Sustainable Spotlight

It Pays to Build Beyond Code

June 12, 2019

By Brittany Cullimore, USGBC West Michigan Guest Writer

To improve efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of our built environment, many states and local governments are implementing policies and programs which promote beyond-code building criteria. Municipalities and utilities across the country – and here in Michigan – offer incentives for high-performance building projects such as LEED-certified facilities. […continue reading]

 

Grand Rapids Sustainability

May 8, 2019

By 2025, the City of Grand Rapids would like to operate all buildings that it owns with 100% renewable electricity and increase the tree canopy to 40% within all Grand Rapids neighborhoods. […continue reading]

 

Great Lakes Region Wind Turbines

April 10, 2019

Harnessing wind power for energy is not a new idea. The earliest known windmills came about between 500 – 900 A.D., used by the Persians for grinding grain and pumping water. The first manufactured windmill in the United States was designed by Daniel Halladay in 1854, and a larger turbine designed by Charles F Brush in Ohio in 1888 with the intention of producing electricity. […continue reading]

 

Healthy Patients, Healthy Earth

March 13, 2019

Hospitals are widely recognized as the pinnacle of health and healing and have continuously placed high importance on modernizing their infrastructure to maintain patient and environmental health as well. […continue reading]