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Welcome to the GVSU Environmental 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 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 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.



Seats available in ENS 401 and 492

Seats available in ENS 401 and 492

April 09, 2016

Still thinking about Spring & Summer classes? Seats are available in ENS 401: Environmental Problem Solving (Capstone) for second six weeks, and in ENS 492: Sustainable Agriculture Practicum (twelve weeks)

Sustainability Showcase April 1

Sustainability Showcase April 1

March 25, 2016

All are welcome to come learn about student projects in Environmental and Sustainability Studies! (Minor corrections to earlier version.) Friday April 1, Grand River Room, Kirkhof Center, GVSU-Allendale.

ENS Summer Experience Registration Now Open!

ENS Summer Experience Registration Now Open!

March 21, 2016

Get your hands dirty this summer by participating in Grand Valleys Environmental Studies and Sustainable Food Systems Summer Experience.

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