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Monday, 19 August 2013 11:38

Aug. 19, 2013: Public gets expanded access to Kent County Geographic Information System; Evoy resigns as executive director of Downtown Alliance; GVSU recognized for being green

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Other Michigan universities could be green with envy as the Seirra Club today again recognized Grand Valley State University as one of the greenest universities in the country. The university placed 40th out of 162 schools and is the highest-ranking Michigan institution on the list, ahead of universities such as Princeton and The Ohio State University. The ranking was based on scores given to universities that completed a questionnaire on measurable environmental goals and achievements, presented by the Sierra Club, Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Sustainable Endowments Institute (SE) and Princeton Review, according to a release from GVSU. In early 2013, Grand Valley became the only university in the state and one of 45 in the country to receive gold status after completing the survey for the second time. Grand Valley scored high in areas of operations, innovation and planning, the release stated. [4:55 p.m.]

Sharon Evoy, executive director of the Downtown Alliance, an organization that advocates for business owners and manages the downtown experience in Grand Rapids, is resigning after just over 12 years at the head of the organization. Prior to joining the Alliance, Evoy served for 12 years as executive director of the Neighborhood Specialist Program at the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce. More recently, Evoy helped spearhead the establishment of Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc. (DGRI), a new partnership organized to combine and streamline the operations of the Downtown Alliance, the Downtown Development Authority, the Downtown Improvement District and the Grand Rapids Office of Special Events. [4:05 p.m.]

The public now has free and expanded access to the Kent County Geographic Information System (GIS), the spatial data collection for the county. The GIS data sets were previously only available by special request. The newly-available data sets include boundaries of cities, towns, school and court districts and parks in the county. The hydrography section includes mapping of lakes, ponds, rivers and streams. The PLSS, or Public Land Survey System features mappings of township boundaries and sections. [11:39 a.m.]

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