Techniques, initiatives, education and planning


City partners with Founders Brewing on biodigester

Three tanks, which will cost between $30 million and $40 million total, are expected to be operational by the end of 2018.

April 21, 2017
The city of Grand Rapids and Founders Brewing Co. announced a new public-private partnership that will result in three new biodigesters that will generate energy for the city. Read More

Inside Track: An environmentalist at heart

Beginning with collecting thrown-out pop cans at an early age, Bill Wood never envisioned a career in environmentalism.

April 21, 2017
Bill Wood started picking up pop cans from the side of the road when he was only 4 or 5 years old in hopes of “becoming rich” from the deposit refund. Read More

Nonprofit producing Think Green career fair

April 21, 2017
A nonprofit that helps urban students connect to technology careers will host a sustainability-focused career fair next week. Read More

Appliance maker wins federal Partner of the Year award

April 17, 2017
A West Michigan appliance maker has been honored for its “sustained excellence” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Read More

Food service program cuts waste, emphasizes sustainability

Culinary Institute of Michigan stresses ecological responsibility throughout coursework, hands-on training and technology applications.

April 14, 2017
If you ask leaders at Baker College’s Culinary Institute of Michigan, being kind to the planet should be a central part of learning to cook and serve food. Read More

Wege Speaker Series addressing race, power, privilege

April 10, 2017
The annual Wege Speaker Series will tackle the topics of race, power and privilege in the conservation and environmental movements. Read More

From Tokyo to Grand Rapids: Building strong, local economies around the world

April 5, 2017
Last week, Local First had the incredible opportunity to host a group of business management consultants from Japan, who were visiting the United States for the fourth-annual Harvard Social Enterprise Conference in Boston. Read More

State approves funds for apartment project

March 31, 2017
The state has approved nearly $1 million in brownfield funding for an apartment project in Grand Rapids. Read More

Brewery releases 'Beer the Change' report

March 21, 2017
A local brewery has released its “Beer the Change” report. Read More

Nonprofit names Hidden Heroines

March 14, 2017
A local nonprofit concluded its week-long Women & the Environment Symposium by naming its three Hidden Heroine award recipients. Read More