Recent Sustainability News
Sustainable Community Voices discusses Commercial Fishing on the Great Lakes with Amber Mae Petersen, January 16th, 2019
Sustainable Community Voices puts the spotlight on green practices in our community with Diane Connors, Diane Golzynski and Colleen Matts, December 19th, 2018
Sustainable Community Voices discusses "Our West Michigan Sustainability Journey" with the director of GVSU's Office of Sustainability Practices, Norman Christopher, November 21st, 2018
Sustainable Agriculture Project receives national innovation award, November 1st, 2018
GVSU researcher receives environmental award for PFAS work, October 18th 2018
GV professor recognized statewide for energy conservation, October 15th, 2018
Sustainability week celebrates environmental accomplishments, October 8th, 2018
- Getting Green discusses GVSU's Maintenance Operations with, Jeff Marcinkowski and Lawrence Meredith from facilities, September 24th, 2018
- Kari Bliss and Bill Haadsma discuss The State of Recycling and The China Sword with Community Voices, September 19th, 2018
- GVSU ranked fourth out of 17 universities for achievement in sustainability, September 10th, 2018
- Groundswell is one of 5 nonprofits throughout the US and Canada to win national innovation education award
- GVSU study finds GR’s green infrastructure investments worth the cost on August 18th, 2018
- This month, Sustainable Community Voices discusses West Michigan Shoreline Food Processing Initiative with Marty Gerencer, August 15th, 2018
- Ed Wierzbicki, Facilities Supervisor in GVSU's Custodial Department, joins Getting Green to talk about Grand Valley winning 1st Place in Green Cleaning for Higher Education. June 25th, 2018
- Campus members break ground on demonstration garden on Thursday, May 17th, 2018
- Sustainable Communities Voices discuss Affordable Housing
- Grand Rapids Director of Development to speak at GV on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018
- Grand Rapids city planner speaks at GV from the Lanthorn, March 2018
- Design Thinking Academy searching for applications from the Lanthorn, March 2018
- March 2018 GVSU Environmental Studies and Sustainable Food Systems Newsletter
- GVSU and Spectrum Health both honored as "Best Workplace for Commuters" - the only two Michigan companies honored out of the 235 companies honored nationally. Click here to read the full article from the Grand Rapids Business Journal.
- The Laker Effect Challenge is on April 12, 2018 - The Laker Effect Challenge Competition supports projects aimed at solving a real problem, and that demonstrate leadership and advocacy aimed at shaping the future.
- Join Aquinas College for this Spring's Economicology Forum and Panel Discussion on February 15, 2018: “Grand River Revitalization and Rapids Restoration: Exploring a Holistic Approach to a Complex Project”
- The US Green Building Council of West Michigan has highlighted GVSU's Mary Idema Pew Library on the Allendale campus for it's outstanding achievement as both a LEED Platinum certified building. Click here to read all about this certification and more about LEED certified buildings at GVSU.
- Grand Valley to offer new study-abroad program in Namibia next year from The Lanthorn
- "Busy as a bee: Students and faculty research, advocate for honeybees" from GV Magazine.
- "For the love of water: Passion drives impactful hands-on learning experiences" from GV Magazine.
- Congratulations to Grand Valley State University Facilities Planning Department for winning the 2017 EXPI Award! Learn why GVSU was the 2017 award recipient!
- Come join the Geography Club and Geography and Sustainable Planning Department to watch "An Inconvenient Truth 2" on Thursday, November 9 at 7 pm in BLL 110 Mackinac Hall.
- As part of a campus-wide sustainability initiative, GVSU's Student Environmental Coalition educated peers on waste disposal at campus dining locations.
- GVSU's food pantry, Replenish, received hundreds of donations during Food 4 Fines, a program that allowed people's donations to the pantry to count toward payment for parking citations. Click here to read the full article.
- GVSU students have produced videos on sustainability in Grand Rapids. Check out Sustainability in Grand Rapids: Becoming Sustainable Through Partnerships.
- The Solar Gardens are a 17-acre project with Consumer's Energy on GVSU's campus. The site provides nearly endless educational opportunities for students. Read more about it in the current paper issue, Summer 2017, of Grand Valley Magazine, or visit the Solar Garden website here.
- GVSU Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies has a Laptop Recycling Program!
- Carolyn Ulstad is a GVSU graduate pursuing a career in sustainability.
$30 K Design Competition Open to Students Worldwide Opportunity for All!
GLOBAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION AWARDING $30K FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS
Now in its fourth year, Wege Prize is a global transdisciplinary design competition that gives teams of five college/university students the chance to work collaboratively, use design thinking principles,and contend for $30,000 in total cash prizes, all while helping to show the world what the future of problem solving looks like.
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
Any college/university student, in any program, anywhere in the world! New for 2017, both undergraduate and graduate level students are eligible to compete. Students must be enrolled in a full-time (or equivalent) program.
LEARN MORE: INDIVIDUAL AND TEAM PARTICIPATION REQUIREMENTS
WHAT IS THE CHALLENGE?
Teams must leverage their transdisciplinary makeup to collaboratively design and propose a product, service, business/non-profit organization, or other solution that addresses the following wicked problem: How can we create a circular economy?
A circular economy is one that is restorative by design, aiming to keep products, components, and materials at their highest utility and value at all times - where resources can be re-adapted for use without limiting the desirability of products or the flow of revenue.
LEARN MORE: WEGE PRIZE 2017 DESIGN BRIEF
HOW DOES THE COMPETITION WORK?
Wege Prize is designed to provide a robust learning experience, broken down into four phases. After each phase, teams will receive direct feedback from the judges in order to continue developing their solutions.
LEARN MORE: WEGE PRIZE 2017 TIMELINE
NEXT STEPS: SPREAD THE WORD AND GET INVOLVED!
Whether you’re a new or returning student looking to participate, a faculty member looking to inspire your students towards new experiences, or a professional interested in spreading the word or getting involved as a mentor, it’s easy to get started.
Explore the competition further at wegeprize.org and join the Wege Prize Facebook group, where you can share ideas, connect with other wicked problem solvers from around the world, and begin building a team!
Team registration is now open, and teams must be registered by November 30, 2016 to be able to compete.
Please feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions you may have, and stay tuned to all the latest Wege Prize updates via the social media links below: