The next monthly meeting will be a luncheon program on Whirlpool’s sustainability and residential energy efficiency programs, plus Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, on Monday, December 8 at Kendall College of Art & Design in downtown Grand Rapids from 12 to 2 pm.
For the past several months, Whirlpool Corporation and Purdue University have been working together to transform a 1920s vintage home in West Lafayette, Indiana, into a net-zero energy structure: the ReNEWW House. It is the company’s hope that the research underway in this living laboratory will lead to valuable insights on resource sustainability that will inform future appliance designs and remodeling methods.
Maureen Sertich, North American Sustainability Lead for Whirlpool, will talk about the ReNEWW project and Whirlpool’s efforts to improve energy and environmental performance in its products and operations. In her role at Whirlpool, Sertich manages the sustainability initiatives for products under the Amana, Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, and Jenn-Aire Brands. Previously, she developed sustainability standards for products in the building industry, managed a university’s sustainability program, provided sustainability and risk assessment services for large industrial and commercial clients, and managed hazardous waste remediation projects.
Also on the agenda is Andy Levin of Levin Energy Partners and Lean & Green Michigan, who will talk about his firm’s work to develop PACE financing in Michigan. PACE financing allows longer payback periods with lower annual amortization and better terms, making many energy projects financeable that otherwise would not be. A PACE district allows a property owner to use the property tax mechanism to finance energy improvements.