West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum’s November monthly meeting is a luncheon program on energy efficiency and smart energy technology at Aquinas College on Monday, November 11, 12 to 2 p.m. Featured speakers include David Rinard, Director of Global Environmental Performance for Steelcase Inc., Dennis McKee, Communications Director for the Consumers Energy Smart Energy Program and Bob Joba, Energy Management Engineer for Consumers Energy. The program is sponsored by Consumers Energy with additional support from Aquinas College Center for Sustainability. Cost is $10 for members, $15 for non-members.
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 and technology products.
Rinard leads the department that is responsible for overseeing the company’s environmental initiatives and performance and implementing corporate environmental strategy, including regulatory compliance, sustainability, environmental outreach and responsible conduct programs.
Through investments in process efficiencies, Steelcase reduced its energy consumption and corresponding greenhouse gas emissions by 37% between 2006 and 2012. Learn how the leading office furniture manufacturer emphasizes energy conservation in its operations.
The Consumers Energy Smart Energy Program is a statewide meter technology upgrade to provide enhanced customer service to 1.8 million customers and create opportunities to save energy, save money and conserve energy resources. Consumers Energy initiated a program in 2012 to upgrade the meter technology for 1.8 million electric customers and 600,000 natural gas customers. Says McKee: “Think nothing can be more boring than a discussion about utility meters? Think again.” The utility industry has made tremendous strides to become leaner and greener by investing in renewable and alternative technologies to enhance energy delivery. Smart meters put timely information and personal choices in the hands of energy users, while enhancing customer service. The Consumers Energy Smart Energy Program will help customers to save energy, save money and conserve energy resources.
Joba will provide an overview of the merits of energy efficiency programs, the types of programs offered and a business case/example of a success story.
The meeting will also feature a short presentation from the WMSBF Tools & Resources Committee on the completion of its P2 grant. Learn more about Steelcase’s energy efficiency efforts here.