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Wolf-hunting decision will likely go to voters next year

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The petition to stave off wolf hunting has earned enough signatures; now supporters must wait for public vote.

Possible arrival of Trader Joe's, Whole Foods sparks ongoing discussion

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Owners of two Grand Rapids markets offer their views on Trader Joe's and Whole Foods, and what our community and local businesses need to thrive.

Panel discussion focuses on community gardening in Grand Rapids

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Community conversation followed the screening of "Urban Roots," a WMEAC FIlm Series feature on urban farming in Detroit.

Group seeks to put question of wolf hunting on Michigan's 2014 ballot

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Removal of gray wolves from endangered species list and legislation signed by governor could allow wolf hunting in near future

Residents encouraged to take advantage of program that boosts energy efficiency in the home

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The GR1K program has helped hundreds of homeowners make their homes more energy efficient. The program has now been extended through the summer.

Grand Valley student focuses on fashion and environment for senior thesis

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Grand Valley senior, Alissa Krumlauf, weaves fashion and storm water in her thesis project, 'Fashion Meets the Storm (Water)'

Why you should vote yes on Proposal 3

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A lot of money is being spent on opposing Proposal 3. Here are some reasons to support the ballot initiative.

Mayor encourages participation in upcoming river cleanup

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Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell sits down with Environmental Bureau to discuss the upcoming Grand River Clean Up.

Grand Rapids will soon see another 26 miles of bike lanes

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Advocates have praised the plan, saying that bike lanes make the city safer for cyclists.

'Earth-friendly' claims for corn-based plastics can mislead; local businesses can help

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Spurt Industries and Organicycle offer collection and composting services that allow corn plastics to decompose in the way intended.

West Michigan beer makers "hop" up to the plate

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Organic hop farming industry grows with support from area breweries.

Sustainable Business Forum to host scholarship golf outing

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Outing will raise funds for annual scholarship for students in sustainability-related coursework.

Grand Rapids composting firm to expand services

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New Soil expands its services to areas such as Muskegon, Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Fruitport.

A Watershed Moment: Stopping stormwater runoff

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On this week’s episode, we hear from Anthony Puzzuoli, Community Service Coordinator at West Michigan Environmental Action Council, as he discusses the role of rain barrels in curbing runoff.

Youth Policy Summit on Great Lakes Water Resources held at Aquinas College

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Youth Policy Summit of Great Lakes Water Resources is being held at Aquinas College July 22-28. Companies provide support and students present solutions.

Grand Rapids Water Systems Administration building gets solar panel array

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The new system will power the building and is expected to pay for itself within eight years.

State legislature may allow for modifications to critical sand dunes

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A bill recently passed by the Michigan Senate could allow changes to some of the most precious sand dunes in the state.

A Watershed Moment: The push for a better Renewable Energy Standard

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This week, we hear from Matt Blain, Organizer for the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, as he discusses the Renewable Energy Standard Initiative.

Mayor wins Climate Protection Award for Grand Rapids

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Mayor George Heartwell shares plans for distributing $25,000 in award money associated with the honor.

New Eastown eatery will serve up all local, all the time

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Trillium Haven, a "farm-to-table" restaurant, opens July 7.

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