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Sustainable Agriculture Project Farm Stand

The SAP Farm Stand will remain open at GVSU during the Winter 2013 semester!

Beginning Wednesday, January 9th, the SAP Farm Stand will be operating out of the Lobby of the Kirkhof Center on GVSU's Allendale campus.

Days/Hours of Operation: Every Wednesday from 10am - 2pm.

Nominate Women Environmental Leaders

West Michigan Environmental Action Council and GVSU's Sustainability Initiative would like to honor our region's environmental community "Heroines," including those "Hidden Heroines" who have contributed selflessly, with little public recognition for their work, to ensure the future of our natural resources and public health. The awards will be given during the 2nd Annual Women and Environment Symposium on February 15 at GVSU's Eberhard Center.

Nominations must be received by January 7, 2013.

MLK Day: Crafting for the Community Event

Monday, January 21st 10-11:30am or 2-4pm. 

GVSU Allendale Campus, Kirkhof Center Rm. 2215/2216

Students, faculty, staff and community members will come together to engage in a wide variety of crafts. The items will be donated to local shelters, healthcare organizations and direct service non-profits. We ask that you please plan on staying for the entire length of the project. This activity is open to children who are 5 and up, however all children 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult.  Walk-ins will be accepted pending available space.

Register for the 10am session here.

Register for the 2pm session here.

Supplies will be provided for each session, however donations of supplies (see list below) will be gratefully accepted. Prior to the event items may be brought to the Women and Gender Studies main office in 227 Lake Ontario Hall.  

Supplies needed:

Plastic grocery bags
New paper lunch bags
Used/new lanyards
Used/new pillowcases
Used/new t-shirts
Used/new flannel
Used/new fleece
Fabric markers/fabric paint
Pop- can tops/tabs

GVSU Scores Big with Game Day Challenge Rankings

Weeks of planning paid off with great results at our Zero Waste Homecoming Football Game (Saturday, October 20th,  2012)!

Over 70 volunteers manned nearly 30 recycle stations from 5 PM (tailgate time) to the end of the football game. By midnight, the following volumes had been collected:

Waste/Landfill – 1,648 pounds
Recyclables – 862 pounds
Compostables – 1,726 pounds

Overall, 2,588 pounds of material were kept from the landfill for a diversion rate of 61% by weight.

GVSU ranked number number 1 in the Division II & III Schools' organics reduction category, and number 19 overall (based on diversion rate).

View results

Student Recreation Fields get sustainable certification

The Student Recreation Fields is among the first projects in the world to be certified by the Sustainable Sites Initiative, a pilot program that is creating national guidelines for sustainable land design...

Read the full story here.

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