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Graduate Student and Team Produce Sustainable Advocacy Video

Inspired, by the film The Story of Stuff, graduate student Derek Plumb and the Housing Staff Sustainability Group that he oversees created a short video titled Reduce – Reuse – Recycle at GVSU to inspire change on our campus. 

Plumb summed up the main purpose of their creation stating, “The aim is the core aim of all of sustainability; to get people to live more consciously.”

Reduce – Reuse – Recycle at GVSU can be found here.

Read an article about Plumb's process and his thoughts on sustainability.


Sustainable Ag Project CSA Shares Still Available!

The Grand Valley Sustainable Agriculture Project still has a few farm shares left for the 2012 season. For $200 per share, you will receive a box of fresh, chemical-free produce every week from early June through the end of October. The quantity and variety will vary with the time of the year and the weather. 

For more information and to sign up, click here.


Admissions/Records Department Creates Sustainability Team

In an effort to increase sustainability in their offices, the Admissions/Records Department has created its own sustainability team.  The team is comprised of Amanda Sterling, Cheryl Bronner, Erin Skidmore, Kristin Kuczera, Ronda Huster, and Kim Paruch. 

In addition to adding composting and recycling bins to their office, some of the team's future plans include looking into getting a refilling water station, educating staff about what can be recycled and composted, setting goals to reduce landfill and increase recycling/composting, and starting a newsletter about what the team is doing for the department.


Library Staff Launch Sustainability Challenge

On April 2nd the staff members at the Zumberge Library launched their first sustainability challenge in an effort to encourage sustainable acts. Each staff member is awarded points based on how they do in the challenge, which are tallied up on a website the library has created for the event. 

At the end of the two week challenge, the winning team will be treated to lunch with the library dean at a restaurant providing local food. The person with the most points will get a goody bag of locally purchased and locally produced items equalling $50 and the runner up gets a goody bag equalling $25.

You can see the running totals of points here.


Eco-Reps Featured in GVSU Success Stories

The GVSU Eco-Reps were featured this month as a campus success story, and it's not hard to see why. Nearly 5,000 pizza boxes have been sent to composting rather than the landfill due to their efforts.

Read the Success Story here.

See a list of Eco-Reps and find more information on the Pizza Box Project here.

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