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Review: Schupan Bottle Bill Tour 2

Schupan Recycling hosted WMSBF members to a tour of its bottle recycling facility on Tuesday, May 23.

Photos from the event can be found at our Facebook page.

The program included a presentation on Schupan’s recycling efforts, a Q&A session, tutorials in their demo area, and a guided walk-through of the indoor & outdoor recycling areas.

The 55,000-square foot facility processes 45,000 tons of material each year, including most Michigan deposit containers collected west of US-27, and miscellaneous other items, such as commodity material collected from events and full-product destruction.

WMSBF is trying to find ways to offer more value to its members through member-only events and mixers such as this.  We hope that members will share these opportunities with their colleagues and network so that they might take advantage of these services as well.

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May Meeting: Sustainable Cleaning & Maintenance

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum hosted its May education and networking program this Monday on sustainable cleaning practices and technologies at the West Michigan Works! Grand Rapids Service Center, featuring speakers Daniel H. Montes, Vice President of Business Operations for Brilliant General Maintenance; Ron Segura, Founder and President of Segura & Associates; and Kristen Trovillion, Sustainability Coordinator for Grand Rapids Public Schools.

Photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page.

Montes and Segura shared their experiences creating and managing sustainable cleaning and maintenance programs for iconic technology and manufacturing brands in Silicon Valley and other markets in the Southwest and Michigan. Montes also discussed common challenges to implementing sustainability programs with janitorial contractors and departments and how to get buy-in from internal and external providers.

Trovillion highlighted Grand Rapids Public Schools’ recent efforts to adopt green cleaning, recycling and sustainable facility management practices. She also discussed the unique challenges of implementing a program in a public school environment and progress to date, including lessons on process, savings and training that can be applicable to all facilitates.

Thank you again to West Michigan Works! for hosting and Brilliant General Maintenance for sponsoring this month’s meeting.

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WMSBF Offering Make-Up Bottle Bill Tour

Back by popular demand, West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host a tour of the Schupan Recycling Wyoming Facility on Tuesday, May 23 from 10 am to 11:30 am. WMSBF members and their guests are invited.

The State of Michigan recycles 96 percent of the carbonated beverages containers recycled under Michigan’s Bottle Bill law at just two facilities in Wixom and Wyoming.  
The 55,000-square foot facility processes 45,000 tons of material each year, including most Michigan deposit containers collected west of US-27, and miscellaneous other items, such as commodity material collected from events and full-product destruction.

The program will include a presentation addressing frequently asked questions about the Bottle Bill.  Free program with registration. Limited to 15 participants.

All attendees must wear closed-toe shoes suitable for walking in an industrial facility with stairs and an occasionally sticky floor. Glasses, ear protection and safety vests will be provided.

Learn more and register here.

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WMSBF May: Sustainable Cleaning and Maintenance with Silicon Valley-based Experts

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host a luncheon discussion on sustainable cleaning practices and technologies on May 8 at the West Michigan Works! Grand Rapids Service Center.

Featured speakers include Daniel H. Montes, Vice President of Business Operations for Brilliant General Maintenance, and Ron Segura, Founder and President of Segura & Associates. The two will share experiences creating and managing sustainable cleaning and maintenance programs for iconic technology and manufacturing brands in Silicon Valley and other markets in the Southwest and Michigan. Segura will also discuss common challenges to implementing sustainability programs with janitorial contractors and departments and how to get buy-in from internal and external providers.

Brilliant General Maintenance provides janitorial services to companies throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, as well as throughout California, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Michigan. It is a national leader in the development of sustainable cleaning solutions, at the forefront of efforts to improve building maintenance through thoughtful process improvement and innovative technology deployment. It has demonstrated how janitorial efforts can advance sustainability goals well beyond the use of green cleaning products, including water conservation, recycling, zero waste initiatives, and robotics.

Ron Segura has over 45 years of experience in all segments of the cleaning industry, including a decade overseeing the cleaning of 4.5 million square feet for the Walt Disney Company as Manager of Janitorial /Document Services for Walt Disney Pictures and Television. Through his consulting firm, he has assisted hundreds of organizations in the reengineering of their operations so that they are able to provide a high quality of service and still meet budgetary requirements.

