Sustainability

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Realtors oppose EPA’s expanded ‘waters’ proposal

Other groups also are up in arms, alleging a power grab.

November 21, 2014
The incoming president of the Michigan Realtors organization has been busy this fall, calling upon many of its 24,000-plus members and supporters to let the Environmental Protection Agency and elected representatives in Washington know they are staunchly opposed to the EPA’s proposal to leave “navigable” out of a revision of the Clean Water Act. Read More

Gone to the dogs

Border collies excel at driving nuisance geese away from corporate landscapes.

November 21, 2014
Most people hate it when their job requires them to go on a wild goose chase — but not Theresa Villarreal. Read More

Mayor Heartwell meets with Vice President Biden

November 19, 2014
Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell was in Washington, D.C. this week with other local, state and tribal leaders from across the country to talk about climate change with Vice President Joe Biden. Read More

Holland BPW cleans up contaminated site for new power plant

Reclaimed area is a gateway to the city from the east.

November 14, 2014
Visitors approaching the city of Holland from the east will be welcomed by a much more vibrant vista than in the past, thanks to the Holland Board of Public Works’ efforts to clean up the long-contaminated and rundown area. Read More

GVSU adds Laker flair to farm-to-table concept

Students are enjoying the fruits of that labor.

November 14, 2014
With roots tracing back to a student-led initiative in 2008, a Grand Valley State University sustainable agricultural project serves up locally grown produce in meals on campus. Read More

Electrical firm moves into abandoned elementary school

November 13, 2014
In hallways that once echoed with elementary school children’s laughter, a growing electrical firm has found a home. Read More

College receives $2.5M grant for 'first-ever' program

November 13, 2014
A college has been charged with creating a "first-ever" academic program with a $2.5-million grant from a local foundation. Read More

Solar energy investment tax credit still available

HighPoint Electric just installed a $30,000 system at its headquarters.

October 31, 2014
With two years left to take advantage of a 30 percent investment tax credit for businesses installing a solar energy system, business owners in West Michigan are being urged by one growing electrical contracting company to consider sun power. Read More

GR gets $56,800 rebate from Consumers

Energy-efficiency investments at the wastewater plant pay off.

October 31, 2014
An investment in monitoring equipment at the Grand Rapids wastewater treatment plant has reduced its electricity use and also gotten an incentive check for the city of Grand Rapids from Consumers Energy. Read More

Is there a revival of strict environmental liability for landowners?

October 29, 2014
Many businesses incorporate a parent/subsidiary structure in order to protect business assets from third-party claims and liabilities. Read More