West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will celebrate its work and local sustainability at the fourth annual Triple Bottom Line Bash and Sustainable Business of the Year Awards on Wednesday, October 25 at the Grand Rapids Ballet.

A sell-out each of its first three years, the Triple Bottom Line Bash has become the signature function for local sustainable business professionals.  This year’s gala will be hosted at the Peter Martin Wege Theatre, home to the Grand Rapids Ballet. Attendees will be seated on stage for dinner and the program, which will include a performance of Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux excerpted from the ballet’s latest show.

The program will also feature the West Michigan Sustainable Business of the Year Awards and the West Michigan Sustainable Business Hall of Fame Induction.

Based on feedback from last year’s event, we’ve taken steps to tighten up the program agenda in favor of networking and dinner time, and to create more opportunity for businesses to be recognized.  The event will include a buffet dinner from Kangaroo Kitchen, hosted bar of local beer and wine, and prize packages.

Due to limitations of the unique space, attendance will be limited to 184 people. Individual tickets are estimated to be $100 to $125 each, if available, will go on sale in early September.

Sponsorships are now available.  Download the sponsorship solicitation here.

Register or pay for your sponsorship here.

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2017 Sustainable Business of the Year: Aquinas College

 

The West Michigan Sustainable Business of the Year Award is selected annually by a vote of the WMSBF membership, honoring the local company that best represents the values of the triple-bottom line.  A list of finalists is selected by a committee comprised of past honorees and former WMSBF board presidents.  Learn about past winners here.

This year, three additional awards will be given to local businesses representing the strategic objectives of the forum (final award names subject to change):

  • The West Michigan Circular Economy Leadership Award will honor an organization for successful efforts to promote waste diversion and the development of a circular economy in West Michigan through excellence of internal programs and practices or promotion of diversion within its clients or community.
  • The West Michigan Climate Leadership Award will honor an organization for adopting practices that demonstrate climate leadership locally and within their industry.
  • The West Michigan Social Equity Leadership Award will honor an organization for successful efforts to promote corporate social responsibility, equity, empowerment and justice within its operations and the communities it serves.

The three strategic focus awards will be chosen by subcommittees of the WMSBF waste, climate and CSR committees.  Winners will automatically be finalists for the Sustainable Business of the Year Award.

The Triple Bottom Line Bash will also feature the West Michigan Sustainable Business Hall of Fame and Future Hall of Fame Awards.