Sustainability Month: October 2023 Calendar

Sustainability Month 2023

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 Thursdays 9 am-12 pm and Fridays 12 pm-3 pm.


Volunteer at the SAP!

We are eager to accommodate group volunteer days for your class, fraternity, sorority, or club (maximum of 10 visitors per group).  Contact [email protected] for more information.

Important information for volunteers:

-Please wear closed toed shoes and long pants

-No dogs or other pets are allowed at the SAP

-There is no wifi available at the SAP, so please plan accordingly

-Watch this training video before your first shift

More info on our website!


GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project
4539 Luce St.
Jenison, Michigan 49428

Monday, October 2nd, 2023



Wipe out Waste at Fresh Food Co.

Join Laker Food Co while we Wipe out Waste to help raise awareness on the environmental impact of food waste.

Fresh Food Company

Wednesday October 4th

10:00 am-2:00 pm

GVSU SAP Farm Stand

We invite you to meet and support our students by purchasing produce that they’ve grown at the Sustainable Agriculture Project.

GVSU Allendale Campus Clocktower

Wednesday October 4th

11 am - 1 pm

Farm Stand Sampling: Pickled Veggies

Join us at the Clock Tower for a food demo with Laker Food Co!

Sample pickled radishes and beets from the SAP.

GVSU Allendale Campus Clocktower

Monday, October 9th, 2023


Get the Scoop on Philanthropy: Student Philanthropy Week


Ice cream with the Beekeepers, anyone? Head to the Kirkhof Center Lobby on Monday, October 9 from 12-2 p.m. to grab free ice cream, learn more about philanthropy, and network with alumni, philanthropy professionals, and student leaders.

Kirkhof Center Lobby

Tuesday October 10th, 2023

Campus Clean Up: Student Philanthropy Week

Philanthropy isn’t all about donating money. Giving your time is just as valuable! Join University Development and GVSU Grounds keeping on Tuesday, October 10 for a campus clean-up along the Ravines to help keep our campus beautiful!

RSVP here:

Allendale Campus near Ravines

Wednesday October 11th

10:00 am-2:00 pm

GVSU SAP Farm Stand

We invite you to meet and support our students by purchasing produce that they’ve grown at the Sustainable Agriculture Project.

GVSU Allendale Campus Clocktower

Wednesday October 11th

11 am - 1 pm

Farm Stand Sampling: Seared Squash

Join us at the Clock Tower for a food demo with Laker Food Co!

Sample seared zucchini and yellow squash from the SAP.

GVSU Allendale Campus Clocktower

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023


Cash Cart: Student Philanthropy Week

In celebration of Student Philanthropy week, we’re putting our own Laker spin on the Cash Cab game show! University Development will be driving a golf cart around campus on Wednesday, October 11 and quizzing Lakers on their GVSU philanthropy knowledge. Winners will have an opportunity to choose which of the featured student organizations receives an extra “cash” donation. 


Allendale Campus

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

ENS Internships/Practicums Info Session & Resume Building Workshop

Students pursuing a major in Environmental and Sustainability Studies (ENS) are required to complete two credits of either ENS 490 Internship or ENS 491 Practicum. While it’s not required for students earning the ENS minor, ENS 490 and ENS 491 are still available to minors and fulfill an upper-level elective requirement.

You're invited to this Internships/Practicums Info Session & Resume Building Workshop to learn more about the process and expectations in preparing for ENS 490 or ENS 491, and how best to market yourself in a resume. 

Please RSVP to receive the link for this virtual event.




Friday, October 13th, 2023

2:00 pm-6:00 pm

Harvest Party

Please join the Farm Club and the Office of Sustainability Practices as we celebrate this season’s harvest with games, music, and food at the Sustainable Agriculture Project.  Volunteer hours are from 2-4:00 and we will eat and celebrate between 4-6:00.  Please bring a dish to share if interested.

GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project 

4539 Luce St.
Jenison, Michigan 49428

Friday October 13th, 2023


Laker Photo Collage Challenge: Student Philanthropy Week

Stop by the Kirkhof Center on Friday, October 13 from 1-3 p.m. for the Laker Photo Collage Challenge. For a $5 donation, Lakers can take a polaroid selfie which will be a small but important part of a large GVSU mural. When we all come together as a community, we can do big things! All proceeds will benefit the featured student organizations.

Kirkhof Center Lobby

Friday, October 13th, 2023



Seminar: Examining biodiversity patterns, food-web dynamics, and hydrology across freshwater habitats


A part of the AWRI Seminar Series. Dr. Tiffany Schriever from Western Michigan University presents "Examining biodiversity patterns, food-web dynamics, and hydrology across freshwater habitats".



