Techniques, initiatives, education and planning


Shape Corp. partners on fossil-free steel for automotive applications

Shape Corp. said Tuesday it will be the first tier-one automotive supplier to market with fossil-free steel crash management and body structure systems under a new agreement with SSAB.

Environmentalists push to ban controversial chemical

LANSING — The recent discovery of a dangerous family of chemicals in Michigan cattle has a statewide environmental group renewing its efforts to ban the controversial substance.

Coast Guard: Oil spill closes shipping on St. Mary’s River

An oil spill temporarily closed shipping traffic on the St. Marys River between Ontario and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, the U.S. Coast Guard said Thursday.

City, CMS Energy dedicate solar array along the lakeshore

A newly activated solar array will help Grand Rapids with its renewable energy efforts.

Habitat Kent completes first all-electric home

(As seen on WZZM TV-13) Habitat for Humanity of Kent County finished construction on its first all-electric home this spring, called the Carbon Footprint Build, the first step in its increased commitment to sustainable housing development.

Coal-powered passenger ship to convert to new fuel source

LUDINGTON — A coal-powered passenger steamship on Lake Michigan that’s the last of its kind in the U.S. will stop using coal to fuel its historic engines once its operators settle on an alternate power source.

Houses of worship light the way for energy efficiency

Over 150 faith-based organizations in the Grand Rapids area have participated in a free energy efficiency program with Consumers Energy.

Armstrong International fired up about carbon free

A thermal utility solutions provider in Three Rivers said a carbon-free future is a hot topic that’s not going anywhere as the pace of climate change accelerates.

Businesses signal support of state’s climate goals

LANSING — Fifteen businesses across the state, including Ford Motor Co. and two West Michigan microbreweries, have written to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in support of her administration’s carbon neutrality goals.

BHSH updates sustainability goals

A health system is making a new commitment with a focus on sustainability.

Bridge Street Market cuts down on plastic bags

Bridge Street Market will launch its new Bring Your Own Bag program on Earth Day, April 22. 

Energy shift creates opening for ‘world’s largest batteries’

LUDINGTON — Sprawled like a gigantic swimming pool atop a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan is an asphalt-and-clay pond holding enough water to produce electricity for 1.6 million households.

Report: Michigan increases recycling by 35.4% in 3 years

Michigan has reached a 19.3% recycling rate, an increase of 35.4% from prior to 2019, according to an analysis the state of Michigan released Monday ahead of Earth Day on Friday.

Kids’ Food Basket acquires new farmland in Ottawa County

A local nonprofit fighting childhood hunger will develop new sustainable farmland to increase food provision in Ottawa and Allegan counties.

Trendway earns LEVEL 2 certifications for top-selling products

A Holland-based office furniture manufacturer achieved a certification verifying the sustainability of its best-selling products.

The Gluten Free Bar switches to 100% clean energy at Grand Rapids facility

The Gluten Free Bar is joining Consumers’ Renewable Energy Program to reduce its carbon footprint.

Steelcase reports sustainability progress with BIFMA certified products

Steelcase is making progress toward its sustainability goals with a significant increase to its Business and Industrial Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) LEVEL certified products.

DGRI receives grant for Grand River transformation

A Grand River transformation project is underway thanks to the recent state infrastructure plan.

US will require valves on new pipelines to prevent disasters

U.S. officials on Thursday adopted a rule aimed at reducing deaths and environmental damage from oil and gas pipeline ruptures — a long-delayed response to fatal explosions and massive spills that have occurred over decades in California, Michigan, New Jersey and other states.

Meijer to host virtual sustainability summit

A Walker-based retailer is looking to make strides in terms of sustainability.

Poultry ranch reveals sustainability practices

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch in Saranac recently released its 2021 sustainability report.

Brewery releases sustainability report

A local microbrewery recently released its annual sustainability report.

Kent County reaches agreement to build processing facility

The Kent County Board of Public Works approved a project development agreement (PDA) with Kent County Bioenergy Facility to build an approximately $280 million Material Recovery Facility.

Task force looking at water infrastructure in SE Michigan

DETROIT — A group of government, business and nonprofit organizations is looking at water infrastructure in southeastern Michigan.