The Environment

ENVIRONMENT (& EDUCATION) GOAL #1: Assure access to experiential environmental  education for public school students that is regular, systematic, integrated with curricula, and connected with “real world” community initiatives such as Grand River restoration, renewable energy & efficiency, water conservation and protection, addressing climate change, wildlife habitat conservation and sustainable food systems.  

Illustrative grants: Outdoor Discovery Center – Environmental education and outdoor experiences for youth; City of Grand Rapids Parks and Rec & Grand Rapids Public Schools – “Connecting Children to Nature” partnership at four GRPS sites in under-parked neighborhoods; Grand Rapids Public Museum – Pilot augmented reality digital learning platform; Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds – Engage urban youth in projects reducing urban and agricultural run-off pollution of two Grand River watersheds; GREEN – Collaboration of  nine environmental education organizations to provide experiential environmental education.  

ENVIRONMENT GOAL #2: Develop and implement long-term strategy to restore, protect, and make available for appropriate uses by all the lower Grand River watershed, including restoration of the namesake rapids in downtown Grand Rapids.  

Illustrative grants: Michigan Association of Conservation Districts – Build network of support for invasive species control; Michigan League of Conservation Voters – Expand  sustained citizen engagement, especially on safe drinking water issues; River Network – Empower Latino community to support restoration and protection of waterways; IPM Institute of North America Inc.Reduce negative impacts of synthetic lawn care chemicals; Grand Valley Metro CouncilRestoration of Cold Creek Watershed (strong Civic Engagement theme alignment); National Wildlife Federation – Support for houses of worship to protect watersheds, create habitat and build diverse, resilient communities.

ENVIRONMENT GOAL #3: Assure Grand Rapids continues to be a national and international leader in its commitment to sustainable development, i.e. “Economicology.”  

Illustrative grants: Michigan Environmental Council – Build statewide equitable clean energy network that includes W MI; Habitat for Humanity – Green home upgrades for affordable housing; Green Home Institute – LEED certification programs for affordable housing projects; Inner City Christian Federation – Upgrade single family affordable homes to certified green homes; Environmental Law & Policy Center – Technical, legal and civic engagement to meet Grand Rapid’s 100% renewable energy goal (strong Civic Engagement theme alignment); American Civil Liberties Union Fund of Michigan – Voting modernization (strong Civic Engagement theme alignment); West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum – Equitable sustainability program that addresses racial and economic inequities (strong DEI theme alignment); Groundwork Center – Recruit  W MI business leaders on climate change and renewable energy.

Stories about the Wege Foundation's Commitment to the Environment

NO VICTORY WITHOUT OPTIMISM

*Above photo: Christiana Figueres, the moving force behind the Paris Climate agreement, delivers the 2019 Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability at the University … More NO VICTORY WITHOUT OPTIMISM »

ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & CLIMATE LEADER MUSTAFA SANTIAGO ALI TO PRESENT AT ANNUAL WEGE SPEAKER SERIES

The Senior Vice President for the Hip Hop Caucus will address environmental justice issues on Thursday, April 11, 2019 Grand Rapids, Michigan – February … More ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE & CLIMATE LEADER MUSTAFA SANTIAGO ALI TO PRESENT AT ANNUAL WEGE SPEAKER SERIES »

Wege Prize 2018 Winners

Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University’s (KCAD’s) Wege Center for Sustainable Design has announced the winners of Wege Prize 2018, … More Wege Prize 2018 Winners »

Thank you for your attendance!

