Techniques, initiatives, education and planning


Experts share region’s progress in sustainability

WMSBF reports financials, highlights member efforts relating to climate change, circular economy and equity.

June 21, 2019
A sustainability nonprofit last week reported a year of progress toward strategic goals and shined a spotlight on three member organizations excelling at the triple bottom line. Read More

Consumers grant aims to increase walleye

Upgrades near Muskegon should increase walleye fingerling production by 300,000, save 108 hours of yearly labor costs.

June 21, 2019
Upgrades funded by Consumers Energy will help the Muskegon River Walleye Pond produce 300,000 more walleye yearly for anglers and reduce expenses to operate the Michigan Department of Natural Resources facility. Read More

MPSC approves Consumers' integrated resource plan

Utility company modified settlement after receiving recommendation from Administrative Law Judge Sharon Feldman.

June 14, 2019
The Michigan Public Service Commission approved Consumers Energy’s integrated resource plan, the first strategic, forward-looking IRP to be acted upon by the MPSC under the state’s energy laws passed in 2016. Read More

Great Lakes group endorses $778M plan to fight Asian carp

June 11, 2019
| By AP
A group representing mayors in the Great Lakes region wants to fortify an Illinois waterway to prevent Asian carp from invading Lake Michigan. Read More

Nature nonprofit hires chief development officer

June 7, 2019
A nonprofit focused on nature conservation and wildlife preservation has a new chief development officer. Read More

College names winners of international sustainability competition

June 7, 2019
The winners have been chosen for an international student competition focused on sustainable solutions for environmental issues. Read More

Kent County to close recycling drop-off center

Decision attributed primarily to operating costs, inefficiencies and waste dumping at the site.

May 10, 2019
Kent County will close its 12-year-old recycling drop-off center in Kentwood on June 30, citing operating costs and problems at the site, as well as a glutted domestic commodities market. Read More

Battle of the Buildings names winners

May 9, 2019
A local retirement community has been named West Michigan's “biggest loser” for its energy savings. Read More

Great Lakes water levels are rising

May 7, 2019
Water levels are surging in the Great Lakes and likely will set records this summer — a remarkable turnaround from earlier this decade that's bringing welcome relief to shippers and marina owners but causing flooding and heavy erosion in some areas. Read More

Kent hiring two lead inspectors

County is adding sanitarian positions to help identify lead exposure in more than 430 homes

May 3, 2019
Kent County is adding two sanitarian positions to help identify lead exposure. Read More