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Grand Rapids lands on national list of sustainable cities

January 8, 2013
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City garners two state honors
The City of Grand Rapids' urban planners have been recognized by their state peers for the Green Grand Rapids Master Plan. Photo via Facebook

Grand Rapids has landed on a national list of cities "Leading the Way in Sustainability.”

The list is by BillMoyers.com. The website provides access to broadcast journalist Bill Moyer’s continued work in journalism, including his TV show, Moyers & Company, which is broadcast nationally on public TV affiliates.

The city's write up in the list cites two of the sustainability efforts that Mayor George Heartwell pointed out in his letter to Tina Brown, The Daily Beast editor, after her outlet included Grand Rapids on its 2011 list of "America’s Dying Cities" — in refute of the city’s inclusion on the list.

The website cites efforts Heartwell described in the letter: the most LEED certified buildings per capita and Siemens’ award for America’s most sustainable mid-sized city in 2010 from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

The website also mentions the new single stream recycling program the city initiated, which has increased recycling by 80 percent and is saving the city $100,000.

The complete list by BillMoyers.com is below.

  • Portland, Ore.
  • San Francisco
  • Seattle
  • Minneapolis
  • Austin, Texas
  • Eugene, Ore.
  • New York
  • Salt Lake City
  • Grand Rapids
  • Philadelphia
  • Chicago
  • Los Angeles

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