In November Granger, an energy, recycling and construction company, announced its participation in the Lansing Board of Water and Light’s fundraiser Pennies for Power. Granger will donate five pennies for each customer, and the projected $14,000 dollars will benefit greater Lansing families that have trouble paying energy bills.
“We are proud of the strong ties we have in the greater Lansing community. The roots of our company and my family are here,” said Keith Granger, chief executive officer for Granger, in a statement on Grangernet.com. “As we celebrate the five year anniversary of our renewable landfill gas-to-energy project with BWL, it seems fitting to give back to our community. ”
During its 50 year history in greater Lansing, Granger has built a reputation of community service. A family-owned, Christian-based company, Granger was opened in the 1960s as a construction company and started recycling its own waste.
In 1973 Granger transitioned to using landfill gas, a cutting-edge renewable electrical energy at the time, and opened the 180-acre Grand River Avenue landfill in Watertown Township and the 335-acre Wood Street landfill in Lansing and DeWitt townships. Today, Granger has expanded its collaborations with electric plants across Michigan and other states.
Curby the mascot turns 30
Curby, Granger’s mascot, turns 30 this year. On Grangernet.com an anniversary page features personal stories, videos, pictures and letters from those who were touched by Granger employees’ kindness.
The Granger Foundation
In 2005 Granger Meadows Park opened in DeWitt Township, complete with 76 acres of walking paths, a natural ice skating pond, a playground, restrooms, a basketball court, a softball diamond and inline skating rink, among other things.
Grants such as the one for the Granger Meadows Park come from the Granger Foundation, which works to “support Christ-centered activities” and “enhance the quality of life in the Greater Lansing area,” said Eva Lee, executive assistant of the Granger Foundation.
The foundation was established in 1978 by three Granger brothers and their wives, all trustees: Alton and Janice Granger; Ron and Donna Granger; and Jerry and Lynne Granger. The trustees review grant applications twice a year.
“They have participated in most capital campaigns in the area,” said Lee. “They support Volunteers of America, Christian Services, Ele’s Place, Sunny Crest Youth Ranch and Cristo Rey Community Center. Each request is prayerfully considered until a consensus among the six trustees is achieved.”
Lee said eventually the three brothers and their wives will split to join their children’s foundation. Applications can be found at Grangerfoundation.org.
Landfill energy and Lansing
In October Granger celebrated its fifth year providing electricity to the Lansing Board of Water and Light as part of the Renewable Portfolio Standard, a state contract where at least 10 percent of electricity is required to be renewable.
“Landfill gas represents a large percentage of the renewable energy portfolio in Lansing,” said Granger Director of Governmental and Community Relations Tonia Olson.
Granger’s two landfills produce 11.2 megawatts of energy for homes in DeWitt, Meridian, East Lansing and Greater Lansing, Olson said.
“Landfill gas has half the BTU (British Thermal Unit) value than natural gas,” Olson said. Local households can request to buy green energy, but it is not widely popular and used by only about five percent of Lansing homes.