What is Happening at GVSU: Sustainability Month 2021

Sustainability Month Photo Challenge

Weekly winners announced! 

Anchored in Sustainability
Sustainability Month at the Surplus Store

429 Standale Plaza NW
Walker, MI 49534


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All Month

Coloring Kids' Food Basket Bags

Stop by the Office of Sustainability Practices to grab some brown paper bags to color for Kids' Food Basket! 

Help KFB provide an extra touch of love to every child they serve! Each Sack Supper is a nutritious, ready-to-eat meal delivered right to a child’s classroom or summer site, ensuring children have access to the healthy food they need to thrive. Decorated Sack Supper bags are the secret ingredient to success— they need your help year-round to provide that extra touch of love!

There will be instructions on the table outside our office or you can find them here

GVSU Allendale Campus

Office of Sustainability Practices

260 Lake Michigan Hall

All Month 

Upcycling T-shirts into Tote Bags 

Turn your old t-shirts into a reusable tote bag! All you need is a t-shirt and scissors! 

Don't have any old t-shirts? Stop by the Office of Sustainability Practices for some!

Instructions: here is a youtube video and written instructions!

GVSU Allendale Campus

Office of Sustainability Practices

260 Lake Michigan Hall

In-person volunteer hours will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays 12pm-3pm, and Fridays 1pm-4pm


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

-Please bring sunscreen, a sun hat, water bottle, and snack

-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

-You must complete a COVID-19 self-assessment form before volunteering at the SAP. This can be found here.

More info on our website!


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

All Month

GVSU Beekeepers Honey Sale

We have 16oz bottles of raw, unprocessed, honey for sale. $8 each for the whole month of October!

Payment is through our online store! Schedule a time to pick up your honey in our office!

GVSU Allendale Campus

Office of Sustainability Practices

260 Lake Michigan Hall

All Month

Project Green Challenge 

Starting on October 1, Project Green Challenge (PGC) will inform, inspire and mobilize high school, college, and grad school students globally. Each day during the month of October, a uniquely themed challenge will be delivered to registered PGC participants by email at 6 am Pacific Time. Each challenge will be live for 24 hours inviting participants to complete actions and upload deliverables to acquire points.

Virtual Event

Sign up online!



GVSU Farm Stand

The Farmer's Market was cancelled due to COVID-19, but we will have a Farm Stand by the clock tower. Get your fresh foods and support your local farmers!

October 6th: Daddy’s Dough and Mosby’s Popcorn will make an appearance! 

GVSU Allendale Campus Clocktower

October 5th


Undergraduate Research Fair

At the event, students have the opportunity to get information about participating in research and creative projects directly from faculty and staff.

Participating in research and creative projects at GVSU can expand students' academic experience and provide students with another way to look at the world.

Research is a process of careful inquiry leading to the discovery of new information. Research is not limited to certain majors, but occurs in all disciplines.

The Undergraduate Research Fair is sponsored by the Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship.

Food will also be provided.

GVSU Allendale Campus

Kirkhof Grand River Room (2250)

October 5th


GVSU Student Environmental Coalition Campus Clean-Up

Join the SEC in a campus clean up! Gloved and trash bags will be provided! Meet in the Kirkhof Lobby. 

GVSU Allendale Campus 

Kirkhof Lobby

October 6th & 7th


Environmental and Sustainability Fellowship Opportunities Information Session

Majoring in environmental science or natural resource management? Curious about internships with federal or state agencies focused on the environment, natural resources, parks and conversation, and sustainability? Seeking information about fellowships available to graduate students in environmental/sustainability fields? Curious about opportunities for international service in environmental arenas in Peace Corps or with other organizations? Join me for an overview of the many opportunities available to you, as an undergraduate and after you graduate!

The information session will take place via Zoom.

Register for the Oct. 6th session

Register for the Oct. 7th session

October 8th


GVSU Farm Club Harvest Party 

There will be normal volunteer hours from 1-4pm at the SAP and the  Harvest Party will follow from 4-8pm. Join for food, yard games, and so much more!

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

October 9th


Family Weekend 5k


Hosted by Recreation & Wellness, the GVSU Family Weekend 5K run/walk course is a flat, fast course that will show off the beauty of the Grand Valley Campus in the fall season. This race will have professional timing and immediate results. 

This year, we will have an in-person and virtual event. The in-person event will take place on the Allendale campus on Saturday, October 9. For the virtual event, racers will submit their time, and the top three times will receive a prize. 

Registration is now open for both the virtual and in person race! Registration prior to 12pm on September 24 guarantees a t-shirt. T-shirt is not a guarantee if after 12pm on September 24.

GVSU Allendale Campus

RSVP Here!

October 10th


Fall Color Bike Tour with GVSU Outdoor Adventures


The only thing better than enjoying fall color by bike is enjoying fall color by bike with friends and donuts! The Outdoor Adventures program invites you to join a casual group ride (<10 mph) from our Pew campus through Grand Rapids’ Millenium Park. BYOBike (& helmet - required) and we’ll take care of the donuts.  

