Grand Valley Gets Silver STAR Status For Sustainability: Grand Valley State University received silver status after completing the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System, a self-assessment system developed by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.  Grand Valley is the second higher education institution and first public university in Michigan to complete STARS. In 2008, Grand Valley was selected as one of 90 universities in the United States to participate in the pilot phase of the STARS rating system. Campuses earn credits in three categories: education and research, operations, and planning, administration and engagement. The full report can be viewed by searching “Grand Valley” at STARS is designed to help gauge the progress of colleges and universities toward sustainability in all sectors, from governance and operations to academics and community engagement. The system is similar to the LEED (Leadership in Energy Environmental Design) green building rating system. STARS, however, is applied to an entire campus rather than a single building or set of buildings and evaluates social responsibility as well as environmental stewardship. More from the Sustainable Community Development Initiative at (616) 331-7366.

Ultra Electronics, Adaptive Materials Certified ISO 9001:2008: Ultra Electronics Adaptive Materials Inc. said Monday it had been certified to the ISO 9001:2008 (with design), International Quality System Standard. AMI is the first solid oxide fuel cell manufacturer to earn the certification. To earn the certification, AMI had to demonstrate consistent quality and customer satisfaction. AMI’s work to provide portable power through fuel cells to both the military and commercial markets is supported through the ISO 9001:2008 certification. AMI’s entire quality system was audited and certified by Smithers Quality Assessments Inc., an independent accredited registrar. Smithers is fully accredited by the American National Accreditation Body and is a member of the Independent Association of Accredited Registrars. More at

GM Plant Gets Michigan Clean Corporate Citizen Award: The Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment is announcing that the Detroit Hamtramck Assembly Plant has been named a recipient of the Michigan Clean Corporate Citizen Award. Winners of this award have demonstrated environmental stewardship and a strong environmental ethic through their operations in Michigan to be recognized as Clean Corporate Citizens. The presentation will take place at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 8 at the Detroit Hamtramck Assembly plant visitors lobby, 2500 E. Grand Boulevard in Detroit.