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Surplus store on Thursday June 1, 2017.

One man's trash

A few years ago, Grand Valley State University opened a surplus store in downtown Grand Rapids in order to reduce waste on campus, recycle, and reuse material and products that weren’t being used anymore. As of the end of 2016, the GVSU Surplus Store has diverted 205,249 pounds of materials from the landfill, including scrap metal, e-waste, plastic and other materials. This has been done through donations, sales and recycling.

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Consumers Energy building on Thursday June 1, 2017.

GVSU, Consumers Energy open leadership center on Pew Campus

Grand Valley State University and Michigan-based Consumers Energy have teamed up and opened a leadership center on the university’s downtown Grand Rapids campus. The John G. Russell Leadership Center, located on Front Avenue Southwest just past the L. William Seidman Center, will serve as a hub for Consumers Energy employees to learn key leadership skills as they work in the company.

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Tuesday May 30, 2017.

GVSU to host traffic skills course for bicyclists

Grand Valley State University and the Greater Grand Rapids Bicycle Coalition (GGRBC) plan to partner up to provide an informative Traffic Skills 101 Smart Cycling session. This course is designed to help participants refresh their knowledge of the rules of the road, as well as increase their on-bike confidence.

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Michigan receives grant to combat opioid usage

The use of opioid drugs is rising nationally, and the state of Michigan is reserving money specifically to combat the addiction. The state received a $16.37 million grant that was awarded to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services and will finance prevention and treatment initiatives across the state. This includes the development of a statewide awareness campaign, research, prevention services and more.

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Preston Smith and Daniel Diem Rylaarsdam (center) of Bootstrap Innovations win $6,500 during the MWest Challenge, held inside of Grand Valley's Eberhard Center on Friday, April 1, 2016.

Getting their business off the ground

The MWest Challenge, a student business-plan competition designed to create cross-collaboration between students in the West Michigan area, will hold its final event Friday, April 21. The event will take place in the Loosemore Auditorium of the DeVos Center.

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