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Sustainability

Prices on locally grown organic food reveal hard truth

Submitted 07-31-2015 under NEWS

Is “organic” just a euphemism for “You’re being gouged?” For organic farmers here in Grand Rapids, the answer is a resounding “No.”

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Our Kitchen Table works to empower and support Southeast residents

Submitted 07-31-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Our Kitchen Table is a nonprofit organization working to educate and empower people of color and income challenged communities on food justice and how to create change in the food systems in their neighborhoods.

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New app-driven bike sharing program comes to Grand Rapids

Submitted 07-28-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

Spokefly bikes can be used all over Grand Rapids and parked at any bike rack since the entire transaction is through the Spokefly app.

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Local high school students work to restore their watershed

Submitted 07-28-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Plaster Creek Stewards installs rain gardens to ease stormwater flooding and expands to a new Rogue River team.

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WMEAC co-founder inducted into Hall of Fame

Submitted 07-24-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

Will Wolfe, co-founder of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, has been inducted into the Legacy Circle of the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.

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Local market creates access to fresh food in urban neighborhood

Submitted 07-21-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

The Southeast Area Farmer’s Market, run by Our Kitchen Table, sells locally-cultivated produce and goods in the southeast community of Grand Rapids. It aims to foster social justice, with the market as just one area in which that mission is lived out.

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Time to review GR Forward

Submitted 07-21-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Once-in-a-generation initiative to invest in downtown Grand Rapids and the Grand River corridor is open for public review.

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WMCAT hosting Global Youth Forum with teens from Mexico and Romania

Submitted 07-08-2015 under NONPROFITS

Teens from Monterrey Mexico and Cluj Romania visit West Michigan to connect with peers from WMCAT in first Global Youth Forum, supported by Steelcase, Wege Foundation and Consumers Energy. Together teens created projects to address environmental sustainability.

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WMCAT hosting Global Youth Forum with teens from Mexico and Romania

Submitted 07-08-2015 under NONPROFITS

Teens from Monterrey Mexico and Cluj Romania visit West Michigan to connect with peers from West Michigan Center for Arts + Technology in first Global Youth Forum, supported by Steelcase, Wege Foundation and Consumers Energy. Together teens created projects to address environmental sustainability.

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Creative space Wisemaker celebrates collaboration of art, environment

Submitted 07-02-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

"I want to take my mission here at Wisemaker to promote creativity and environmental sustainability out into the community and let other people really dig into that concept," says owner Kelly Allen.

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