Gibbs House

The Gibbs House is an emerging program run by the Office for Sustainability that serves as a living laboratory for students to implement their sustainable design solutions and projects. The historic 150 year old house serves as a home for our Gibbs Fellowship Program, borders the expansive Asylum Lake Preserve, and features a developing permaculture landscape full of resources and projects to get excited about. Please check out our website, stop on by, or contact the Office for Sustainability if you would like to learn more and get involved with the Gibbs House!

Job Opportunity: Permaculture Program Coordinator

The Office for Sustainability at Western Michigan University is seeking a qualified and passionate individual to develop, plan, and deliver permaculture programming at the Gibbs House Permaculture Site. The Permaculture Program Coordinator is the eyes, ears, and hands on the ground for creating an educational experience for all students and community members who visit and interact with the Gibbs House Permaculture Site. The Site provides a supportive research and education space for developing, testing, and learning about sustainable land management practices, food production, and ecological living. 

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Seeking Submissions: Design Challenge 

The Gibbs House is seeking innovative design submissions for our new education and presentation space. To learn more about our student/community design competition please link to the Design Challenge.

Design Challenge

The Gibbs House landscape is currently being renovated into a fully-featured permaculture
landscape! For more information about the project Master Plan please view the following:

Gibbs Site Plan

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Some of the research and educational resources include the integration of the following:
Hoop Houses, Seven-Layer Food Forest, Annual Vegetable Garden, Hugulkultur Beds and Swales, Living Fence, Presentation Space and Design Challenge, Renewable Energy Installations, and so much more! 

Gibbs Permaculture Features

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View from Parkview (rendering)


Gibbs House Master Plan (facing West)