If sustainability is important to you, know that it's a priority for Grand Rapids, too.
“Going green” is all about making choices that minimize your environmental footprint. When it comes to travel, that can mean choosing a destination that prioritizes sustainability – like Grand Rapids.
It can also mean choosing places to meet, stay, dine and play based on their earth-friendly practices. Grand Rapids offers a whole host of options for eco-conscious visitors.
DeVos Place Convention Center, a state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown, is certified as a “Green Venue” by the state of Michigan. Its sustainability initiatives include:
Automated faucets and flushing systems to reduce water consumption
Membrane-style roof reflects heat away to decrease energy consumption
Computer-controlled lighting and HVAC for more energy efficiency
Donating leftover food and composting food waste to reduce landfill use
The Amway Grand Plaza, Curio Collection by Hilton practices a hotel-wide Stay Green program that includes energy-efficient lighting, multiple recycling programs, and continually embracing and researching new green initiatives.
Environmental initiatives at the JW Marriott Grand Rapids include reducing energy and water consumption, increasing recycling and purchasing only green cleaners.
CityFlatsHotel is certified LEED Gold thanks to such green features as cork flooring, hypoallergenic bamboo linens, high-efficiency heating and cooling units, low-flow water fixtures, and locally manufactured furniture and décor.
Hyatt Place Grand Rapids South became the city’s first LEED-certified hotel in 2009. (LEED is a system that evaluates the sustainability of buildings.)
Peaches Bed & Breakfast has participated in Michigan's Green Lodging Initiative since 2007, when it scored higher than any other property in the state.
Grand Rapids boasts a large concentration of farm-to-fork restaurants that partner with local farmers to promote sustainable agriculture, reduce transportation footprints and support the area economy. Notable eateries include:
Luna, a Latin American eatery, was named the Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Michigan by Travel+Leisure magazine.
Grove, which sources most all of its food from local family farms, was named Michigan’s Best Restaurant by The Daily Meal.
six.one.six in the JW Marriott Grand Rapids supplements its long list of local suppliers with its own Chef's Garden.