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My Town: Jenison company's energy-saving glass on display in Muskegon

My Town: Jenison company's energy-saving glass on display in Muskegon

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MUSKEGON, Mich. (Grand Valley State University) — An emerging, energy-saving glass technology created by a Jenison-based company is being showcased at Grand Valley State University’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center.

The thermochromic technology, made by Pleotint, LLC, provides commercial and residential properties the opportunity to save money in energy costs. The glass gradually darkens in response to rising temperatures caused by direct sunlight, then cools as the sun moves across the sky, returning to a clear, neutral state in cloudy or dark conditions. It is North America’s first commercially available thermochromic interlayer for laminated glass.

“Showcasing and supporting emerging technologies is consistent with the mission of MAREC,” said Arn Boezaart, director of MAREC. “The Suntuitive interlayer represents break-through technology that can be used in a variety of insulated glass applications.”

My Town Grandville: Free community recycling event April 25

My Town Grandville: Free community recycling event April 25

GRANDVILLE, Mich.— In honor of Earth Week, Macatawa Bank is teaming up with local businesses for one final free community recycling event this Friday, April 25.

Recycling Days runs from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Macatawa Bank at 3191 44th Street SW in Grandville.  Rapid Shred and Comprenew will be on hand to help visitors securely destroy documents and electronics. Macatawa Bank’s Mac Snack Wagon will be serving snacks and handing out water from Grand Rapids-based Boxed Water is Better.  The first 25 visitors will receive a recycle tote.

Macatawa Bank Hosts Recycling Days April 21-25

 

HOLLAND, Mich., April 8, 2014 –Macatawa Bank is partnering with local West Michigan businesses, Rapid Shred & Comprenew to host a free event for the public to securely destroy documents and electronics. The event will take place during earth week, April 21-25.

Recycling Days will be held:

Monday, April 21: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 41 North State St., Zeeland Tuesday, April 22: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 1575 68th St., Grand Rapids Wednesday, April 23: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 3177 Knapp St. NE, Grand Rapids Thursday, April 24: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 12415 Riley St., Holland Friday, April 25: 4-6pm – Macatawa Bank, 3191 44th St., SW, Grandville

Along with the Rapid Shred Truck and Comprenew, Macatawa Bank’s famous Mac Snack Wagon will be at each location serving snacks and handing out water from another local partner, Boxed Water is Better. Recycle totes will go to the first 25 people at each location.

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

My Town: Seed Library now open to greenthumbs

LOWELL, Mich.—Spring is here, which means the Kent District Library has officially opened its Seed Library at 13 branches.

Patrons can visit the library to “borrow” up to three packets of heirloom seeds for their garden.  People who take seed packets are asked to save seeds from the plants they grow and return them in late summer or fall for someone else to use next year.

The library is also accepting any heirloom variety seeds gardeners want to add to the library.  For more information, visit the library’s website.

Participating branches include those in Alpine Township, East Grand Rapids, Lowell, Grandville, Plainfield Township, Rockford and Wyoming.

My Town: Ottawa County seedling sale deadline April 4

My Town: Ottawa County seedling sale deadline April 4

COOPERSVILLE, Mich.--  Time is running out to get in your order during the Ottawa Conservation District’s annual tree seedling sale fundraiser.

This year the OCD is offering seven types of conifers, six types of deciduous trees, eight types of shrubs and other plants.  Community members can also order books, bird and bat houses, plant products and wildlife repellents. You can find the order form here.

The goal of the Ottawa Conservation District is distribute native plants to help with reforestation, windbreaks, wildlife habitats and to prevent erosion.

All orders must be placed by April 4.  Seedlings will be distributed Saturday, April 26, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Reender’s Blueberry Farm in West Olive.  For additional information, contact Becky Huttenga at becky.huttenga@macd.org or (616) 846-8770 ext. 5.

My Town: ReStore opening celebration March 22

My Town: ReStore opening celebration March 22

HUDSONVILLE, Mich.-- Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is celebrating the opening of its third area ReStore this Saturday, March 22.

The 9,500 square foot Hudsonville ReStore is located in the former home of Family Dollar, at 2460 Chicago Drive.  ReStore stores sell home improvement items donated to Habitat for Humanity, including appliances, building supplies and furniture.  Proceeds from the discounted sales go toward Habitat Kent’s mission to build, rehabilitate and renovate affordable homes for local families.

Since the first store opened in 2004, the Kent County ReStore franchise has earned $7.4 million and kept an estimated 4,800 tons of material out of landfills.  The newest ReStore also provides a slight boost to the local economy, adding three jobs.

My Town: Clean Water Plant expansion complete

My Town: Clean Water Plant expansion complete

 GRANDVILLE, Mich.—The expansion of Grandville’s Clean Water Plant is complete.

Ottawa County’s Public Utilities Department says more than $27 million dollars was invested to renovate and expand the plant, which services Grandville, Georgetown Township, Hudsonville, and portions of Jamestown and Blendon townships.  The plant is one of Michigan’s first egg-shaped anaerobic digesters, with gas cleaning, cogeneration and hot water recovery systems. The plant can now treat an average of 10 million gallons of waste water a day, with a peak flow capacity of 20 million gallons a day.