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Displaying items by tag: West Michigan Environmental Action Council

It’s more than fitting that Bill Stough was the inaugural inductee into the West Michigan Sustainable Business Hall of Fame in 2014 — he has been a driving force in the sustainable business movement both in West Michigan and throughout the state. Stough’s passion for sustainability dates back to 1979, when he joined the West Michigan Environmental Action Council. More recently, Stough served as a founding member of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and just wrapped up his role as president of Sustainable Research Group, which he founded and sold to Grand Rapids-based energy consultancy Foresight Management. Stough is now self-employed and recently reflected on his “long and extremely satisfying career.”

Published in Economic Development

Grand Valley State University researchers have found the benefits outweigh the costs of Grand Rapids’ investment in green infrastructure to limit stormwater runoff.

Published in Economic Development

GRAND RAPIDS — A group of investors hoping to redevelop one of downtown’s last vacant buildings believes energy-efficient infrastructure could serve as one method to achieve greater affordability.

After a decade of working with Habitat For Humanity in Kentucky and Pennsylvania, Bill Wood hopes to put his sustainable development expertise to use in Grand Rapids’ booming construction market. As the new executive director of the nearly 50-year-old West Michigan Environmental Action Council, Wood says he sees numerous opportunities to reduce waste from demolition and construction while also gearing policy toward being revenue-neutral or revenue-positive for the area’s business community. In an interview conducted on the green roof of WMEAC’s office in the East Hills neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Wood spoke to MiBiz about how he hopes to tackle environmental policy issues. 

Published in Q&A

Human-centered design is changing the way nonprofits across Grand Rapids approach complex problems.

Published in Nonprofits

BYRON CENTER — West Michigan could become a hub for innovative waste processing companies in the coming years.

Published in Breaking News

GRAND RAPIDS — The formation of a new support system to foster entrepreneurship in West Michigan severs what had been a direct link between higher education and the venture capital community. 

Published in Talent