Grand Rapids renovates three parks

Groundbreakings are being held at three Grand Rapids parks this afternoon.Douglas Park, at 301 Lexington Ave. NW, Mulick Park, at 1632 Sylvan Ave. SE,...

Fabri-Kal debuts sustainable containers brand

A food packaging solutions provider has rolled out a sustainable product line called Recycleware Containers.

Local First names LocalMotion award nominees

A nonprofit geared toward locally owned businesses has named the nominees for its annual awards ceremony.Grand Rapids-based Local First named 49 West Michigan businesses...

Brewers Grove crafts ‘tree-themed beer’

This week, West Michigan breweries will serve up beers that will combine two Grand Rapids honors: Beer City, U.S.A. and Tree City, U.S.A.Brewers GroveSeventeen...

Residents look to form watershed council

Chester Township resident Callie Melton started building support for a watershed council after what she called “old-school farming practices” and climate change caused heavy...

Q&A: Tammy Helminski

Editor’s note: Each Q&A in the Influential Women enewsletter will feature a woman from the region who’s influential, a rising face in her industry...

Utility releases plan for ‘cleaner energy future’

A utility that serves West Michigan will phase out its remaining coal-fired power plants and rely increasingly on renewable power sources and efficiency to...

Grand Rapids receives EPA funding to replace water lines

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the city of Grand Rapids was selected as one of the three nationwide recipients of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for its Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation Act grant.

College wins $440K grant for sustainable design

A local college has been awarded a substantial gift to continue building an international sustainable design competition.The Wege Foundation in Grand Rapids has provided...

Heritage Hill named one of America’s ’10 Great Neighborhoods’

Grand Rapids’ Heritage Hill neighborhood has earned a spot on the list of 10 Great Neighborhoods of 2012 by the American Planning Association.Heritage Hill...

Changing climate challenges potato growers, chipmakers

Michigan is the nation’s largest grower of potatoes for chips — about one in four bags sold in the U.S. is made from Michigan...

College teams compete in international Wege Prize

Undergraduate and graduate students from three West Michigan colleges are competing in the Wege Prize, an international design competition.Wege Prize announced last month the selection of...

Partners receive grant for outdoor education

A group of partners have been given a grant from a local foundation for a new initiative to create outdoor education experiences.Grand Rapids Public...

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

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...
POWERHOME Solar

Solar is bright spot during pandemic

As the COVID-19 spread continues to put a stranglehold on businesses, solar installation still is shining through.

Packaged-water company partners on goal to plant one million trees

A packaged-water company has partnered with the National Forest Foundation to help the company reach its goal to plant one million trees by 2020.Boxed...

Consumers Energy seeks more rate increases

Consumers Energy requested rate increases in September for 2013 and 2014, and that has riled up the pair of organizations opposed to the state...

President Trump seeks cuts for cleanup of Great Lakes

President Donald Trump is making another attempt to slash federal funding that goes toward cleaning up major U.S. waterways, including the Great Lakes and...

Prison site locks in $34.6M energy services contract

A prison site in the region is about to undergo significant energy improvements, with guaranteed savings, thanks to a $34.6-million contract the state has...

CBRE internal mandate earns EPA Energy Star award

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded CBRE Group a 2013 Energy Star Sustained Excellence Award to recognize the commercial real estate firm’s leadership...

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