The Solar Gardens are a 17-acre project with Consumer's Energy on GVSU's campus. The site provides nearly endless educational opportunities for students. Read more about it in the current paper issue, Summer 2017, of Grand Valley Magazine, or visit the Solar Garden website here.
GVSU Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies has a Laptop Recycling Program! Click here to learn more.
Grand Valley participates for a tenth year in a nationwide recycling competition! Read the article here.
GRBJ Podcast: George Heartwell comes on to talk with the Grand Rapids Business Journal! Click here for the full podcast.
Grand Valley plans for a expansion of their Health Care buildings! Click here for the full article.
Grand Valley's sustainability impact totals $250 million! Click here for the article.
GV Farm Club hosts "Chopped" Potluck Dinner! Check out the article here.
GV Beekeepers hold educational event! Check out the full story here.
GV Cage Freee to host vegan education screening! Check out the article here.
Check out our highlights from our 2017 Sustainability Champion Awards! Read the full article here.
GVSU graduate students making positive, sustainable impacts both locally and internationally. Check out the article here.
Sustainable Community Voices discusses urban farming with Takidia Smith. Click here to access the interview.
$30 K Design Competition Open to Students Worldwide Opportunity for All!
GLOBAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION AWARDING $30K FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
Now in its fourth year, Wege Prize is a global transdisciplinary design competition that gives teams of five college/university students the chance to work collaboratively, use design thinking principles,and contend for $30,000 in total cash prizes, all while helping to show the world what the future of problem solving looks like.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Any college/university student, in any program, anywhere in the world! New for 2017, both undergraduate and graduate level students are eligible to compete. Students must be enrolled in a full-time (or equivalent) program.
LEARN MORE: INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS
WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE?
Teams must leverage their transdisciplinary makeup to collaboratively design and propose a product, service, business/non-profit organization, or other solution that addresses the following wicked problem: How can we create a circular economy?
A circular economy is one that is restorative by design, aiming to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times - where resources can be re-adapted for use without limiting the desirability of products or the flow of revenue.
LEARN MORE: WEGE PRIZE 2017 DESIGN BRIEF
HOW DOES THE COMPETITION WORK?
Wege Prize is designed to provide a robust learning experience, broken down into four phases. After each phase, teams will receive direct feedback from the judges in order to continue developing their solutions.
LEARN MORE: WEGE PRIZE 2017 TIMELINE
NEXT STEPS: SPREAD THE WORD AND GET INVOLVED!
Whether you’re a new or returning student looking to participate, a faculty member looking to inspire your students towards new experiences, or a professional interested in spreading the word or getting involved as a mentor, it’s easy to get started.
Explore the competition further at wegeprize.org and join the Wege Prize Facebook group, where you can share ideas, connect with other wicked problem solvers from around the world, and begin building a team!
Team registration is now open, and teams must be registered by November 30, 2016 to be able to compete.
Please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have, and stay tuned to all the latest Wege Prize updates via the social media links below: