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Grand Rapids earns sustainability award

The City of Grand Rapids has earned a sustainability award from the United Nations University for its Community Sustainability Partnership efforts. It is the first city in the U.S., and one of only 30 in the world, to receive the award.

Grand Rapids has established goals to raise the use of renewable energy sources in the city, develop programs to harness landfill gas and capture wind power to produce energy for municipal buildings.

“I applaud Grand Rapids’ efforts to grow their community while utilizing innovative approaches to protecting our environment,” said Steve Chester, director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). “I look forward to our continued partnership with the city to enhance the environment and invest in our future.”

Eight companies in Grand Rapids have been designated by the DEQ as Clean Corporate Citizens, the most of any city in the state, and Grand Rapids has more LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified buildings than any city in the United States other than Seattle.
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