Member News, WMSBF News

October Member News Round-Up

WMSBF Director Daniel Schoonmaker was honored as one of West Michigan’s 40 under Forty Business Leaders by the Grand Rapids Business Journal this week.  Other member representatives receiving the honor included Elissa Hillary of Local First, John Behrens and Joel Schellhammer of Steelcase, Sara Brooks and Chris Sain of Grand Rapids Community College, Jason Franklin of Grand Valley State University, Rick Jensen and Joshua Meringa of Spectrum Health, Mike Mraz of Rockford Construction, and Stacy Stout of City of Grand Rapids.

Corp Magazine will host Michigan’s Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies at Grand Rapid Brewing Company on November 2.  The competition is a statewide celebration of organizations that inspire and produce green technology to impact the industry and environment. The symposium celebrates those companies that are making their businesses more sustainable, the lives of their employees better and the community more responsible as a whole. Several WMSBF members are expected to be recognized, as in past years.

Van Jones’ spoke in Grand Rapids at the LINC Empowering Communities Conference on Facebook Live.

West Michigan Environmental Action Council has a new Executive Director, Bill Wood.

Fleurology Designs featured in Style-Logic.  You’ll recognize its work from the Triple Bottom Line Bash.

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum Executive Director Daniel Schoonmaker is one of five finalists for Exemplary Executive of the Year along with Spoke Folks/GR Bikes Executive Director Jay Niewiek.

Cascade Engineering funded the $5,000 Sustainable Art Award, which was recently won by Lina Puerta’s ArtPrize entry, “Traces”, which examines the relationships between nature and the body.  The entry was hosted by Kendall College of Art & Design.

Schupan Recycling has partnered with General Motors and others to turn Flint water bottles into coats, car parts and more. Schupan has trailers for collecting empty bottles at the State of Michigan’s central water distribution facility in Flint.