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 […]
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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!
WMEAC hosted the 2014 documentary Merchants of Doubt November 9, 2016. Perhaps the film was a few days too soon (held the day after the election), but the second film in this year’s WMEAC Film Series was as timely as it was engaging. Based on the book of the same […]
By: Bennett SlavskyIt’s hard to remember the last time I woke up at 5:45 a.m. for anything, let alone to volunteer on a Saturday morning. But I did, and without complaint, because I am new and because I wanted to make a good impression. I brewed a cup of coffee […]
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 […]
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 […]
By Ethan LusskyKayaking is one of those things everyone should try at least once—especially in Michigan. For someone who has never experienced ‘the Great Lakes State,’ our sheer quantity of water is quite incredible. This drenched state supports more surface water per square mile than any other, which makes sense given […]
Members of the City of Grand Rapids Parks Department made big plans for the future of Grand Rapids’ parks. But implementing their plans, they wanted to hear what the city’s residents had to say. On July 22, the Parks Department members hosted an open house at Ah-Nab-Awen Park, seeking feedback […]
By Don Lee, Guest Writer. Note: This is an opinion piece; the opinions expressed in it are related to the author’s personal experience, and are not necessarily those of West Michigan Environmental Action Council. Meeting the EPA’s proposal When President Obama’s executive action on emissions from electric power plants became law in […]
Water infrastructure has been in the news over the last several years. Climate change is putting unprecedented pressure on aging infrastructure, bringing with it stories and images of floods, sink holes and erosion. In Michigan, Drain Commissioners play a crucial role managing water resources, moving water away from buildings and […]
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