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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USGBC-WM attends the Grand Rapids Neighborhood Summit

The 4th annual GR Neighborhood Summit, hosted by the City of Grand Rapids at the GVSU Pew Campus in the DeVos Center, proved to be another successful year in which City residents left inspired about the possibilities in their community. The annual event is designed to connect residents, build skills and leverage their leadership to…

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Navigating Building Audits: an enlightening start to the ZNE Series

The first of a series of Zero Net Energy (ZNE) events hosted by the Grand Rapids 2030 District, titled “Navigating Building Audits”, was inaugurated on the 20th of February, 2018 for a Lunch & Learn at The Knickerbocker – New Holland Brewery. Local experts, Mark Zoeteman from Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber, Eric DeVries from…

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Geothermal Energy Comes to Michigan’s State Capitol Building

By Chuck Otto, USGBC-WM Staff Writer The Michigan Capitol in Lansing is in the midst of a conversion of its heating and cooling system to geothermal energy. The geothermal renovation is part of a two-year, $70 million project known as the Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade (CIU), an effort designed to bring the 138-year-old building into the…

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Zero Net Energy: Workshop Highlights

At a workshop sponsored by Consumers Energy with partners from Grand Rapids 2030 District (GR2030) and New Building Institute (NBI), experts took a deep dive into Zero Net Energy (ZNE) for midwest buildings. The event took place at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017. Cheri Holman, Director of the GR2030…

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