GVL / Luke Holmes - Marty Rodriguez sells fresh produce at the Farmers Market in Parking Lot G on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2016.

Making 'going green' personal

Grand Valley State University is an institution that takes great pride in its sustainability practices. From LEED-certified buildings, an emphasis on recycling and the handful of sustainability groups on campus, GVSU makes an effort to ensure that the campus is environmentally safe.

GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Dr. Erik Nordman speaks about Presidednt Trump’s climate policy and energy plan and how they will affect our local and global climate Thursday, April 13, 2017.

Environmental uncertainty

As part of the Grand Valley State University Community Service Learning Center’s democratic dialogue series, guest speaker Erik Nordman, associate professor of biology at GVSU, led a discussion about climate change and sustainability Thursday, April 13.


Educating about sustainability

What does it mean to be sustainable? For the United States Department of Agriculture, it means satisfying human needs while enhancing the environmental quality and viability of its agriculture. For the Environmental Protection Agency, it means “to create and maintain conditions under which humans and nature can exist in productive harmony.”

​GVL/ Hannah Zajac- Spencer Brower, gives his opening statement in the Multipurpose room on April 11th, 2017

Geology 300 class holds mock trial

As the culmination of a semester-long project, the geology 300 class at Grand Valley State University held a mock trial of the 1980s water contamination case in Woburn, Massachusetts. The mock trial was held as an open event Tuesday, April 11, in the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons.

GVL/ Hannah Zajac- Erin Schrode, a citizen activist and social entrepreneur, speaks about environmental action, public health, and equal justice to a group of students in the Mary Idema Pew Library on Monday, April 3, 2017.

What it takes to change the world

Changing the world is a lot of work. People have done it in the past—in good ways and in bad—but regardless of what they did or how they did it, it usually took a lot of effort, time and money. Many people have significantly impacted the world around them, but few have done so as early as 13 years old, as Erin Schrode did.

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Julia Henderson gets to work at the GVSU Sustainability Farm on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016.

Recognizing 'sustainability champions'

Sixty nine students, faculty members and members of the community received recognition at the ninth annual Grand Valley State University Sustainability Champion Awards (SCA) Friday, March 31. Among these individuals, five received scholarships for their sustainable efforts. The event was hosted by the Office of Sustainability Practices (OSP) in the Kirkhof Center Grand River Room.

GVL / Luke Holmes -  Thomas Meyer held a lecture in the Loosemore Auditorium on Thursday, Mar. 23, 2016.

Chemistry professor discusses alternative energy need, possibilities

The human race has burned half of the world’s fossil fuel supply in 200 years. Eventually, fossil fuels will run out, and humanity will have to find another source of energy to provide electricity. George McBane, a chemistry professor at Grand Valley State University, said there are few sources of energy that are sustainable in that they will likely “outlive our species,” the main one being the sun.

GVL/Meghan McBrady - Students speak to the group during the NAACP's "Resistance" series talk on Monday, Mar. 20, 2017 in the Kirkhof Center.

Addressing 'environmental injustices'

Expanding on details of racism and privilege in modern society, the Grand Valley State University chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) conducted the second installment of its “Resistance” series Monday, March 20, in the Kirkhof Center.