Sustainability

Techniques, initiatives, education and planning

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Tesla plugs in 'supercharger' station

July 27, 2015
The lack of Tesla Motors charging stations in the Grand Rapids region is about to change. Read More

Utility plans solar garden at university

July 15, 2015
Through an agreement with a university, a utility is planning to construct a solar energy garden in the area for multiple customers. Read More

$14M to meet city’s floodwall conditions

Improvements would have positive impact on insurance requirements.

July 3, 2015
The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, has released its draft report, Levee Analysis and Mapping Plan for the Grand River in the City of Grand Rapids, which provides the city with information on necessary improvements to meet the organization’s floodwall requirements. Read More

Global factors shrink Kent recycling revenue

Haulers bringing in household recyclables will have to pay to dump them.

July 3, 2015
Over the last 25 years, the Kent County Department of Public Works has taken in and processed more than 300,000 tons of recyclable material — plastic jugs and containers, tin cans and aluminum cat food cans, newspapers and other paper, glass bottles and jars — at no cost to the commercial trash haulers who bring it in along with their customers’ non-recyclable trash. Read More

Meijer commits up to $100M to local produce

June 30, 2015
When Meijer began its partnership with E. Miedema & Sons nearly 80 years ago, Ralph Miedema would hand deliver cabbage, sweet corn and squash directly to Hendrik Meijer and his Greenville store. Read More

Whirlpool and Kohler team up on zero water waste

Goal is to turn existing homes into self-sustaining systems.

June 26, 2015
Home appliance manufacturer Whirlpool Corp. has announced plans to join forces with a manufacturer of kitchen and bath products on a zero waste initiative. Read More

Researchers digging through Michigan trash bags

They hope to get a better handle on the composition of waste and how to recycle it.

June 26, 2015
A group of researchers has been digging through trash bags across Michigan this summer in an effort to gather information about what is being thrown away. Read More

Co-op launches crowdfunding campaign to save honeybees

Agriculture industry is suffering from unexpected loss of hives.

June 26, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) The plight of the honeybees has been gaining a lot of attention as scientists try to figure out what is behind the current trend of colony collapse disorder, which is when adult worker bees disappear from their hives leaving a queen, immature bees and honey behind. Read More

Furniture maker donates land

June 24, 2015
| By AP
Seventy acres of unused property at the lakeshore will be transformed into wetlands, a butterfly habitat, a farm and a hands-on science classroom. Read More

Public hearing Thursday on Kent trash surcharge

A few county commissioners have indicated they will vote against the proposal.

June 19, 2015
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A public hearing is scheduled at 8:30 a.m. Thursday on a proposed surcharge on all trash pickup in Kent County, plus creation of licensing fees to be paid by the trash hauling companies. Read More