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Sustainable Food Systems undergraduate certificate

Strong local food systems are essential for healthy communities. Students preparing for careers in local food enterprises, health care, sustainability, education, business, nonprofit administration, social work, and many other fields will benefit from the skills and experience necessary to address the role of food in community life.

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Why Study Sustainable Food Systems at Grand Valley?

  • A deep understanding of sustainable food systems and the effects on society and the environment.
  • Practical gardening, recycling and composting skills.
  • Hands-on experience at the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project's Luce Street farm site.
  • Broad interdisciplinary understanding of and integration of multiple perspectives on food systems, food justice, environmental stewardship, nutrition, and community.
  • An understanding of food needs of different communities.
  • The ability to take action that supports local food production and environmental stewardship for the next generation.

Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this program study at Grand Valleys Allendale Campus.

  • Face To Face


Anyone admitted to GVSU as a degree-seeking student may earn this certificate. To complete the certificate, students must select at least 15 credits from a list of required and elective courses. Students may pursue the certificate in sustainable food systems concurrently with any major or minor.

The sustainable food systems curriculum covers:

  • Environmental change
  • Food safety
  • Human health
  • International food and culture
  • Nutrition
  • Soil science
  • Sustainable agriculture

Career Options

The sustainable food systems certificate is valuable preparation for a variety of careers, including those in:

  • Sustainable agriculture and food systems
  • Environmental education, communications, and media
  • Health and wellness
  • Sustainable community development
  • Land-use planning

For More Information

Environmental and Sustainability Studies
229 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8016

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