Techniques, initiatives, education and planning


Software improves cart management for waste industry

System can be adapted to track residential recycling, too.

July 18, 2014
Cascade Cart Solutions, a Cascade Engineering company, introduced new web-based, cloud-managed software this past spring to improve tracking, maintaining and reporting on cart fleets for the waste industry. Read More

Great Lakes director discusses 'water strategy'

July 10, 2014
The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will produce a luncheon on Monday that addresses regional and state water-quality initiatives. Read More

Symphony grows rooftop garden

July 4, 2014
A symphony is enjoying the view from a new rooftop garden on its second-story deck. Read More

Architecture firm wins platinum for downtown office

July 2, 2014
An architecture and engineering firm has resurrected a long-vacant downtown building into its home and a model of sustainable design. Read More

New law regarding industrial byproducts

June 27, 2014
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signed a series of bills last week regarding the storage and use of industrial byproducts such as coal ash, gypsum, foundry sand, and pulp and paper mill ash. Read More

Appliance maker integrates products with Nest

June 26, 2014
Laundry machines are about to get smarter thanks to one appliance manufacturer’s partnership with Nest, the company that developed the Nest Learning Thermostat. Read More

Organic cloth diaper company takes off

Smart Bottoms in Grand Rapids has retailers from the U.S. to New Zealand.

June 20, 2014
Even a serial entrepreneur like Christy Malone can find valuable help at West Michigan organizations like the Small Business Development Center. Read More

Inside Track: Change catalyst brings vision to fruition in Midtown

Christine Helms-Maletic will draw on neighborhood and nonprofit experience as WMEAC’s new board president.

June 20, 2014
Christine Helms-Maletic likes to spend her Saturdays enjoying the Midtown neighborhood she and her husband, Tim Maletic, and their two teenage daughters, Malory and Lauren, call home. Read More

New EPA standards will impact Michigan’s energy portfolio

State might be better positioned than others to make the transition from coal.

June 20, 2014
The Environmental Protection Agency, at the direction of President Barack Obama, recently released the Clean Power Plan proposal, which for the first time calls for cuts to carbon pollution from existing power plants, the single largest source of carbon pollution in the United States, according to the EPA. Read More

Oil spill leaves no long-term health risk

June 19, 2014
| By AP
There's no long-term health risk linked to swimming or fishing in a West Michigan river that was the site of one of the costliest onshore oil spills in U.S. history. Read More