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WMSBF Annual Meeting to Feature Environmental Justice Forum

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will be hosting a forum on sustainable business and environmental justice as the featured program for its 24th Annual Meeting on Monday, June 18 at the Grand Rapids Kroc Center.

The forum will discuss how businesses and institutions can or should respond to economic and racial inequities of environmental outcomes, highlighting the recent work of the Michigan Environmental Justice Work Group and the Grand Rapids Environmental Justice Collaborative. Among other topics, it will examine how the working group recommendations are driving likely state and local policy changes meaningful to local businesses, as well as what opportunities there are for sustainable business practices to promote positive change.

Panelists include Jeremy DeRoo, Executive Director of LINC Up, Chris Kolb, President of the Michigan Environmental Council, Kaushik Nag, Director of Global Change Management, Talent Acquisition and Employee Engagement for Amway Corp., Guy Williams, President & CEO of Detroiters Working for Environmental Justice and Anne Marie Hertl, West Michigan Regional Coordinator for Michigan League of Conservation Voters. Chad Rogers of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality will be moderating the panel.

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum is a regional network of business, government, non-profits and academia dedicated to promoting business practices that demonstrate environmental stewardship, economic vitality, and social responsibility.

Its annual meeting includes an update on the organization to its members, stakeholders and other interested parties, as well as the introduction of new board members and recognition of the 2018 President’s Award Winner, which honors professionals for contributions to the organization. This year’s honoree is David Rinard, recently retired Director of Global Environmental Performance for Steelcase Inc. David will be retiring from the WMSBF Board of Directors this month after 16 years of service.

The meeting is presented by The Rapid, Valley City Electronic Recycling, Thomas J. Newhouse Design, Steelcase, Experience Grand Rapids and Mercantile Bank.

Doors open for exhibits at 11 am, with the program beginning at 12:30 pm, ending at 2 pm. Lunch is $18 for members if paid online at, $23 for non-members. All are welcome to attend.
More information available here.