Thank you again for another successful speaker series event. We were very happy with the appreciation for Dr. Lanham and the positive feedback we … More Thank you for your attendance! »

ON BEING A RARE BIRD: ESTEEMED SCIENTIST DR. DREW LANHAM TO PRESENT AT ANNUAL WEGE SPEAKER SERIES

The distinguished professor at Clemson University will address issues related to the environment, social justice and bringing nature into the urban experience on Thursday, … More ON BEING A RARE BIRD: ESTEEMED SCIENTIST DR. DREW LANHAM TO PRESENT AT ANNUAL WEGE SPEAKER SERIES »

Earth is Running Out of Time

“My profession is traveling around to bum people out.” So began the University of Michigan’s Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability given recently by … More Earth is Running Out of Time »

Green Team Teens Dig In to Heal Their Watersheds

In 2009 Calvin College faculty members Gail Heffner and Dave Warners launched Plaster Creek Stewards after learning that Plaster Creek (named for the plaster … More Green Team Teens Dig In to Heal Their Watersheds »

Wege Prize Winners Announced 2017

Global Student Design Competition Focused on the Circular Economy Names Winners of $30,000 in Prizes Winning teams announced in Wege Prize 2017; 2018 competition … More Wege Prize Winners Announced 2017 »

Wege Family Tours Blandford Nature Center

*Pictured above from the left, Laura Wege, Blandford Nature Center President Jason Meyer, Blandford Development Director Corey Turner, Wege Foundation staff member Katy Furtado, … More Wege Family Tours Blandford Nature Center »

Wege Prize competition organizers are thrilled to announce the finalist teams for Wege Prize 2017!

Finalist teams named in international design competition focused on the circular economy;  five innovative ideas will face off for $30,000 in total cash prizes … More Wege Prize competition organizers are thrilled to announce the finalist teams for Wege Prize 2017! »

Need for Inclusion in Environmental Non-profits

Pictured above: Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss congratulates Dr. Taylor after the University of Michigan professor delivered The Wege Lecture at Aquinas. Artist and … More Need for Inclusion in Environmental Non-profits »

Blandford Plus A Golf Course: A Gift To The Future

An historic real-estate transaction for Grand Rapids was announced in early 2017 when Blandford Nature Center teamed with the Land Conservancy of West Michigan … More Blandford Plus A Golf Course: A Gift To The Future »

THE WILDERNESS LETTER From “Coda: Wilderness Letter,” copyright by Wallace Stegner, 1960.

One of America’s great writers of both fiction and non-fiction, the late Wallace Stegner was a pioneer of the environmental movement starting in the … More THE WILDERNESS LETTER From “Coda: Wilderness Letter,” copyright by Wallace Stegner, 1960. »

Saving the Great Lakes Started in Grand Rapids May 2004

Working into the wee hours Friday night, December 9, 2016, the U.S. Congress authorized $1.5 billion to pay for Great Lakes restoration over the … More Saving the Great Lakes Started in Grand Rapids May 2004 »

Fifteenth Annual University of Michigan Wege Lecture

Dr. William Clark, Harvard Professor at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, delivered the 15th Peter M. Wege Lecture on Sustainability at the … More Fifteenth Annual University of Michigan Wege Lecture »

GLOBAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION AWARDING $30K FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS

Now in its fourth year, Wege Prize is a global transdisciplinary design competition that gives teams of five college/university students the chance to work … More GLOBAL STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION AWARDING $30K FOR INNOVATIVE SOLUTIONS »

Simple Sustainability Stats

Courtesy of the University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems If you happen across a photo of people from the 1970s, you’ll notice one thing. … More Simple Sustainability Stats »

Beyond Fossil Fuels: U of M Wege Speaker

The Industrial Revolution changed the world of work from farms to factories is over. A new economy is needed. Jose Maria Figueres, former president of Costa … More Beyond Fossil Fuels: U of M Wege Speaker »

THE REAL COSTS OF OIL

The Case for Justice at the Ends of the Pipeline Crystal Lameman Intergovernmental Affairs Spokeswoman for the indigenous Beaver Lake Cree Nation, Alberta, Canada … More THE REAL COSTS OF OIL »

SAVING TROPICAL FORESTS: AN INNOVATIVE APPROACH

The Master Lecture Series ENVIRONMENTAL LECTURE Tuesday, March 22, 7 pm Speaker: Daniel H. Janzen CLICK HERE TO VIEW FLYER

