Welcome to the GVSU Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program!
We provide students and faculty an exciting place to engage in interdisciplinary, engaged teaching and learning about the interaction between humans and the environments they depend upon.
The pioneering environmental educator David Orr wrote that the planet "does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind. It needs people who live well in their places. It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane." This is a tall order, and we have made it our mission.
The Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program integrates humanities, natural and social science, and environmental policy and planning perspectives. You will gain the broad educational background needed to assist in developing sustainable development policies to create positive social change within the environmental context. Real world links to practical environmental issues are developed through environmental problem-solving at the local and regional levels, faculty-led research projects, internships and participation in campus environmental planning.
The minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies is structured for GVSU students with strong interest in environmental issues but who do not necessarily wish to pursue post-graduate opportunities in the natural sciences.
The undergraduate Certificate in Sustainable Food Systems is designed for GVSU degree-seeking students of any major who wish to develop specialized knowledge about all aspects of sustainable, local food systems. This certificate has been approved by the Higher Learning Commission.