Wasting food, the cost of coal and climate change are all topics planned to be debated at Grand Valley State University during “Sustainability Week,” as staff and students try to lead a “zero-impact” lifestyle.
Students are planning activities between Oct. 14 through 23 as part of the seventh-annual event, focusing on aspects of life such as consumption, transportation, energy and food, and will provide challenges to reduce impact in those areas – and celebrate their efforts with a “Sustainapalooza” party.
Activities start with a Sustainability Champions Awards breakfast at 7:30 a.m. on Friday in the Pere Marquette Room of the Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Township campus featuring GVSU President Thomas Haas and Wendy Wenner, dean of the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies.
Monday includes film producer Timothy Vatterott planning to lead a panel discussion about hunger and food waste in West Michigan from 6-9 p.m. in the Loosemore Auditorium on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus. A screening of the film “Dive” is planned for earlier in the day. The film looks tat the 93 billion pounds of food thrown away in the United States each year.