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Local/Regional Sustainability Resources and Organizations

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A Rocha
A Rocha is a Christian nature conservation organisation, our name coming from the Portuguese for “the Rock,” as the first initiative was a field study centre in Portugal.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)
AASHE is an association of colleges and universities that are working to create a sustainable future.
Au Sable Institute
Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies provides university-level courses with transferable credits to over 50 colleges and universities, the framework and services for sustainable community-building, environmental education and restoration for school children and adults, facilities for community and environmental organizations, community and regional conferences and retreats, and outreach services.
Creation Care Studies Program
The Creation Care Study program is a high-caliber academic semester abroad connecting Christian faith with the most complex, urgent global issues of the coming decades.
DSIRE: Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
The Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency (DSIRE) is an ongoing project of the North Carolina Solar Center and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC).
The official website for the Michigan State University Office of Campus Sustainability, and the University Committee for a Sustainable Campus.
Grand Rapids Community Sustainability Partnership
The Community Sustainability Partnership is a diverse network of community organizations in West Michigan who embrace and support sustainability guiding principles in their planning and operations and are striving to make a positive impact in our community.
Grand Valley State University's Sustainability Initiative
The purpose of Grand Valley State University's Sustainable Community Development Initiative (or SCDI) is to provide the necessary skills, analytical tools, and resources to address global, national, regional, and local sustainability issues.
Greener by Degrees: Exploring Sustainability through Higher Education Curricula (online book)
This book contains 37 chapters exploring different aspects of sustainability within the undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum. The disciplines covered range from marketing to design; landscape architecture to leisure management, broadcast journalism to geography.
Green Buildings in MIchigan
DEQ Green Buildings in Michigan PDF (Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality)
List of Michigan Green Roof Buildings from the DEQ, Word Doc (Source: Michigan Department of Environmental Quality)
Examples of Green Buildings in Western Michigan (Source: Center for Sustainability, Aquinas College)
Holy Ground: A Gathering of Voices on Caring for Creation
Holy Ground features essays, sermons, and other short pieces from, among others, Pope Benedict XVI, Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I, Islamic scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Rabbis Zoe Klein and Arthur Waskow, Evangelical pastors Joel Hunter and Brian McLaren, environmental justice proponents Allen Johnson and Kristin Shrader-Frechette, Native American novelist Linda Hogan, and writers Wendell Berry, Gary Snyder, Terry Tempest Williams, and David James Duncan.
Michigan Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability
This learning network models and informs the sustainable development of Michigan, the nation, and the global community.
Michigan Higher Education Partnership for Sustainability (MiHEPS)
A learning network of campus sustainability actors at colleges and universities in Michigan.
MiSustainable: Michigan's Sustainability Community
This online community aims to help facilitate the discussion of sustainability and the triple bottom line and what it means to your business, organization or personal life. The site aims to serve the pros and neophytes as we all discover and implement and live sustainability. is a website designed to make it easier for the public to find environmental information. is led by an all-volunteer team of graduate and medical students as well as environmental experts and leaders from around the country. The organization also involves undergraduate and graduate students from over 40 U.S. college campuses.
Piedmont Project
This project, at Emory University, has grown from a focus on course development to include a broader group of experiences, both in and outside the classroom, expanding from faculty to graduate students, in ever-widening circles of dialogue.
Pierce Cedar Creek
Set on 661 acres in Southwest Michigan, Pierce Cedar Creek Institute provides visitors with a unique exposure to a rare blend of diverse habitats including wetlands, forests, marshes, streams, lakes, and prairies.
Rain Gardens of West Michigan
Rain Gardens of West Michigan is an environmental education program focused on stormwater education, and on the values of using rain gardens and native plants in the landscape to improve urban and suburban water quality.
Restoring Eden
Restoring Eden makes hearts bigger, hands dirtier, and voices stronger by encouraging Christians to learn to love, serve, and protect God's creation.
US Green Building Council
The Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a 501 c3 non-profit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.
West Michigan Environmental Action Council
West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is a non-profit, 501C3 organization working to protect and enhance West Michigan’s natural and human environments by translating the concerns of people into positive action.
West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum exists to promote business practices that demonstrate environmental stewardship, economic vitality, and social responsibility.