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Grand Valley offers an abundance of programs and organizations which integrate water in direct ways. Whether water is at the forefront of a program's agenda or one of many on a list of priorities, all of these resources are profoundly interested in water's impact on our lives.
The Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) works to enhance and preserve freshwater resources through research integration, education, and outreach. The institute offers opportunities for community and student involvement, including internships and assistantships, as well as events people can attend to deepen their understanding of freshwater resources.
Grand Valley's Environmental and Sustainability Studies Program draws upon a variety of disciplines to develop a holistic, place-based, and solutions-oriented understanding of environmental and sustainability challenges. The program places emphasis on a practical approach to environmental issues through collaborative problem-solving, involvement in faculty-led research projects, internships, practicums, and community engagement projects. Students gain an understanding of the way interconnected physical, institutional, and cultural systems shape our attitudes and behavior toward the environment. As water is central to the environment and sustainability practices, studying with this program at Grand Valley, where water is central to our way of life, makes the experience even more rewarding.
The Department of Geology offers undergraduate B.S. degrees in Geology, Geochemistry, and Earth Science. Graduates go on to outstanding graduate schools and/or find well-paid jobs in environmental science, hydrogeology, the energy and minerals industry, engineering geology, academic research, and K-12 teaching.
The Office of Sustainability Practices provides the necessary skills, analytical tools, and resources to address global, national, regional, and local sustainability issues. They offer courses, programs, internships, and project activities that promote awareness about sustainable development and how sustainability best practices can be applied to gain progress against these ongoing issues.
Storm Water Sustainability at Grand Valley is devoted to sharing data and information related to the impacts of stormwater runoff. The effort to improve stormwater runoff management at GVSU’s Allendale Campus has been ongoing for several years, and the initiative continues to develop best practices for runoff management. Reversing and preventing future impacts to the natural environment related to development and campus activities is the basis for the implementation of alternative stormwater management practices on the GVSU campus.
The Safe and Sustainable Water for Haiti site is dedicated to compiling and cataloging data and information about providing safe and sustainable water for Haiti. You can find information about This includes information about research trips, journal and news articles, restoration efforts, videos about water in Haiti, data sources, and information about sustainable water treatment methods in developing countries.
With a motto of "Engaging and Advancing Learners of Math and Science Pre-K to Grey" the Regional Math and Science Center at Grand Valley works alongside local schools and higher education communities, informal science, governmental organizations, and business/industry in order to coordinate science and mathematics outreach activities in West Michigan.
Groundswell is a coalition under the College of Education at GVSU with the mission of improving teaching and learning through community-based projects and fostering the next generation of environmental stewards. Under the leadership of their classroom teachers, students of Groundswell engage in real-world problem solving by identifying an environmental need in their community and working with local experts to solve that need.