January: Global and Local Responses to Climate Change and Energy
Monday, January 11 at Grand Valley State University’s Seidman Forum

Speakers:

Sponsored by Natural Capital Partners.

Meeting Review


February: Sustainable Food Management and Organic Waste
Monday, February 8 at Aquinas College

Speakers:

  • Susan Mooney, Chief of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 5 Municipal and Industrial Materials Section. Presentation: Sustainable Food Management
  • Janine Oberstadt, Sustainability Director of Creative Dining Services; Marla Poterack, Director of Campus Dining of Aquinas College; Andy Schultz, Chef of Aquina College Dining Services. Presentation: Aquinas College Dining Services

Sponsored by Creative Dining Services.

Meeting Review


March: WMSBF 4th Annual Conference
Monday, March 14 at Cathedral Square Conference Center

Flint Recycling Potential:  Presentation Slides (PDF)
Matt Flechter, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Roger Cargill, Schupan Recycling

Moving Flint Forward: Presentation Slides (PDF)
Kristina Johnston, Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce

Keynote: Pashon Murray, Detroit Dirt Presentation Slides (PDF)

Electronic Recycling in Michigan: Presentation Slides (PDF)
Steve Noble, Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
Nick Carlson, Goodwill of Greater Grand Rapids

The Lowell Energy Anaerobic Digester: Presentation Slides (PDF)
Greg Northrup, Sustainable Partners LLC

Resilient Landscapes Through Agriculture: Presentation Slides (PDF)
Levi Gardner, Urban Roots
Youssef Darwich, Grand Valley State University

Integrating Local Food Into Your Workplace: Presentation Slides (PDF)
Garrett Ziegler, MSU Extension

Keynote: Dar Baas, Kent County Presentation Slides (PDF)

This year’s conference presented by Valley City Electronic RecyclingHerman Miller and Kent County Department of Public Works.

Exhibit sponsors included Advanced Technology RecyclingClothing MattersFlint & Genesee Chamber of CommerceLiveRoof and LiveWallWest Michigan Environmental Action Council.

Meeting Review


April: B Corps Spotlight
Monday, April 11 at Davenport University

Sponsored by Cascade Engineering.

Speakers:

  • Christina Keller, Cascade Engineering
  • Kris Spaulding, Brewery Vivant
  • Keith Winn, President, Catalyst Partners
  • Lauren Jaenicke, Marketing and Sustainability Director, Essence Restaurant Group
  • Karen Tracy, The Image Shoppe
  • Elliott Rader, Owner/Partner, The GFB: Gluten Free Bar

Meeting Review


May: Sustainability at SpartanNash and Plaster Creek
Monday, May 9 at Prince Conference Center at Calvin College

Speakers:

  • Meredith Gremel, VP, Corporate Affairs & Communications and Executive Director of the SpartanNash Foundation; Alison Sutter, Manager of Corporate Responsibility for SpartanNash. Presentation: Sustainability at SpartanNash
  • Gail Heffner, Director of Community Engagement for Calvin College. Presentation:  Plaster Creek

Meeting Review


June: WMSBF Annual Meeting
Monday, June 20 at The B.O.B.

Presented by FTCH.

Panelists:

  • John DeAngelis, Energy Program Manager, Steelcase
  • Haris Alibasic, Director, City of Grand Rapids Office of Energy and Sustainability
  • Brad Lila, Director of Project Development, Apex Clean Energy
  • Greg Northrup, Principal, Sustainable Partners LLC and Managing Member of Lowell Energy AD LLC
  • Keith Troyer, Consumers Energy
  • John Roland Eberly III, Senior Electrical Engineer, FTCH (Moderator)

Meeting Review


July: Triple-Bottom-Line Impacts of Employee Development and Advancement
Monday, July 11 at Grand Rapids Community College Applied Technology Center

Sponsored by West Michigan Works!

Speakers:

Meeting Review


September: MiSCON Conference
Wednesday, September 14 at Grand Valley State University Eberhard Center

Speaker:

  • Eileen Gallagher, Senior Account Supervisor – Business & Social Purpose at Edelman

Meeting Review


November: Resiliency and Climate Adaption
Monday, November 14 at Amway Corporate Headquarters

Sponsored by Amway.

Speakers:

Meeting Review


December: Sustainability at Meijer
Monday, December 12 at Kendall College of Art and Design

Speakers:

  • Erik Petrovskis, Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability of Meijer. Presentation: Sustainability at Meijer
  • Dar Baas, Director of Kent County Department of Public Works. Presentation: Strategy to ReImagine Trash
  • Cheri Holman, Director of US Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter

Meeting Review


Special Events

Green Labs Workshop

WMSBF & GHI Mixer at Odom Re-Use

11th Annual Member Outing

Triple Bottom Line Bash