Office of Sustainability Practices

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.


Reinvestment Fund

SAP Website

Sustainable Agriculture Project
     •CSA Shares
     •Volunteering at the Farm
     •The Apiary
     •Farmers Markets


  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.