Kolene Allen veganizes GR, vies for award

by (Kschmitty)

Submitted 02-19-2013 under NEWS

Community members nominated Kolene Allen as a future leader for the second annual Women and the Environment Symposium. The event, sponsored by the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC), Grand Valley State University's Women's...

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Grand Valley student focuses on fashion and environment for senior thesis

by (Allison Arnold)

Submitted 11-19-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

Alissa Krumlauf has a busy season ahead of her, graduating from Grand Valley State University, moving to California, and most important, the debut of her thesis project, Fashion Meets the Storm (Water). Krumlauf, a Photography and Natural Resource...

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Why you should vote yes on Proposal 3

by (Matthew Knaack)

Submitted 11-01-2012 under OPINION

The airwaves have been flooded with negative ads about Proposal 3. Due to this inundation, I am attempting to set the record straight by writing from the other side. First, the basics: Prop 3 is a ballot initiative that seeks to increase the state...

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ArtPrize and The Rapid partner to offer cost-effective transportation

by (Chelsea)

Submitted 09-10-2012 under NEWS

ArtPrize and The Rapid will be joining forces to again offer ArtPrize-goers an alternative to parking downtown for the event. For five dollars, you can purchase two wristbands that permit two riders on any of the shuttles that run from seven area...

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Grand Rapids Water Systems Administration building gets solar panel array

by (erikzimmerman)

Submitted 07-14-2012 under NEWS

On Tuesday, the city of Grand Rapids unveiled a solar panel array above the Water Systems Administration building at 1900 Oak Industrial Drive. This moves the city one step closer to its goal of securing 100 percent of its energy from renewable...

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State legislature may allow for modifications to critical sand dunes

by (Matthew Knaack)

Submitted 07-12-2012 under OPINION

A bill recently passed by the Michigan Senate - and subsequently returned - may cause some concerning changes to the Michigan Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act of 1994, also known as Public Act 451. The proposed amendments will...

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Burritotown wants healthy, ethical, local food for Grand Rapids

by (nancyfinney)

Submitted 06-20-2012 under NEWS

Last Saturday, Grand Rapids had new food options available for the late-night crowd. Several entrepreneurs, Dallas McCulloch, Brandon Hill, Lindsay Sanderson and Ryan Cappalletti set out to transform Bartertown Diner into Burritotown Diner. ...

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A Watershed Moment: National sustainable business conference comes to Grand Rapids

by (Scott Kaplan)

Submitted 05-16-2012 under NEWS

BALLE (Business Alliance for Local Living Economies) is a national organization that brings together locally-owned, independent businesses across the country interested in impacting their communities through socially-responsible business...

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Rain barrel season is here

by (jereldomer)

Submitted 05-06-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

April showers bring more than flowers:  They also bring stormwater runoff, the largest source of water pollution in West Michigan and the Great Lakes. Contaminated sediments that are deposited in lakes and rivers are difficult if not impossible...

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Friday is last day to sign up for LEED workshops

by (jereldomer)

Submitted 04-26-2012 under NEWS

"Going green" has been all the rage over the last several years, and operating out of a LEED-certified building seems to be one of the proudest boasts in the business community and beyond. So what, exactly, does "LEED-certified"...

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