Sustainability

Techniques, initiatives, education and planning

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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

Local First hosts luncheon with farm-to-table pioneer

February 11, 2015
The term farm to table didn’t even exist when local food movement pioneer Judy Wicks opened the White Dog Café in Philadelphia in 1983. Read More

Waste-to-energy plant earns award

Covanta runs it for Kent County DPW, which just got a new director.

February 6, 2015
The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration — better known as MIOSHA — has just awarded Covanta Kent Inc. of Grand Rapids its most prestigious workplace safety and health award, for the third time. Read More

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