Techniques, initiatives, education and planning


Wege Prize competition receives grant funding; Kendall College announces 2021 winners

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s international Wege Prize competition was awarded grant funding to extend the annual competition for five more years through 2025.

Conservation corridor planned for Michigan’s western UP

MICHIGAMME TOWNSHIP — A conservation corridor with links to existing protected areas is planned for a remote region in Michigan's western Upper Peninsula.

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum hires engagement manager

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum hired Wesley Watson as its new engagement manager.

Stellantis reveals green plans around Detroit assembly plant

DETROIT — Stellantis wants to make the area around its Detroit Assembly Complex the most environmentally friendly neighborhood in the city, the automaker announced Thursday.

Solar company opens first showroom in Michigan

While The Green Panel has been engineering, furnishing and installing renewable energy systems for commercial and residential customers since 2007, the Brighton-based company only recently opened Michigan’s first solar showroom in Byron Center.

Whirlpool commits to net zero emissions by 2030

Whirlpool Corporation made a global commitment to reach a net-zero emissions target in its plants and operations by 2030.

Flint business owner sentenced for dumping waste into sewers

FLINT — A Flint business owner was sentenced to one year in prison for illegally dumping nearly 48 million gallons (182 million liters) of liquid landfill waste into the city's sewers over several years.

West Michigan one step closer to 90% trash reuse

Kent County is another step closer to turning its trash into treasure with the Sustainable Business Park project.

Grand Rapids to receive Arbor Day Foundation grant for tree planting

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the Mayor’s Greening Initiative will receive a grant to increase their tree planting during the next year.

Consumers Foundation awards $100K to Kalamazoo conservation project

The Southwest Michigan Land Conservancy was one of four recipients of the Consumers Energy Foundation’s second annual Planet Awards.

Kentwood invites residents to annual cleanup day

The city of Kentwood will again offer its annual community cleanup day on Saturday for residents wanting to “spring clean” their homes and yards.

Mayor’s Greening Initiative to add 350 trees to Burton Heights

Friends of Grand Rapids Parks and the city of Grand Rapids are inviting volunteers to join the sixth annual Mayor’s Greening Initiative this spring and fall.

Repairs to Traverse City wastewater plant could top $15M

TRAVERSE CITY — Repairs to a regional wastewater treatment plant in northern Michigan could carry a $15.5 million price tag.

GVSU students launch sustainable clothing brand

Two Grand Valley State University students are launching a company selling recycled and sustainable apparel that benefits conservation efforts for the Great Lakes.

Cascade Engineering receives recycling innovation award for EcoCart

Cascade Engineering’s EcoCart received a design innovation award.

City’s micro-local business program improves equity in river restoration

Since the city of Grand Rapids launched its Micro-Local Business Enterprise (MLBE) registration program in July 2020, the program has proven successful in creating a more equitable pool of businesses seeking Grand River (Owashtanong) restoration contracts.

Michigan commits to $97 million investment into recycling

LANSING — A group of environmental, political and business leaders in Michigan announced an initiative Monday to invest in recycling infrastructure and eventually triple the state's recycling rate.

WMEAC appoints board members

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council added three new board members.

Biodigester development enters homestretch

The city of Grand Rapids’ ability to manage municipal solids in an environmentally sustainable manner — and produce natural gas, electricity and phosphorus through its new biodigester — is on the horizon.

Kent County temporarily closing recycling and electronics drop-off station

The Kent County Department of Public Works will temporarily close its Wealthy Street recycling and electronics drop-off site.

EGLE announces $1.2 million in Renew Michigan grants to West Michigan recipients

Leaders of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy and the national nonprofit The Recycling Partnership announced $1.2 million in Renew Michigan grants that will support the largest push in West Michigan history to promote recycling activities.

Kellogg signs agreement with renewable energy provider

Kellogg Company said it will achieve over 50% renewable energy to address the global electricity needs of its owned manufacturing by the end of 2022 through a virtual power purchase agreement with a wind energy provider.

City seeks state funding for walkway connectivity

The Grand Rapids City Commission is seeking $1.2 million in state grants to connect a series of walkways along the Grand River.

Wolverine Worldwide submits PFAS remediation plan for House Street property

Wolverine Worldwide recently submitted a feasibility study to the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy outlining a comprehensive plan to address per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances at its House Street property.

Grand Action 2.0 reveals plan for riverfront development

Grand Action 2.0 revealed a conceptual plan for riverfront development along a currently underutilized stretch of Market Avenue south of Fulton Street.