At Calvin, we want renewing God’s good earth to be a way of life, so we make sustainability a priority—as an educational goal and an institutional value. The Provost's Sustainability Initiative is a major research initiative that began in 2015.
The goal of this initiative is to build on the grassroots, broadly based sustainability efforts at Calvin that have been ongoing for more than three decades. The breadth of the proposed output is exhilarating, consisting in advances in teaching and scholarship through books, articles, teaching modules, faculty workshops, new and expanded courses, and much more. The proposal has included funding for sabbaticals, student researchers, summer stipends and other miscellaneous funding.
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Calvin University Builds Momentum
Since Calvin changed its last name from "college" to "university" in 2019, the institution has established two new schools, added six graduate programs, set fundraising records, and become the first university in MIchigan to award bachelor's degrees behind bars. News & Stories, July 22, 2022
Accelerating Calvin University's Energy Transition
Calvin University is making history in Michigan by becoming the first university in the state to pursue Solar-as-a-Service as an approach to accelerating the energy transition. News & Stories, July 8, 2022
Major Watershed Restoration Grant Awarded to Plaster Creek Stewards
Calvin University's Plaster Creek Stewards has been awarded a major two-year grant from the State of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy. The grant has a total value of over $1 million. News & Stories, June 21, 2022
Calvin English professor publishes “Refugia Faith” to spread awareness about the climate crisis
Debra Rienstra, professor of English at Calvin, recently published an interdisciplinary work to bring awareness to the climate crisis and show how Christians can act as stewards of the Earth. News & Stories, March 31, 2022
Engineering students provide key insights for Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity wondered how to reduce carbon emissions even further in a house they are building. For the answer, they turned to an engineering class at Calvin University. News & Stories, January 14, 2022
Nature is medicine: Calvin works to connect community with nature
Calvin University has joined the Campus Nature Rx Network, a group of 24 U.S. and Canadian Institutions that work together to help college students with their mental health through equitable engagement with nature. News & Stories, November 4, 2021
Calvin University provost's book wins Aldersgate Prize
Calvin University provost Noah Toly's book, The Gardeners' Dirty Hands: Environmental Politics and Christian Ethics, was awarded the Aldersgate Prize by the John Wesley Honors College at Indiana Wesleyan University. News & Stories, September 22, 2021
Researchers find energy savings from improved energy efficiency to be overestimated
Matt Heun, professor of engineering at Calvin University, is among a team of researchers who published their conclusions today that the models used to produce global climate scenarios may overestimate the energy and emission savings from improved energy efficiency. News & Stories, March 3, 2021