Techniques, initiatives, education and planning


Recycling service costs could rise in Kent County

Charges for haulers increasing from $35 per ton to $65 per ton in 2019.

October 19, 2018
Some Kent County residents soon may begin paying more for recycling service. Read More

Experts eye benefits of clean fuels

The Rapid is among many organizations using or working toward alternative fuel technologies.

October 19, 2018
Alternative fuel experts from across Michigan joined Clean Fuels Michigan for a clean mobility expo last week at The Rapid’s new compressed natural gas fueling station, to demonstrate how alternative fuel technologies currently are being utilized. Read More

345-acre park opens

October 18, 2018
The public now has access to a new 345-acre park in West Michigan with plenty of natural amenities. Read More

West Michigan companies win federal supply chain excellence awards

October 16, 2018
Two companies in the region have been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for sustainability in shipping. Read More

Marine company wins $16M contract from feds

October 16, 2018
| By AP
Federal agencies have awarded a $16-million contract to a company in the region for cleanup of the old channel in Michigan's Lower Rouge River. Read More

Kent DPW approves $500M trash reuse project

Sustainable business park will be located on 250 acres of land adjacent to the South Kent Landfill.

October 12, 2018
Kent County has taken another step toward reducing solid waste by 90 percent by 2020. Read More

Michigan races toward vehicle electrification

Five meetings over the past year informed industry leaders of economic opportunities, benefits.

October 12, 2018
More than 70 Michigan organizations convened over the past year to compile recommendations to help get Michigan first to the finish line in the race for vehicle electrification. Read More

Nonprofit names Sustainable Business of the Year

October 11, 2018
A local sustainability nonprofit has named its Sustainable Business of the Year and honored other winners at an awards ceremony downtown. Read More

How to build a purpose-led business

October 8, 2018
Purpose-led businesses are popping up all over Michigan. There are now 19 B Corps and about 100 businesses that have become Good for Michigan. Around the world, there are more than 2,600 B Corps that have incorporated their values into their businesses and made it their mission to make a positive impact on people and the environment. Read More

Local First takes program statewide

Good for Michigan will aim to help more businesses measure impact, commit to triple bottom line.

October 5, 2018
Local First is taking its year-old Good for Grand Rapids program statewide to help more businesses measure and improve their social, environmental and economic impact. Read More