Entries by WMEAC

The Benefits of Stormwater Calculator and Green Infrastructure Benefits

Written by: Brandon Hunt WMEAC and GVSU more than a decade on valuing “ecos are the benefits that society receives from the environment. Examples of ecosystem services include timber, pollination of crops and flowers, climate regulation, water storage and flood prevention, and riverbank stabilization. For the last two years, we […]

Freshwater Dunes Summit – May 7 – 8

From Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to Warren Dunes State Park, Great Lakes coastal dune systems are found along Michigan’s coastal shorelines. Dozens of unique plant and animal species, like the endangered Piping Plover and Pitcher’s Thistle, make their homes in these coastal dune environments. We are fortunate to have so […]

Teaching students & families to protect the Grand River & Great Lakes

From learning about eco-friendly practices to fertilizer, the 2017 River City Water Festival held at the Grand Rapids Public Museum educated both school groups and the West Michigan public on the importance of protecting the Great Lakes and Grand River from nonpoint source pollution and how to do it. What […]

What is a Stormwater Utility – Part 1

Written by Brandon Hunt 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 […]

Holiday Upcycling Projects

Holiday crafting is a time-honored tradition, so why not combine it with some “green” thinking?

Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something useful or new. When you upcycle an object, you are giving it a new purpose. Why is upcycling good for the planet? Because upcycling reduces the raw materials you need to consume as well as reduces the amount of waste and pollution you create.

The concept of upcycling is nothing new, it came from the post-depression era when families had to make do with very few material resources. Now upcycling has become a part of our culture to protect the Earth and is a savvy way of life for practical people wanting to minimize their carbon footprint.

Our zero waste team recently went to Holmes Elementary School in Spring Lake to test out some adorable upcycled crafts using easy-to-get items like bottle caps, mason jar rings, puzzle pieces and socks. Turns out, kids can easily create some unique and creative holiday gifts with the very simple message of protecting the Earth. Here are some great upcycled crafts we researched and completed with kids ages 5-10 that you can also try at home!

Five Reasons to Volunteer at ArtPrize’s S.O.R.T. Stations

By Nate Slauer ArtPrize Eight kicked off this week, and you can get involved! WMEAC, the City of Grand Rapids, Kent County Department of Public Works, and ArtPrize teamed up to create a brand new initiative called S.O.R.T. (Separate, Organic, Recycling, Trash) Stations. The six S.O.R.T. Station located at Rosa Parks […]

A trip to the watershed

By Nate Slauer, Eco-Journalism Intern It was a sunny July morning in Huff Park with clear blue skies and not a cloud in sight. A group of five young students in matching white t-shirts bounded off the bus from the Grand Rapids Public Museum day camp. The group’s guides for the day […]