Grand Rapids Joins Architecture 2030 In Record Time

April 27, 2015, architect Ed Mazria gave the 19th annual Wege Lecture urging Grand Rapids to join Architecture 2030, the program he founded in 2006 to … More Grand Rapids Joins Architecture 2030 In Record Time »

Father and Son Embedded in Steelcase’s New Report

When Peter Martin Wege moved to Grand Rapids to open his own metal-furniture business in 1912, he could not have imagined Metal Office Furniture—started on a … More Father and Son Embedded in Steelcase’s New Report »

ECONOMICOLOGY HIGH SCHOOL NAMED BEST IN STATE

Six years ago 14 students entered the sixth grade at Grand Rapids Public School’s City High Middle to attend the brand new Center for Economicology, CFE. … More ECONOMICOLOGY HIGH SCHOOL NAMED BEST IN STATE »

Mazria’s Road To Zero: Phase Out All CO2 Emissions by 2050

Peter Wege’s grandson Andrew Goodwillie used the occasion of Earth Day to remember his grandfather when he introduced architect Edward Mazria as this year’s 19th annual … More Mazria’s Road To Zero: Phase Out All CO2 Emissions by 2050 »

Grand Rapids Achieves Emerging 2030 District Designation in Effort to Reduce Energy Use in Downtown

Private, public partnership working toward final designation from Architecture 2030 by end of year Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell today announced Grand Rapids has been … More Grand Rapids Achieves Emerging 2030 District Designation in Effort to Reduce Energy Use in Downtown »

Catalyst Radio: Architecture environmentalist Mazria is keynote for Wege Speaker Series

by Catalyst Radio (Catalyst Radio) on Friday Apr 3rd, 2015 12:30pm in NEWS in collaboration with Linda Gellasch and WYCE Radio 88.1 FM   … More Catalyst Radio: Architecture environmentalist Mazria is keynote for Wege Speaker Series »

Wege Prize 2015 – Results

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Contact: Elena Tislerics Coordinator, Wege Prize Chief Communications Officer, Kendall College of Art and Design elena@wegeprize.org  $30,000 awarded in … More Wege Prize 2015 – Results »

WMU student team wins national Wege sustainability prize

by Cheryl Roland Click here to read article  on WMU’s website March 30, 2015 | WMU News KALAMAZOO, Mich.—A team of five Western Michigan … More WMU student team wins national Wege sustainability prize »

LOVE THE PLANET WITH A FREE PHONE APP

Louie Schwartzberg, an internationally recognized time-lapse photographer of nature, doesn’t like the fact that the average age of visitors to national parks is 57. No wonder, … More LOVE THE PLANET WITH A FREE PHONE APP »

ARCHITECT EDWARD MAZRIA TO BE KEY SPEAKER FOR 19TH ANNUAL WEGE SPEAKER SERIES ON THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015

Architect and founder of Architecture 2030 to talk about developing architecture districts that serve as a business model for urban sustainability The Wege Foundation will host … More ARCHITECT EDWARD MAZRIA TO BE KEY SPEAKER FOR 19TH ANNUAL WEGE SPEAKER SERIES ON THURSDAY, APRIL 23, 2015 »

The Wonder of Water…”Until it’s gone.” At the GRAM

Edward Burtynsky is an environmental warrior whose artistic weapon is a camera. For over 30 years, the Canadian artist has turned aerial photography—via planes, helicopters, and … More The Wonder of Water…”Until it’s gone.” At the GRAM »

Wege Talk at Meijer Gardens Will Entertain and Educate

The personal friendship between Peter Wege and Fred Meijer resulted in many good works for West Michigan, including Meijer Gardens as Peter was one of the … More Wege Talk at Meijer Gardens Will Entertain and Educate »

