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Student Positions Available with SCDI

We currently are accepting applications for a student web editor and a graduate assistant. For more information and how to apply, click here.

10 Ways to Change the World in Your 20s

10 Ways to Change the World in Your 20s

Author to visit GRCC & GVSU April 4-5, 2011

In her book "Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties", Libuse Binder provides a modern roadmap for individuals looking to make a difference in this world. From eating locally and reducing waste to starting a nonprofit organization or finding a career dedicated to helping others, Binder's presentation will provide up-to-date resources and ideas for the casually concerned and deeply passionate alike.

All events are free and open to the public.

Monday, April 4 – 2:00-3:00pm
GRCC Student Center – Bostwick & Lyon – Multipurpose Room 224

Tuesday, April 5 – 10:00-11:00am
GRCC Applied Technology Center – Ransom & Fountain – Rooms 118/120

Keynote Address and Panel Discussion on Monday, April 4 - 6:00-8:00pm
Grand Valley State University, Allendale Campus
Cook-DeWitt Center
LIB 100 Event for GVSU students

For more information, click here.

Lunchtime Sustainability Conversations

Lunchtime Sustainability Conversations

The SCDI invites students, faculty, and staff to join us for lunchtime conversations on sustainability. We will watch a brief TED talk and follow up with a discussion. No RSVP necessary. Just stop by, enjoy the food and join the conversation.

Friday, April 8 - 12:00-1:00pm
Room 2201, Kirkhof Center
Light lunch provided.

Julia Mason: An Ecofeminist Perspective
In this talk from TEDxGrandValley, Julia Mason, Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies at GVSU, shares her thoughts on the connection between how we treat the planet and how we treat each other. She has been teaching gender studies courses since 2001. Her research interests include: breast cancer in the media; ecofeminism; and feminist activism.

View complete list of dates and talks

Call for Volunteers: Campus Sustainability Week 2011

Call for Volunteers: Campus Sustainability Week 2011

For the seveth year in a row, Grand Valley State University will celebrate its commitment to environmental, social and fiscal responsibility with its annual Campus Sustainability Week. The week's activities (Oct 15 - 22) will include speakers and presentations, awards and recognition, exhibits and community projects. We are looking for student organizations and volunteers to help plan and develop engaging events for CSW. If you are interested, please join our next planning meeting or email Andrea Marz at marzan@gvsu.edu.

CSW 2011 Planning Meeting
Wednesday, April 27 at 10am
1142 Kirkhof Center

Nichols Sustainability Scholarship: Now Accepting Applications

Nichols Sustainability Scholarship: Now Accepting Applications

We are now accepting application for the Nichols Sustainability Scholarship Fund. This endowed fund has been established by Nichols, Inc. Muskegon, Michigan for providing scholarships to undergraduate students in their junior and senior years who are seeking sustainability related education such as with a sustainability emphasis, theme, or certificate.

More information and application form.

Application deadline: April 13, 2011

Grand Valley State University STARS in sustainability efforts

Grand Valley State University STARS in sustainability efforts

By Olivia Pulsinelli | Business Review West Michigan MLive.com

Whether driven by students, the community or tightening resources, higher education institutions often are leaders in sustainability efforts.

While a variety of organizations review aspects of those efforts, now the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education is rolling out a more comprehensive program: Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System.

“Sustainability has to be interdisciplinary; it cuts across all eight of our colleges,” said Norman Christopher, executive director of Grand Valley State University’s Sustainable Community Development Initiative. “It has to be seen in campus operations, students, the education we teach and the community. The AASHE STARS questions and assessments dig into those four areas. The other ones don’t go as deep.” Read the full article.

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