January: Growing Communities with Food
Monday, January 13 at Downtown Market


  • Dan Carmody, President, Eastern Market

Sponsored by Progressive AE.

Review and presentations available here.

February:  Business in the Anthropocene, Plus Green Roofs
Monday, February 10 at Aquinas College


  • Andy Hoffman, Director, Erb Institute for Global Sustainable Enterprise
  • Erik Cronk and Jeremiah Johnson, Green Roof Consultants, Advanced Green Architecture
  • Sam Pobst, Green Building Consultant, Eco Metrics

Sponsored by Eco MetricsAdvanced Green Architecture, and Thomas J. Newhouse Design, with additional support from Aquinas College and Holiday Inn Grand Rapids Downtown.

Review and presentations available here.

March: Climate Resiliency in Grand Rapids
Monday, March 10 at Cheney Place


  • Mayor George Heartwell, City of Grand Rapids
  • Nicholas Occhipinti, Policy Director, West Michigan Environmental Action Council
  • Aaron Ferguson, Consultant

Presented by Steelcase and Feyen Zylstra, with additional support from The Cheney Place.

Review available here.

April: Help ArtPrize® Become More Sustainable, See Green Leaders Finalists Compete
Monday, April 14 at Cheney Place

Presented by Odom RE-USE Co., The CarbonNeutral Company, and Busy Bea’s Services, Inc., with additional support from The Cheney Place.

Review and presentations available here

See videos of the winning scholarship essays here.

May:  Materiality, Metrics and Motivation
Monday, Monday, May 12 at Perrigo


  • Elsie Palabrica, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Environmental Resources Management
  • Dave Auperlee, Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs Manager, Bissell Homecare Sr.
  • Travis Gibbs, Product Development Engineer, Disher Design & Development

Presented by Perrigo

View Review and Presentations here.

June:  Sustainbility at Ford, Plus Beneficial Reuse
Monday, June 23 at University Club


  • John Viera, the global director of sustainability at Ford Motor Co.
  • Warner Norcross & Judd Partner Troy Cummings

Presented by Warner Norcross & Judd

Review and Presentations here.

July:  Governor’s Water Plan, Plus Project Clarity
Monday, July 14 at MSU Bioeconomy Institute


  • Jon Allan, Director of the Michigan Office of the Great Lakes
  • Travis Williams, Executive Director of the Outdoor Discover Center Macatawa Greenway
  • Dave Koster, Holland Board of Public Works General Manager

Presented by Holland Board of Public Works and Project Clarity.

Review here.

September:  Retrospective on 20 Years of Sustainable Business
Monday, September 19 at Grand Rapids Public Library


  • Tom Fehsenfeld, President, Crystal Flash
  • Mark Lacroix, Executive Vice President, Business Development, The Carbon Neutral Company
  • David Rinard, Director Global Environmental Performance, Steelcase Inc
  • Deb Steketee, Associate Professor of Sustainable Business, Aquinas College
  • Bill Stough, President/CEO Sustainable Research Group
  • Keith Winn, President, Catalyst Partners
  • Norman Christopher, Executive Director, Sustainable Community Development Initiative at Grand Valley State University

Review here.

November: Local and Sustainable Food Purchasing for Businesses and Institutions
Monday, November 10 at Metro Health Conference Center


  • Alison Sutter, Senior Sustainability Consultant for Key Green Solutions
  • Metro Health Hospital Executive Chef Ryan Reynolds
  • Hillary Bisnett, Healthy Food in Health Care Director for the Ecology Center.

Presented by Unidine and Metro Health.

Review and Presentations Here

December:  Sustainability at Whirlpool, Plus PACE
Monday, December 8 at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University


  • Maureen Sertich, North American Sustainability Lead for Whirlpool
  • Andy Levin of Levin Energy Partners and Lean & Green Michigan

Presented by Fishbeck, Thompson, Carr & Huber and Kendall College of Art & Design of Ferris State University.

View Levin’s presentation here.


Special Events

Golf Outing

Triple Bottom Line Bash

Annual Conference