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Grand Valley purchases 3.5 acres to build on for downtown parking on Feb. 22, 2017.

GVSU to lease, buy land to build parking lots downtown

At its meeting in Detroit Friday, Feb. 10, the Grand Valley State University Board of Trustees voted to rent and ultimately purchase 3.5 acres of land near the Pew Campus from the Louis Padnos Iron and Metal Company. Pending approval from the City of Grand Rapids, GVSU intends to convert the land into parking lots by August 2017.

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GVL/Hannah Zajac - George Heartwell, a member of President Obama's Climate Change Adaptation Task Force and of the American Bar Association Task Force on Sustainable Developement, gives a presentation on adapting to climate change to a group of GV students on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017.

"Beyond the Paris Accords"

George Heartwell, former mayor of Grand Rapids, came to Grand Valley State University Tuesday, Feb. 21, for an event titled “Beyond the Paris Accords: Adaptation Planning and Local Government.” He spoke about his role in dealing with climate change at the local level, specifically as mayor.

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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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News Briefs 02/23

Grand Valley State University President Emeritus Arend D. Lubbers announced in a press conference Tuesday, Feb. 21, that he would be starting a mental health fund called the “Andy Lubbers be nice. Memorial Fund” to promote awareness of mental health issues as well as bullying and suicide prevention in k-12 schools.

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GVL/Mackenzie Bush - Emma Weintraub and Jake Elliott prepare for the GVSU Winter Cardboard Challenge Friday, Feb. 17, 2017 in Mackinaw Hall.

GVSU to host cardboard challenge arcade

Several Grand Valley State University students aim to promote creativity and imagination by creating an arcade made of cardboard. Proceeds from the arcade will go to the Imagination Foundation. For $1, students, faculty and staff can purchase a “fun pass” that allows for unlimited play. The arcade will take place Thursday, March 2, at the Grand Rapids Children’s Museum from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. It will also be held Friday, March 3, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Kindschi Outdoor Lobby on the Allendale Campus.

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Kent County health event

Examining health disparities in West Michigan

The Health Professionals Graduate Student Alliance (HPGSA) at Grand Valley State University hosted guest speaker Adam London, the health officer for Kent County, Tuesday, Feb. 21, to discuss public health issues in West Michigan. The event took place in the DeVos Center University Club Room.

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Spreading mental health awareness

GrandPR, a public relations firm run by Grand Valley State University students, is putting together a mental health awareness campaign that will focus on the five signs of emotional suffering. The students of this organization are competing in the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) Bateman Case Study Competition with other student-run firms nationwide to spread this awareness.

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GVL/Kevin Sielaff - Professor Louis Moore speaks during the Democracy: 101 event on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

'Protest and love'

Since its inception, protests in the U.S. has not come in blips, but in waves. From the revolution of 1776, to the call of abolitionism in the 1800s, to the widespread fight against the Vietnam War in the 1960s, protestors have fought at injustices in their cultures and lives since the beginning.

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