Water

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Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI)

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.


GVSU Storm Water Initiative

rain garden

The development of Best Management Practices for storm water and improved storm water runoff management on GVSU's Allendale campus has been ongoing for several years.  This is in large part due to problems associated with development (ex. construction of impervious building, roads, and parking areas) of the natural environment.  Problems related to development typically include: degradation of water quality, reduced groundwater recharge, stream channel instability, increased flooding, and degraded natural habitats.  Both reversing and preventing future impacts to the natural environment related to development and campus activities is the basis for the implementation of alternative storm water management practices on the GVSU campus.


Safe and sustainable water for haiti

Faculty member

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. Visit their website for more information at https://www.gvsu.edu/haitiwater/


Reducing Impermeable Surfaces

downtown campus roof garden

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 Kelly Family Sports Center. 


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 water-less urinals, reduced-flow shower heads, low-flush toilets, irrigation rain gauges, and going trayless in Campus Dining.