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The Greening of Grand Rapids

The Greening of Grand Rapids

by Heidi Stukkie

Recent national awards have positioned Grand Rapids as an environmental leader known for its commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency and climate protection. The city’s focused efforts to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions began a few years ago and are already showing significant cost savings and numerous social and environmental benefits.   

Green Gala 2012

Green Gala 2012

From: www.friendsofgrparks.org

The Green Gala is a one of a kind fundraiser event for Friends of Grand Rapids Parks to advance our mission to protect, enhance and expand parks and public spaces in the city.

Urban Forest Project aims to map city trees and show their value

Urban Forest Project aims to map city trees and show their value

by Heidi Stukkie

That large tree in your yard is worth some money. Next time you’re raking leaves, try to remember that.

More than 1.5 million trees exist within the Grand Rapids city limits. Each of these trees provides value to our community and thanks to the new Urban Forest Project, that value can now be measured in dollars.

A simple way to stay Cool in the hot weather

A simple way to stay Cool in the hot weather

Recently we have heard numerous people tell us how to avoid heat exhaustion with all the high temperatures we have been having. It’s true that these high temps have not been around since the late 1980’s.

One thing I thought of, as a hint for keeping cool for so many people, whether they are young or older, is to partially fill a bucket, basin, or anything that will hold  water. Fill the container part way, sit down and put your feet into the water. Everyone knows that when your feet are either too hot or too cold, your whole body also feels just that way.

This is a quick and inexpensive way to cool down. Give it a try!

Increasingly Hot Temperatures and Lack of Precipitation Pose a Threat on Newly Planted Trees

Increasingly Hot Temperatures and Lack of Precipitation Pose a Threat on Newly Planted Trees

Nothing has a greater impact on new tree survival than adequate watering. In the past two years the City of Grand Rapids has planted over 1,600 trees which are in need of watering this summer. The City is working hard to keep up with its current watering practices and will continue to make improvements, but as the temperature continues to rise so does the need for more watering to help keep these trees healthy.

Summer Rain Barrel Workshops

Summer Rain Barrel Workshops

West Michigan Environmental Action Council will be presenting a series of rain barrel workshops coming up this summer. The dates for June and July are below. Please check back for other workshops that might be scheduled during June and July!

Saturday June 16, at 660 Market SW at 11:00 A.M.

Wednesday June 27, Treehuggers (947 Wealthy St. S.E.) at 7:00 P.M.

Saturday July 21, at 660 Market SW at 11:00 A.M.

Wednesday July 25, Treehuggers (947 Wealthy St. S.E.) at 7:00 P.M.

The cost of the workshop is $20 dollars per rain barrel. You are welcome to purchase multiple barrels.

Click here to register.

Which Way Home

Which Way Home

On Friday evening, May 18th from 6 - 8 p.m., the Grand Rapids Dominican Associates are hosting their final film of the season until they begin again in fall. Free and open to the public, this film will be located in rooms 12 and 13 of the Dominican Center at Marywood (see map below for specific directions). Registration is recommended so that comfortable seating can be arranged for all, but walk-ins are also welcome. You can register for the free film online at: http://dominicancenter.com/programs/program/?id=133 or call the front desk at 616.454.1241 (Option 5).