Sustainable Community Development Initiative

Awards & Recognitions

 


For a complete list of LEED certifications on campus, click here.

AWARD/RECOGNITION AWARDING BODY DESCRIPTION DATE ISSUED
One of America's Greenest Universities BestColleges.com A write-up of America's greenest universities
 
2014

One of the top 322 green schools for 2013

 

Princeton Review

A collection of higher education institutions that demonstrate a strong commitment to sustainability in their academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation.
 
2013

STARS
Gold Status

AASHE Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability.

 
2013

One of the nations
most environmentally responsible colleges:
4th year in a row

Princeton Review

Include a dedication to build according to LEED standards, sustainability committees, environmental literacy programs, the use of renewable energy resources, recycling and conservation programs within a college or university.

2013

One of the nations
most environmentally responsible colleges:
3rd year in a row

Princeton Review

Include a dedication to build according to LEED standards, sustainability committees, environmental literacy programs, the use of renewable energy resources, recycling and conservation programs within a college or university.

2012

One of the nations
most environmentally responsible colleges:
2nd year in a row

Princeton Review

Include a dedication to build according to LEED standards, sustainability committees, environmental literacy programs, the use of renewable energy resources, recycling and conservation programs within a college or university.

2011

 

Best Workplaces for Commuters U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency & U.S. Department of Transportation
Recognizes employers that provide environmentally friendly commuter benefits to employees. The designation shows Grand Valley is committed to reducing pollution, commuter costs and traffic congestion.

 
2011
STARS
Silver Status
AASHE Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System is a transparent, self-reporting framework for colleges and universities to gauge relative progress toward sustainability.

 
2011

GVSU first public university to receive environmental certification

Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program (MTESP) The program is intended to promote and communicate best management practices, to control potential sources of pollution, comply with environmental laws and regulations, adopt pollution prevention practices, and
reduce waste.


 
2011

GVSU receives
grade of "A-"

Sustainable Endowment
Institute's 2011 Campus Sustainability Report Card

GVSU receives overall grade of "A-" by GreenReportCard.org - the first interactive website to provide in-depth sustainability profiles for hundreds of colleges in all 50 U.S. states and in Canada.

2011

GVSU receives a "B" & National Merit
Recognition

Sustainable Endowment
Institute's 2010 Campus Sustainability Report Card

GVSU receives overall grade of "B" by GreenReportCard.org - the first interactive website to provide in-depth sustainability profiles for hundreds of colleges in all 50 U.S. states and in Canada.

2010

Deals of the Year

West Michigan
Business Review

Grand Valley State University to build new $40 million Seidman College of Business in downtown Grand Rapids.

2010

One of two Michigan four-year schools with great green programs

Peterson's
"Green Jobs for a New Economy: The Career Guide to Emerging Opportunities

GVSU was named as one of two Michigan schools among what editors called "top 50 four-year schools with great green programs."

 

2009

Top 25 Environmentally Responsible and Cutting Edge Green Colleges

Kaplan College Guide

The section provides students with a look inside the classroom, around campus, and at student life, while shining a spotlight on what's good for the globe at each college.

2009

Scale Rating of 98

Princeton Review

Based on a scale of 60-99, GVSU received the highest "green" rating among Michigan's colleges and universities.

2009

Sustainability
Innovation

Sustainable
Endowment Institute

The awards recognize school initiatives for either a comprehensive sustainability strategy or a specific category in the 2008 Campus Report Card.

2008

Excellence in
Green Building Curriculum

U.S. Green
Building Council

The curriculum and programs reflect high quality green building education, serving as models and resources for other educators.

2008

Energy Star Award

 

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
& U.S. Department of Energy

The Mark A. Murray Living Center on the Allendale campus is awarded for its efficient use
of energy.

 

2008

 

Effective and Innovative Practices Award
 

APPA:
The Association of
Higher Education
Facilities Officers


 

GVSU receives this award for quality improvement initiative.


 

2007


 

Exemplary Sustainable Building Award
- Honorable Mention

 

Sustainable Building
Industry Council

 

Steelcase Workstage - GVSU MAREC receives award for Building of the Future

 

2005

 

Sustainable Design
Award & Sustainable

Building Award

 

American Institute of Architects: Grand Valley

 

Two Grand Valley State University projects have been honored for their excellence in building and design by the Grand Valley Chapter of the American
Institute of Architects.

 

2004

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 




 

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