• For the SIXTH YEAR IN A ROW, Grand Valley was named one of the country’s MOST ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE colleges by The Princeton Review in their 2015 “Guide to 353 Green Colleges.”
  • Grand Valley was named ONE OF THE COUNTRY’S GREENEST UNIVERSITIES by the Sierra Club for the THIRD YEAR IN A ROW. It was the highest ranked Michigan institution on the list.
  • For the THIRD YEAR IN A ROW, Grand Valley received a GOLD RATING from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). We’re ONE OF 69 INSTITUTIONS NATIONALLY to achieve this certification, and the first in the state.
  • Grand Valley ranked second in the national Game Day Challenge for DIVERTING NEARLY 80 PERCENT OF WASTE at a football game.
  • Grand Valley has received additional sustainability awards and recognitions from KAPLAN COLLEGE GUIDE, SUSTAINABLE ENDOWMENTS INSTITUTE, AND U.S. GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL.

  • During GVSU’s 2010 reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission (, officials noted: “The university’s AWARD-WINNING SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVE serves the missions of education and outreach and PROVIDES NATIONAL LEADERSHIP.”

  • Peterson’s “Green Jobs for a New Economy: The Career Guide to Emerging Opportunities” listed Grand Valley and the University of Michigan as the two Michigan schools among what editors called “TOP 50 FOUR-YEAR SCHOOLS WITH GREAT GREEN PROGRAMS.”

  • Mark A. Murray Living Center was given an ENERGY STAR DESIGNATION from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency — THE FIRST UNIVERSITY STUDENT-HOUSING UNIT IN MICHIGAN to receive such a designation. 

  • Grand Valley ranked 24TH NATIONALLY among all colleges and universities in the recent annual Recyclemania competition.

  • President Haas established Grand Valley’s DEDICATION TO PROTECTING THE ENVIRONMENT by signing The American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment. 

  • The City of Grand Rapids and Community Sustainability Partnership were designated the FIRST U.S. REGIONAL CENTER OF EXPERTISE IN EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT.
  • Grand Valley was featured by BEST COLLEGE RANKINGS on a list of colleges that are doing a GREAT JOB TEACHING SUSTAINABILITY and promoting it in their communities.

  • GVSU’s Facilities Services was the recipient of the Association of Energy Engineers Region III CORPORATE ENERGY MANAGEMENT AWARD

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