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Inaugural Class of Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Inducted

Inaugural Class of Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame Inducted

The Muskegon Environmental Research and Education Society (MERES) welcomed the inaugural class of inductees into the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum Wednesday evening. Five individuals as well as an outstanding environmental education program, one environmental project and a nonprofit organization were honored for their commitments to environmental stewardship and significant contributions to Michigan’s quality of life

“There are many who work tirelessly to protect the environment throughout Michigan,” said Ronald Brown, chair of the Michigan Environmental Hall of Fame.  “Their dedication has improved the quality of life in our state and the Muskegon Environmental Research & Education Society believes that the time has come to recognize these people, projects and organizations.” 

Ubanized. A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit May 31 at Wealthy Theatre

Ubanized. A Documentary Film by Gary Hustwit May 31 at Wealthy Theatre

Thursday, May 31, 6:30pm

Urbanized is a feature-length documentary about the design of cities, which looks at the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world's foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders, and thinkers.

Admission is free!

Wealthy Theatre 1130 Wealthy SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506

6:30-9:00 - intro, film & brief discussion

Showing sponsored by Lott3 Metz Architecture, Nederveld Inc., The Rapid, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, and Wondergem

Visit http://www.friendsofgrparks.org for additional information.

May 5, 2012 Dumpster Day

 May 5, 2012 Dumpster Day

Visit http://gpnagr.org for additional information.

Vista Charter Academy students beautify their school in celebration of Earth Day

Vista Charter Academy students beautify their school in celebration of Earth Day

While Earth Day fell on a Sunday this year, the 4th graders at Vista Charter Academy wanted to celebrate the holiday with their fellow classmates, so the school coordinated a special outing to the Huizenga Brothers Greenhouse. There the students learned about horticulture, the seasons involved in planting and harvesting the flowers, and the retail side of greenhousing. The students then did their part to care for the environment and their school by planting flowers donated by greenhouse owner Mrs. Cynthia Huizenga. Mr. Sterkens 4th grade class and the 8th grade National Junior Honors Society planted the flowers under the school sign for a beautiful spring makeover. The green initiative taught students the responsibility of caring for the environment while being good stewards of the facilities they’ve been given.

Grand Rapids goes green with the help of Tree Huggers

Grand Rapids goes green with the help of Tree Huggers

by Scott Kaplan in LOCAL LIFE in collaboration with West Michigan Environmental Action Council's Environmental Bureau

Angela Topp knows that “going green” can seem like a daunting task without the right help. She recalls her own experience a few years ago, trying to buy supplies to start vermicomposting. She had to order her supplies – including her worms – online, and was frustrated that she didn’t have a place to go or anyone to talk to when she had questions.

Recycling in the City of Grand Rapids has increased 80%

Recycling in the City of Grand Rapids has increased 80%

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

In August 2010, the City partnered with Kent County to provide single-stream curbside recycling services. Last spring, the City partnered with Local First to create the myGRcity points program, where residents who recycle earned points to redeem at local businesses. The City's single-stream, smart-cart, curbside recycling program reports that the amount (in tons) of recyclables collected has increased by over 80% in the past ten months over the previous four years. Over 7,057 households are currently participating in the myGRcity points program. It is free to participate and information can be found at www.mygrcitypoints.com.

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Every year tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations.  Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn.  For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves  the snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation.  Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.

From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Co