Blandford’s New CEO: a Story of Friendship and Mentoring

In 2009 Blandford Nature Center had to reinvent itself from a tax-payer funded organization into an independent non-profit with Annoesjka Steinman as the first … More Blandford’s New CEO: a Story of Friendship and Mentoring »

HOW Conference Comes Home Ten Years Later

The 10th Conference was held September 9-11, 2014, in the city where HOW was born: Grand Rapids, Michigan. In May 2004, the late Peter … More HOW Conference Comes Home Ten Years Later »

Greens to Green:  Golfing for Sustainability

         What begins as a fun day of golf at Blythefield Country Club ends up producing stellar young men like new … More Greens to Green:  Golfing for Sustainability »

18th Annual Wege Speaker Series – THE MAGIC OF WIND

        Tom Kiernan, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, refers to the free potential of wind-energy as “the magic of … More 18th Annual Wege Speaker Series – THE MAGIC OF WIND »

Beetles to Bees to Bacteria Fighters: Nature’s Teachers

Ever since Leonardo da Vinci drew a flying machine patterned after birds’ wings, humans have looked to nature for good ideas.  And why not, … More Beetles to Bees to Bacteria Fighters: Nature’s Teachers »

GREAT LAKES PEOPLE:  MARK YOUR TV CALENDARS!

        APRIL 27 4 p.m. or April 28 11:30 p.m. on PBS Those are the debut times for a new documentary about … More GREAT LAKES PEOPLE:  MARK YOUR TV CALENDARS! »

Steelcase Honors Wege For All the Right Reasons

The March 18, 2008, New York Times titled a major news article in the business section, “Corporate Sponsorship for a Wind Farm.” The corporation … More Steelcase Honors Wege For All the Right Reasons »

Students Tackle a ‘Wicked Problem’ for $30,000

Consider what these things have in common.  A vegetable garden in every living room; potato-made plastic bags; a hands-on cradle-to-cradle learning center in the … More Students Tackle a ‘Wicked Problem’ for $30,000 »

Clock Ticking on Keeping Asian Carp Out of The Great Lakes

The huge, ugly, leaping Asian Carp now threaten the $23 billion fishing-boating  economy of the Great Lakes.  Five years after Congress ordered the U.S. … More Clock Ticking on Keeping Asian Carp Out of The Great Lakes »

Parent Magazine: One of the “Coolest Schools in America”

Five years ago the Grand Rapids Public Schools and Peter M. Wege joined forces to create a sixth-grade program focused on environmental education at … More Parent Magazine: One of the “Coolest Schools in America” »

Wonder, Blandford Nature Center’s Goat, Steals the Show

The October invitation to “See you under the stars for a bedazzling evening” happened under a tent with  200 nature lovers wearing Jeans and … More Wonder, Blandford Nature Center’s Goat, Steals the Show »

Sanity broke out in the U.S. House of Representatives.

If you want to know the rest of the story, click on the link below to Andy Buchsbaum’s Guest Column in Bridge Magazine. If you love … More Sanity broke out in the U.S. House of Representatives. »

Path to College starts at Wege Farm

Peter M. Wege’s beloved Lowell farm is the setting for this inspiring video of an environmental and educational program The Wege Foundation started three … More Path to College starts at Wege Farm »

Wege Foundation consultant delivers Commencement Speech at U of M

Mark Van Putten has more than 30 years of experience in environmental policymaking and nonprofit organizational leadership at the international, national, regional, and local … More Wege Foundation consultant delivers Commencement Speech at U of M »

U of M Dean Delivers Aquinas’s Annual Wege Lecture

In a talk titled Math to Maps to Moms, Dr. Marie Lynn Miranda gave the 17th Wege Foundation Lecture at Aquinas College April 18.  The … More U of M Dean Delivers Aquinas’s Annual Wege Lecture »

Family Members Come to Michigan for the Wege Lecture

Jessica Wege McLear and Caitlin Wege are pictured above with Dr. Mary Sue Coleman, President of the University of Michigan. The sisters came across … More Family Members Come to Michigan for the Wege Lecture »

