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Can efficiency measures change our energy future in Grand Rapids?

Can efficiency measures change our energy future in Grand Rapids?

By Nina Ignaczak
This story originally appeared in Rapid Growth

Caulk, insulation, efficient appliances, and programmable thermostats may not be the sexiest aspects of Michigan's energy landscape.  

Kris Spaulding helps Brewery Vivant find a new way of making merry

Kris Spaulding helps Brewery Vivant find a new way of making merry

By Matthew Russell
This article originally appeared in Rapid Growth

It’s not just the regular releases of always-popular beer that Brewery Vivant is now celebrated for, but a renewed commitment to its three tenets—people, profit, and planet—as bolstered by a recent B Corp certification.

How investments in solar energy make for better business plans in West Michigan

How investments in solar energy make for better business plans in West Michigan

by Anya Zentmeyer
This story originally ran in Rapid Growth

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

OPINION: Michigan, Our Great State

Michigan, our great state. Whether we realize it or not, we really do have a great state.

Granted, we had an unusual winter this past year but then again, have you ever seen the grass and trees so green before? Even people returning from Florida this year have commented about everything being so green!

Despite all of the good things, I still hear people complain about it either being too cool, too cloudy, too hot, etc. To those people I say, maybe it’s time for you to move to a perfect climate, wherever that may be.

I love Michigan and all it has to offer. We have the Great Lakes, a treasure on their own. I used to have an older friend, Bill Hickey, who had apple orchards.

He told me, “You will never, ever find an apple as snappy when you bite into it as a Michigan apple in the fall, because of the Great Lakes.” 

My Town: Our Kitchen Table improves lives through the power of plants

My Town: Our Kitchen Table improves lives through the power of plants

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A leafy green initiative to improve the lives of Grand Rapids families is leading to a plant free-for-all this weekend.

On Saturday, July 26, Our Kitchen Table will be giving away a variety of vegetable plants to those who rely on the United Church Outreach Ministry and the Asian West Michigan Association for support.  Kale, collars, broccoli, cauliflower, Bok Choy, chard, lettuce, cabbage and Brussel sprouts will all be available on a first come, first serve basis. The plant pick-up will take place at Gerald R. Ford Academic Center, 851 Madison Ave. SE from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center hiring

My Town Walker: Blandford Nature Center hiring

WALKER, Mich.—Blandford Nature Center is looking for another employee to join their team.

The center recently posted an opening for a part-time development administrative assistant.  A qualified candidate will have a degree in nonprofit or public administration with experience in fundraising and working knowledge of Giftworks, MS Office Suite, Social Media and WordPress.

Applications will be accepted until June 17.  Blandford’s goal is to grow the part-time position into a full-time opportunity in 2015.  For links to the job announcement and application form, click here.

My Town: Volunteers needed for Park Spring Spruce-Up May 31

My Town: Volunteers needed for Park Spring Spruce-Up May 31

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—Volunteers throughout Grand Rapids will be rolling up their sleeves this weekend for the Spring Spruce-Up event organized by the Friends of Grand Rapids Parks.

Everyone is invited to help pick up trash, debris and brush at the parks as well as installing new Parks Alive amenities and recognition plates.  The volunteer work will take place Saturday, May 31 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

To register to help, click on the park you’d like to work in: