West Michigan News

February 10, 2011
The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) has awarded $200,000 in grant monies to fuel the continued development of two Grand Valley State University incubator programs for life sciences, high technology and alternative energy startups.


Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, Education, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Innovation, LifeSciences, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

December 16, 2010
Four buildings in the 100 block of East Michigan Avenue built in the 1800s in downtown Kalamazoo will maintain the look of their historical past as they are outfitted with modern amenities by Mavcon, a Kalamazoo-based developer and general contractor.


Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, Innovation, Kalamazoo, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

December 16, 2010
Two Kalamazoo-area businesses will receive assessments designed to help them develop greener business practices now that they have joined Western Michigan University's green manufacturing initiative.


Category: AlternativeEnergy, Education, Innovation, Kalamazoo, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

October 28, 2010
After opening the nation's first LEED-certified public transit station in 2004 and introducing Grand Rapids' first hybrid electric bus in 2004, The Rapid continues on its route to creating a greener city with its plan for LEED certification of a $32 million expansion of its Wealthy Operations Center.



Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, GrandRapids, Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

October 28, 2010
Brighton-based McKenzie Bay International launched 12 years ago as a mining company, then made the switch in 2004 to alternative energy. The company eventually ran out of money and a major wind turbine project stalled, but President and CEO Kevin Cook says the firm has not only rebounded but has re-launched as an alternative and renewable energy "research and development visionary."


Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, GrandRapids, Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

August 19, 2010
As the cars zip by 1010 Park Street drivers might not realize the house represents a revolutionary way to address energy conservation.
 

Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, Design, Innovation, Kalamazoo, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

June 17, 2010
Stryker Corps.' patient handling and emergency medical equipment building in Portage -- home of manufacturing and divisional headquarters office space -- has been recognized for the way it has reduced its impact on the environment.


Category: AlternativeEnergy, Innovation, Manufacturing, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

May 27, 2010
Harlan Byker is offering a window to the world that's a lot more efficient than yours or mine.

After 12 years of painstaking steps and blind alleys, Byker is ready to scale up manufacture in metro Grand Rapids of a film for windows that automatically dims when heated by sunlight -- potentially saving property managers of office buildings vast sums of money spent on air conditioning.
Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, Design, Entrepreneurship, GrandRapids, Innovation, Manufacturing, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

February 18, 2010
It may look peaceful when the frontloaders aren't running, but there's always a churning caldron of activity under the South Kent Landfill in Byron Center, where microbes feast on the more than 4 million tons of trash covered by a layer of soil. As they munch on organic matter, the anaerobic bacteria release methane, a colorless and odorless gas that can be cleaned and burned. Kent County and Granger Electric have joined forces to turn the waste methane into electricity -- enough to power more than 1,800 homes. Rapid Growth takes you behind the scenes of how this creative public-private partnership turns a greenhouse gas into a valuable commodity.
Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, GrandRapids, Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan

July 23, 2009
Leaders of Lansing's PM Environmental, Inc., (PME) say that Grand Rapids' recognized leadership in green building makes it the perfect location for the firm's new Sustainability and Energy Division.

PME hired Nate Gillette, an architect formerly with Bazzani Associates Inc. in Grand Rapids, to head up the division, and Bryant LePres, a graduate of Aquinas College's sustainable business degree program. The division will operate from PME's satellite office at 77 Monroe Center.
Category: AlternativeEnergy, Community, GrandRapids, Innovation, Sustainability, Technology, WestMichigan
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