FARM FOOD? FAMILY FUN? FIND THE DOWNTOWN MARKET

After years of dreaming, discussing, and designing, a farmer’s market for the inner city is now happening.  Seven abandoned warehouses on a city block … More FARM FOOD? FAMILY FUN? FIND THE DOWNTOWN MARKET »

A Rose By Any Other Name…

If anyone else had announced one cold day in early 2004, “We have to save the Great Lakes,” The Wege Foundation staff would have … More A Rose By Any Other Name… »

Great Lakes’ Pioneer Caretakers Gather

Two years before the historic 1972 Clean Water Act was passed to fight water pollution, a concerned group of Great Lakes residents were already … More Great Lakes’ Pioneer Caretakers Gather »

Preserving Farmland Now is The Key to Michigan’s Future Economy

On a chilly May day in 2006, Peter Wege dedicated Lloyd and Kathleen Flanagan’s 145-acre farm as Kent County’s second permanently preserved farm. Tom … More Preserving Farmland Now is The Key to Michigan’s Future Economy »

University of Michigan’s  Newest Dean Wows Her Audience

Healing lead-poisoning in children with backpacks? According to the new Dean of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & the Environment, books in a backpack … More University of Michigan’s  Newest Dean Wows Her Audience »

KROC TOUR WITH JENNIFER AND CAITLIN WEGE

Two of Peter Wege’s granddaughters, Jennifer Wege from North Carolina and Caitlin Wege from California, came to Grand Rapids in March to attend LaughFest, … More KROC TOUR WITH JENNIFER AND CAITLIN WEGE »

Steelcase son Peter Wege to enter environmental hall of fame

Matt Vande Bunte | mvandebu@mlive.com By Matt Vande Bunte | mvandebu@mlive.com  Follow on Twitter on March 20, 2012 at 12:17 PM, updated March 20, 2012 at 12:53 … More Steelcase son Peter Wege to enter environmental hall of fame »

May 5 The New and Improved Fulton Street Farmers Market Opens Up

Talk about raising the roof! Grand Rapids’ popular Fulton Street Farmers Market is undergoing a $2.7 million upgrade  converting it into a year-around enterprise.  … More May 5 The New and Improved Fulton Street Farmers Market Opens Up »

‘Renew Blandford School’ a First for GRPS

The $2.3 million campaign to put up a permanent school building for 60 sixth-graders in the Grand Rapids Public Schools will break ground in … More ‘Renew Blandford School’ a First for GRPS »

Grand Rapids CC Pays Tribute To Peter Wege

October 11, 2011, was declared Peter Wege Night by Grand Rapids Community College’s Foundation. The program described Wege as a “Local Legend” and “Global … More Grand Rapids CC Pays Tribute To Peter Wege »

Peter Wege’s Farm Hosts Friends of Blandford

Jamon Alexander, a former BEEP – or “Blandford Environmental Education Program” graduate – stands with Annoesjka Steinman (top left), Blandford Nature Center’s director, at … More Peter Wege’s Farm Hosts Friends of Blandford »

Wege Surprise Honors Dr. Jonathan Bulkley

To Peter Wege, Jonathan is not only a gifted scholar, teacher, and researcher, but he is also one of Peter’s closest friends. They first … More Wege Surprise Honors Dr. Jonathan Bulkley »

Economicology Students Share Costa Rica’s pura vida

In April 2011, eight students and two educators from the Grand Rapids Public Schools’ City High/Middle School spent over a week in Costa Rica … More Economicology Students Share Costa Rica’s pura vida »

ECONOMICOLOGY: THE RAPID’S SILVER LINE

Public transportation in Grand Rapids is not only alive and well, it is also about to run better, faster, and more often. Thanks to … More ECONOMICOLOGY: THE RAPID’S SILVER LINE »

