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Development and Programming

Projects include fundraising and planning for major events such as the forum’s 20th Anniversary in 2014.

  • Rick VanDellen, Amway, Co-Chair
  • Carol Parsaca, Pilgrim Manor, Co-Chair
  • Justin Swan, Organicycle
  • Wendy Ogilvie, Grand Valley Metro Council


Projects include Community Solar Planning and energy efficiency assessment guide.

  • Jim Carter, Carter Law, Co-Chair
  • Mike Hendricks, Control Solutions, Inc., Co-Chair
  • Dan Shackelton, Kentwood Office Furniture

Corporate Social Responsibility

Key interest areas for 2014 include materiality, volunteerism, LGBT, environmental justice, appropriateness of scale, transparency, and the CSR assessment guide.

  • Matt VanSweden, Integrated Architecture, Chair
  • Kelley Losey
  • Sarah Herbst, Perrigo
  • Anne Marie Hertl, West Michigan Environmental Action Council
  • Kim Holt, dmStrategists
  • Brock Rodgers, Perrigo
  • Cindy Locklin, Busy Bea’s
  • Tera Fowler, Sustainable Research Group

Sustainable Design

Learn more about current design committee projects here

  • Mike Stemo, Market Technologies, Co-Chair
  • Tom Newhouse, Thomas J. Newhouse Design, Co-Chair
  • Lee Davis, Lake Affect Design Studio
  • Gayle DeBruyn, Lake Affect Design Studio
  • Jennifer Wammack, IDa Design
  • Eliott Copier, student, Kendall College of Art and Design
  • Matt VanSweden, Integrated Architecture
  • Jack Cichy, Davenport University

Tools and Resources

Projects include the building of a framework for a regional response to climate change, the Self Assessment Guide for Sustainable Commerce, and the Emerging Professionals initiative.

  • Sara Meyer, Chair
  • Aaron Ferguson
  • Michelle Gibbs
  • Eric Saigon

Golf Outing

Plans the annual golf outing.

  • Rick Post, Padnos
  • Phillip Greene, Grand Rapids Community College
  • Mike Stemo, Market Technologies
  • Gabe Wing, Herman Miller

Sustainable Food Systems (pending)