Rain barrels, stormwater run-off and the GLRI– Oh my!

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By Tessa Harvey Where does the rainfall go each time it rains?…
Grand River - River City Water Festival

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

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From learning about eco-friendly practices to fertilizer, the…
Stormwater Utility

What is a Stormwater Utility - Part 1

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Written by Brandon Hunt What is a stormwater utility? Similar…

Winona LaDuke - "We have to speak for those without a voice"

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Inspiring others to use their voice, WMEAC’s Women and the…

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

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In the fall of 2010, an issue regarding deicing fluid in stormwater…

Holiday Upcycling Projects

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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!

The Evolution of Environmental Education in Michigan

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I wasn’t necessarily expecting to be enlightened by observing…

Merchants of Doubt - Climate Change and the Political Climate Converge

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WMEAC hosted the 2014 documentary Merchants of Doubt November…

Great Food, Great Beer, and Sustainability

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Brewery Vivant is the apex of sustainability and good business.…
West Michigan Water Trail

Water Trails: Birdwatching on the Grand

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Can you recall the last time you went birdwatching? And I do…