Techniques, initiatives, education and planning


Entrepreneur feeds home growers’ market with organic worm castings

Using food scraps collected from over 300 households in Grand Rapids, Wormies produces organic, microbe-rich fertilizer for gardeners and an emerging industry of cannabis home growers.

Land Conservancy of West Michigan appoints executive director

The Land Conservancy of West Michigan promoted its development leader to succeed its retiring executive director.

Utility unveils pilot carbon-offset plan

As part of DTE Energy’s 2050 net zero commitment, DTE Gas announced that it will offer customers a new way to reduce their carbon footprint.

Michigan task force set to make dam safety recommendations

LANSING — A group responsible for offering new safety measures after two Michigan dams failed last summer destroying 150 houses and causing over $200 million damage delayed sending the governor its final recommendations, which include increased monitoring of dams and other risk reduction measures.

WMEAC founder dies at 91

Joan Luedders Wolfe, the activist who founded the West Michigan Environmental Action Council, died last month.

Michigan approves Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel permits

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan's environmental agency said Friday that it has approved construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.

Deal reached on project to protect lakes from invasive fish

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan, Illinois and a federal agency agreed on funding the next phase of an initiative to keep Asian carp out of the Great Lakes by strengthening defenses on a Chicago-area waterway, officials said Thursday.

Michigan judge nullifies crucial permit for mining project

TRAVERSE CITY — A Michigan judge overruled state regulators who approved a key permit for a proposed open-pit mine in the Upper Peninsula, another delay for a project that has been debated for nearly two decades.

Herbruck’s president elected to national sustainability board

Greg Herbruck will serve a three-year term on U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Poultry & Eggs, according to his company.

Meijer joins sustainable bag initiative

Meijer announced it joined the Beyond the Bag Initiative.

Landowners encouraged to use federal funds for conservation

mplementing conservation practices in West Michigan is now a lot easier for landowners and agricultural producers in the Rogue River and Indian Mill Creek watersheds in Kent, Montcalm, Newaygo and Ottawa counties, courtesy of the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) funded by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Congress OKs 5-year extension of Great Lakes cleanup program

TRAVERSE CITY — A program that has pumped $2.7 billion into healing long-term injuries to the Great Lakes environment has received authorization from Congress to continue another five years.

Eldean Shipyard activates second solar array

Eldean Shipyard announced it installed and activated a second solar installation to generate electricity on-site at the marina.

Bell’s Brewery receives sustainability award

Bell’s Brewery received the U.S. EPA Energy Star Challenge for Industry Certification as recognition for its sustainability efforts.

TES America in touch with pandemic needs

As the world continues to battle COVID-19, Holland-based TES America already is at work with new technology to ensure future pandemics are mitigated or avoided altogether. 

Social enterprise provides clean water for the global south

A Grandville company is on a mission to help solve one of the world’s most pressing concerns: access to clean water.

Michigan will borrow $600M for Flint water settlement

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers on Wednesday planned to begin swiftly passing a plan to borrow $600 million to fund the state's proposed settlement with the residents of Flint, who sued after their municipal water supply was contaminated with elevated levels of lead for 18 months.

Kent County recycling program now accepts paper cups

Kent County has become one of a growing number of Michigan communities to add paper cups to its recycling program, thanks to a partnership with the Foodservice Packaging Institute.

Barr Engineering acquires King & MacGregor Environmental

An engineering firm with a local office acquired a Grand Rapids provider of natural resource consulting and environmental services.

LINC Up earns LEED Silver certification on single-family home

A nonprofit housing developer last month earned LEED Silver status for a single-family home it built on Grand Rapids’ southeast side.

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.

Fabri-Kal debuts sustainable containers brand

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

Zoo named ‘Sustainable Business of the Year’

John Ball Zoo was named the 2020 West Michigan Sustainable Business of the Year by the members of West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (WMSBF).

RecycleBoxBin keeps it all in the family

Founders John and Melissa Ziech have handed the reins of their business, RecycleBoxBin, to their daughter, who said she shares their passion for sustainable materials management.

Triterra hires West Michigan director to expand operations

An environmental consulting firm hired a regional director to establish a West Michigan base of operations.