Environmental Studies


GLISTEN (Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship Through Education Network) Grant

Director of Environmental Studies Elena Lioubimtseva Ph.D. and Associate Professor Janet Vail, Ph.D. received a $10,000 planning grant in 2010 for the West Michigan cluster of the Great Lakes Innovative Stewardship through Education Network (GLISTEN). The grant is through the Corporation for National and Community Service.

Great Lakes

GLISTEN is a three-year initiative of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement that will harness the expertise and innovation of college faculty and undergraduate students to promote stewardship of the Great Lakes, an ecosystem containing 20% of the world's fresh water.

Professor Lioubimtseva and Professor Vail will be working with GVSU environmental studies students Kheran Joseph and Jessica Schwartz, along with Aquinas College and Calvin College faculty and students to foster partnerships with community organizations to develop academic courses, civic engagement, and service learning projects with an emphasis on Great Lakes issue.



Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) was initiated in 2001 under the National Science Foundation's CCLI national dissemination track. Since then, SENCER has established and supported an ever-growing community of faculty, students, academic leaders, and others to improve undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education by connecting learning to critical civic questions. SENCER is the signature program of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement, which was established in affiliation with Harrisburg University of Science and Technology.


Mapping Community Garden's in Muskegon, MI

This project included gathering data and GPS photographs to map Community Gardens in Muskegon, MI. A short survey was administered and photographs taken of each garden. Information gathered is being used by The Center for Economic Security (Muskegon County) and The Muskegon County Health Department. This information can also be used to help gardeners connect and share best sustainable practices, problems & solutions and ideas in the production of locally grown organic food.

Humanistic Garden
Contact Person - David O'Neal
Between Catherine Ave. & Isabella Ave on Pine Street Muskegon, MI

The Healthy Garden
Contact Person - Pam Goodman
Muskegon County Health Department
Apple Ave.
Muskegon, MI

Clara's Corner
A Community Project
Contact Person - Clara Shepherd
Corner of 7th Ave & Monroe Street
Muskegon, MI

Sugarbush School Gardens
Blanford Nature Center
1715 Hillburn Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Charles Linner Garden
Contact Person: Charles Linner
1708 Bristol Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Page last modified March 17, 2014