The Sustainability office has been in place at GVSU for 11 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.
1. Use one of the many water bottle refilling stations throughout campus or refill your bottles at home, rather than buying water.
2. Save energy by turning off lights, TVs, and computers, as well as unplugging electrical items when not in use.
3. Use alternative transportation modes to reduce emissions and save fuel by carpooling and riding the bus, which is free to GVSU students, faculty and staff members.
4. Reduce your printing needs by accessing electronic resources through the library.
5. Practice recycling and composting daily by disposing of your items in the designated places on- and off-campus.
6. Stay active by regularly walking, biking, hiking and attending exercise programs.
7. Eat healthy and select fair-trade, local, and organic options, when available.
8. Enroll in any of Grand Valley's many sustainability related courses.
9. Purchase only what you need, buy used, barter, trade, or make your own for less.
10. Engage in service projects by joining a sustainability related student or community organization.