Steve Teitsma

Steve Teitsma, Civil Engineer, Progressive AE Steve Teitsma is a Civil Engineer with Progressive AE. Progressive AE is a full-service architectural and engineering firm based in Grand Rapids, Michigan and practicing throughout the United States. In 2012, Progressive AE merged with Design Plus to form one of West Michigan’s largest full-service design firms. This entity…

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Alison Sutter

 Alison Sutter, Sustainability and Corporate Social Responsibility, SpartanNash (2014 – 2016) Alison Waske Sutter is an expert in sustainable healthcare and extremely passionate about helping organizations increase profitability while decreasing environmental and human health impacts.  As Key Green Solutions’ Senior Sustainability Consultant, she utilizes her analytical and managerial skills to help hospitals achieve their sustainability…

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David Rinard

David Rinard, Director of Global Environmental Performance, Steelcase Inc. (2014-2016)  David A. Rinard is director of Global Environmental Performance for Steelcase Inc., the global leader in the office furniture industry. Steelcase delivers a better work experience to its customers by providing products, services and insights into the ways people work. Its portfolio includes architecture, furniture…

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Carol Parsaca

Carol Parsaca serves as the Assisted Living Sustainability Coordinator at Pilgrim Manor. Pilgrim Manor is a sustainable, faith-based community for older adults. It provides healthcare services and support to older adults (rehab, long-term care, assisted living). Through Carol’s work at Pilgrim Manor, she has developed a working Green Team. This team is responsible for audits,…

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Sarah Chartier

 Sarah Chartier, Sustainability Program Manager, Spectrum Health Sustainability Office (2015 – 2017) As the Sustainability Program Manager, Sarah has worked within Spectrum Health’s Sustainability Office for over four years to identify environmental and financial opportunities, reduce waste and mitigate Spectrum Health’s environmental footprint. Sarah measures and manages performance based on the triple bottom line, including organizational readiness,…

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Phillip Greene

Phillip Greene, Director of Food and Nutrition Services, Grand Rapids Public Schools Phillip Greene is the Director of Food and Nutrition Services at Grand Rapids Public Schools, overseeing all aspects of the Student Nutrition Program (SNP). Including administering, planning, directing, assessing, implementing and evaluating the program in order to meet the nutritional and educational needs…

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Chad Gunnoe

Chad Gunnoe, Executive Vice President and Provost, Aquinas College (2014-2016) History Professor, Ph.D. University of Virginia, BA College of William and Mary, DAAD Fellow University of Heidelberg, outside fields in Economics, Sociology, & Theology.  Active in all aspects of the college’s sustainability work including substantial engagement with the Wege Foundation, AASHE, and the ACUPCC. Planned or facilitated…

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Jason Kehr

 Jason Kehr, Sales, Valley City Electronics Recycling (2015 – 2017) Jason Kehr is Managing Partner of Valley City Electronic Recycling. VCER is dedicated to safe, environmentally friendly, domestic recycling of electronics. VCER strives to recover value from working equipment for its customers while placing emphasis on data security. VCER believes in forming long-term business relationships in the community…

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Sara Meyer

Sara Meyer, Project Scientist, Environmental Resources Management (1st full term) Sara Meyer is an environmental consultant with Environmental Resources Management, where she specializes in assisting companies to achieve and maintain compliance with environmental regulations, including Storm Water, Wastewater, and Air regulations. She regularly conducts site audits and works closely with her clients to help their companies…

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Wendy Ogilvie

Wendy Ogilvie, Director of Environmental Programs, Grand Valley Metro Council Wendy joined GVMC in 2013 as the Director of Environmental Programs. Current initiatives include facilitating NPDES Municipal Stormwater Permits in Kent and Ottawa County communities: implementing the Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds (LGROW) strategic plan, and assisting the project team in restoring the rapids…

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Steve Ramus

Steve Ramus, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Perrigo Steve works for Perrigo as the Global Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, where he oversees a variety of CSR programs, including but not limited to: Social and Ethical Compliance in the Supply Chain, tracking and reducing of Energy, Water and Waste in Perrigo Operations, the annual publication…

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Eric Saigeon

Eric Saigeon, Sustainability Manager, Intertek (2014-2016) After completing an internship in sustainability at Intertek testing labs from June to October 2012, Eric Saigeon has quickly created his ideal position within Intertek. Initially Eric learned the testing industry as a testing technician in the furniture test lab located in Grand Rapids Michigan. During this time Eric…

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Brian J. Smith

Brian J. Smith, Zero Waste Advisor, AL&S Compostable Products (2014-2016) I have lived in Grand Rapids most of my life and am proud of our city. My background is Information Systems and Supply Chain Management. My 17-year career has included IS implementation, project management, MIS instruction and helping run and grow a local sustainable products distribution company.…

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Doug Tamboer

Doug Tamboer

Doug Tamboer, Sustainability Director, Consumers Energy Responsible for developing and updating the framework for a Corporate Sustainability Program, assuring that the business units have adequate awareness, tools and plans for implementing sustainability practices within their areas. The Director is the corporate lead and primary support for key projects to deliver achievement of the company’s Sustainability…

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Kim Walton

Kim Walton, Program Director, Grand Valley State University (2015 – 2017) Kim Walton works for Grand Valley State University, at the Michigan Alternative and Renewable Center (MAREC), as the Program Director. She has a Bachelor of Science from Appalachian State University, Boone, NC in Industrial /Appropriate Technology. Kim has both a Masters in Resource and Environmental Analysis…

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Kirby Watson

Kirby Watson, President, Direct Trade Coffee Club (2015 – 2017) Kirby has more than 25 years experience working in and with companies to discover and launch innovative products and services. Since moving to West Michigan in 2009, he has focused his efforts on building the Direct Trade Coffee Club into a market leading organization focused on connecting…

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Kristen Wieland

Kristen Wieland, Kent County Department of Public Works Kristen is the Resource Recovery and Recycling Manager with the Kent County Department of Public Works. This last year she has been working diligently at making the Kent County Recycling & Education Center as efficient as possible to ensure that the facility is a reliable outlet for…

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Sara Yob

Sara Yob, Associate Professor, Workforce Trainer, Grand Rapids Community College (2015 – 2017) Sara’s role at Grand Rapids Community College is teaching in non-credit training, primarily onsite in manufacturing facilities, on content ranging from basic manufacturing readiness content, like print reading and problem solving  to automotive quality tools and techniques. Sara led the first team to a…

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Daniel Schoonmaker

An accomplished environmental educator, Daniel Schoonmaker was named Director of West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum in 2013, a new role created to position the 20-year-old organization for growth and innovation. Since then, the forum has achieved record growth in participation while launching new strategic initiatives focused on waste diversion, sustainable food systems, climate resiliency, leadership…

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