08/04/2016 - MBDC Celebrates Bark House as First Ever Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Platinum Product
Today, MBDC celebrates the first ever Cradle to Cradle Certified™ Platinum-level product, Highland Craftsman's Bark House® Poplar Shingle. MBDC worked closely with Highland Craftsman to assess and optimize its product to meet Platinum requirements across all five Cradle to Cradle certification categories, including: material health, material reutilization, renewable energy and carbon management, water stewardship, and social fairness. Bark House Poplar Shingles are made from reclaimed tree bark.
05/13/2016 - Circular Economy Helping Nike Double Its Business with Half the Impact
On Wednesday, leading apparel and footwear brand Nike released its latest sustainability report and was announced as the newest Global Partner of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation. Nike has made impressive progress during a period of continued growth, and recognizes that to continue as such, it must innovate on an unprecedented scale. The company has set "a vision for a low-carbon, closed-loop future as part of the company's growth strategy."
08/05/2014 - Greening Schools: Grand Rapids gets fellow to drive transformation of buildings
Kristen Trovillion is Grand Rapids Public Schools' new Green Schools Fellow, working with leaders to provide clear direction, training and resources to bring sustainable and environmentally responsible practices into schools.
The school district and the U.S. Green Building Council announced Tuesday, Aug. 5, that Trovillion will host the Center for Green Schools Fellowship program.
07/23/2014 - Silver Line buses: See Grand Rapids' newest, high-tech transportation fleet
Come August, city streets will sport buses noticeably different than those on The Rapid's core routes.
Green and silver buses, splashed with varying hues of both colors, will go into operation Aug. 25 when The Rapid establishes its new Silver Line route.
07/08/2014 - Check out "Doorganics"
Grand Rapids has a new, convenient way to support the local food movement. At Doorganics, our mission is simple: to deliver the freshest food possible from local and sustainable farms, right to your doorstep. During Michigan's prime growing season, all the food in your bin will come direct from area farmers. We use these same farms whenever possible all year round and even when there's snow on the ground, you'll get locally grown greens and veggies directly from West Michigan greenhouses. Check it out!
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