Awards & Recognitions


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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