Campus Sustainability Advisory Council

The GVSU Campus Sustainability Advisory Council (CSAC) was formed in 2014, and was made up of 25+ faculty and staff members including representatives from all eight colleges and a wide variety of units and divisions.  The CSAC focuses on planning and advancing sustainability as a campus-wide goal and value at GVSU. 

Chris Plouff, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Yumi Jakobcic, Director of the Office of Sustainability Practices, serve as co-chairs.  

The preliminary charter of the CSAC is to provide support and direction for:

  • Developing  a vision for the Office of Sustainability Practices that is more student focused where GVSU campuses are seen as learning laboratories for GVSU students and community members
  • Establishing a sustainable lifestyle on campus that is embraced in the everyday work of faculty, staff, and students
  • Promoting university-wide communications, coordination, and planning of sustainability related programs and activities
  • Integrating sustainability programs and activities into the new University 2016-2021 Strategic Plan



The CSAC is made up of 10 specific workgroup areas, which meet as needed throughout the year.

Workgroup Leaders:

Building/Landscaping               Scott Whisler

Community Engagement         Travus Burton     

Energy/Water Management     Terry Pahl

ESD                                          Elena Lioubimtseva

Finance/Purchasing                  Kim Patrick

Food Systems                          Colin Yonkers

Health/Wellness                        Lindsey DesArmo

Student Affairs                          Eric Stevens

Transportation                           Chris Swank

Waste Management                  Janet Aubil