Multipurpose Room
GVSU-AWRI Lake Michigan Center
740 W. Shoreline Dr.
Muskegon, MI 49441

Saturday, October 14th, 2023

9:00 am-3:30 pm

Make a Difference Day

Make A Difference Day is an annual day of service where students are transported to local community non-profits to participate in service activities. For more information and to sign-up, visit

Grand River Room

Saturday, October 14th, 2023


12:00 pm-3:00pm

West Michigan Compost Challenge


We're excited to present West Michigan's 2nd Annual Compost Challenge. Building on the success of last year's event, we're inspiring local students as well as home composters and professionals in the industry to bring their very own "black gold" to compete to see who can make the best compost. At Organicycle, we believe there's both an art and science to compost, and our mission is to inspire our community to think differently about organic waste. Think you've got what it takes when it comes to compost? Sign up in one of our divisions below. Need more information? Access some of our resources below or reach out to us at [email protected].

For information on how to enter:

Blanford Nature Center

1715 Hillburn Ave NW

Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Monday, October 16th, 2023


President’s Forum with Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander will be on campus for the October 17-18 Climate Change Education Solutions Annual Summit. Join President Mantella and Provost Mili for a conversation about responding to the deepening climate crisis in the present and future. In this session we will explore how global warming can reshape the physical campus, from architecture to grounds, electrical power to food service. Alexander will share his findings on how research and teaching can transform to grapple with the global crisis and how colleges and universities can best anticipate and act in the face of civilization's greatest challenge.



L. William Seidman Center

50 Front Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Tuesday, October 17th - Wednesday October 18th, 2023


Climate Change Education Solutions Summit

Grand Valley State University’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and Geography and Sustainable Planning Department welcome you to GVSU Fourth Annual Climate Change Education Solutions Summit (CCESS), taking place October 17-18, 2023 virtually and in person. Registration is free. Visit to register and for more information.

Virtual and at Loosemore Auditorium and Hager-Lubbers Hall, DeVos Center, 401 West Fulton Street, Grand Rapids, MI

Wednesday October 18th, 2023

7:00 pm

Edible Insects: A History of Bugs as Food APPROVED INT 100/201


Although they are consumed worldwide to this day, insects are not usually considered food in Western societies. Tying together ancient history with our modern lives, Julie Lesnik points out that insects are highly nutritious and a very sustainable protein alternative. She believes that if we accept that edible insects are a part of the human legacy, we may have new conversations about what is good to eat—both in past diets and for the future of food. At the conclusion of the talk, audience members will have the chance to sample some edible insects. 

Julie Lesnik is a biological anthropologist at Wayne State University. Her research on insects includes the publication, Edible Insects and Human Evolution (2018, U of Florida Press). She has shared her findings in media outlets, most notably on NPR's Code Switch, and she gives talks on this topic to general as well as academic audiences.  



SCB 1008 at the Seidman Center on Pew Campus in downtown Grand Rapids (50 Front Street SW).

Wednesday, October 18th, 2023


Sustainability Taste Cart

Enjoy a taste of sustainability with an ice cream bar featuring local Hudsonville ice cream and sustainably sourced toppings!

The Dish @ GVSU Allendale

Friday, October 20, 2023

1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Environmental Injustice and its Effects on the Communities of Grand Rapids

The community of Grand Rapids is like no other local community. It holds important pieces of history for locals of all backgrounds. It also suffers from several forms of environmental injustice, such as vapor intrusion and access to fresh, safe, healthy, and affordable food. This talk addresses the issues of environmental injustice being endured by the people of Grand Rapid’s most marginalized communities.

Learning Outcomes - Participants will be able to:

  • Become aware of local occurrences of environmental injustice in the local Grand Rapids community
  • Observe eyewitness accounts of the ongoing occurrence and community action
  • Gain knowledge on how students get involved through activities and assignments
  • Discuss how other individuals can gain more awareness and get involved


  • Crystal Scott-Tunstall (She/Her/Hers) Affiliate Professor, GVSU; Chair, Kent County Food Policy Council
  • Wesley Watson (He/Him/His) Regional Director, Michigan League of Conservation Voters
  • Marshall Kilgore (He/Him/His) Director of Engagement, West Michigan Environmental Action Council

RSVP Here:


Kirkhof Center Rm 2270

Allendale Charter Twp, MI 49401

But every month is sustainability month at GVSU... here's a look at what's ahead in November!

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2023



Seminar: Roots, rots and revolution: Shifting ecosystem states through below-ground ecology

Presented by Chris Blackwood, PHD. Professor of plant, soil and microbial sciences at MSU. Christopher Blackwood speaks about research in his lab "Research in my lab examines ecology and evolution of plants and microorganisms, with a focus on below-ground interactions. Understanding the ecology of soil organisms is critical for predicting future ecosystem conditions and developing management strategies for sustainability. We are particularly interested in the critical roles of soil-plant-microbe interactions in shaping plant communities, ecological processes and soil-carbon dynamics.”

GVSU Allendale


Kindschi Hall of Science Room 1121

Wednesday, November 8, 2023


Grand Valley State University Presents Bestselling Author Robin Wall Kimmerer

Robin Wall Kimmerer is a mother, scientist, decorated professor, and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation. She is the author of the New York Times bestselling collection of essays Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants as well as Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses. Kimmerer is a 2022 MacArthur Fellow. She lives in Syracuse, New York, where she is a SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor of Environmental Biology, and the founder and director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment.



GVSU Allendale

Kirkhof Center

Grand River Room

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