Entries by WMEAC

Recommendations for Inclusion in the Final GR Forward Plan

Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. has recently completed a thorough, community based planning effort to shape a vision for the future development of downtown Grand Rapids, dubbed the “GR Forward Initiative”. The main goal of environmental protection efforts in West Michigan focuses on establishing downtown Grand Rapids as a thriving, growing, […]

Restore the River as the Draw

By Ross Van Peursem If you ask anyone who is familiar with the city of Grand Rapids, they will tell you that there are exciting things happening in Beer City USA. From the growing micro-brew scene, to its world renowned ArtPrize competition, Grand Rapids is being recognized as a destination city […]

A Response to Hypocrisy Claims Facing Fracking Moratorium

During his State of the City address in January, Mayor Heartwell proposed a moratorium against the production of oil and natural gas via hydraulic fracturing (fracking) within Grand Rapids’ city limits. In April, however, he backed off from his proposal due to a lack of political support to implement the […]

The Kent County Waste-to-Energy Facility

Kent County is home to one of eighty-six waste-to-energy (WTE) facilities in the United States (there are two in Michigan). The facility processes 625 tons of municipal solid waste each day, and produces up to 16 megawatts of energy. WMEAC Policy Director Nick Occhipinti and I had the opportunity to tour […]

Ecofeminism: Environmental Justice with a Gender and Intersectional Lens

Written by Alyssa Adamovich, GVSU Women’s Center Social Media Intern What are the connections between feminism and environmental issues?  Ecofeminism places a gender justice lens on environmental justice.  It is an understanding that we are all connected by recognizing the various discriminations (e.g., racism, classism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia) that are […]