West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum’s May meeting will feature a spotlight on sustainability efforts at SpartanNash and an introduction to low impact development for water quality from Calvin College. The event is this Monday, May 9, at the Prince Conference Center at Calvin College from 12 to 2 pm.
Following its 2013 transformational merger to become the nation’s fifth largest food distributor, SpartanNash has accelerated its environmental sustainability and social responsibility initiatives throughout its retail, wholesale and military distribution, and service center operations. Featured speakers Meredith Gremel and Alison Sutter will will discuss the company’s work to establish an internal and external framework for corporate social responsibility that extended across a massive scale of locations, sites and stakeholders.
Among other topics, the company will discuss its work to address animal welfare concerns, improve the energy efficiency of its stores and distribution fleet, working with local vendors, and promoting community health and wellness.
Also on the agenda is Gail Heffner, Director of Community Engagement for Calvin College, who will be discussing Calvin College’s work on Plaster Creek. Plaster Creek is the most polluted waterway in West Michigan and drains into the Grand River just south of downtown Grand Rapids. Plaster Creek Stewards is a collaboration of Calvin College, local schools, local churches, and community partners working to restore health and beauty to the Plaster Creek watershed.