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Exploring eco-friendly business practices

October 6, 2016

There is a growing interest in the Ludington business community to move toward sustainable, eco-friendly practices, and the Sustainability Network is working to develop that interest into something that will benefit the environment, economy and equity of the Ludington area.

Spence Riggs of the Mason County Growth Alliance and Julia Chambers, president of A Few Friends for the Environment of the World (AFFEW) met Tuesday to take the first steps toward implementing a strategy for gauging interest in sustainable practices.

Tuesday’s meeting came after a series of productive discussions with former Grand Rapids mayor George Heartwell, sustainability coordinator at Grand Valley State University.

“(Heartwell) serves as a support for all of these different initiatives basically up and down the west coast of Michigan, helping to shepherd them along on their way as they try and lead their communities to implement more sustainable practices,” Riggs said. “He came to Ludington last month to help facilitate a sustainability workshop. He returned last Tuesday to kind of follow up on that workshop facilitation to help us kind of start moving in a direction that makes sense for our community.”

Heartwell advised the fledgling Sustainability Network of Ludington on how to help foster eco-friendly and sustainable behaviors and practices in the business community.

According to Chambers, several local businesses have already expressed an interest in utilizing eco-friendly practices.

“Essentially there’s a lot of interest,” Riggs added, “but we’re saying, ‘OK,well where do we go from here?’”

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