West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will present a luncheon on corporate water stewardship and community solar at its Monday, April 13 membership meeting at Grand Rapids Public Library. This month’s meeting sponsored by Consumers Energy, Steelcase, and Lower Grand River Organization of Watersheds.
Through a series of field tests, a Council of Great Lakes Industries project team has demonstrated that water stewardship tools can be valuable to industries interested in such initiatives, but that companies vary dramatically on whether and how they see a business case for focusing on water stewardship in the Great Lakes. CGLI Technical and Projects Director Dale Phenicie will discuss findings and ongoing efforts to develop a business case for corporate water stewardship in the Great Lakes.
Also on the agenda is Nancy Popa, Manager of Renewable Resources & Distributed Generation for Consumers Energy, which will talk about the company’s new Solar Parks community solar program.
CGLI is a tax-exempt organization representing the common interests of U.S. and Canadian industries in the manufacturing, utilities, transportation, communications, financial services and trade sectors that have significant assets in the Great Lakes basin. It works to ensure that industry is a substantive partner in the public policy development process in the Great Lakes region.
Phenicie has served and represented industrial organizations on environmental matters throughout his working career. He served on a U.S. EPA task force that developed the Great Lakes Initiative amendments to the Clean Water Act, the International Joint Commission’s Virtual Elimination Task Force that developed persistent bioaccumulating toxic policy guidance for the Great Lakes, has organized and chaired several industry-oriented committees and working groups on Great Lakes matters, coordinated industry participation in the Great Lakes Binational Toxics Strategy, and has been a member of the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC) Steering Committee since 1994.
Lunch is $15 for WMSBF members online, $20 for non-members.