Awards & Recognitions

University Sustainability Awards and Honors

For the ninth year in a row, Grand Valley again named a green college by Princeton Review for 2018

GVSU was the highest ranked 'Cool School' in Michigan by the Sierra Club in 2018

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2018 Sustainable Campus Index ranked GVSU as a top performer ranking 4th for waste minimization and 10th for wellness

Grand Valley State was named on of the country's greenest schools for the forth year in a row by the Sierra Club. Read more about the greenest schools

For the sixth year in a row, GVSU was named one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review in their 2015 "Guide to 353 Green College". Read more from the Guide to 353 Green Colleges



LEED Building Certification Awards

The Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center on the Allendale Campus has recently been awarded LEED® Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, demonstrating Grand Valley's commitment to sustainable progress through innovative design and construction. 

Currently, Grand Valley has 1.7 million square feet of LEED-certified structures – 24 sites and structures in total.

Grand Valley has committed to designing and building to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification levels. LEED buildings use 30 percent less energy, 40 percent less water, and 75 percent less material than regular buildings. 

• 47% of GVSU facilities are at Gold Level
• 39% of GVSU facilities are at Silver Level
• 9% of GVSU facilities are at Platinum Level 
• 5% of GVSU facilities are at Certified Level

Click here for a full list of LEED certified buildings on the Allendale campus.

Student, Staff, and Community Awards

Norman Christopher, Executive Director for the Office of Sustainability Practices, has been inducted into West Michigan Sustainable Business Hall of Fame

Nichols Sustainability Scholarship 

This scholarship was created in 2006 to reward students who commit to making a difference when it comes to environmental, social and fiscal responsibility; demonstrate Nichols commitment to sustainability; acknowledge Nichols customers when they demonstrate their commitment to sustainability.

 2018 Winners

  • Leah Anderson
  • Michael Hinkle
  • Lyndsey Schab
  • Holly Tumbarello

Dave Feenstra Scholarship 

The purpose of the fund is to honor Dave’s legacy by providing financial support for a “lead intern” at the Sustainable Agriculture Project who exemplifies Dave’s natural leadership and mentorship skills. 

2018 Winner:

  • Michael Hinkle

Sustainability Leadership Awards 

This scholarship was given to students who are leaders in sustainability

2018 Winners

  • Samuel Akoakwa
  • James Kilborn
  • Melona Markham

Sustainability Champions Award

Sustainability Champions are individuals who, by practice and belief, support the ideals of sustainable practice and using a triple bottom-line approach to problems and issues. The champions have demonstrated that they support both in word and deed, and can be looked to as leaders in sustainability. View past winners and learn more

Sustainability Champion Award Winners

Page last modified October 22, 2018