Lunch provided by El Granjero Mexican Grill, recently named the West Michigan Hispanic Business of the year by the West Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.
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April Meeting: Circularity Lessons from Carpet and Cradle to Cradle

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum hosted its April education and networking program in Holland this Monday, featuring the sustainability lead for the world’s largest carpet manufacturer on circular economy issues and sustainability, Paul Murray of Shaw Industries, at Haworth Inn & Conference Center.

Photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page.

Paul Murray discussed Shaw’s approach to sustainability focuses including transparency, material health, material reutilization, efficient use of resources, and social responsibility. He shared his unique outlook on holistic approaches to sustainability and the circular economy, as well as his teams role in helping Bill McDonough create and maintain the Cradle to Cradle model for product certification and integrate it into a company’s culture.

Also presenting at the meeting were Mark Theobald of Environmental Resources Management & Dan Nally of Holland Board of Public Works, who discussed their companies recent award winning work on the new Holland Energy Park.

Presentations:

Thank you again to the Holland-Hope Sustainability Institute for hosting and Environmental Resources Management for sponsoring this month’s meeting.  

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Board of Directors Nominations Open

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum is now seeking candidates for nomination to its Board of Directors for a two-year term.  The Board of Directors establishes policies for the care and conduct of the organization and its operations, including those that promote sound planning and fiscal responsibility.

The board meets six times per year.

Responsibilities include:

  • Establish policies for administering programs and services that are in harmony with the mission of the organization.  Refrain from becoming involved in operational or administrative detail.
  • Assure leadership of the organization’s fund development efforts.
  • Be a meaningful financial support of the organization at the appropriate level.
  • Mobilize volunteer and staff resource for active participation in funding efforts.
  • Monitor the financial affairs of the organization to assure that they are conducted on a responsible basis in accordance with established policy.
  • Monitor the stewardship of the property of the organization in order that it is protected and is properly maintained.
  • Plan for the future.

The application form can be found here.   Applications due by April 21.

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WMSBF April: Circular Economy at World’s Largest Carpet Manufacturer, Plus Sustainable Features at Holland Energy Park

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host its April education and networking program in Holland this month, featuring the sustainability lead for the world’s largest carpet manufacturer on circular economy issues and sustainability, plus a spotlight on sustainable design features at the new Holland Energy Park. The luncheon is Monday, April 10 from 12 to 2 pm at Hope College Schaap Science Center Atrium.

Paul Murray is Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Affairs at Shaw Industries. Guided by Cradle to Cradle, Shaw’s approach to sustainability focuses on transparency, material health, material reutilization, efficient use of resources, and social responsibility. Shaw has led the establishment of a national infrastructure to reclaim and recycle as much end-of-life carpet as possible. Shaw has reclaimed and recycled more than 900 million pounds of post-consumer carpet since 2006. He will share his unique outlook on holistic approaches to sustainability and the circular economy, as well as his teams role in helping Bill McDonough create and maintain the Cradle to Cradle model for product certification and integrate it into a company’s culture.

Also on the agenda: Environmental Resources Management was recently recognized in the Natural World category of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision Platinum Award for its work on the new Holland Energy Park. The project is the first power plant and park project to receive an Envision award, the third-party project verification and award program created by the Institute of Sustainable Infrastructure to recognize projects that have achieved higher levels of sustainability using Envision, their sustainable infrastructure rating system.

Murray joined Shaw, one of the largest flooring manufacturers in the world producing carpet and other floor coverings for the home and office, in February 2011 after more than 22 years at Herman Miller. He was recently named a finalist in the 2016 International Circulars Awards.

This month’s meeting is presented by Environmental Resources Management in partnership with the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Initiative.

Learn more and register here.

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March Meeting: WMSBF Annual Conference

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum hosted the West Michigan Sustainable Business Conference last Monday, March 13 at Davenport University.

