sustainability

Grand Rapids Urban League partners with DTE Energy to help residents save money on gas bills

by (shannoncunningham)

Submitted 11-21-2012 under NEWS

DTE Energy is working locally with the Grand Rapids Urban League to reach out to the GR community on their Free Home Energy Consultations (HEC). DTE launched their HEC program this year to work with their customers to save money on their energy...

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Why you should vote yes on Proposal 3

by (Matthew Knaack)

Submitted 11-01-2012 under OPINION

The airwaves have been flooded with negative ads about Proposal 3. Due to this inundation, I am attempting to set the record straight by writing from the other side. First, the basics: Prop 3 is a ballot initiative that seeks to increase the state...

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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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