Sustainability

Techniques, initiatives, education and planning

ARTICLES

Appliance manufacturer rolls out new energy-efficient line

Greenville firm offers beverage centers, refrigerators, keg dispensers, wine cellars and more.

October 24, 2014
A Greenville-based manufacturer of under-the-counter refrigeration appliances will release its largest collection of products Nov. 1, all of which are 40 percent more efficient than its previous product line and exceed new U.S. Department of Energy standards. Read More

Consumers Energy reaches settlement with EPA

It will spend more than $2B to reduce air pollution.

October 24, 2014
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) Consumers Energy reached a major settlement in federal court in September with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice that will require the utility to spend more than $2 billion upgrading equipment to reduce air pollution at its coal-fired plants. Read More

Grand River should be the ‘gem’ of the city

Group embarks on preliminary engineering and design work that would restore the rapids.

October 24, 2014
“How can you make Grand Rapids suck a little less?” Read More

Prison site locks in $34.6M energy services contract

October 23, 2014
A prison site in the region is about to undergo significant energy improvements, with guaranteed savings, thanks to a $34.6-million contract the state has signed with an energy services provider with a mid-Michigan presence. Read More

University wins silver for $1.7M construction project

October 23, 2014
A university in the region has cut the energy usage at its honors college by 50 percent after a $1.7-million renovation and expansion project that earned the school its latest LEED certification. Read More

Fork Fest spotlights 'agricultural abundance'

October 21, 2014
Local First’s Fork Fest will support a sustainable community this week by introducing food lovers to many locally sourced restaurants and encouraging them to shift their dollars to those establishments. Read More

Startup recycles food waste

October 20, 2014
A startup is developing an indoor composting system to give food waste a second life. Read More

Brewers join push to save Great Lakes

Water conservation conference is coming to Grand Rapids this week.

October 17, 2014
Grand Rapids is a hub of water conservation efforts this year. Read More

Building company earns B-Corp designation

October 17, 2014
Long focused on the triple bottom line, Bazzani Building Co. recently decided to see if it was really walking the walk as a sustainably minded and socially responsible business. Read More

Auto plant achieves landfill-free status

October 17, 2014
An automaker’s plant in the area is now a landfill-free operation after a waste-reduction initiative that its plant manager calls “smart business strategy.” Read More