sustainability

State Street gets its life back through re//STATE

by (shannoncunningham)

Submitted 05-17-2013 under LOCAL LIFE

As much as we hate to see it, every city has them: streets that, over time, have transformed from bustling economic hubs to vast, desolate concrete waste. Their public green spaces become neglected, morphing into empty parking lots while their...

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Urban Herd fights hunger

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 03-13-2013 under NONPROFITS

Wind and spitting rain didn’t stop more than 100 green-clad runners from showing up for the Brooks Urban Herd Pub Run at Trillium Haven Restaurant on Monday evening. The 5K fun run, organized by Gazelle Sports, wound its way through Eastown...

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Farmer-owned restaurant offers bold brews, homegrown meals to support food bank

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 02-15-2013 under NONPROFITS

Grand Rapids restaurants are embarking on a two-week exploration of local cuisine, Michigan beers and the fruitful ways in which they intersect. Cool Brews. Hot Eats., from the creators of Restaurant Week, runs from Feb. 18 to March 2 and involves...

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

by (Allison Arnold)

Submitted 01-11-2013 under NEWS

The City of Grand Rapids has extended the time for residents to participate in GR1K, an energy program that has helped hundred of Grand Rapids residents make their homes more energy efficient. For $99, program participants receive a...

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Independence in the kitchen: Q&A with food writer, researcher Ali Benjamin

by (Feeding America...)

Submitted 11-26-2012 under NONPROFITS

Ali Benjamin is a writer and documentarian working in the groove between sustainable food activism and anti-hunger advocacy.  Her 2011 book, The Cleaner Plate Club, provides practical recipes for parents seeking independence from prepackaged...

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Grand Rapids Urban League partners with DTE Energy to help residents save money on gas bills

by (shannoncunningham)

Submitted 11-21-2012 under NEWS

DTE Energy is working locally with the Grand Rapids Urban League to reach out to the GR community on their Free Home Energy Consultations (HEC). DTE launched their HEC program this year to work with their customers to save money on their energy...

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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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Goodwill Industries Eliminates Wastes, Benefiting Local Community

by (Allison Arnold)

Submitted 09-22-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

In Grandville, there is a warehouse with floor-to-ceiling cardboard crates filled with stuff. Lots of stuff: unwanted holiday sweaters, broken belts and old VHS tapes. It’s the stuff that gets thrown onto the doorstep of Goodwill Industries...

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West Michigan beer makers "hop" up to the plate

by (Onawa Gardiner)

Submitted 08-01-2012 under NEWS

Michigan’s first annual beer month just came to a close and a look around area farms reveals a surge in growth for a key beer ingredient: hops. West Michigan is experiencing a renaissance in hops farming, with breweries putting their full...

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Sustainable Business Forum to host scholarship golf outing

by (Jacqui DeFouw)

Submitted 07-30-2012 under LOCAL LIFE

On Monday, Aug. 13, the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (WMSBF) will host a golf outing at Stonewater Country Club in Caledonia to raise funds for its annual scholarship. The group's members include small business owners,...

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