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Campus Sustainability Week: No Impact Experiment

Sunday, October 16th kicks off this year’s seventh annual GVSU Campus Sustainability Week (CSW). We invite all Grand Valley students, faculty, and staff to take part in a week of presentations, events, discussions, and challenges revolving around the topic of sustainability.

The No Impact Experiment, this year’s CSW theme, is the result of a personal investigation conducted by Colin Beavan (No Impact Man) to see if living a zero-impact lifestyle could actually lead to a happier life. Beavan’s documented experience (via blog, book, and film) garnered much success and theorized that individual action could inspire both cultural change and political engagement.

For a detailed schedule of events and to register for the No Impact Experiment, visit the CSW page.

Nominate a Sustainability Champion

Sustainability Champions are individuals who, by practice and belief, support the ideals of sustainability, using a triple bottom-line approach to solve problems and issues. The champions have demonstrated that they support sustainability, both in word and deed, and can be looked to as leaders. If you know someone that fits this profile, we want to hear from you. Complete the Sustainability Champion nomination form here.

Selected Champions will be recognized at the Sustainability Champions Awards Breakfast on Friday, October 14, 2011 at 7:30-8:45am in the Pere Marquette Room of the Kirkhof Center on Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Lunchtime Sustainability Conversations

GVSU’s Sustainable Community Development Initiative invites students, faculty, and staff to join us for lunchtime conversations on sustainability. We will watch a brief sustainability themed video and follow up with a discussion. No RSVP necessary. Just stop by, enjoy the food and join the conversation.

Friday, September 23
12pm - 1pm
Room 1142, Kirkhof Center
Light lunch provided.

Annie Leonard: The Story of Stuff
The Story of Stuff is a fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world.

View full list of dates and talks.

Funds Available for Sustainability Projects

The Reinvestment Fund helped the GVSU Enrichment Center become more sustainable.

Do you have a sustainable project idea that will better the GVSU campus or surrounding community?  Grants and loans are now available to make those projects into realities through the Sustainable Community Reinvestment Fund. The goal of the fund is to support localized model projects that can be replicated across the university in support of the university’s goal to be a national leader in sustainable practice. Students, faculty, and staff are all encouraged to apply. 

Visit SCDI's Sustainable Community Reinvestment Fund page for more information and to apply. Deadline for the application is September 30.

Hoophouse Dedication

On Friday, August 19th, the Sustainable Agriculture Project (SAP) hosted a dedication ceremony for the newly constructed hoophouse. The hoophouse will extend the growing season into the academic year, allowing more students to learn in a hands-on environment.

Read the full article here.

Sustainable Leadership Group

Join us in a Sustainable Student Leadership workshop designed to help participants better understand and utilize concepts of sustainability in their student organizations. This workshop will focus on the Triple Bottom Line concept and how student leaders can use it to be socially, environmentally, and economically sustainable. Participants are encouraged to sign up with at least 3-4 other members of their student organization.

Monday, September 19
6:00pm - 8:00 pm
Room 1142, Kirkhof Center

For more information and to register, visit GVSU's Leadership page.

Carries for the Cures Fundraiser

It's inspiring when you see an individual combining passions and talents for the good of others, and that's just what GV running back, Norman Shuford, is doing. His project "Carries for the Cures" will raise money for the American Cancer Society based on a pledge system. Football fans can pledge for the offense’s total yards, the defense’s total tackles or the team’s total points for a given home game. All proceeds will go toward cancer research and providing prosthetic limbs through various programs at the American Cancer Society.

Read the full article in the Lanthorn to learn more about this project and the inspiring individuals behind it. 

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