Entries by Joshua Leffingwell

What is a Stormwater Utility – Part 1

What is a stormwater utility? Similar to how gas, electricity, and water and sewage are managed as a utility by a city government, stormwater runoff is increasingly also managed as a utility. A stormwater utility handles the stormwater runoff that is generated from houses, businesses, and other properties in a […]

Winona LaDuke – “We have to speak for those without a voice”

Inspiring others to use their voice, WMEAC’s Women and the Environment Symposium  encourages women to advocate for causes they care about for themselves, others, and the environment. Serving as a week-long effort from Feb. 23 through March 2, the 2017 symposium will feature Winona LaDuke, keynote speaker at the “Hidden […]

G. R. Ford Airport Responds to Community and Environmental Needs

In the fall of 2010, an issue regarding deicing fluid in stormwater runoff into local tributaries from Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GFIA) came to a head, as local residents voiced their concerns. Over the past six years, the airport has worked to resolve the problem while maintaining transparency and […]

PACE: Building Unused for 20 Years Gets a Green Makeover using PACE

This post was originally from the Energy Alliance Group’s blog and is used with their consent. A former industrial building, built in 1914 and unused for the past 20 years, is slated to be converted into “one of the most energy efficient affordable housing facilities” according to the project developer. Because […]

Calculating Stormwater Benefits in West Michigan

WMEAC has received a grant to develop an online calculator that will be used to determine the economic and environmental benefits of installing stormwater related green infrastructure (GI) in Grand Rapids and Muskegon. Recently, WMEAC was awarded $99,810 from the United States Forest Service through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, […]

Stormwater Calculator – Request for Proposal

The West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC) is soliciting proposals from qualified and experienced individuals, teams, or organizations for the programming and design of a web-based online calculator and mobile application. With an award from the United States Forest Service through the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, WMEAC is working with […]