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Grand Rapids or Green Rapids, Michigan??

Should we change our city's name to Green Rapids??  Not likely, even in the

month of March,  but with our reputation in the "Green Community", we

certainly could.  A full 11 percent of all LEED-certified buildings can be

found in the Grand Rapids area, more per capita than any other city in

the nation. Grand Rapids Michigan has a core city population  of about

200,000 people, which definitely means we are one of the "little guys" in the 

 green movement.

 george heartwell gr mi mayor

Grand Rapids' mayor, George Heartwell, spoke at the closing of the Chicago

 Greenbuild conference  in November of 2007. Sitting along side mayors of

 several large cities, Albuquerque, Chicago, and Austin, Texas, he might have

seemed somewhat out of place to some.  His speech can be viewed here, so you

 can see why we,   Grand Rapids, Michigan, are one of the leaders in the

Green Movement in the United States.  From the Grand Rapids Art Museum,

the first LEED-certified art museum in the world, to the countless new

buildings that have been designed using green principles, our communities

have grabbed a leadership position in the Green Wave.                                

                                                                    

 


Here are a few of the larger, more recent projects built to LEED certification:

  • Grand Rapids Ballet performance hall
  • 340-room J.W. Marriott hotel
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum
  • Grand Valley State University Engineering School
  • Restored, century-old office building
  • First restaurant in the Midwest to be LEED certified inside and out.

 

                                           jw marriot hotel gr mi

 

 There are also many area schools working towards LEED certification.

Even our Habitat for Humanity chapter has committed itself to building only

 LEED-certified homes. We have green design firms, homes built with green

materials, and corporations that have made sustainability a priority. We even

have Sustainable Business Degrees ( Aquinas College).

If you want to be on the forefront of the hip, new GREEN WAVE, then there is

 no better place to be than our hometown, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

              

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 George Heartwell -world change photo ~ JW Marriot Hotel in Grand Rapids Mi courtesy of JW Marriot Corp.

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Comment balloon 10 commentsTerry & Bonnie Westbrook • March 05 2008 03:33PM

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And very cool that some of the HUGE philantropic money here is firmly calling for GREEN.

Posted by Eric Webster, Grand Rapids, MI, Five Star Realty (Five Star Real Estate) over 12 years ago
Great post Terry! Grand Rapids and West Michigan are truly one of the nation leaders.
Posted by Eric Hughes, the green home designer (Image Design, LLC) over 12 years ago
Christopher , Eric W  and  Eric H.   Thanks for stopping by we are blessed and our area is concerned with environment. We are small potatoes but we are green maybe larger cities will follow suit. 
Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 12 years ago
Hi Terry, enjoyed this post.  My husband who is a civil engineer has worked on several environmentally friendly projects in the greater Grand Rapids area.  It is great to see Grand Rapids leading the way in terms of sustainable development and green buildings.
Posted by Lola Audu, Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI ~Welcome Home! (Lola Audu~Audu Real Estate~Grand Rapids, MI Real Estate) over 12 years ago
HI Lola: We need to get the message out and i'm glad we can say Grand Rapids is leading the way.
Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 12 years ago
Hi Terry - great post and love the picture! I am excited that the LEED for Homes program is up and running! For those in real estate selling existing homes there are also great REGREEN guidelines that have been released and energy raters who can make recommendations and improvements on existing properties! I am glad to live in such a forward thinking community!
Posted by Mary McGraw, 2015: Solar Energy Is Still A Simple Machine! (GLREA) over 12 years ago
Mary: Thanks as energy become more expensive and concern for the planet is an issue we will all have to think of ways to be more Green.
Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 12 years ago

This is great that Grand Rapids is topping this list for LEED buildings.

This sends a strong signal for the Grand Rapids community.

Grand Rapids is at the forefront of something special.

Hopefully we continue to see this trend in our community.

Posted by Jane credit almost 12 years ago

Shaun: We think it is great now in the near future if they don't build green they may not be able to build it.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) almost 12 years ago

I Agree with you Shaun too.!!!!!!!!

Posted by Eric Hughes, the green home designer (Image Design, LLC) about 11 years ago

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