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Campus Sustainability Week: October 16-23

From the student-led Fair Trade Fair to the local foods Cook-off Competition, this year's Campus Sustainability Week will be packed with an wide array of presentations, events, discussions, and challenges. Some of the featured events will include:

Check out the full schedule of events here. We look forward to participating in the week with you!

Sustainability Champion Breakfast: Friday, October 14th

We will kick off Campus Sustainability Week on Friday, October 14th with the Sustainable Champions Awards Breakfast. Along with President Haas, we will recognize and celebrate the Sustainability Champions on our campus.

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. 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.

Please RSVP for this event by October 10th.

Sign up for the No Impact Experiment!

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.

Each day of No Impact Week will focus on a specific aspect of life (food, transportation, etc.) and will challenge you to reduce your own impact in that area. The challenge is not about giving up creature comforts, but rather to see if the “modern conveniences” we take for granted actually make us happier or if they just suck up our time and money.

Sign up by October 10th for your chance to win the No Impact Man book or DVD!

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, October 7
12pm - 1pm
Room 1142, Kirkhof Center
Light lunch provided.

Colin Beavan: To Hell with Sustainability

Colin Beavan is an American grassroots green movement leader whose non-profit, The No Impact Project, helps citizens choose happier, more sustainable lifestyles. He founded the effort after launching a year-long project in 2006 when he, his wife, his daughter, and his dog went off the grid and attempted to live in the middle of New York City with as little environmental impact as possible.

View full list of dates and talks.

Niemeyer Composting Pilot

In an effort to learn more about the ecological and personal benefits of composting, 50 Niemeyer residents have signed up to take part in a composting project, organized by SCDI project manager Bart Bartels.  A composting bin has been placed outside of the Niemeyer Living Center in the garbage collection area. As the sign states, the bin is for “Everything but plastic, metal, and glass.” This includes all food waste, pizza poxes, paper, etc.

For more information, visit our web site.

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