January: Energy Efficiency and Internal Green Revolving Funds
Monday, January 12 at Prince Conference Center

Speakers:

Sponsored by Consumers Energy

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February:  Reuse, Composting, and Recycling
Monday, February 9 at Grand Rapids Brewing Company

Speakers:

  • Brian Smith of New Soil
  • Seth Yon of Greener Grads
  • Gary Bond, Barfly Ventures
  • Matt Flechter, Recycling and Composting Coordinator, Michigan DEQ

Sponsored by Greener Grads and New Soil.

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March: Greening the Office Expo
Monday, March 9 at Davenport University

Speakers:

  • Renae Hesselink, Vice President of Sustainability, Nichols
  • Joann Kaluza, Print Technology Optimization Specialist, Ricoh
  • Scott VanDerra, Davenport University
  • Kirby Watson, Direct Trade Coffee Club

Exhibitors included US Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter, Sustainable Research Group, Direct Trade Coffee Club, Rapid Green Group, Nichols, Busy Beas Cleaning Services, LEDGreenLight, Coffman Electrical Equipment, Ricoh, Clothing Matters, Valley City Electronics Recycling, Recycle Box Bin, Michigan Works! Kent, Allegan & Barry Counties, Kent County Department of Public Works, CBI Telecommunications Consultants, Michigan Saves, MSU Extension/West Michigan Growers Group, New Soil, Organicycle, AL&S Solutions LLC, West Michigan Clean Air Coalition, and West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

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April: Corporate Water Stewardship and Community Solar
Monday, April 13 at Grand Rapids Public Library

Presented by

Speakers:

  • Nancy Popa, Manager of Renewable Resources & Distributed Generation for Consumers Energy
  • Dale Phenicie, Technical and Projects Director, Council of Great Lakes Industries

May:  Laboratory Sustainability Programs
Monday, May 11 at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Secchia Center

Presented by Intertek

Speakers:

  • Dr. Sudhakar G. Reddy, Coordinator of the Sustainable Labs Program, University of Michigan
  • Eric Saigeon, Intertek Sustainability Manager, USA & Canada
  • Ann Erhardt, Sustainability Director for Michigan State University

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June: Sustainability at Breweries and Wineries
Monday, June 8 at Brewery Vivant

Presented by 5 Lakes Energy

Speakers:

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July: Sustainability Issues at the Region’s Largest Health Care Provider and the Launch of the Region’s First Commercial Bike-Share Program
Monday, July 13 at Grand Valley State University Seidman Center

Presented by Spectrum Health

Speakers:

  • Steve Heacock, Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, Spectrum Health System and President of Spectrum Health Innovations, L.L.C.
  • Jay Niewiek and David Bell, GR Bikes

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September: Sustainability at Harley-Davidson and other topics
Monday, September 14 at GVSU’s Annis Water Resources Institute

Speakers:

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Fall Conference – November: Local and Sustainable Food Purchasing for Businesses and Institutions
Monday, October 19 at the Ballroom at City Flats

Presented by Amway

Speakers:

  • Janelle Kearsley, (former) Senior Director of Stakeholder Engagement, Walmart Stores, Inc. Presentation
  • Rob Kaplan, Managing Director, Closed Loop Fund Presentation
  • Michigan Waste Characterization and Valuation Study, Daniel Schoonmaker, WMSBF
  • Kent County Zero Waste Feasibility Study, Bill Stough, Sustainable Research Group Presentation
  • Liese Dallbauman, former Director of Water Stewardship, PepsiCoPresentation
  • Jeff Terry, Manager, Global Corporate Social Responsibility, Amway Presentation

Meeting Review and Presentations


November: Social Responsibility in the Supply Chain
Monday, November 16 at Grand Rapids Public Museum

Presented by Feyen Zylstra

Speakers:

  • Sean Ansett, Principal, At Stake Advisors
  • Dale Robertson, President and CEO, Grand Rapids Public Museum

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December: Sustainability in Packaging
Joint meeting with the International Institute of Packaging of West Michigan
Monday, December 8 at Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University

Presented by Disher Design and Steelcase

Speakers:

  • Travis Gibbs, Packaging Engineer, Disher Design (Moderator)
  • Pat Laurie, Packaging Engineering Manager, Bissell Homecare, Inc.
  • Dustin Heiler, Global Environmental Sustainability Specialist, Steelcase, Inc.
  • Cindy Doman, Senior Packaging Engineer, Herman Miller
  • Cimberly Weir, Assistant Director, Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability, Michigan State University
  • Thad Cummings, Founding Partner, My Green Michigan

Meeting Review


Special Events

Green Labs Workshop

Golf Outing

Special Briefing On Water Strategy

Triple Bottom Line Bash