03/01/2013 - "Health is the New Wealth"
"Health is the New Wealth" could be a saying, but it can also be a guiding principle as well as a mode of operation. In communities that choose to take action on this theory, positive results could emerge quickly. The City of Grand Rapids has a long tradition of innovation in sustainability. Mayor George Heartwell was most recently awarded the Climate Protection Award by the U.S. Conference of Mayors in June, 2012. Through his leadership, the city is showing that health of the planet and health of its citizens can go hand-in-hand.
01/09/2013 - Grand Rapids lands on national list of sustainable cities
Grand Rapids has landed on a national list of cities "Leading the Way in Sustainability." Click below to read the entire article.
11/11/2012 - Pack LEEDer: GR building owners want to show green doesn't equate to added cost
When Keith Winn and Chris Muller set out to design a new office space for their respective businesses, their goal was to work within the LEED rating system to create an efficient, sustainable office building on the site of a former milling company. The collaborators intended the facility to be a showcase for green technology and design, but not even they expected the results of their LEED audit, which showed the facility had achieved the most LEED for New Construction points out of all certified project in the world with a score of 66 out of 69 and a platinum rating.
08/17/2012 - Grand Valley State University and Aquinas College considered among the "greenest" colleges
Two West Michigan colleges were named among the "greenest" higher education institutions in the U.S., according to a report by a prominent environmental group.
Grand Valley State University was ranked No. 16 out of 96 colleges and Aquinas College was placed at No. 41 on the Sierra Club's Cool Schools list, which measures how well the institutions integrated environmentally friendly practices into everything from energy use and transportation to what type of food students are served.
08/16/2012 - The Greening of Grand Rapids
Recent national awards have positioned Grand Rapids as an environmental leader known for its commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency and climate protection. The city's focused efforts to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions began a few years ago and are already showing significant cost savings and numerous social and environmental benefits. Click the link below to read the full article from Rapid Growth.