustainability Practices. The Sustainability office has been in place at GVSU for 10 years, and Sustainability is now the seventh value at the University.  We have moved from initiatives to defined practices in administration and campus operations, educational opportunities, student involvement, and community engagement. GVSU is known locally, regionally, nationally, and globally for applied sustainability best practices on campus and in the community.

Say Hello to Our New Campus Sustainability Coordinator

The Office of Sustainability Practices welcomes Yumiko Jakobcic as our new Campus Sustainability Coordinator.  Yumi comes to us from Burlington, Vermont where she served as the Director of the Winooski Valley Park District. She will be coordinating campus activities, and working with staff and students to promote a sustainable lifestyle on campus. She would be delighted to hear from you at jakobciy@gvsu.edu.


 GVSU Recognized for Sustainability

  • For the second year in a row, GVSU received a Gold rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).  We’re one of 68 other institutions nationally to achieve this certification, and the first in the state to receive a gold rating.
  • GVSU ranked No. 9 in Forbes Magazine’s #MyTopCollegeRank.  Students took to Twitter and Instagram with their favorite images of campus, including the Mary Idema Pew Learning & Information Commons, the marching band in action, and President Haas riding a seesaw with Louie the Laker.
  • GVSU was listed in the top 164 ‘Coolest Schools’ by the Sierra Club yet again. We earned high marks in areas including faculty research, waste diversion and innovative programs like the new Surplus Store downtown and the apiary in Holland.
  • For the fifth year in a row, GVSU was named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges by the Princeton Review.
  • Grand Valley State University was featured by Best College Rankings on a list of colleges that are doing a great job of teaching sustainability and promoting it in their communities.

Sustainable Living – Making It Happen! 

Looking for ways you can get involved and support our sustainable efforts on campus?

  • Looking for an affordable and environmentally friendly alternative to driving your car on campus? Rent a bike from us beginning Aug. 18.
  • Attend any of the Lakers home football games and help us divert all waste from the landfill. Keep an eye out for labeled sorting stations throughout Lubbers Stadium throughout the season.
  • Volunteer at the Sustainable Agriculture Project on Fridays from 1-4pm.  You can also purchase produce from the SAP at GVSU’s Farmers Market.    

Join us on Sept. 16 at Sustainability Spotlight – a casual information session where faculty, staff and students can briefly present a relevant project they’re working on. Apply to present or just come to listen, learn and get connected with other members of the G