Sustainability

A City-wide Effort

  • Grand Rapids received the 2010 Siemens Sustainable Community Award, being named the most sustainable midsize city in the U.S. by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Civic Leadership Center and Siemens Corp.
  • Grand Rapids was named Green Generation Customer of the Year by Consumers Energy, May 2009.
  • The City of Grand Rapids was inducted into the U.S. Environmental Protections Agency’s Green Power Leadership Club. The induction recognizes organizations that have significantly exceeded the EPA’s minimum purchase requirements of green energy, February 2009.
  • FastCompany, a national business magazine, has named Grand Rapids "America's Greenest City," saying the region has more green buildings per capita than any other U.S. city, October 2008.

Van Andel Arena: Playing Our Part

  • purchase from local vendors as much as possible to reduce vehicle emissions
  • promotes employee battery recycling with the support of the Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation
  • uses cleaning products that are Green Seal Certified
  • brings unused chemicals back to the distributor to be reused and kept out of landfills
  • uses biodegradable trash bags
  • diminishes use of non-plastic disposable products by eliminating the purchase and consumption of Styrofoam
  • recycles Arena’s cardboard, office paper, homosote, plastic from ad panels, and all metal by-products and delivers to recycling stations
  • honors clients’ requests to recycle waste produced at their shows
  • delivers used computers to be refurbished and reused or recycled
  • repurposes hockey plexiglas or donates it to be repurposed
  • reduces energy consumption by putting outdoor marquee on “night hours”
  • installed water restrictors in facility to aid in reducing water waste and change the DI Zamboni water system to a more environmentally-friendly reverse osmosis system
  • uses Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) in the ice plant and HVAC system to save energy by providing variable speeds for the air handling units

 *As the exclusive food/beverage provider for Van Andel Arena, SAVOR has teamed up with Earth Pledge and adopted the following green initiatives including:

  • avoiding plastics and Styrofoam products made with petroleum-based chemicals that contribute to pollution, toxicity and landfills
  • uses eating utensils made from renewal resources, like corn and potato starch
  • uses plates and bowls molded from the fiber that remains after the juice from sugar cane is extracted
  • uses coffee cups made from paper and fully renewable sources
  • uses biodegradable cups at concession stands during events 
  • reducing carbon footprint by sourcing organic and hormone-free produce locally ie: buying their flour from King Mill in Lowell,MI
  • purchasing only sustainable and environmentally-sound seafood products outlined by groups such as the Marine Stewardship Council
  • developing waste disposal systems that separate kitchen-generated food waste for composting
  • implementing recycling programs for kitchen-generated recyclables and donating excess products to outreach programs for the elderly and less fortunate