Techniques, initiatives, education and planning


Land bank cleanup will resurrect industrial site

The 6,000-square-foot facility contained 100 55-gallon drums of chemicals.

November 27, 2015
The Kent County Land Bank Authority and the city of Grand Rapids will embark on a $100,000 cleanup project Dec. 1. Read More

Cleaning distributor HQ wins gold — again

November 27, 2015
A distributor of cleaning products has won gold again for energy-efficient operations at its 114,000-square-foot headquarters and distribution center in the region. Read More

Furniture maker wins forestry Leadership Award

November 26, 2015
A furniture maker has been recognized as a “conservation champion” for its commitment to responsible forestry. Read More

Utility partners with food banks

November 26, 2015
A utility has teamed up with two food banks this holiday season to help people reduce their energy costs. Read More

Food plant earns Zero-Waste Champion designation

November 26, 2015
A food maker has recognized a plant in the region as a Zero-Waste Champion. Read More

Work to restore the Grand River surges ahead

City commissioners approve complicated permit submissions.

November 13, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Grand Rapids city officials approved an important next step in the process of restoring and revitalizing the Grand River during the Committee of the Whole meeting last week by authorizing the city engineer to sign and submit all permit applications for future improvement projects related to restoration, flood control and mitigation. Read More

Partnership keeps electronics out of landfill

November 13, 2015
A partnership between Spectrum Health and an electronics recycling firm is helping to keep 150,000 pounds of electronics out of landfills. Read More

Opponents say energy bills would benefit utility companies

November 13, 2015
LANSING — A pair of Senate bills would shift the state’s focus away from renewable energy to the benefit of large utility companies — and Michigan’s budding renewable market could be left out in the cold, according to opponents like the Sierra Club. Read More

Urban farmers prepare for move to new center

Urban Roots, which grows and sells produce in city settings, is on its way to Madison Square.

November 13, 2015
Urban Roots is planning to put down roots in a new home. Read More

Appliance maker wins EPA award for shipping

November 13, 2015
An appliance maker has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for demonstrating its commitment to the environment in its freight supply-chain practices. Read More