Wildlife Filmmaker Captivates GRPS Students

Chris Palmer delivered the 15th annual Aquinas College Wege Lecture at 4 pm April 15. Earlier in the day, the internationally known environmental filmmaker … More Wildlife Filmmaker Captivates GRPS Students »

10th Wege Lecture at U of M – A Brilliant talk by Dr. Larry Brilliant

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman described Dr. Larry Brilliant as a 60s Hippie idealist, a 1990s entrepreneur, and 21st Century high-techer. And … More 10th Wege Lecture at U of M – A Brilliant talk by Dr. Larry Brilliant »

10th ANNUAL WEGE LECTURE ON SUSTAINABILITY

The University of Michigan’s Center for Sustainable Systems in the School of Natural Resources and Environment will present the 10th annual Peter M. Wege … More 10th ANNUAL WEGE LECTURE ON SUSTAINABILITY »

SOOPER YOOPER Author Honored in N.Y.

Thursday, September 23, the late environmental, activist artist/illustrator Mark Heckman, known throughout Michigan for his colorful billboards, won the top Media Great Laker Award … More SOOPER YOOPER Author Honored in N.Y. »

COMPRENEW MEETS WEGE’S EDUCATIONAL & ENVIRONMENTAL MISSION

The five-year-old non-profit Comprenew Environmental collects and recycles used electronics, including computers and cell phones. Last year alone Comprenew kept over two million pounds … More COMPRENEW MEETS WEGE’S EDUCATIONAL & ENVIRONMENTAL MISSION »

SOOPER YOOPER

The Wege Foundation is honored to support Mark Heckman’s “Sooper Yooper” because Peter Wege believes the problem of exotic invasive species is the single … More SOOPER YOOPER »

NEW MASTERS OF SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS DEGREE IN G.R.

Aquinas College announced its new Master of Sustainable Business Degree, the first of its kind in the upper Midwest, at a luncheon held May … More NEW MASTERS OF SUSTAINABLE BUSINESS DEGREE IN G.R. »

Steelcase Retirees Hear Update on Restoring the Great Lakes

The very active and energetic Steelcase Retirees Club of invited the Wege Foundation to speak in May at one of their regular monthly meetings … More Steelcase Retirees Hear Update on Restoring the Great Lakes »

Famous Oceanographer Engages GRPS Students

  You cannot save what you do not know and love. Aldo Leopold, American ecologist The week of Earth Day April 2010 was celebrated … More Famous Oceanographer Engages GRPS Students »

Wege Lecture Speaker Captivates her Audience

Dr. Sylvia Earle, a global authority on the ocean and Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society, both entertained and warned a packed audience at … More Wege Lecture Speaker Captivates her Audience »

Generosity In G.R. Makes $62 Million Kroc Happen

When Ray Kroc first started selling McDonald’s hamburgs in Chicago, he was impressed by the dedication of Salvation Army members ringing bells on the … More Generosity In G.R. Makes $62 Million Kroc Happen »

So Who’s This Peter Wege? And What In Heck Is Economicology?

March 24, 2010 A rain forest in Costa Rica is named for Peter Wege. The New York Times featured the world’s first newly built … More So Who’s This Peter Wege? And What In Heck Is Economicology? »

NEW BLANDFORD LEADER HITS THE GROUND RUNNING

Blandford Nature Center is an environmental, wildlife nature center and school in northwest Grand Rapids created in the 1960s. Several years ago Blandford’s chief … More NEW BLANDFORD LEADER HITS THE GROUND RUNNING »

The Kids Take on : TAKE BACK THE TAP

Peter M. Wege has forever said that if this planet is to be saved, “The kids must do it.” He’s counting on the children … More The Kids Take on : TAKE BACK THE TAP »

The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers: How they came to be

In 2002 when Joan Kroc, the widow of McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc, built a world-class family recreation center in a blighted part of San … More The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Centers: How they came to be »