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The annual half-day event brought together sustainability practitioners and stakeholders from business, government, non-profits and academia to discuss business practices that promote climate and energy resiliency, social responsibility, and a circular economy.

Photos of the event can be found on our Facebook page.

Expert panelists offered unique perspectives on how organizations and communities can leverage circular design and waste diversion to unlock economic value, highlighted diverse approaches to clean energy investments and responses to climate change, and discussed how the private sector can take a leadership position on pressing social and environmental issues.

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Imagine Trash Partner Testimonial: Morgan & Morgan CPAs

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum is still offering a waived co-pay promotion to members that sign up for the Imagine Trash Partner Program. WMSBF currently has 15 of the 50 promotional waste audit slots remaining, so the sooner you reach out the more likely the offering will still be available. The program includes a package of technical resources for small and medium sized organizations in the West Michigan region to improve their recycling efforts and potentially establish zero waste to landfill goals.  Now scheduling waste audits for February and March.

This week, WMSBF highlights Imagine Trash Partner Program participant Morgan & Morgan CPAs, an accounting and consulting firm focused on improving the financial and operational performance of small and medium-sized organizations, individuals and families through strategic tax and assurance services.

In response to the Imagine Trash waste audit performed onsite at Morgan & Morgan CPAs (M&M), members within the organization had a chance to assess its current waste stream and formulate a recycling program to align with recommendations provided in the audit findings. M&M plans to take initial actions including the installment of a waste diversion program that engages office, janitorial, and building staff in order to achieve their zero-waste-to-landfill goal. M&M plans to provide each office with its own recycling bin, as well as placing SORT recycling and composting bins in the common & kitchen areas. M&M will also place an Organicycle composting bin outdoors, and is currently working with the property manager regarding shared outdoor recycling dumpsters for paper and plastics. The company’s office administrator will work to train janitorial staff and new & existing employees on the installment of the recycling program, along with coordinating participation of these initiatives throughout the building in which they operate.

Learn more about the Imagine Trash initiative or request a waste audit at wmsbf.org/imagine.

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Speakers Announced for West Michigan Sustainable Business Conference

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will host the West Michigan Sustainable Business Conference on Monday, March 13 at Davenport University.

The annual half-day event will bring together sustainability practitioners and stakeholders from business, government, non-profits and academia to discuss business practices that promote climate and energy resiliency, social responsibility, and a circular economy.  It will feature three forum discussions focused on the most pressing issues to sustainable business in 2017:

Creating a Circular Economy features experts from different scales of the material value chain, public and private, who will offer unique perspectives on how organizations and their local and national communities can leverage circular design and waste diversion unlock economic value. Panelists include Moderator Matt Flechter, Recycling Market Development Specialist for Michigan Department of Environmental Quality; Dar Baas, Director of Kent County Department of Public Works; Kelly Domino, Project Analyst at Resource Recycling Systems; Bill Gurn, Manager of Maintenance for Haworth and Chair of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Recycling Coalition; and Susan Vescovi, Environmental Engineer at the United States Environmental Protection Agency.

Finding Value and Motivation in Clean Energy and Climate Action highlights diverse approaches to clean energy investments and responses to climate change. Panelists include Moderator Mark LaCroix, Executive Vice President, Americas, for Natural Capital Partners; Erin Augustine, Sustainability Manager for Kellogg Company; Mike Byrne, Director of External Affairs for the Michigan Energy Agency;  Mark Huizenga, Mayor of the City of Walker, Partner of Key Green Solutions and leadership team member for the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum; and Anne Saliers, Community Energy Services Manager, Holland Board of Public Works.

The Role of Business in 2017 explores how the private sector can take a leadership position on pressing social and environmental issues, featuring leaders from organizations that are aggressively working to address systemic or divisive issues. Panelists include John Kinch, Executive Director of Michigan Energy Options; Linda Brand, Executive Director of Herman Miller Cares; Mark Sellers, Founder and Owner of BarFly Ventures; Darel Ross II, co executive director of LINC Community Revitalization and co-director of Start Garden; and Caitlin Townsend Lamb, Manager of Cascade Enterprise System.

Learn more about the speakers and register for the event here.