Office of Sustainability Practices

We are starting the new academic year with a name change, moving from the Sustainable Community Development Initiative (SCDI) to the Office of Sustainability Practices. The Sustainability office has been in place at GVSU for 10 years, and Sustainability is now the seventh value at the University.  We have moved from initiatives to defined practices in administration and campus operations, educational opportunities, student involvement, and community engagement. GVSU is known locally, regionally, nationally, and globally for applied sustainability best practices on campus and in the community.


The mission of the Office of Sustainability Practices is to provide Grand Valley administration, faculty, staff, students, and community stakeholders with the required skills and capabilities to become better stewards and responsible global citizens in the workforce, communities, and family life. This site will guide you to information and resources, helping you to become more involved with sustainability efforts at Grand Valley State University and around the world.

Zero-Waste Alumni Tailgate Volunteer Opportunity


The Office of Sustainability Practices, Alumni Relations, Facilities Services and other partners are attempting to divert as much waste from the landfill as possible during the homecoming activities on Oct. 11, 2014. From 4-6 pm, a variety of activities for alumni will take place, including a buffet, near the athletic fields. Approximately five volunteers are needed to help manage the waste sorting during this event – see duties below.


Volunteers are needed to:

  • Be present from approximately 4-6 pm on Saturday, Oct. 11th
  • Direct guests on how to sort their trash accordingly (compost, recycle or landfill)
  • Remove and replace garbage bags as needed


Volunteer benefits include:

  • Complimentary meal from the buffet at the end of the shift
  • Permission to collect any returnable cans/bottles


Please email if you’re interested in volunteering.

Sustainable Agriculture Project

For more information on:

  • CSA Shares
  • Volunteering at the Farm
  • The Apiary
  • Farmers Markets

       Click here


Sustainable Reinvestment Fund

For more information:

  • About the fund
  • SRF Application 
  • Donations 

      click here