Techniques, initiatives, education and planning


Holland approves $145M for energy

The $200M project will replace a coal-burning plant on the waterfront.

January 23, 2015
The Holland Board of Public Works and Holland City Council have approved an engineering, procurement and construction contract with Southfield, Mich.-based Barton Malow for the design and construction of the Holland Energy Park natural gas power plant. Read More

Whitewater project keeps flowing

Project engineer says he sees ‘nothing that should stop it.’

January 16, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Grand Rapids Whitewater is taking another step forward in its efforts to restore the rapids of the Grand River. Read More

Mills honored by Association of Energy Engineers

January 16, 2015
Diane Mills of Ameresco’s Grand Rapids office was presented with a national award this fall from the Association of Energy Engineers. Read More

Energy Savings Performance Contract leads to award for Battle Creek

The Grand Rapids office of Ameresco coordinated the projects at city facilities.

January 16, 2015
Energy-efficiency improvements at Battle Creek city facilities earned the Cereal City a 2014 Michigan Economic Development Corp. Energy Services Coalition Award, according to Ameresco Inc., a nationwide firm with an office in Grand Rapids. Read More

Makerspace wins $220K grant

January 13, 2015
A nonprofit makerspace has been awarded a hefty grant from the Michigan Energy Office. Read More

Giving the green light to green ROI

Green Revolving Funds help organizations invest in sustainability.

January 9, 2015
Two Grand Rapids organizations have successfully used Green Revolving Funds to invest in sustainability initiatives that otherwise wouldn’t have been funded through annual budgets. Read More

City building earns LEED status

January 8, 2015
A City of Grand Rapids building recently underwent a retrofit that has earned it a LEED Certified designation from a national building council. Read More

Behind many great beers is a Great Lake

It can take up to 12 gallons of water to brew one gallon of beer.

The Great Lakes basin supplies breweries with some of the freshest water in the country. Read More

Conservancy buys stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline

December 31, 2014
| By AP
HARBOR SPRINGS — An anonymous donor has helped a conservancy buy a large, undeveloped stretch of Lake Michigan shoreline. Read More

Eight GR parks will see improvements

The hope is that millage funding will be augmented by philanthropy.

December 26, 2014
The Grand Rapids Parks and Recreation Department unveiled concept plans in December for eight neighborhood parks. Read More