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Downtown bars work toward sustainability with zero waste initiative

Submitted 03-24-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

The BarFly Ventures group of downtown bars, like Stella’s and Grand Rapids Brewing Company, are working to lower their impact on the earth- from decreasing all of their waste output to raising awareness about fracking.

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Yoga startup grounds itself in community

Submitted 03-24-2015 under NEWS

Local yoga instructors Ashley Yost and Mali Jane aim to make yoga accessible with their new venture, AM Yoga.

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4th annual Women and Environment Symposium explores environmental justice issues, solutions

Submitted 03-23-2015 under NEWS

At this year’s Women and Environment Symposium, speakers discussed environmental justice and related topics such as healthy homes and family health, inclusion and localizing food.

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GoSite reveals ribbon cutting, grand opening dates

Submitted 03-17-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

After much planning and community involvement, the new information sharing space opens in downtown Grand Rapids, with a ribbon cutting ceremony on the morning of March 31 and Grand Opening on April 4.

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Clothing Matters provides alternative with environmentally conscious fashion

Submitted 03-10-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Clothing Matters is a clothing store that offers sustainably manufactured and eco-friendly apparel from over 100 designers, from the local to the international.

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Amore Trattoria to support citizen journalism with one-night special menu

Submitted 03-10-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

On March 18, Amore Trattoria will host the spring Rapidian Night Out at 6:30 p.m. A generous portion of every ticket goes to supporting The Rapidian.

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City of Grands Rapids announced as finalist for $1 million art competition grant

Submitted 03-09-2015 under NEWS

The City of Grand Rapids, the SiTE:LAB arts organization and Kent County Habitat for Humanity have been announced as one of the final 12 in a Public Art Challenge offered by Bloomberg Philanthropies of New York.

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Community matters for women entreprenuers in Grand Rapids: BoxedGR's Missy McCall

Submitted 03-03-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

A local business woman's love for Grand Rapids inspired her new company. To keep her going, she finds encouragement meeting with a community of women entrepreneurs.

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DGRI to bring leading public space designer to Grand Rapids

Submitted 03-03-2015 under NEWS

EVENT POSTPONED: Dan Biederman, who revived Bryant Park in New York City from an under-used unsafe public space to the most densely-used and widely-praised public park in the country, will be speaking at the GR Forward Thinking Speaker Series on March 12.

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Feeding America West Michigan to expand fresh food distributions with CSX, Conservation Fund grant

Submitted 02-26-2015 under NONPROFITS

Ten charitable organizations are getting funding to increase the availability of healthy foods in high-need communities.

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