¿Quiere usted una empresa verde? Hispanic Small Businesses Benefit from First Ever Spanish Sustainable Resource Talk

The first ever “Sustainable Business Resources in West Michigan” presentation was delivered in Spanish by the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan and the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, hosted at the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Local Hispanic-owned business representatives gathered on November 29th, 2018 at the Chamber’s new location on Division…

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SUSTAINABILITY SHINES BRIGHT AT FIRST USGBC WEST MICHIGAN REGION ANNUAL AWARDS

Introduction On Thursday, November 8, 2018 at The Ballroom at McKay Towers in downtown Grand Rapids, the West Michigan Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council held their Annual Party and First Leadership Awards Ceremony for both members and guests.  The event honored individuals and corporations for their achievements to bring healthier, more sustainable buildings…

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Does Clean Energy Make Sense for Business? – The Highlights

Renewable energy generation is paramount to curbing greenhouse gas emissions and creating a more diverse, sustainable and dependable energy future.  On Wednesday August 15th, The Knickerbocker was filled with Grand Rapids stakeholders eager to learn about the possibilities of clean energy generation in our pure Michigan.  Speakers presented their perspective on the solution. Despite Michigan…

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Grand Rapids 2030 District Embraces Active Commute Week

On your morning commute into work last Friday, you may have noticed “Pit Stops” offering treats and services to commuters. These pit stops were hosted by local organizations in celebration of Active Commute Week. Organizations including Mobile GR,  The Greater Grand Rapid Bicycle Coalition and the Grand Rapids 2030 District support Active Commute Week from…

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Missed The Zero Cities Project Community Forum? Here’s a Wrap Up!

The Zero Cities Project has been working diligently behind the scenes within City Hall to derive a comprehensive and strategic approach for a policy road map which would enable and encourage all Grand Rapids buildings to achieve zero carbon by 2050. The grant-funded project is informed by technical analysis, community collaboration and a strong focus in…

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Successful National Bike to Work Day

The Mayor’s Bike to Work Day last Friday the 18th was a great morning kick-off the end of the week. In celebration of active commuting, a group met at the Fulton Street Farmers Market and biked to the Calder Plaza to demonstrate the clean, fun and healthy benefits of bicycling. If you or your organization’s…

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Consumers Energy Leading by Example

Consumers Energy is leading by example by releasing an ambitious Sustainability Report for 2018. It serves as a snapshot of their progress while pursuing the goals towards the triple bottom line of “people, planet, and prosperity”. Some key takeaways from this year’s release is that the energy provider is aggressively pursuing 80 percent carbon emissions…

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USGBC-WM in the Community: Where We Live, Learn, & Labor Matter

This year’s annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration was hosted by the Committee to Honor Cėsar E. Chávez on Friday, May 4th at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Proceeds went to the “Si Se Puede” scholarship fund, a Legacy Endowment Foundation which supports Latino students in West Michigan schools who demonstrate the ideals espoused by Cėsar…

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Back to Our Roots: Thriving Communities from Urban Forestry

Trees play a vital role in a healthy urban environment by providing city streets with shade, wildlife habitat and beauty, among many other benefits. Anyone who has ever visited a neighborhood that has lost its tree canopy due to disease, rampant urban development or simple neglect knows what a difference this greenery makes to the…

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