Goodwill Industries Eliminates Wastes, Benefiting Local Community

by (Allison Arnold)

Submitted 09-22-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

In Grandville, there is a warehouse with floor-to-ceiling cardboard crates filled with stuff. Lots of stuff: unwanted holiday sweaters, broken belts and old VHS tapes. It’s the stuff that gets thrown onto the doorstep of Goodwill Industries...

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West Michigan beer makers "hop" up to the plate

by (Onawa Gardiner)

Submitted 08-01-2012 under NEWS

Michigan’s first annual beer month just came to a close and a look around area farms reveals a surge in growth for a key beer ingredient: hops. West Michigan is experiencing a renaissance in hops farming, with breweries putting their full...

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Sustainable Business Forum to host scholarship golf outing

by (Jacqui DeFouw)

Submitted 07-30-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

On Monday, Aug. 13, the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (WMSBF) will host a golf outing at Stonewater Country Club in Caledonia to raise funds for its annual scholarship. The group's members include small business owners,...

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A Watershed Moment: Stopping stormwater runoff

by (Scott Kaplan)

Submitted 07-25-2012 under NEWS

Pop quiz: What’s the leading source of pollution in West Michigan? If you said stormwater runoff, you're right. Stormwater runoff is the leading source of water pollution in West Michigan and in the Great Lakes Watershed in general. ...

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A Watershed Moment: Why Brewery Vivant uses cans instead of bottles

by (Scott Kaplan)

Submitted 05-23-2012 under OPINION

This week Kris Spaulding, Co-Owner and Sustainability Director of Brewery Vivant discusses the environmental merits of canning beer instead of bottling it – the method traditionally preferred by most micro-breweries.  Since opening...

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Treehuggers to add package-free bulk vegan food grocery store

by (stevendavison)

Submitted 05-10-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

There is a saying that goes, “There is no such thing as a free lunch," meaning that every meal costs something to make. This applies when one considers the amount of resources it takes to manufacture the packaging of a frozen pizza, for...

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Local theater hosts international debut of next-gen, sustainable stage lighting

by (wealthytheatre)

Submitted 05-10-2012 under NONPROFITS

An American company has developed a protoype version of the most revolutionary stage lighting instrument in over three decades: an LED version of the Source 4 light, by ETC (Electronic Theatre Controls). And this weekend, with the support of the ETC...

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Rain barrel season is here

by (jereldomer)

Submitted 05-06-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

April showers bring more than flowers:  They also bring stormwater runoff, the largest source of water pollution in West Michigan and the Great Lakes. Contaminated sediments that are deposited in lakes and rivers are difficult if not impossible...

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First Rapidian fund drive a success with over $10,000 in donations

by (Holly)

Submitted 04-30-2012 under OPINION

"Not only is The Rapidian a valuable resource for our community, but it provides a place for new writers (like me) to get professional experience too." -Heidi Stukkie Words like these came flooding in with donations over the past week-and...

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Friday is last day to sign up for LEED workshops

by (jereldomer)

Submitted 04-26-2012 under NEWS

"Going green" has been all the rage over the last several years, and operating out of a LEED-certified building seems to be one of the proudest boasts in the business community and beyond. So what, exactly, does "LEED-certified"...

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