Grand Valley State University was chartered by the Michigan legislature in 1960 in response to the need for a public, four-year college in the state’s second largest metropolitan region.

Educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. The university contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service.

Allendale, Michigan is home to Grand Valley’s main campus, established in 1960, situated on 1,322 acres 12 miles west of Grand Rapids. The 40-acre Robert C. Pew Campus in the heart of Grand Rapids is comprised of two separate sites with a total of 11 buildings including the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences (CHS), John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering, and the new L. William Seidman Center. Classes are also offered in the Meijer Campus in Holland, and at our regional locations in Muskegon and Traverse City.

Sustainability at GVSU:

  • 19 LEED certified building projects
  • More than 200 undergraduate and graduate level courses are offered that include a sustainability component
  • 86 faculty are engaged in sustainability research
  • Nearly 70,000 community service hours are contributed by students throughout the academic year
  • GVSU maintains a 7 acre arboretum that holds 700 trees, as well as 16 additional gardens and vacant land that hold an additional 4,100 trees
  • The Connection dining location is Green Restaurant Certified, which rates the facility on water efficiency, waste reduction, sustainable food purchasing, and more
  • More than 250 energy conservation projects have been completed, resulting in a cost savings of $2 million annually
  • Nearly 50% of GVSU students utilize free bus rides offered by The Rapid while another 14% commute by walking, bicycling or using other non-motorized means of transportation

Grand Valley State University C19C13B1-DA85-E67A-3C030B89C177D73B
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401-9403

Forum Representative:
Norman Christopher
Executive Director, Office of Sustainability Practices
Office : 616.331.7461 Cell: 616.443.8549

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