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environment

Mayor Rosalynn Bliss talks about first year as mayor, implementing sustainable practices

by (WMEAC)

Submitted 02-15-2017 under NONPROFITS

In her inaugural State of the City Address, Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss laid out a number of ambitious goals regarding environmental sustainability. One year later, she has held true to her word and made bounds toward these goals....

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Rain gardens continue to flourish, transform Plaster Creek area

by (Calvin College)

Submitted 01-24-2017 under PLACE-MATTERS

It is the summer of 2014, and rain has begun to fall on a hot July afternoon in West Michigan. One droplet lands on a rooftop in the Alger Heights neighborhood, running down the sloped roof into the gutter and through the downspout onto the driveway...

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Mayor's Grand River Cleanup in its 13th year, first year for Mayor Bliss

by (WMEAC)

Submitted 09-06-2016 under NONPROFITS

The West Michigan Environmental Action Committee (WMEAC) is proud to host the 13th Annual Mayors’ Grand River Cleanup, on September 10th, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Sixth Street Park. Last year, over 1,100 volunteers came out to help...

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How to grow a rain garden in Grand Rapids to protect local watersheds

by (Calvin College)

Submitted 08-08-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

Written by Joel Betts, Green Infrastructure Associate with Plaster Creek Stewards Rain gardens have become an increasingly important tool in many urban areas for addressing the negative aspects of stormwater runoff. Over the last few years, Plaster...

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Honorees announced for the fifth annual Women and the Environment Symposium

by (WMEAC)

Submitted 02-18-2016 under NONPROFITS

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) has announced the recipients of the Environmental Hidden Heroine Awards. The awards will be presented during the fifth annual Women and the Environment Symposium....

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Local Westside school collecting water for Flint Public Schools

by (jullianiemackey)

Submitted 02-02-2016 under NEWS

The Harrison Park School community is organizing in a collaboration between parents and school administrators to help our neighbors in Flint with their need for safe water. The Parent Action Leader, Petronila Solares, at Harrison Park School, was an...

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Environmental concerns reflective of racial inequity

by (prfcgr)

Submitted 01-25-2016 under NONPROFITS

Water is a natural resource that, in the developed world, we often take for granted. On a daily basis, most people in the United States do not question whether or not their drinking water is safe. In Grand Rapids, most people don’t think about...

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Plaster Creek restoration project planned for Dutton Shadyside Park in 2016

by (Calvin College)

Submitted 01-19-2016 under PLACE-MATTERS

"We came to Michigan when I was 10 years old, and a little way from my home was Plaster Creek…That stream was my playground during the next six or eight years…my companions [and I knew] the individuality of a great many trees; we...

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The Healthy Homes Coalition works to keep children's housing safe

by (GRTV)

Submitted 11-13-2015 under NONPROFITS

Asthma is a common, chronic condition in our community, affecting 1 of out 10 kids in Grand Rapids. While asthma is partially caused by genetics, environmental factors in your home can also trigger asthma. “If the air in that house where the...

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Alger Heights neighborhood launches new model for stormwater management

by (Calvin College)

Submitted 10-09-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

Sure I know that you are tired of hearing about it But most repeat the same theme over and over again, It’s as if they were trying to refine what seems so strange And off and important to them.   It’s done by everybody Because each...

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