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Guide to sustainability resources available at Grand Valley State University


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Welcome to the Green Library, a Sustainability Resource Guide! 

Welcome to this joint collaboration between the University Libraries and the Sustainable Community Development Initiative.  Not sure what you want to search?  Browse the tabs above for Books, Articles, and Websites; each of these sections offer suggested topics. 

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Composting begins in dorms

Updated: October 24, 2011, 11:59 AM

The Grand Valley State University Sustainable Community Development Initiative and Bart Bartels, sustainability manager for the SCDI, have teamed up with the Frederick Meijer Honors College to create two new composting initiatives on campus.

Fifty student volunteers from the honors college will collect compostable material from student residences and dining places around campus to later convert into full article.

Meijer Holland Campus goes zero-waste

Posted on October 21, 2011

The Meijer Holland Campus expanded efforts to become more sustainable by kicking off two new projects that encourage recycling this week.

Students and staff introduced an initiative to decrease waste by eliminating trash bins from offices and classrooms and placing two centralized bins at the entrance of the building. “We should see a nearly 90 percent reduction in landfill fairly quickly,” said Dan Broersma, a liberal studies major and environmental specialist at Herman Miller.... read full article.

Zumberge Pond

Updated: July 15, 2011, 4:57 PM

The Zumberge Pond Conversion project is one of the more notable concentrations of construction underway on the Grand Valley State University campus this summer. With massive mounds of rocks, dirt and heavy machinery, many passers-by are left wondering what exactly all this pond construction is for.

Vice president of facilities and planning, James Moyer, said the work underway is addressing four matters: outdoor events, storm water management, irrigation water quality and ADA compliant accessibility on the north end of the full article.

Contact Information

Hazel McClure

Librarian: Environmental Studies, English, & Writing

email: • phone: 616-331-3077



Andrea Marz

Office Coordinator: Sustainable Community Development Initiative