Wisconsin Governor Shares Good News on Saving the Lakes

Seven representatives of The Wege Foundation, including Trustees Mary Nelson, Peter Wege II, and Ellen Satterlee, attended the 4th Annual Great Lakes Restoration Conference … More Wisconsin Governor Shares Good News on Saving the Lakes »

Economicology Principles Move into Grand Rapids’ Classrooms

Thanks to The Wege Foundation, the Grand Rapids Public Schools are infusing Peter Wege’s concept of economicology into the curriculum. Wege coined the word … More Economicology Principles Move into Grand Rapids’ Classrooms »

PEACE WITH NATURE INITIATIVE

The forward-thinking president of Costa Rica Oscar Arias Sanchez has launched an international conservation effort that could help save 4% of the world’s biodiversity. … More PEACE WITH NATURE INITIATIVE »

U of P Biologist Discusses Costa Rica and Species Bar Coding

In late July, 2008, The Wege Foundation invited friends from several West Michigan foundations to meet University of Pennsylvania professor Dr. Dan Janzen and … More U of P Biologist Discusses Costa Rica and Species Bar Coding »

ASU Chief Goes After Fellow Academic Leaders

The 2008 Climate Leadership Summit of the American College & University Presidents’ Climate Commitment concluded its two days of meetings in Grand Rapids, Michigan, … More ASU Chief Goes After Fellow Academic Leaders »

ECONOMICOLOGY 2008 CONFERENCE: A Win-Win for Sustainability

“It will take education and leadership from colleges and universities to meet the environmental challenges we face and leave a healthy world for our … More ECONOMICOLOGY 2008 CONFERENCE: A Win-Win for Sustainability »

Want Quick Green Facts and In-depth Info?

Visit www.css.snre.umich.edu/facts Since the early 1990s, Peter Wege has been actively involved with the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University … More Want Quick Green Facts and In-depth Info? »

NEW SOLAR PANELS SAVE ENERGY, PROMOTE LEARNING

On a hot August day in 2006, Peter M. Wege had the honor of cutting a big red ribbon to open the newly rebuilt … More NEW SOLAR PANELS SAVE ENERGY, PROMOTE LEARNING »

Early ‘Olympic’ Gold for GRAM

Elite athletes aren’t the only ones striving for the gold. Any new construction that is enrolled in the U. S. Green Building Council’s Leadership … More Early ‘Olympic’ Gold for GRAM »

Wege Foundation joins Green Grand Rapids Coalition

Since he started The Wege Foundation in 1967, Peter Wege has always advocated collaboration. He knows the whole is greater than the sum of … More Wege Foundation joins Green Grand Rapids Coalition »

PETER WEGE RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM THE U OF M

The University of Michigan paid its highest tribute to lifelong East Grand Rapids resident Peter M. Wege by awarding him an honorary degree as … More PETER WEGE RECEIVES HONORARY DOCTORATE FROM THE U OF M »

G. R. MAGAZINE NAMES PETER M. WEGE ONE OF CITY’S MOST POWERFUL

The December issue of Grand Rapids Magazine published brief profiles on the 25 people their staff considered the city’s most important. The first person … More G. R. MAGAZINE NAMES PETER M. WEGE ONE OF CITY’S MOST POWERFUL »

BILL FORD ANNOUNCES NATIONAL ENERGY COUNCIL AT WEGE LECTURE.

William Clay Ford, Jr., Executive Chairman of Ford Motor Company, delivered the Seventh Annual Peter M. Wege Lecture at the University of Michigan November … More BILL FORD ANNOUNCES NATIONAL ENERGY COUNCIL AT WEGE LECTURE. »

PETER M. WEGE WINS STEWARDSHIP AWARD FROM UNITED GROWTH

In the fall of 2007, United Growth for Kent County gave Peter M. Wege its Land Use Stewardship Award. The environmental land-use organization recognized … More PETER M. WEGE WINS STEWARDSHIP AWARD FROM UNITED GROWTH »