Sustainability

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ArtPrize launches its first sustainability initiatives

Transportation and waste are the top two priorities.

September 26, 2014
ArtPrize kicked off its sixth year last week, and this year the annual open art competition, which will draw hundreds of thousands of attendees to downtown Grand Rapids over 19 days, has launched its first environmental sustainability initiatives. Read More

MAREC tenant plans West Michigan's largest non-utility solar generator

September 26, 2014
Grand Valley State University has announced that a business incubator at the university’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center in Muskegon will build the largest non-utility solar generating project in West Michigan at Agritek Industries, a manufacturing company in Holland. Read More

University wins platinum for library

September 19, 2014
A college library has been designated the first LEED Platinum library in the state. Read More

Metro Health shares step-by-step approach to sustainability

September 12, 2014
Metro Health landed on the 101 Best & Brightest Sustainable Companies in Michigan list for the third year in a row this year, which is no surprise given it’s currently celebrating the 10th year of its sustainability journey. Read More

City’s solar-generating proposal moving forward

The Office of Energy and Sustainability is planning to issue an RFQ/RFP.

September 12, 2014
A combined RFQ-RFP will hopefully be issued by the city of Grand Rapids by late October to start the process of finding qualified solar energy developers willing to submit bids for a proposed generating facility on the city-owned former Butterworth landfill site. Read More

WM Sustainable Business Forum celebrates 20 years

Initially, businesses and environmentalists often felt pitted against one another.

September 12, 2014
The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum has come a long way since its founding in 1994, when the idea of businesses and environmental organizations collaborating was mostly unheard of. Read More

WMSBF recognizes its business of the year

September 12, 2014
The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum celebrated its 20th anniversary last night with a rollicking party at the Bissell Tree House at John Ball Zoo. Read More

Chevrolet taps GVSU for partnership

September 10, 2014
A West Michigan university’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions are paying off. Read More

Study: Grand River restoration creates up to $20M annual impact

September 8, 2014
Grand Rapids Whitewater revealed details Monday on the economic impact of restoring the “jewel of the river,” with all signs pointing to conservative estimates. Read More

Report says Grand River restoration ROI is quick

Developers could have permit drawings ready within a year.

September 8, 2014
Grand Rapids Whitewater has taken a large step toward proving the validity of restoring the Grand River’s rapids in the city’s downtown with today’s release of an Anderson Economic Group study. Read More