Earth Week 2021

April 18th-24th

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Sustainable Agriculture Project Online Store

Check out the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project's Online Farm Stand for our very own Beekeeper's honey, t-shirts, chapstick, and more! 

The History of Earth Day

Sustainable Food

Earth Week Meal - April 22nd at 11am at Engrained:

A combination of greens, orange ginger chicken breast, dried cherries, toasted sunflower seeds, mandarin oranges, tossed with a cherry vinaigrette 

Farm Share:

Purchase a farm share from our very own Sustainable Agriculture Project here on campus! 

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Volunteer at the Sustainable Agriculture Project: Beginning the week of March 22, in-person volunteer hours will take place on Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9-12:00, and Thursdays and Fridays 12-3:00. Click here for for information on how to volunteer! 
  • Volunteer at the Franciscan Life Process Center: Join site manager Cris Ritsema, and others, on April 22nd to prepare their beds for spring by clearing away winter debris. Tasks include weeding, raking and edging. Find out more information here!
  • Rogue River Earth Day Celebration and Live-Staking Workshop: Celebrate Earth Day with some fun at Third Nature Brewing Company! They will also be offering a tree planting opportunity across the street along the Rogue River where participants will learn from local experts how to use the ‘live-staking’ method to plant trees. Find out more here
  • Keep Blandford Beautiful - Earth Day Clean Up: Celebrate Earth Day on April 20th by helping keep the trails clean! They will supply you with everything you need to help tidy up your favorite trails and provide you with information on how you can help make a difference to keep our environment clean. Find out more information on their website

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Check out Earth Day's Official Website to learn more about Earth Day, find more resources, and see how you can get involved!

Fun Activities

  • Team Time with the Community Service Learning Center: Tea Time is a live feed where the host and guest will discuss topics in current events while our audience can submit questions via the comment section. Join on April 22nd at 7 pm for an Earth Day talk about climate change! Tune in to Tea Time by visiting the CSLC Instagram at @gv_cslc
  • Journey 2050: Journey 2050 takes students on a virtual farm simulation that explores world food sustainability. Using an inquiry based approach the program encourages students to make decisions and adjust them as they see their impact on society, the environment and the economy at a local and global scale. The students hear from farmers across the globe. Play here
  • Recycling Workshops: Michigan Recycling Coalition (MRC) has created a series of educational sessions to support local governments and businesses to meet the waste and recycling challenges at hand. But these resources are open to anyone! Watch here
  • Online Crafts: Join the CSLC and learn how to make your own items at home! Learn more here!
  • Get Outside: Spring time is a beautiful time of the year! Get outside and get some fresh air. The Campus Recreation Center has great resources for hiking trails near campus and all around West Michigan. Check them out
  • Grand Rapids 2021 Earth Day Challenge Run/Walk: The goal of the Earth Day Virtual Challenge (24,901 Miles) is simple.  The goal is that during the month of April (Earth Day Month) we will collectively see how many times we can run the distance of the equator 24,901 miles! Find out more and register here

Environmental Videos

One Earth - One Earth is an environmental short film that was created and edited to help raise awareness about us, humans, and how our activities strongly impact our environment and participate to climate change.

Love, Sorrow, and the Emotions that Power Climate Change -  Picture your favorite place in nature. How would you feel if it disappeared tomorrow? In this love letter to the planet, social worker and environmental activist Knut Ivar Bjørlykhaug invites us to confront the deep, difficult emotions -- love, sorrow and even rage -- born from climate-driven ecological loss in order to act in service of our collective home.

Let's Make the World Wild Again - Earth, humanity and nature are inextricably interconnected. To restore us all back to health, we need to "rewild" the world, says environmental activist Kristine Tompkins. Tracing her life from Patagonia CEO to passionate conservationist, she shares how she has helped to establish national parks across millions of acres of land (and sea) in South America -- and discusses the critical role we all have to play to heal the planet. "We have a common destiny," she says. "We can flourish or we can suffer, but we're going to be doing it together."

Sustainability Champions

Join us in congratulating our 2021 Sustainability Champion award winners!

Check them out!