Techniques, initiatives, education and planning


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.

County issues RFP for future sustainable business park tenant

The Kent County Department of Public Works issued a request for proposals for an anchor tenant at its future sustainable business park.

WMEAC publishes Lower Grand River Water Trails Report

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) this week published a new report on water trail planning for portions of the Lower Grand River.

Solar company powers through COVID-19 crisis

Solar utilities continue to see positive growth across Michigan, even amid the COVID-19 crisis.

Cans and bottles can be returned starting June 15

The Michigan Department of Treasury ordered retailers to reopen their can and bottle deposit return facilities beginning June 15.

Michigan flood displaces thousands, threatens Superfund site

MIDLAND — Floodwaters surging through central Michigan on Wednesday were mixing with containment ponds at a Dow Chemical Co. plant and could displace sediment from a downstream Superfund site, though the company said there was no risk to people or the environment.

International students team up for Wege Prize

College students from across the world will gather online to present their ideas to solve complex global issues.

Farmers launch Finnish-style REKO Market

Green Wagon Farm is rolling out a Facebook sales model for its farmers market, which is launching this week.

Kent County reopening recycling facilities

Kent County is reopening its recycling facilities after instituting COVID-19 safety procedures.