Techniques, initiatives, education and planning


Photon farms do not qualify for land preservation tax credit

State officials say solar panels block usable farmland.

Farming and land preservation tax breaks for solar energy don’t mix, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Read More

Grand Rapids-based retailer sells ‘low-impact’ eco-fashions

Clothing Matters founder Marta Swain marks 22 years selling organic casualwear.

December 7, 2018
Two-plus decades ago, when the sustainability movement was cutting its teeth in Grand Rapids, a traveling educator read a book about the cotton industry that stopped her in her tracks. Read More

Consumers spotlights renewable energy

Company plans to break ground on Grand Rapids ‘headquarters’ early 2019.

December 7, 2018
Consumers Energy President and CEO Patti Poppe made an appearance at the Grand Rapids Econ Club last week to showcase the company’s recent work in the renewable energy sector and also to show off the capabilities of renewable energy through Circuit West. Read More

County eyes $1.4 million for river restoration

Kent commissioners to vote Dec. 20 on allocation, but not all are on board.

December 7, 2018
(Watch for this story Monday morning on WZZM TV 13) Kent County may contribute $1.4 million over three years to restoring the rapids in downtown Grand Rapids. Read More

Zoo exec wins national Conservation Member of the Year award

November 26, 2018
A John Ball Zoo executive has been recognized by his peers with a national award. Read More

Caledonia farm debuts year-round lettuce

Revolution Farms harvests first batch of aquaponics crops grown without soil.

November 23, 2018
Locally grown lettuce now will be available in Michigan grocery stores during all four seasons. Read More

Team effort puts county on track for recycling goals

DPW, entertainment venues establish programs to divert trash from landfills.

November 23, 2018
The amount of waste entering Kent County landfills has increased, but that may change. Read More

Footwear brand launches 'sustainable' shoe line

November 23, 2018
A footwear brand has introduced a collection of shoes made primarily from recycled materials. Read More

GR leaders foresee river edge benefit

Projects are many years from completion, but execs say construction will be worth it in the long run.

November 9, 2018
Decades of ideas and plans about the role the Grand River could have in Grand Rapids are finally on the horizon. Read More

Muskegon considers solar project

Consumers, Tradewind Energy negotiate terms to buy land lease options on wastewater management site.

November 9, 2018
A large-scale solar project in Muskegon County may come to light within the next couple of years. Read More