The ride will start/ finish at the Devos campus plaza near the carillon tower. There will be 2 route options. A 9 mile out & back and a longer loop of 13-15 miles. It will be comprised of 90% paved trail, 10% low-traffic roads (start/ finish). There will be a planned rest-stop near the middle of the ride to enjoy refreshments.  The total anticipated time is 1.25-2 hours depending on your route selection, including stops. 

Transportation of bikes is the responsibility of each participant. Up to 3 bikes can fit on each LakerLine bus. Outdoor Adventures does not have rental bikes or helmets available at this time.

GVSU Pew Campus

Carillon Tower Plaza
near the flag poles


October 12th


Student Environmental Coalition Meeting

Come join the Student Environmental Coalition for our weekly meeting! All existing members and new members are welcome. 

GVSU Allendale Campus

Kirkhof Room 2266


October 12th-14th

AASHE’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education (GCSHE) 

This year’s Global Conference on Sustainability in Higher Education reflects the uncertainty about the future that many feel and invites participants to recommit themselves to the urgent work of building a future that is sustainable, equitable, and resilient. We seek to highlight inspiring examples of higher education leadership that empower participants to envision and create such a future. Ultimately, the future is ours to make. Are you committed to leveraging the power of higher education to forge a brighter future? Join us at GSCHE!

Virtual Event

Sign up here!

October 15th


GVSU Honey Bottling Event

Join GVSU's Beekeepers Club for their honey bottling event! 

The Beekeepers is a group of students who are actively involved in managing honey bees at the GVSU Sustainable Agriculture Project. 

GVSU Allendale Campus

Niemeyer Multipurpose Room

October 16th 


Make a Difference Day

Make a Difference Day is a national day of service, recognized on campuses and in communities across the country! GVSU's Community Service Learning Center is proud to have recognized this day of service for over 15 years. Join other GVSU students in serving your local Grand Raids area. 

Grand Rapids Area

Learn more and register here!

October 19th



GVSU Repair Clinic

Twice an academic year, faculty and staff volunteers gather for a two-hour session to fix students' rips and missing buttons, jammed zippers, broken glasses, backpack straps and much more.  This service is absolutely free to any GVSU student.  At each clinic, we try to repair as much as we can for as many as we can.  So far, over 370 services have been performed at Repair Clinics.

Knitting instruction on site with yarn and knitting needles learners may keep.

Snacks and small giveaways. 

Advisors on hand to talk about any academic or scheduling questions you may have.

GVSU Allendale Campus

Holton Hooker Living Center Multipurpose Room

October 25th-26th

GVSU Manistee River Trail Backpacking Trip


Nestled in the Manistee National Forest the Manistee River Trail will serve as your introduction to backpacking/hiking in Manistee County.

This perfect weekend hike offers a varied and dynamic perspective of the natural beauty of lower Michigan. This overnight trip will follow the ~10 mile Manistee River Trail for an end-to-end hike. While well conditioned hikers can do the trail in a day, our trip plans to offer a more casual pace. This will allow time to focus on enjoying the natural beauty of the area, getting to know your fellow hiking companions and dialing-in your outdoor skills.

You will not want to miss this opportunity to explore the natural wonders the Michigan forests have to offer. 

Join us, as we adventure in our own backyard!

Want to know more? Stop by the trip info sessionWednesday, September 15 @ 6pm in Fieldhouse 16 (lower level classroom by the pool)

Early Bird (before Oct 1) - $55
Regular (Oct 1 - Oct 18) - $65

Manistee River Trail, Harrietta, MI



October 27th


Pumpkin Painting with GVSU Campus Activities Board

Join us to paint some tiny decorative pumpkins for your living space to celebrate the upcoming holiday!

GVSU Allendale Campus

Grand River Room

October 27th


Democracy 101: Affordable Housing

Join us this fall for our expanded version of Democracy 101 in partnership with the Cook Leadership Academy out of Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies. Each session will have a presentation component that focuses on education about the topic and how it impacts not only our community, but communities across the country. The second half will hold space for a student led Dialogue about the topic. 

Mary Idema Pew Library Multi-purpose Room (LIB 030)

October 29th


Drop-in Service with the GVUS Community Service Learning Center 

The CSLC partners with community partners and student organizations to give back by doing fun service projects. On October 29th, the CSLC will be partnering with Blandford Nature Center for a fun service project!

GVSU Allendale Campus


Kirkhof Room 1142

November 3rd-5th

Climate Change Education Solutions Summit - GVSU's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Regional Math and Science Center, and Geography and Sustainable Planning Department

The Summit will bring together scientists, educators, business leaders, students, citizens groups, and the public to share innovative ideas and perspectives on climate change education in Michigan and worldwide and its role in successful climate action.

This three-day event will include keynote presentations, panel discussions, and online workshops, providing excellent teaching, learning, and networking opportunities. Participants will be able to participate in several virtual sessions and round tables, engage with interactive visualization tools, discover climate change teaching materials, and participate in the Climate Story Telling Workshop.

This is a virtual event

For more information and to register click here

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