New food co-op forming in Grand Rapids

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 06-16-2015 under INNOVATION-SPOTLIGHT

A new food cooperative, the Grand Rapids Food Coop Initiative (GRFCI), is forming and “working to start a community owned, cooperative grocery store in the heart of Grand Rapids.” The development board includes Linda Jones,  ...

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Keep GR moving: Modern mobility strategy designed to build stronger city

by (Andy Guy)

Submitted 06-09-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

The traffic congestion choking rival cities like Austin, Texas is no problem here in uber-accessible Grand Rapids. We cherish and celebrate the "get anywhere in 20-30 minutes" fact of West Michigan living. Our opportunity and...

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Local First Street Party to celebrate local businesses for 12th year Saturday

by (Local First)

Submitted 06-02-2015 under NEWS

Local First will hold their 12th annual Street Party, presented by Founders Brewing Company, on Saturday, June 6 outside Bistro Bella Vita from 3 p.m. to midnight. In addition to a long and varied music set, there will also be Founders beer, local...

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Plaster Creek becomes classroom for urban, rural middle schoolers

by (Calvin College)

Submitted 06-02-2015 under PLACE-MATTERS

What do a bunch of urban teenagers and country kids have in common besides braces, tests and parents telling them to look up from their screens? Well, they also share a common watershed. Over the last two semesters two schools have partnered to...

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ENERGY STAR Certification is Newest Climate Milestone for the Christian Reformed Church

by (worldrenew)

Submitted 05-26-2015 under NONPROFITS

The Christian Reformed Church (CRC) held a press conference last week to announce that its denominational office in Grand Rapids has been awarded ENERGY STAR Certification by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.   The CRC office, which...

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Eastown's annual Picnic in the Park to plant 15 new trees

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 05-05-2015 under NEWS

The Eastown Community Association (ECA) is hosting its annual Picnic in the Park on Saturday, May 9 at Sigsbee Park. This year, they are starting off the day by partnering with Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to plant 15 trees...

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East Hills to host third Made in Michigan Day April 25

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 04-21-2015 under NEWS

The East Hills Business District is hosting its third Made in Michigan Day on Saturday, April 25. There will be a scavenger hunt showcasing local stores and products. Scavenger hunt participants will use a card and look for a Michigan item in one of...

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Think globally, act locally with ECA's "Dig Into Spring" event in celebration of Earth Day

by (Eastown Communi...)

Submitted 04-14-2015 under NEWS

The Eastown Community Association invites you to “Dig into Spring” on April 18 from 1-4 p.m. in celebration of Earth Day 2015. All are invited to join the Eastown community for a series of workshops at the Wilcox Park Shelter, covering...

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Essence Restaurant Group focuses on "farm-to-fork," sustainability year-round

by (MaddieForshee)

Submitted 04-08-2015 under LOCAL LIFE

When it comes to local food, the Grand Rapids food community believes in sourcing food locally and being smart about the food that is used at home and in the restaurant.  Every year during the winter, Michigan crops decrease significantly and...

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Young evangelicals celebrate release of climate conversation videos

by (worldrenew)

Submitted 04-07-2015 under NONPROFITS

That quote is from a new video and study guide on climate change that has broad application in faith circles—and not one that Americans expect from mainstream Protestants. The resource was launched yesterday, April 6, 2015, on the Climate...

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