History

2012 Established the Campus Sustainability Advisory Committee to address campus issues using a whole-systems approach. The committee is charged with submitting an annual sustainability report to the President and the Board of Trustees with recommendations for consideration.
Hosted the first zero-waste football game. Several university groups collaborated to divert 61% of the games waste from landfill.
Launched the Eco-rep program.
Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council list GVSU as a Green University
2011 Princeton Review and the U.S. Green Building Council list GVSU as a Green University GVSU ranked 15th in world by the UI GreenMetric in sustainability and environmental-friendly management Seven electric vehicle chargers were installed on the GVSU Pew and Allendale campuses GVSU Housing Project received LEED gold certification The Connection on Allendale campus received LEED silver certification


2010 January 2010 - GVSU Climate Action Plan
2009 GVSU is the only Michigan school cited in the Kaplan College Guide of "cutting-edge green" colleges and universities.
Grand Valley earns top rankings from the Princeton Review.
Upcoming: The Princeton Review will do another examination in 2010. Peterson's "Green Jobs for a New Economy: The Career Guide to Emerging Opportunities" listed Grand Valley and the University of Michigan as the two Michigan schools among what editors called "top 50 four-year schools with great green programs."
Grand Valley received national merit recognition in the Sustainable Endowment Institutes 2010 Campus Sustainability Report Card.
2008 The Mackinac Hall renovation is completed and receives a LEED certification.
The Laker Turf Building is completed and receives a LEED gold certification.
The Kirkhof Center addition is completed and receives LEED certification.
The Mackinac Hall addition is completed and receives a LEED silver certification.
The new Frederik Meijer Honors College and the Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center is completed and receives LEED silver certification.
The Bicycle Factory is completed and receives LEED silver certification.
GVSU receives Sustainability Award and national recognition for Sustainability Innovation in the 2008 Campus Report Card developed by the Sustainable Endowment Institute. Recipient of the U.S. Green Building Councils 2008 Recognition Award Mark A. Murray Living Center was given an Energy Star designation from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency  the first university student-housing unit in Michigan to receive such a designation GVSU introduces the new Glenn A. Niemeyer Learning and Living Center , a LEED designed building GVSU selected by the Michigan Student Sustainability Coalition to host the ReGeneration 2009 summit
GVSU receives USGBC Excellence in Green Building Curriculum Recognition Award. The West Michigan Business Review's Deals of the Year winner.
President Haas signs the Talloires Declaration
President Haas signs The American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment further establishing GVSUs dedication
2007 The John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering is completed and receives LEED certification.
Campus Dining introduces tray-less dining significantly cutting down on food and water waste GVSU introduces the John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering, a LEED designed building
The Sustainability Initiative changes its name to the Sustainable Community and Development Initiative (SCDI)
2006 In reaction to the results of the TBL report, GVSU creates the Sustainability Initiative (SI) within the College of Interdisciplinary Studies The SI collaborates with the West Michigan Strategic Alliance in the development of the regional indicator report The initiative hosts the first Campus Sustainability Week, which now occurs annually and grows continually Grand Valley State University, City of Grand Rapids, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College, and Grand Rapids Public Schools found the Community Sustainability Partnership (CSP) The City of Grand Rapids and CSP were designated the first U.S. Regional Center of Expertise in Education for Sustainable Development.
2005 Lake Ontario Hall is completed and receives a LEED Silver certification.
The TBL indicator report is created through the assessment of campus operational and administrative data
2004 GVSU adopts sustainability guiding principles and emphasis of the triple bottom line (TBL) to administration and the Seidman College of Business
2003 MAREC facility is completed and receives a LEED Gold certification.
2002 Groundbreaking for MAREC begins
1999
The idea for the Michigan Alternative Energy Center (MAREC) is proposed by GVSU faculty and Muskegon business people