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Showcase highlights student sustainability research

More than 25 research projects will be on display in this year's sustainability showcase, hosted by Grand Valley's environmental and sustainability studies program (ENS).

Presentation topics selected by students range from energy sustainability to local pollinators, with many focusing on environmental challenges that hit close to home.

Projects can be viewed online November 14-20, with an in-person poster presentation on Friday, November 19 in the Pere Marquette Room of the Kirkhof Center.

Many students worked with local organizations on their projects, highlighting the importance of collaboration within the ENS department at Grand Valley.

"Community-based work is a hallmark of ENS, helping students build transferable skills of empathy, identifying problems and working with the community to develop projects to address these issues," said Amy McFarland, assistant professor of food and agricultural studies in the Frederik Meijer Honors College. 

Kyle Huisman, a senior majoring in political science, hopes that when viewing the showcase, people will gain new perspectives for addressing issues of sustainability.

"The showcase is important for GVSU to host because it emphasizes the importance of moving toward sustainable development during a time when climate change, and other environmental issues, pose an unprecedented threat to our communities," said Huisman.

The showcase can be viewed online through November 20 at


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