Office of Sustainability Practices


  • Established the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee to address campus issues using a whole-systems approach. The committee is charged with submitting an annual sustainability report to the President and the Board of Trustees with recommendations for consideration.
  • Hosted the first zero-waste football game. Several university groups collaborated to divert 61% of the games waste from landfill.
  • Launched the Eco-rep program.
  • Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council list GVSU as a Green University
  • GVSU ranked 15th in world by the UI GreenMetric in sustainability and environmental-friendly management



  • Recipient of the U.S. Green Building Council’s 2008 Recognition Award
  • Mark A. Murray Living Center was given an Energy Star designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — the first university student-housing unit in Michigan to receive such a designation

  • The John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering is completed and receives LEED certification.
  • Campus Dining introduces “tray-less dining” significantly cutting down on food and water waste
  • GVSU introduces the John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering, a LEED designed building
  • The Sustainability Initiative changes its name to the Sustainable Community and Development Initiative (SCDI)

  • In reaction to the results of the TBL report, GVSU creates the Sustainability Initiative (SI) within the College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • The initiative hosts the first Campus Sustainability Week, which now occurs annually and grows continually
  • Grand Valley State University, City of Grand Rapids, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College, and Grand Rapids Public Schools found the Community Sustainability Partnership (CSP)
  • The City of Grand Rapids and CSP were designated the first U.S. Regional Center of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development.


  • GVSU adopts sustainability guiding principles and emphasis of the triple bottom line (TBL) to administration and the Seidman College of Business
  • Groundbreaking for MAREC begins


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