sustainability

Organizations partner with community to vitalize Roosevelt Park

by (WMEAC)

Submitted 06-07-2016 under NONPROFITS

What started out as a dream for a park with public art turned into a reality on May 21st when Friends of Grand Rapids Parks installed a vibrant mural in Roosevelt Park, an urban green space near the intersection of Clyde Park and Granville Avenue....

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Nonprofit sustainability in West Michigan

by (GRTV)

Submitted 05-25-2016 under NONPROFITS

Here in Grand Rapids, and extending throughout West Michigan, we’re known for our many nonprofit organizations and our culture of philanthropy. From services for those in need, to organizations that support the arts, from nonprofits that...

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Second annual River City Water Festival to celebrate Grand River

by (Public Museum)

Submitted 03-01-2016 under NEWS

Groundswell, the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) are excited to partner once again with the Grand Rapids Public Museum (GRPM) to bring the second annual River...

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Land, labor, capital: Looking at root causes of our diseased food system

by (Lance Kraai)

Submitted 02-09-2016 under OPINION

I’m convinced that the ideology of capitalism is the ultimate root cause of the dysfunction of our diseased food system. Addressing food system work without this acknowledgement will only lead to shallow short term solutions. Capitalism has...

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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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Climate Change: Local Solutions to Global Problems with George Heartwell, Mayor of Grand Rapids (former)

by (World Affairs C...)

Submitted 01-29-2016 under

When it comes to climate change, the local can impact the global!  Former Mayor Heartwell draws on his decades of work creating a more sustainable Grand Rapids and insights gained from the Paris Climate Conference. He discusses the role that...

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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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Friends of Grand Rapids Parks reflects on success, welcomes new leader

by (Bill Kirk)

Submitted 12-22-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

In recent years, the City of Grand Rapids has experienced a period of growth and change not seen in decades. As our community continues to adapt and evolve, this process brings with it challenges, opportunities and progress. Thankfully, Grand Rapids...

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Urban agriculture and placemaking: Toward building resiliency

by (levigardner1)

Submitted 11-17-2015 under OPINION

 I have been in counseling for the majority of my adult life. I nearly always balked at the seemingly outrageous cost of this endeavor, questioning whether or not it was worth the large amount of money for what sometimes felt like limited...

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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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