Sustainability

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Downtown restaurant lands on 'Good Food' list

December 4, 2019
An industry publication has recognized a downtown Grand Rapids restaurant for its transparent and sustainable purchasing practices. Read More

Grant fuels research for PFAS project

Project’s goal is to develop a technology that destroys PFAS chemicals in wastewater.

November 29, 2019
The city of Grand Rapids received a $50,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy to continue its work in addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in wastewater. Read More

Bank donates $150K for college training program

November 28, 2019
A college will start a training program focused on jobs related to water, public works, clean energy and river restoration projects after a bank’s $150,000 donation. Read More

Dow agrees to $77M environmental settlement

November 11, 2019
TRAVERSE CITY — Dow Chemical Co. has agreed to fund environmental restoration projects worth an estimated $77 million to compensate for decades of pollution by its plant in Midland, Michigan. Read More

Consumers Energy to run battery storage pilot

Collaborating with California-based Sunverge, utility company aims to find grid locations with highest potential for energy storage.

November 8, 2019
Jackson-based Consumers Energy has announced a collaboration with California-based Sunverge to leverage the company’s energy storage technology for a Consumers Energy residential battery storage pilot. Read More

Judge sentences owner to prison for illegal waste storage

November 7, 2019
| By AP
MADISON HEIGHTS — A company outside of Detroit has been ordered to pay roughly $1.5 million and its owner has been given one year in prison for illegally storing hazardous waste. Read More

University ranks among 'greenest' colleges in US

November 5, 2019
A local university is considered one of the nation’s top 50 “greenest” colleges. Read More

State buys land Up North for $3.8M

November 5, 2019
| By AP
CORWITH TOWNSHIP — The state of Michigan now owns a large, long-sought piece of property Up North with a lake, forests and rare species that's in the state's elk range. Read More

Architectural firm adopts carbon-neutral challenge

Progressive AE aims to make all new buildings and renovations net carbon zero by 2030.

November 1, 2019
Climate change has become a hot topic in recent years, and the architectural industry has not shied away from it. Read More

Kent County, GRPS get $450K to improve recycling efforts

Funds will pay for waste sorting stations at GRPS and sorting equipment, enhanced processing capabilities for DPW.

November 1, 2019
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and the Foodservice Packaging Institute recently doled out more than $450,000 in grants to improve recycling infrastructure and education in Kent County and Grand Rapids Public Schools. Read More