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If sustainability is important to you, you'll be happy to know that it's a priority for Grand Rapids, too.
- 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
- Participation in a citywide composting program
- Electric car charging stations in parking garage
The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel has achieved Green Lodging Michigan Steward certification for its sustainable business practices, including low-flow water fixtures, a linen and towel reuse program, Energy Star lights and equipment, and a sophisticated heat recovery system.
CityFlatsHotel is one of an elite few hotels certified LEED Gold. Its green features include cork flooring, hypoallergenic bamboo linens, high-efficiency heating and cooling units, low-flow water fixtures, and locally manufactured furniture and décor.
Peaches Bed and Breakfast has participated in Michigan's Green Lodging Initiative since 2007, when it scored higher than any other property in the state. Its environmental initiatives range from recycling virtually everything to drying all sheets outside, and it offers such green amenities as a rooftop garden, rain barrel and electric vehicle charging station.
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:
Bartertown Diner is a vegan, vegetarian and raw food restaurant owned and operated by the workers themselves.
Grove sources everything from beans, berries and beef to cheese, chicken and seafood from local family farms.
six.one.six in the JW Marriott Grand Rapids supplements its long list of local suppliers with its own Chef's Garden.
Terra Restaurant is owned and operated by the proprietors of Trillium Haven Farm, which supplies most of the ingredients for the eclectic menu.
The Winchester is a hip neighborhood hangout that grows herbs and greens in an urban garden across the street.
Brewery Vivant is the 1st LEED Silver certified microbrewery in the U.S. Each year, it publishes a sustainability report highlighting its progress.
Grand Rapids Brewing Company is Michigan's 1st certified organic brewery. All its beers are made using only organic grains and other organic ingredients.
MadCap Coffee promotes sustainability and direct trade by maintaining personal relationships with growers around the world. In 2012, delish.com named it one of the best coffee shops in the U.S.
The Downtown Market is a new, $30 million facility dedicated to fresh, local foods. It includes a produce market, restaurants, shops, rooftop greenhouses and more.
Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, one of the Midwest's most popular tourist attractions, earned LEED Silver certification for such features as a reflective rubber roof, innovative irrigation systems and recycled building materials.
Grand Rapids Art Museum is the world's first LEED Gold-certified art museum. It receives 70% of its light from natural sources, utilizes a unique "energy recovery wheel" system, and reuses on-site rain and grey water.
The Rapid Central Bus Station is the 1st U.S. transportation facility to receive LEED certification. Eco-friendly features include recycled building materials, state-of-the-art heating and ventilating systems, and a "green" roof that helps manage stormwater runoff while reducing heating and cooling loads.
Clothing Matters is one of Michigan's "Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies." It spotlights products made from natural hemp, organic cotton, rapidly renewable bamboo and other eco-friendly materials.
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