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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.
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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.

Property management company providing community garden for residents

Residents of two Grand Rapids apartment communities managed by Eenhoorn will be able to spend the 2020 summer season outdoors growing their own food as part of a pilot project to increase sustainability efforts.

Boxed Water plants 1 millionth tree

In partnership with a conservation organization, a locally based packaged water brand has planted its 1 millionth tree.

Firm will repurpose ash ponds

Consumers Energy again has contracted out-of-state professionals to help it move toward its zero-coal goal by 2040.

Calvin shines in annual sustainability rating index

A local university is closer to its goal.
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.
Siverlining

Experts examine environmental ‘silver lining’ of COVID-19

The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum recently hosted a webinar that explored the positive and negative aspects of COVID-19 when it comes to sustainability and human impact.

Nonprofit to host webinar on ‘silver lining’ of COVID-19

A sustainability-focused nonprofit will host a webinar next week to discuss the so-called “silver lining” of the pandemic: a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.The...

Commercial fishers, sports anglers, at odds over restrictions

LANSING — Bills introduced in the Legislature earlier this year are in direct opposition about the controversial issue of allowing commercial catching of game...

Public Works temporarily closes recycling center

The Kent County Recycling Center is shutting down to prevent exposure to COVID-19.The Kent County Department of Public Works announced the recycling center will...

Boxed Water announces 92% plant-based packaging

A water company created a more organic package.Boxed Water’s product packaging is now 92% plant-based. The brand also added a new plant-based cap to...

New life for former power plant

Forsite Development said it is nearing the end of its demolition on the old B.C. Cobb power plant site in Muskegon and soon will...

Bioscarf production moves to West Michigan

The spread of COVID-19 in China recently prompted the maker of an antibacterial scarf designed to protect wearers from airborne contaminants to move production...

Urban Roots expands to northeast Grand Rapids

A compost program is expanding its service area in Grand Rapids.Urban Roots’ YOUR Compost program will provide compost collection services to Creston, Belknap, Highland...

Engineering firm honored for energy-saving design

TowerPinkster engineers were recognized for their work at the Gerald R. Ford International Airport by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.The...

Recycling center reopens after upgrades

A recycling center in Kent County reopened after undergoing upgrades.The Kent County Recycling & Education Center at 977 Wealthy St. SW is reopening Monday,...

USDA is aiming to bump up food production while limiting pollution

The U.S. Department of Agriculture rolled out an agenda it believes will benefit both agriculture and the environment in the long run.The department recently...

Consumers Energy aims for net zero carbon emissions

Consumers Energy recently announced a goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, the next step in the utility’s Clean Energy Plan.“Consumers Energy...

Sea Bags to open West Michigan store

A retailer specializing in recycled sail products is coming to America’s third coast.Sea Bags, a Maine-based designer and manufacturer of bags, totes and other accessories...

Michigan panel to consider limits on ‘forever chemicals’

LANSING — A Michigan panel is preparing to consider proposed limits on some nonstick, water-resistant chemicals in drinking water.An oversight committee is expected to...

State eyes marijuana permitting

Adhering to marijuana-related laws set forth by the Marijuana Regulatory Agency and municipalities is just half the battle for Michigan growers and processors.The rapid...

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