From Grand Valley's fourth president, Thomas J. Haas
There may never be a better time to make a commitment to sustainability than right now. With incredible challenges presented by recent events, such as the financial and energy crises, also come incredible opportunities. As a rapidly growing university whose size, impact, and community engagement are continuing to build momentum, Grand Valley is poised to play a powerful role in building a more sustainable community and world. In addition to the university’s dedication to being environmentally friendly, fiscally responsible, and involved in the community, its mission of educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies fuels the core of sustainability. Through education, our university aims to make students more mindful, responsible, and passionate individuals who will be mobilized to create a world and society that can be enjoyed by both the people of today and those of tomorrow.
But the most well-intended and robust programs mean nothing unless individuals, like you and me, decide to make a difference. To create a more sustainable community, each one of us must realize how important our every action is and must be inspired to change our thoughts and behaviors in a way that benefits the greater good.
In this guide, you will find examples of changes the university and other individuals have made that might inspire you, along with some of the many opportunities you have to become a part of this exciting and important journey.
Thomas J. Haas