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Businesses compete to reduce energy consumption in 'West Michigan Battle of the Buildings'

Businesses compete to reduce energy consumption in 'West Michigan Battle of the Buildings'

BELMONT, Mich.--The West Michigan Battle of the Buildings is about to begin.

The U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter is organizing the event in which businesses compete with one another to reduce their energy consumption throughout the year.  Participants will have access to educational workshops, help with financing energy related projects and assistance in attaining utility rebates.

Cheri Holman, energy reduction manager at Hurst Mechanical, says several local businesses and corporations plan to take part in the competition, but the USGBC is looking for more participants. The West Michigan Battle of the Buildings begins Jan. 1, 2014, but businesses can sign up to participate through March 31. For more information or to register your business, visit the competition website here.

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

New bike path to cut through Grand Rapids

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.—A new bike path will soon take shape in Grand Rapids.

The city is getting a $618,514 grant from the Michigan Department of Transportation to create the Seward Avenue Bikeway.  The 3.5 mile bike route will cut through the heart of Grand Rapids and connect nearly 190 miles of regional trails, including the White Pine Trail, Oxford Street Trail and Kent Trails. The path will run along Seward Avenue from Wealthy Street to the Riverside Park trailhead and include a bike shelter, bike lockers, bike signs and signals and an upgraded pedestrian bridge over Indian Mill Creek at Broadway Avenue.

The project is expected to cost just over $1 million.  Additional funding will come from the City of Grand Rapids, Downtown Grand Rapids Inc., Bikes Belong and Freewheeler Bike Shop.  The city commission will recognize all financial supporters during its meeting at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.    

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 26.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, October 12.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford. The county will also accept drop-off items on October 26 at 1500 Scribner Ave. NW in Grand Rapids.

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.

Communities get share of $500K for drinking water

Communities get share of $500K for drinking water

LANSING, Mich. (AP & WZZM) - The state says 45 Michigan communities will get a share of nearly $500,000 through the Wellhead Protection Grant Program to help safeguard public water supply systems.

The Department of Environmental Equality announced the funding this week.         

The DEQ says groundwater is the sole source of drinking water for nearly half of Michigan's households and the grants are an important part of protecting the groundwater supply.    

Funding includes $70,000 each for Battle Creek, the East Lansing Meridian Water & Sewer Authority and the Lansing Board of Water & Light.

Highlands Green Team's Toothbrush Swap starts October 2

Highlands Green Team's Toothbrush Swap starts October 2

NORTHVIEW, Mich.—October is National Dental Hygiene Month and a group of students from Northview Public Schools is offering a new toothbrush for every one you recycle.

From October 1 throughout the school year, the Highlands Green Team will be accepting old toothbrushes, empty toothpaste tubes/containers and empty floss containers.  Students can drop off their recyclables from 8 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. 

The Toothbrush Swap is made possible by a grant from the Northview Education Foundation.

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County accepting household hazardous waste

Kent County will be accepting household hazardous waste from residents Saturday, September 21.

Residents with proper ID can drop off items from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 2350 Ivanrest SW in Grandville. The county will also accept drop-off items at the following times and locations:

  • October 12: 2908 Ten Mile Rd. in Rockford
  • October 26: 1500 Scribner Ave. NW, Grand Rapids

Chemicals including weed killers, bug sprays, antifreeze, gasoline, oil-based paint, wood preservatives, paint thinner, pool chemicals, deck cleaners, fluorescent light bulbs, mercury thermometers and thermostats will all be accepted.  Latex paint, medical waste, prescription drugs, ammunition and fireworks are prohibited.

For more information, visit the Household Hazardous Waste Program website or call (616) 336-2570.