On Thursday, April 11, Dr. Mustafa Santiago Ali spoke to a crowded Aquinas Performing Arts Center.
“Throughout the years, we’ve seen our volunteer numbers decline,” Jessica Bowen, director of the Center for Sustainability, said. “The number of people interested in the garden, who like to talk about it and hear about it has increased, but the number of volunteers able to dig in the dirt and tend in the garden has declined.”
News Intern Elizabeth Walztoni writes about Grand Rapids a recent visit by the Urban Land Institue, who investigated and made recommendations for Grand Rapids to increase its green space.
Jessica Bowen is not the first person who has tried to bring goats to a college campus, but she may be working the hardest to do it. The director of the Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College is partnering with the Grand Rapids Urban Agriculture Committee to change city ordinances that currently prohibit a herd of 10 goats from visiting campus to clear invasive species and overgrown areas.
The many sustainability initiatives on campus have been supplemented in the last several years by the Green Revolving Fund (GRF), a unique source of backing for projects suggested by the Aquinas College community.
Mary Robinson, the seventh president of Ireland, held office from 1990-1997. After leaving Office, she served as the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights, a UN special Envoy for climate change, and a founding member of The Elders.
The Center for Sustainability has provided a platform for students to exchange the things they’ve forgotten about in their closets for clothing they genuinely love.
Grand Rapids has recently begun to develop urban agriculture initiatives throughout the city, trying to increase access to locally grown, sustainable produce.
“One of the many wonderful attributes of Aquinas, and what seems to be the unwritten fifth pillar of the College, is sustainability.” Reporter Brooklyn Waggoner talks about some special things happening in celebration of Earth Day, and how to apply these every day.
“A Pepsi product tasting will be held during Wege lunch on Feb. 27 to give a preview of what’s to come. Then, The Corner, The Moose and all vending machines will be switched to Pepsi products over spring break on March 5-9.”