Sustainability

Techniques, initiatives, education and planning

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Residents look to form watershed council

Concerns include erosion, runoff and water quality issues within Crockery Creek Watershed.

October 11, 2019
Chester Township resident Callie Melton started building support for a watershed council after what she called “old-school farming practices” and climate change caused heavy soil erosion that impacted her backyard last year. Read More

GFS opens year-round, indoor farm

Located in Wyoming, 10 shipping containers are expected to grow as much food as a 50-acre farm.

October 4, 2019
A local food service distributor now is a part of an evolving farming industry. Read More

Partners launch sustainable venture

Innovakote remanufactures surplus powder coating into virgin product for OEMs, diverting waste from landfills.

October 4, 2019
Although powder coating overspray currently is considered by U.S. regulators to be a safe substance to dispose of, Dwayne Behrens and Brian Spicer calculated 320 million pounds of it are sent to landfills each year, a volume they believe is unacceptable. Read More

Land trust hires development director

October 4, 2019
A nonprofit land trust has a new development director. Read More

Concerns rise over tainted sewage sludge on croplands

October 4, 2019
LAPEER — For more than 20 years, the town of Lapeer sent leftover sludge from its sewage treatment plant to area farms, supplying them with high-quality, free fertilizer, while avoiding the expense of disposal elsewhere. Read More

Cities join ‘organic parks’ movement

Grand Rapids, East Grand Rapids eliminating synthetic pesticides and fertilizers on six fields through a pilot program.

September 27, 2019
It turns out a whole lot of people care about preventing the further use of pesticides and herbicides in public spaces. Read More

State touts new recycling marketplace

Online platform developed in partnership with nonprofit allows users to buy and sell reusables.

September 27, 2019
The market for hard-to-recycle post-industrial and post-consumer products just got a little bigger, thanks to a new online tool. Read More

Partners producing Rise Up & Drawdown

September 23, 2019
A bevy of local, statewide and national nonprofits are collaborating to produce a conference downtown on climate change. Read More

Panelists forecast future of sustainable business

WMSBF Future Hall of Fame inductees predict how next generation will shape the planet.

September 20, 2019
Experts in sustainability recently convened at a forum to explore the key issues and opportunities that will arise in the world as the next generation comes of age. Read More

Kent parks contribute $33M impact

Report shows 1.4 million people visited at least one of the county’s 42 parks, greenspaces or regional trails.

September 20, 2019
A new report shows Kent County parks generated more than $33 million in economic activity last year and created 317 jobs. Read More