Living Green in West Michigan

Living Green in West Michigan Resource Guide


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This guide includes library materials and online resources related to sustainability and green living in the West Michigan area. If you're having trouble locating the information you need, please contact one of our eighteen KDL branch locations.

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Local Food:

Crane Dance Farm
A sustainable, regenerative, pasture-based farm that provides chemical-free, nutritious, and delicious pork, beef, lamb, chevon, poultry, and eggs.

Fulton Street Farmers Market
A Grand Rapids institution since 1922, the Fulton Street Market offers locally-grown fruits, vegetables, plants and home-made arts and crafts.

Groundswell Community Farm
A community supported agriculture farm (CSA) which connects the farm with people who want to eat the freshest, local produce in season. It works like a cooperative — you buy a share of the season’s produce and get a variety of vegetables over the summer.

LocalHarvest
Find farmers' markets, family farms, and other sources of sustainably grown food in the Grand Rapids area.

Lubbers Family Farm
Lubbers Family Farm is a family owned farm in West Michigan that has been farmed sustainably since 1995. The farm raises meats and offers beef, pork, lamb, turkey, chicken and eggs. They also house the Little Rooster Bread Company

Michigan Farm Fun
Search for U-pick farms and farmer's markets near you.

Trillium Haven Farm
Trillium Haven Farm is the destination for those seeking fresh, local, chemical-free produce. Their produce can be found at the Fulton Street Farmers Market or you can join their CSA (community supported agriculture) and receive a wide variety of produce every week, throughout the summer.

West Michigan Cooperative
An online farmer’s market offering a way for local farmers and consumers to stay connected all year long.


Green Homes:

Healthy House
Environmental Health Watch Healthy House program focuses on hazards such as lead, mold, pests, pesticides, and combustion by-products in home, school and childcare settings, with particular emphasis on lead poisoning prevention and asthma control methods targeted towards the most vulnerable populations (mainly children and the elderly).

Healthy House Institute
Provides consumers information to make their homes healthier, covering topics such as air and water quality, building, remodeling and furnishing, cleaning and housekeeping, health and safety, ventilation, lighting, energy efficiency and more.


Green Transportation:

Bike GR
View information and maps about bicycling in Grand Rapids.

The Green Chauffeur
A local taxi service that uses low-emissions hybrid cars to reduce their carbon footprint and offer safer, quieter, and smoother rides.

The Rapid
Grand Rapids' public transportation service is excited to be a recognized leader in the transit industry in enhancing public transportation's role in sustainability.


Recycling / Waste Disposal:

Grand Rapids Freecycle
Organized through The Freecycle Network™, this is a place for people who live in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area to help keep useable items out of landfills by finding new homes for loved but not necessary things that are clogging their garages and lives.

Household Hazardous Waste Program
Find where to dispose of hazardous materials such as painting supplies, cleaning products, and automotive fluids.

Kent County Residential Recycling
View information about curbside recycling and drop-off sites.

Recycling Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
View a map of where to recycle compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in West Michigan.

Recycling Computers, TVs & Electronics
Learn where to safely dispose of or recycle household computers and small consumer electronics.


Local Environmental / Sustainability Organizations:

Alliance for Environmental Sustainability
A West Michigan non-profit organization dedicated to helping people understand the options available for designing, building and occupying structures that offer environmentally friendly alternatives, energy efficient products and improved indoor air quality.

Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College
A student-run and faculty-directed organization providing a web-based clearinghouse of information for consumers, business people, non-profit organizations, students, and governmental agencies interested in sustainable practices.

Community Sustainability Partnership
A diverse network of community organizations in West Michigan who embrace and support sustainability guiding principles in their planning and operations and are striving to make a positive impact in our community.

Grand Rapids Community College Sustainability Advisory Council
GRCC sustainability team members are active in a variety of aspects of the college, including curriculum, facilities, and community engagement, working to make the college’s practices reflect its belief in sustainability.

West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC)
A non-profit organization working to protect and enhance West Michigan's natural and human environments by translating the concerns of people into positive action.


Articles:

America's Greenest City
An article from Fast Company examines the growth of eco-friendly buildings and businesses in Grand Rapids.

America's Greenest Skylines
Grand Rapids scores high in the number of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified building projects.

Welcome to Green Building Capital, USA
Looks at the recent "green" buildings built in Grand Rapids.


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