Campus Operations

By working with administration, facilities, campus dining, and housing, we strive to make Grand Valley a sustainable institution by reducing our impact on the environment, being economically vital, and improving the social conditions of our surrounding community.

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Food Sustainable agriculture is a way of producing food that's healthy to eat, doesn't harm the environment, is humane for workers, respects animals, provides a fair wage to the farmer, and supports and enhances local communities. Since there is no "sustainable" label, eating sustainably means understanding the issues, getting involved with your food, and knowing the people who grow and sell it.
Waste Minimization Waste is a distinctly human problem. In nature, there is no waste as all is recycled back into the earth, while humans use landfills that have significant negative impacts on our society. They are a big ticket expense to municipalities and local governments to maintain, they can leach toxic chemicals into the environment, and they tend to be disproportionately located near marginalized communities. Therefore, working to minimize waste has social, economic, and environmental benefits.
Energy Reliance on fossil fuels has numerous negative environmental consequences, including climate change and pollution of the air and water, along with social effects like higher asthma rates for inner-city children and political instability in oil-producing nations. Reducing reliance on fossil fuels through energy conservation and development of renewable energy sources is a way to lessen these impacts.
Water Water is an essential building block of life, so the growing demand and pollution of it is gaining increasing attention. Along with thinking about how to reduce the amount of water we consume, we also need to be conscious of what we put down the drain, and how pollutants are ending up in our water systems through runoff.
Transportation Reliable transportation is essential in day-to-day life. The method of transportation we choose has a direct impact on our environment, health and pocket book. Reducing the number of vehicles on roads minimizes traffic congestion, accidents, GHG emissions, and air pollution.
Purchasing Sustainable purchasing is all about taking environmental and social factors and considerations into account when making purchasing decisions. It is about looking at what your products are made of, where they come from, who has made them, and how they can be disposed.
Fiscal Sustainability Fiscal sustainability is the ability of an organization or entity to meet its existing spending commitments with its existing resources. These groups may be government departments, businesses, or nonprofit organizations.
Health & Wellness Health and wellness is an integral part of sustainability. Healthy lifestyles help to create fit, vibrant individuals, families, and communities. With rising health care costs, there has been increased focus on health and wellness programs as it is more cost effective to prevent health issues than treat the problem after diagnosis. Feeling connected with our bodies through eating well and living an active lifestyle can lead to a higher quality of life.