Grand Valley named a 'Green College' for fifth year

Students working at the Sustainable Agriculture Project, one of many sustainability projects and learning spaces on campus.
Students working at the Sustainable Agriculture Project, one of many sustainability projects and learning spaces on campus.
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Grand Valley State University has been named one of the country’s most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review for the fifth year in a row. The university is included in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 332 Green Colleges: 2014 Edition.”

Released just prior to the April 22 celebration of the 44th anniversary of Earth Day, the guide profiles institutions of higher education in the U.S. that demonstrate notable commitments to sustainability in academics, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation. Areas of evaluation included the university’s commitment to building at LEED standards, environmental programs, the use of renewable energy resources and recycling and conservation programs. More than 830 schools were surveyed to be included in the guide.

Grand Valley has been included in the guidebook every year since the first issue was published in 2010. View the guidebook at www.princetonreview.com/green-guide.aspx.

This is the latest recognition Grand Valley has received for its sustainability efforts. In 2013, Grand Valley became the only university in the state and one of 45 in the country to receive gold status after completing a sustainability program developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. Also in 2013, the Sierra Club ranked the university 40th out of 162 schools as one of the country’s greenest universities and Grand Valley received an award from Keep Michigan Beautiful for community development initiatives.

For more information, contact the Sustainable Community Development Initiative at www.gvsu.edu/sustainability or (616) 331-7366.