Techniques, initiatives, education and planning


Sierra Club sues EPA over smog levels

Attorney says Ottawa County should have been included on ‘nonattainment list’ for EPA’s updated ozone standards.

August 17, 2018
The Sierra Club filed a lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency covering the omission of Ottawa County from the EPA’s list of areas found to be in “nonattainment” of health-based ozone standards. Read More

Kent trash reuse project worth $500M

Park is meant to help DPW reach its goal of reducing landfill waste by 90 percent by 2030.

August 10, 2018
Kent County’s plans for a trash sorting and reuse facility will produce a significant economic impact. Read More

Manufacturer rates as 'Best for the World'

August 6, 2018
A local manufacturer that specializes in large injection-molded plastic parts has been named one of the Benefit Corporations that's "Best for the World." Read More

Parlaying a bevy of ‘firsts’

Local First marks 15 years with more than 800 member businesses in eight West Michigan counties.

July 27, 2018
Local First’s mission can be summed up in its name. Read More

Meijer switching to all-LED lighting

July 23, 2018
Meijer has announced a new sustainability initiative. Read More

Concert venues ramp up green practices

Management tunes in guest feedback alongside citywide, countywide sustainability goals.

July 20, 2018
Grand Rapids concert venues are getting in a groove with sustainability this summer. Read More

Utility files plan for zero coal use by 2040

Consumers Energy is first electric utility to file Integrated Resource Plan, kicking off 10-month process.

July 20, 2018
One of the largest energy companies in Michigan is working through a 10-month legal process with the Michigan Public Service Commission to make the switch to renewable energy over the next 20 years. Read More

Grand Rapids rates among Outside's 'highly successful cities'

July 20, 2018
Beer City is a subject of interest for an active lifestyle publication. Read More

Electronics recycling company earns B Corp status

July 17, 2018
A local business that recycles electronics has been certified as a B Corp. Read More

Owners complete land swap

Deal will result in riverfront park for city, development space for MSU.

July 6, 2018
The city of Grand Rapids has reached the final step in a land deal that will allow it to obtain a $7.2 million grant. Read More