Sustainability

Techniques, initiatives, education and planning

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Wege Prize finalists tackle 'wicked problem'

March 26, 2015
The final presentations and awards ceremony for an intercollegiate competition pitting students’ minds against a “wicked problem” will take place this weekend — with $30,000 at stake. Read More

Grand Rapids plans $10M riverfront land purchase

March 25, 2015
The city of Grand Rapids is looking to spend $10 million to purchase four acres along the Grand River that sit as undeveloped space and parking lots. Read More

Bar and restaurant supplier growing like brew pubs

BBC Distributing has compostable products for green-thinking customers.

March 20, 2015
BBC Distributing Co., previously known as Bar Beverage Control since its founding in Grand Rapids 40 years ago, changed hands in 2013 and now has business across the entire Lower Peninsula — including southeast Michigan — and in northern Indiana. Read More

Inside Track: Wieland is passionate about trash

Kent County’s manager of Resource Recovery & Recycling doesn’t want landfills to become our environmental legacy.

February 27, 2015
Kristen Wieland will tell you she’s no girly-girl when it comes to recycling. Read More

Earthbound provides eco-friendly water management

Company mitigates storm water runoff and standing water through natural means.

February 27, 2015
A Muskegon-based startup is tapping into an eco-friendly device developed by a Detroit company to revolutionize the solution to water management problems. Read More

University earns Green Seal for cleaning operation

February 17, 2015
A university in the region is one of four schools in the nation to possess a Green Seal for sustainability in its building custodial practices. Read More

Lowell biogas plant making electricity

Developer has a second anaerobic digester project near Coopersville.

February 13, 2015
If the lights seem brighter in Lowell this week, it might have something to do with FOG, or maybe salad dressing. Read More

Church opts for solar panels

Plymouth UCC leaders were pleasantly surprised by project’s ROI.

February 13, 2015
When the time came for Plymouth United Church of Christ to consider options for a roof replacement, someone suggested the congregation should invest in solar panels. Read More

GVSU introduces Sustainable Food Systems Certificate

The certificate is offered to both degree- and non-degree-seeking students.

February 13, 2015
As higher education costs rise, Grand Valley State University is introducing new ways for people to get the education they need without having to spend the thousands of dollars associated with a four-year degree. Read More

Future of landfill bright with RFP issue

Butterworth project would be city’s first large-scale foray into solar energy.

February 13, 2015
The city of Grand Rapids issued a request for proposals in January for the proposed large-scale solar array project planned for the old Butterworth landfill site. Read More