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.

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Biomedical student Megan Damico works with bees at the Holland Meijer Campus Apiary on Friday, Feb. 17, 2017.

The 'buzz' on honeybees

The plight of honeybees in the world is still a major concern for the future of the ecosystem and the conservation of the environment. Pesticides, invasive plants, invasive parasites and deforestation are all causes of the global decline of honeybee populations. The Grand Valley State University beekeeping club is helping to raise awareness of the decline of honeybees by hosting events that feature information about honeybees and show off natural products made with GVSU bee honey.

GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Emily Smith (left), Lexi Henckel (middle), Skylar Swifink (right) and Maddie Buning (far right) cut and prepare winter squash at the Sustainable Agriculture Project Monday, Oct. 24, 2016 during the Fresh From the Garden event.

Keeping it fresh

As a fresh spin on its monthly potluck, the Grand Valley State University Farm Club, as part of the Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP), will host an event inspired by the Food Network cooking competition show Chopped.

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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.