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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: Muskegon Area Earth Week includes beach cleanups and gardening workshops

My Town: Muskegon Area Earth Week includes beach cleanups and gardening workshops

MUSKEGON, Mich.—Earth Day is April 22, but Muskegon County conservation groups are spending eight days raising awareness while helping the environment.

Muskegon Area Earth Week began April 19 and runs through April 27.  This year’s events include a guided hike if Five Lakes Nature Preserve, rain barrel, sustainable gardening, and hydroponics workshops,  hazardous waste and medication collection, beach day clean-ups and an Earth Fair.  Nearly all of the events are free.  The detailed schedule is as follows:

 

Rain Barrel Workshop

Tuesday, April 22, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Big Blue Hydroponics, 590 Ottawa St, Muskegon
Click here for directions.

My Town Muskegon: City offers storm yard waste pickup through April 25

My Town Muskegon: City offers storm yard waste pickup through April 25

MUSKEGON, Mich.—As home and business owners continue to clean up from last weekend’s storms, the City of Muskegon is offering some help.

City workers will be picking up tree limbs and brush left behind by the storm until 4 p.m. on April 25.  All brush and limbs must be placed curbside and cannot block sidewalks or encroach on streets. 

For more information, call (231) 724-6705.

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

My Town: Dozens competing in West Michigan Battle of the Buildings

UPDATE: Three more buildings have joined the competition.

Organizers say the MATS administration office, Community Mental Health and the Hall of Justice, all in Muskegon County are now involved in the Battle of the Buildings, bringing the total square footage to more than 9 million.  The new goal is 10 million square feet by the registration deadline of March 31.

PLAINFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich.—More than three dozen local businesses are competing in cutting down energy in the West Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

The owners of 45 buildings representing nearly 9 million square feet of space have signed up to take part in the inaugural competition, organized by the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter. The organization is teaming up with Consumers Energy and Hurst Mechanical to provide workshops on building improvements, optimizing operations and maintance and engaging building occupants to curb energy use.

Muskegon Lake to Get ‘Universal Access’ Fishing Pier

Muskegon Lake to Get ‘Universal Access’ Fishing Pier
Muskegon Lake will get a new fishing pier, thanks to a $253,000 grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust to the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission. The GLFT announced the award for construction of a pier fully accessible to people of various needs and abilities on the lake’s Hartshorn Peninsula. The pier will add to environmental and recreational improvements started with a $10 million federal grant to the WMSRDC for habitat restoration. This project will protect the peninsula’s recently restored habitat and construct a universally accessible fishing pier for deep-water fishing. A paved spur from the City of Muskegon’s Lakeshore Trail bike path will connect the pier to the region’s recreational infrastructure. The City of Muskegon will own and maintain the pier.

Muskegon Lake to Get ‘Universal Access’ Fishing Pier

Muskegon Lake to Get ‘Universal Access’ Fishing Pier
Muskegon Lake will get a new fishing pier, thanks to a $253,000 grant from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust to the West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission. The GLFT announced the award for construction of a pier fully accessible to people of various needs and abilities on the lake’s Hartshorn Peninsula. The pier will add to environmental and recreational improvements started with a $10 million federal grant to the WMSRDC for habitat restoration. This project will protect the peninsula’s recently restored habitat and construct a universally accessible fishing pier for deep-water fishing. A paved spur from the City of Muskegon’s Lakeshore Trail bike path will connect the pier to the region’s recreational infrastructure. The City of Muskegon will own and maintain the pier.