Environmental Wellness

Environmental Wellness

Environmental wellness inspires us to respect our surroundings and involves feeling and being safe in your current environment. This includes spending time in and having access to places that support your well-being, such as spending time outdoors in nature or attending classes that foster positive learning environments where you feel accepted and welcomed.


Be Environmentally Well

Unplug and Get Outside

  • The benefits of getting away from screens and enjoying the outdoors are plentiful. Spending time outside reduces fatigue, improves short-term memory, reduces stress, lowers blood pressure, improves your ability to focus and may also increase your creativity, reduce experiences of depression and anxiety, and protect your vision. Even in the cold Michigan winters it’s important to spend time outside!

Spaces for You


Resources

On Campus

Visit the Office of Sustainability Practices website.

  • Provides the GVSU community with the required skills and capabilities to become better stewards and responsible global citizens
  • Visit them for the "Recharge" room that includes swivel stools, salt lamp and phone charging stations!
  • Offers the Sustainable Agriculture Project

Visit the Outdoor Adventures website.

  • A program of Recreation & Wellness
  • Aims to empower and inspire the GVSU community through outdoor and adventure-based opportunities and inspire life-long adventures.
  • Check out the climbing center, the bike services, or equipment rental.

Find Accessible, Restroom and Wellness Room Information.

  • Being in comfortable rooms are important to your wellness
  • Facilities has made a list of single-gender restrooms, accessible and gender-inclusive restrooms, rooms for nursing, baby changing table rooms, sharps container rooms and interfaith reflection rooms.

Off Campus

Visit the Department of Natural Resources for more information.

  • Find state parks, trails, and other outdoor locations to visit
  • Discover outdoor activities, such as hiking or camping
  • Learn about environmental programs, covering topics such as astronomy and outdoor skills

Visit the West Michigan Environmental Action Council website.

  • Learn about how to save energy, reduce waste, and conserve water
  • Find volunteer opportunities to care for the environment and educate others
  • Advocate for environmental justice and environmental action

Visit the Healthy Homes Coalition of West Michigan website.

  • Identify ways to make your home safer and reduce environmental hazards
  • Address issues such as asthma, lead, mold, moisture, indoor air quality (i.e. radon, carbon monoxide, and particulate matter), pests, and accidental injuries
  • Volunteer to educate others and help make other homes safer environments for children

Online

Visit the Home Safety Council website.

  • Access a variety of programs to improve home safety
  • Find information to improve home safety for specific age groups, such as babies and toddlers or older adults
  • Review the Safety Guide to learn about safety tips and prevent injuries from occurring at home

Get the Environmental Wellness Toolkit from the National Institutes of Health.

  • Learn about how the area around you may put your wellness at risk
  • Find strategies to improve your environmental health 
  • Read about environmental wellness resources covering topics such as water safety, allergies, air quality, toxic gases, and weather conditions

Get the JouleBug app.

  • An app that promotes sustainable living through competition with friends
  • Receive points for engaging in habits that are good for the environment
  • Learn sustainability tips while earning achievements and tracking your progress