Entries by Community Sustainability Partnership

Darwin Baas Finds Innovative Solutions for a Sustainable Community

With a 25-year-long career in conservation, spanning both the public and private sectors, Darwin (Dar) Baas brings a collaborative approach to solving West Michigan’s waste management channels. The director of the Kent County Department of Public Works said he always considered himself a conservationist, even at a young age. He grew up in Georgetown Township, […]

GRBJ Shares Amway’s Global Entrepreneurship Report

“Amway Releases ‘Global Entrepreneurship Report’” by Rachel Watson Amway’s 2018 “Global Entrepreneurship Report” reveals age and gender gaps when it comes to attitudes toward starting a business. Ada-based Amway’s eighth “Global Entrepreneurship Report,” published yesterday, measures the state of entrepreneurship worldwide to increase access and inclusion. “Gaining a greater understanding of why people decide for […]

Why 11 Grand Rapids Businesses Chose to Pursue B-Corps Certification

“Michigan now has 14 registered B-corps, companies who are certified in environmental and societal stewardship. With the state’s fastest growing economy, it’s no surprise that Grand Rapids is home to 11 of these conscious companies. Check out the list and explore why a few of them chose to pursue this certification and way of doing business.” Retrieved […]

Two West Michigan Companies Honored as “Best Workplace for Commuters” – GVSU and Spectrum Health

“Two local organizations have earned a designation for offering ‘exceptional’ commuter benefits to their employees. Grand Valley State University and Spectrum Health were named last month to the 2018 list of ‘Best Workplaces for Commuters.’ The designation is managed by the Center for Urban Transportation Research, or CUTR, at the University of South Florida with […]

GRBJ Comments on Cleaning Companies Environmentally Friendly Methods

“A Green Kind of Clean” by Danielle Nelson “It appears antibacterial products aren’t as beneficial as advertised. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently started prohibiting manufacturers from marketing over-the-counter consumer antiseptic wash products with one or more of 19 ingredients. The ban, which took effect in September, includes two of the most common ingredients, […]

Small Business Energy Assistance Program

The Grand Rapids 2030 District is providing a unique opportunity for small businesses, non-profits, houses of worship, multi-family & educational institutions to lower their monthly utility costs. Applications are welcome from anywhere in West Michigan. Membership in the GR2030 District is not mandatory to be considered for this program (but it is encouraged!) Click here to learn more about this opportunity.