GreenHome Institute hosting Net Zero Energy Conference

A nonprofit focused on empowering people to make green building and renovation choices will host the Michigan Residential Net Zero Energy Conference this month.

Gov. Whitmer releases $500M water infrastructure plan

TRAVERSE CITY — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a $500 million plan Thursday to upgrade drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in Michigan that includes actions such as replacing lead service lines and removing chemical pollutants.

EarthTronics rolls out smart LED lighting line

A maker of energy-saving lighting products rolled out a line of high-efficiency smart bulbs that allow users to control ambiance and lighting levels with their phones or smart home devices.

Comprenew expands electronics recycling pickup service

A local technology recycling company added vehicles to its fleet and is now offering its electronics recycling pickup service across the state.

Kellogg beats greenhouse gas reduction goal

Kellogg Company met its greenhouse gas emissions reduction target ahead of schedule in its manufacturing plants.

Boxed Water partners with eco-friendly businesses to support clean-up efforts

Boxed Water is Better of Grand Rapids announced a partnership with other eco-minded brands to drive consumer awareness of September’s Coastal Cleanup Month.

Judge OKs oil flow through second Great Lakes pipeline

TRAVERSE CITY — Enbridge said Wednesday it will fully resume operation of a Michigan Great Lakes oil pipeline after a partial shutdown this summer because of damage to a support structure.

Funding OK’d for jobless benefit, flood costs, carp project

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday signed a budget bill that will fund a federal $300-a-week unemployment benefit, flood cleanup costs in the Midland area and Michigan's contribution toward a project to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes.

GreenHome Institute elects new board

A nonprofit focused on empowering people to make green building and renovation choices elected its first woman chair and added three other board members.

City forms partnership to improve recycling

The city of Grand Rapids is teaming with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and national nonprofit The Recycling Partnership to introduce a communitywide project aimed at improving the quality of materials residents recycle in their curbside carts.

Steelcase achieves carbon neutrality, sets new goals

Steelcase is setting 2030 carbon negative goals in line with the Paris Agreement after announcing Tuesday that the company already achieved carbon neutrality for its own operations.

Pipeline tunnel supporters, foes clash before Michigan panel

TRAVERSE CITY — Keeping a 64-year-old oil pipeline in operation by running one portion through a proposed Great Lakes tunnel would safeguard the economy and energy supplies, supporters said Monday, while opponents described the project as an unnecessary risk that would contribute to global warming.

Blandford Nature Center founder Mary Jane Dockeray dies at 93

Blandford Nature Center founder and longtime environmental educator Dr. Mary Jane Dockeray died Tuesday. She was 93.

Grants to help fund EV fast-charging stations in Michigan

The state Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE) wants to make sure operators of electric vehicles have enough places to plug in.

WMEAC to host weeklong Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) will host the annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup next month, turning it into a weeklong event to respect COVID-19 social distancing measures.

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks launches Green Team

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks is tapping the help of youths in the community to help protect the urban tree canopy.

Land Conservancy publishes first ‘proactive’ conservation plan

The region’s nonprofit land trust developed its first strategic plan for the conservation of West Michigan’s natural lands.

Brewery Vivant, John Ball Zoo team up on beer to celebrate sustainability

John Ball Zoo partnered with beer maker Brewery Vivant to create a new beer, entitled the “JBZ,” highlighting the institution’s work on conservation and focusing on shared values of the two organizations around sustainability and conservation.

City initiative aims to help microlocal business enterprises access river restoration contracts

The city of Grand Rapids launched an initiative to help microlocal business enterprises access dozens of upcoming river restoration contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Greenhouse project fills unexpected need

A greenhouse project that was created a year ago to help students learn more about science, technology, engineering and math proved to be an essential source for feeding the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.