Sustainable Community Development Initiative

Community Engagement

 

 

Grand Valley is dedicated to being a good neighbor in the West Michigan community, and to engaging with the community in a leadership role. GVSU faculty, staff, and students have developed collaborations, working relationships, and partnerships with numerous businesses and organization to benefit the community.

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Sustainability Champion Awards
Each year the Sustainability Initiative awards individuals who, by practice and belief, support the ideals of sustainable practice and using a triple bottom-line approach to problems and issues. Find a full list of recipients at the link above.

 

Community Sustainability Partnership
In 2005, Grand Valley became a founding member of the Community Sustainability Partnership along with the City of Grand Rapids and several other academic institutions to help build sustainable communities.

 

Schools of Hope
Grand Valley employees volunteer time in the community through Schools of Hope, a Heart of West Michigan United Way program. Volunteers are matched with children from 15 participating elementary schools to help increase student literacy rates.

 

Seeds of Promise
Grand Valley helped establish a new city initiative which is modeling sustainable development best practices to transform a marginalized inner city neighborhood along with more than 35 endorsing partners.

 

 
Each October, Grand Valley spends one week focusing on sustainability through speakers, events, service-learning, information tables, and celebrations.
 

 

Page last modified April 9, 2012