May 14 Monthly Meeting
Monday, May 14, 2012 :: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
GVSU Pew Campus (downtown GR)
401 Fulton St. W., Room 136E DeVos Center

Drum roll please…the Tools & Resources Committee will roll out the first phase of the West Michigan Sustainability Tools & Resources Initiative, our DEQ grant sponsored project to develop a regional web-based sustainability data base utilizing the Chalk & Wire ePortfolio. Assessment and Data Analysis Tool. This project features enhancement of our Self-Assessment Guide for Sustainable Commerce, development of deep-dive companion guides, and targeted educational resources. This will be your introductory lesson in utilizing the site and completing the surveysMembers will be asked to complete the Comprehensive Self Assessment Guide in the next few months to establish a baseline, for themselves and the project, and again next year to track continuous improvement.

In addition, Leslee Rohs with Muskegon County and Lisa Sabourin with Employers’ Association of West Michigan will present on their grant-funded sustainability initiatives, including a Craig’s list-type waste and materials management project.

As a complement to this program, Comprenew will offer an electronics recycling service to those attending, from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Parking is available in the Fulton St. lot across from the Eberhard Center, where Comprenew will station their collection vehicle. Data security on all computers and cell phones guaranteed.  See link for more details on what Comprenew recycles: http://comprenew.org/get-involved/#donate.

Space is limited. If you would like to attend this meeting, you must register by email to llocke@wmsbf.org by Wednesday, May 9. Cost of attending is $10 for members/$15 for non-members. Payment may be made by cash or check at the event or by credit card in advance through the home page of our website, Monthly Meeting Payment on the left hand menu, http://www.wmsbf.org.  A $1 additional processing charge is included for credit card payments.

April Monthly Meeting
Monday, April 9, 2012 :: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Bunker Interpretive Center, Calvin College
1750 East Beltline, Grand Rapids (on the east side of East Beltline)

We return to the lovely Bunker Interpretive Center for a special Earth month program, featuring the winners of ourEssay Contest and those receiving honorable mentions. Rick VanDellen, board president, will offer a review of Forum activities over the past year and a look to the year ahead.

Limited parking is available in the circle in front of Bunker Interpretive Center and additional parking at Prince Conference Center to the south. In order to reduce our environmental impact, please consider alternate transportation strategies. Contact Lisa Locke if you would like help arranging carpooling or check

Space is limited. If you would like to attend this meeting, you must register by email to llocke@wmsbf.org<mailto:llocke@wmsbf.orgby Thursday, April 5. Cost of attending is $10 for members/$15 for non-members.Payment may be made by cash or check at the event or by credit card in advance through the home page of our website, Monthly Meeting Payment on the left hand menu, http://www.wmsbf.org <http://www.wmsbf.org>  A $1 additional processing charge is included for credit card payments.

March Monthly Meeting

Monday, March 12, 2012 :: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
ITP Rapid
300 Ellsworth SW, Grand Rapids

Carlos Sanchez, Executive Director of the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, and Jorge Gonzalez, Board President and 
Director of Economic Development at LINC Community Revitalization Inc., will be our guest presenters. They will discuss the Chamber’s mission, membership, services, strategic alliances and unique resources and challenges of the Hispanic business community. Mr Gonzalez will also discuss programs and activities LINC is embarking on. Join us for this program at the first LEED certified transit facility in the nation. Tours available.

In order to reduce our environmental impact, please consider alternate transportation strategies. This would be the perfect time to try out our bus system, <http://www.ridetherapid.org/> or check out <http://www.wmrideshare.org/>  if you would like help in arranging carpooling.

Space is limited. If you would like to attend this meeting, you must register by email to llocke@wmsbf.org  by Thursday, March 8. Also, please help ensure an accurate headcount – and associated luncheon expenses – by notifying Lisa of cancellations no later than the Friday morning before. Cost of attending is $10 for members. Cost to non-members has increased to $15.00. Payment may be made by cash or check at the event or by credit card in advance through the home page of our website, Monthly Meeting Payment on the left hand menu,<http://www.wmsbf.org>  A $1 additional processing charge is included for credit card payments.

January Monthly Meeting

Monday, January 9, 2012 :: 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Bunker Interpretive Center
1750 East Beltline, Grand Rapids (on the east side of East Beltline)

We hope you will join us for an inspirational start to the new year as we welcome Michael Nelson, co-editor ofMoral Ground; Ethical Action for a Planet in Peril as our presenter. Michael is a professor of environmental ethics at Michigan State University. Moral Ground is a collection of testimonial essays from over 80 visionaries around the globe…theologians and religious leaders, naturalists, scientists, elected officials, business leaders, activists, and writers. Together they “present a compelling call to honor our individual and collective moral responsibility to the planet.” Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu offers the forward and Paul Hawkin the final essay. Calvin bookstore has arranged for books to be available for purchase following the meeting.

In addition, we will be paying belated tribute to Ray Anderson who died in August. Mr. Anderson was founder of InterfaceFLOR, a pioneer in the sustainable business arena, and founder of MISSION ZERO, a radical strategy for leaving no environmental footprint.

In order to reduce our environmental impact, please consider alternate transportation strategies. Contact Lisa Locke, llocke@wmsbf.org if you would like help in arranging carpooling.  Limited parking is available in the circle in front of Bunker Interpretive Center and additional parking at Prince Conference Center to the south.

Space is limited. If you would like to attend this meeting, you must register by email at llocke@wmsbf.org by Thursday, January 5. Also, please help ensure an accurate headcount – and associated luncheon expenses – by notifying Lisa of cancellations no later than Friday morning, the 6th. Cost of attending is $10 for members.Beginning this month, cost to non-members will increase to $15.00. Payment may be made by cash or check at the event or by credit card in advance through the home page of our website, Monthly Meeting Payment on the left hand menu, www.wmsbf.org.  A $1 additional processing charge is included for credit card payments.