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Lament for 'Kee-no-shay' Creek

Submitted 02-25-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

Efforts are underway to restore the Plaster Creek watershed. Here's a look at the watershed a century ago and how decades of pollution and neglect have affected this precious natural resource.


Terra GR encourages patrons to eat, drink, aid hungry families

Submitted 02-19-2014 under NONPROFITS

During Cool Brews. Hot Eats., Feb. 17 to March 2, diners can enjoy a meal at Terra GR while sending food to local families in need.


WMEAC to screen "Chasing Ice" at Loosemore Auditorium

Submitted 02-19-2014 under NEWS

The WMEAC Film Series presents a photojournalist's journey to catalog climate change in the Arctic.


Orchards, edible parks, food forests increasingly popular in placemaking

Submitted 02-18-2014 under PLACE-MATTERS

After nearly five years of Friends of GR Parks helping communities plan and design public parks and spaces, one of the undeniable trends is people's desire to see more edible fruit and nut trees and plants in parks.


Story Matters: Renata Horvath applies GVSU learning in urban design to work at DGRI

Submitted 02-17-2014 under NONPROFITS

Renata Horvath recently finished her graduate degree at GVSU in urban design and is now interning at DGRI. Originally from Hungary, she talks about the challenges and joys of living in West Michigan.


Teen celebrates birthday, Valentine's Day by volunteering

Submitted 02-14-2014 under NONPROFITS

Inspired by a mission trip to Africa, Rachel Rounds spends Valentine's Day helping families closer to home.


Symposium encourages women to seek environmental activism

Submitted 02-11-2014 under NEWS

The Third Annual Women and the Environment Symposium gathered women from all walks of life to inspire environmental change.


The Spoke Folks to provide cyclists with knowledge for safe riding

Submitted 02-11-2014 under NEWS

The Spoke Folks will offer a classed called "Traffic Laws: How to Ride in the Road," geared to provide information for every cyclist.


WMEAC to host Third Annual "Women and the Environment" symposium

Submitted 02-05-2014 under NEWS

WMEAC and GVSU will hold a symposium focused on educating, networking and honoring women and their contributions to the environment.


Local shelters strive to curb trend of child homelessness in Grand Rapids

Submitted 02-05-2014 under LOCAL LIFE

Mel Trotter, Family Promise and other organizations are working to house a growing number of homeless children despite limited shelter space.