Techniques, initiatives, education and planning


State eyes marijuana permitting

Environmental challenges await those entering the fledgling industry.

February 21, 2020
Adhering to marijuana-related laws set forth by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency and municipalities is just half the battle for Michigan growers and processors. Read More

City manager touts sustainability, equity

Forum provides window into city’s strategic plan surrounding justice, health and the environment.

February 21, 2020
Grand Rapids City Manager Mark Washington recently provided a progress report on some key components of the city’s new strategic plan and its planned next steps in those areas. Read More

New prefabrication techniques reshaping West Michigan construction industry

February 17, 2020
Prefabrication, also referred to as “off-site construction,” allows various building elements to be manufactured and assembled in a factory and then erected on a construction site. Read More

John Ball Zoo takes holistic approach to sustainability

Efforts include waste management, living walls and roofs, energy and water conservation, green building.

February 14, 2020
In addition to participating in field conservation projects and a cooperative species survival plan, the team at John Ball Zoo engages daily in caring for its environment and natural resources as part of its overall sustainability strategy. Read More

Legislation would update Michigan’s bottle deposit law

Bipartisan package introduced to redistribute escheat funds, cut down on fraud.

February 7, 2020
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) A bipartisan group of lawmakers last month introduced legislation to update Michigan’s bottle bill with the goal of increasing recycling rates and cracking down on fraud and abuse. Read More

High water wreaks havoc on Great Lakes, swamping communities

February 7, 2020
MANISTEE — Rita Alton has an unusual morning routine these days: Wake up. Get dressed. Go outside to see if her house is closer to tumbling down an 80-foot cliff into Lake Michigan. Read More

Recycling center temporarily closing for upgrades

February 5, 2020
A recycling center in Kent County is closing temporarily as it undergoes upgrades to “improve efficiency and quality.” Read More

Groups fight threat of polystyrene to environment

Organizations are targeting takeout containers as long-term pollution.

A foam takeout container travels from a restaurant, to a household and then into the dump. Its journey may not stop there if it’s picked up by the wind and flies into Lake Michigan. Read More

Townships hosting forum on Wolverine settlement

January 31, 2020
A pair of local townships are hosting a public forum next week on the $69.5 million settlement with Wolverine Worldwide to extend municipal water to homeowners over PFAS contamination. Read More

Developer constructing apartments with LEED for Homes certification

January 30, 2020
A local developer is building an apartment complex to encourage energy-efficient living. Read More