Office of Sustainability Practices

Energy

GVSU Initiatives
 
Climate Action Plan
Grand Valley's Climate Action Plan outlines steps to achieve carbon neutrality by 2037. Find more information in GVSU's Sustainability Reports. 
 
 
LEED Facilities
Grand Valley has committed to designing and building to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification levels. LEED buildings use 30 percent less energy, 40 percent less water, and 75 percent less material than regular buildings. Check out a list of GVSU LEED certified buildings and their ratings.
 
 
Energy Saving Projects
GVSU saves more than $1.1 million per year by monitoring and documenting energy consumption; purchasing Energy Star products; installing more efficient lighting; and using occupancy sensor controls and heating and cooling controls.
 
 
Student Conserve Energy Challenge
Each year student housing units compete to see who can reduce energy consumption the most. This competition is part of a broader campaign to encourage behavior change in students.
 
 
Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center (MAREC)
MAREC is a leader in energy-related education and the development of effective public policy for renewable energy technology. Visit MAREC for more information.
 
 
Renewable Energy
Both the Laker Turf Building and MAREC use photovoltaics as a partial energy source, and the Turf Building has geothermal wells that help maintain temperature level.

 

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