I'm very proud that Grand Rapids (near my hometown) is getting some well deserved recognition for its green efforts. My cousin Sam has been been involved with the art museum and many other green renovation projects (more to come on this).
On a sunny afternoon in Grand Rapids, a group of earnest, middle-age folks is gathered in a conference room, looking at slides of wind turbines and charts about wasteful energy use. A full-bearded man, who looks as if he's just back from a nature walk, talks about his plans to build a home showcasing the latest in low-impact design. At the front of the room, the speaker asks, pep-rally style, "What's the most effective source of renewable energy today? Conservation!"