Sustainability

Techniques, initiatives, education and planning

ARTICLES

Suppliers and utilities still at odds

Proposed energy bills could greatly affect state’s electric choice market.

September 23, 2016
Michigan still is awaiting an energy plan, and an announcement last week by Gov. Rick Snyder that discussions between the State of Michigan and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator have produced “a framework that facilitates a state approach for establishing adequate electrical resources to meet reliability requirements,” isn’t putting everyone at ease. Read More

Top ‘Company to Watch’ looks to disrupt industry

Weis turns around struggling Abcor Industries with innovative technology.

September 16, 2016
One of Michigan’s 50 Companies to Watch in 2016 is looking to disrupt the powder-coating industry with its technology and triple bottom line focus. Read More

West Michigan organizations win statewide Energy Excellence awards

September 5, 2016
A pair of organizations in the region have been named winners in a statewide awards program that celebrates energy innovation. Read More

Tech firm sees window of opportunity

Mackinac Technology partners with Calvin College, others on energy-efficient coverings.

August 26, 2016
A technology firm is looking to make commercial and residential buildings more sustainable by developing a window system that will keep hot and cold air from escaping. Read More

Attorneys float carbon tax questions

Downstream vs. upstream is the first decision that will have to be made.

August 26, 2016
When the United States signed the Paris Agreement on April 22, it joined 176 states and the European Union in making a commitment to hold the increase of planetary warming to 2 degrees Celsius or less. Read More

Federal grant will be used to restore Muskegon Lake wetlands

Project should be final piece needed to remove the lake from the areas of concern list.

August 26, 2016
The restoration of Muskegon Lake is worth millions. Read More

Grant boosts GVSU professor’s honeybee study

Electronic scales measure increases and decreases in the weight of hives.

August 26, 2016
Honeybees are dying, and researchers still don’t know why. But with a third of the food people eat dependent on honeybees, it’s imperative they find out. Read More

City plan sets quadruple bottom line

New sustainability pillar focuses on good governance.

August 19, 2016
The city’s new sustainability plan will carry forward many of the goals that were part of the 2011-15 plan but with a few changes — most significantly the addition of a fourth pillar: governance. Read More

West Michigan shines among finalists for Energy Excellence awards

August 10, 2016
A number of West Michigan organizations and individuals are finalists in a statewide awards program that celebrates energy innovation. Read More

Metrology company acquires competitor's operations

August 3, 2016
A local metrology company has expanded its presence in the state by acquiring the operations of a competitor. Read More