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Winona LaDuke

Taking care of the planet

In the fall of 2016, many Native Americans in North and South Dakota fought against a pipeline they claimed threatened the quality of their water supply and the sanctity of their burial sites. Since then, many Native Americans and other environmental activists across the U.S. have joined the local tribes in protest against the still-prevailing pipeline. One such advocate, Winona LaDuke, will come to Grand Valley State University Thursday, March 2, to speak about her experience as an environmental activist and to enforce the importance of women’s environmental stewardship.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - The Holton-Hooker Living Center, as pictured on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016.

Promoting sustainability

Grand Valley State University has 24 LEED-certified sites and structures totaling 1.7 million square feet, and newly added to that list is the Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center. LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a designation given to buildings and communities that commit to sustainable progress through design and construction innovation.

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GVSU student Patrick McCarthy installs a solar panel on the room of Embangweni Mission Hospital in northwest Malawi, Africa.

Redefining community

As demonstrated in its many initiatives and projects, Grand Valley State University is committed to community service. While most people think of a community in terms of a local collection of individuals, Heidi Jiao, an engineering professor at GVSU, along with three GVSU graduate students are turning this notion on its head.

GVSU sustainability

Saving big

The idea of “going green” and being more environmentally conscious is a concept that has begun to take hold in several institutions around the world. From car manufacturers offering more fuel efficient and electric automobiles, to energy providers switching to renewable forms of energy such as wind and solar, to universities offering larger recycling and composting programs, many people are trying to lessen their environmental impact and help better the earth.

GVL / Kevin Sielaff - Grand Valley students gather in front of Zumberge Hall in Allendale on a chilly Monday, Jan. 18, 2016 as they wait for the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day silent march to begin.

Dealing with SAD

Many northeastern states see less sunlight in the winter months than states closer to the equator. According to the United States Naval Observatory, residents of West Michigan will see an average of nine hours of sunlight per day during the month of January 2017.

GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Austin VanDyke (right) and Skyla Snarski (left) work the fields on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015. Grand Valley's Sustainable Agriculture Project aims to promote local awareness concerning the environment and sustainability efforts.

Sustainable Agriculture Project accepting research proposals

Oftentimes, some of the greatest ideas are stuck in the minds of people who don't have an avenue to explore their thoughts and theories. Grand Valley State University’s Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) is offering an opportunity for people to share their research thoughts and receive money to pursue those ideas.

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Youssef Darwich (far left) assists some Grand Valley student volunteers at the GVSU Sustainability Farm on Friday Sept. 30, 2016.

Wesley 5K Walk provides support GV food pantry

With all that Grand Valley State University has to offer, it may be easy for people to forget that some students who are enrolled suffer from problems such as hunger and food insecurity. To raise awareness of such problems, the "Wesley 5K Walk to Replenish" was held Sunday, Oct. 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Cook Carillon Tower.