GVSU Initiatives
Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI) Located in Muskegon, AWRI is committed to enhancing and preserving water quality in the Great Lakes region. It is a leading research center for the region on issues that affect environmental legislation and regulation, and has an education and outreach program that has served more than 100,000 passengers aboard its biodiesel-fueled research vessels.
Reducing Impermeable Surfaces Impermeable surfaces increase water runoff. Grand Valley has made efforts to decrease impermeable surfaces on its campuses with green roofs; permeable pavement, sidewalks, and courtyard; and a 9,000 square-foot rain garden near the Laker Turf Building.
Green Housekeeping Policy Through the use of nontoxic and biodegradable cleaners this policy aims to reduce exposure to hazardous chemicals while protecting the environment.
Water Conservation Water consumption has been reduced with waterless urinals, reduced-flow shower heads, low-flush toilets, irrigation rain gauges, and going trayless in Campus Dining.
Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC) MAREC is a leader in energy-related education and the development of effective public policy for renewable energy technology. Visit MAREC for more information.
Storm Water Retention Pond The rain garden next to the Laker Turf Building feeds into a storm water retention pond to reduce runoff and erosion of the ravines. The water is then used to irrigate athletic fields, which reduces Grand Valley's water costs and its load on the municipal sewer system. Learn more about the GVSU Stormwater Initiative.
Safe and Sustainable Water for Haiti The Safe and Sustainable Water for Haiti website has been in existence since 2010. The purpose of the site is to collect and share data and information about safe and sustainable water solutions in Haiti. To read more about these various projects, please click here.


Page last modified August 17, 2018