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Awards & Recognitions

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

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.

 2017 Winners

  • Cole Thompson
  • Katelyn Tomaszewski
  • Austin VanDyke
  • Kalie Zerbst

Dave Feenstra ScholarshipThe 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. 

2017 Winner:

  • Krista Affholter

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

2017 Winners:


  • Lamont Arrington
  • Sarah Chatterly
  • Kara Jacoboni
  • Danielle Kay
  • Jayme Madison
  • Cassie Pataro
  • Matt Smith
  • Mara Spears
  • Dan Ziegenfelder
  • Danielle Zukowski
  • Abigail Barrenger
  • Jessica Crawford
  • Jacob McLaughlin
  • Chad Wilcox


  • Kenyatta Brame
  • Sarah Chartier
  • Andrea Hendrick
  • Renae Hesselink
  • Lance Kraai
  • Karen Lubbers
  • Lisa Oliver-King
  • Dan Schoonmaker
  • Jessica Solis
  • Richard Winkle


Faculty & Staff 

  • Youssef Darwich
  • Diane DeRyke
  • Aaron Johnson
  • Catherine Jones-Rikkers
  • Paul Keenlance
  • Alexandra Locher
  • Tom Michalak
  • James Moyer
  • Richard Rediske
  • Esther Ricco
  • Sue Sloop
  • Eric Snyder
  • Terry Stevens
  • Dave Edwards
  • Mark Minnema



Bike Friendly:

  • Joe Bitely
  • Lindsey DesArmo

Campus Bees:

  • Anne Marie Fauvel
  • Megan Damico
  • Troy Jones
  • Andrea Kress
  • Emily Noordyke
  • Kali Smolen 
  • Rebekah Suttner

Laptop Recycling:

  • Anita Benes
  • Jennifer Jameslyn
  • Kim Patrick
  • DJ Potter

Office Recycling:

  • Michael Walenta
  • Kelly Berendsen


  • Janet Aubil
  • Lindsey DesArmo
  • Erik Nordman
  • Terrry Pahl
  • Kim Patrick
  • Ruth Stegeman
  • Eric Stevens
  • Chris Swank
  • Doug Wentworth
  • Scott Whisler

University Sustainability Awards and Honors

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