Presentations:

Walker Modic, Sustainability Specialist, Bell’s Brewing: WMSBF_prezi

Kris Spaulding, Brewery Vivant: WMSBF 6-15 (1)

Liesl Eichler Clark, Founding Partner, 5 Lakes Energy: Final WMSBF

The June meeting is now at capacity.  No walk-ins will be accepted.

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum’s 2015 Annual Member Meeting is a luncheon program examining sustainability issues in breweries and wineries on Monday, June 8 at Brewery Vivant from 12 to 2 pm. Presented by 5 Lakes Energy.

Speakers include Walker Modic of Bell’s Brewery, Kris Spaulding of Brewery Vivant, and Liesl Clark of 5 Lakes Energy.  The meeting will also introduce the 2015-2017 board of directors, honor volunteers and provide a brief overview of the organization’s 2014 performance.

Walker Modic is the Sustainability Specialist at Bell’s Brewery, the 7th largest craft brewer in the United States, a lead teaching fellow at Harvard University’s Extension school, and a charter member of the Craft Brewers Association’s Sustainability sub-committee. He is the recipient of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s award for Scientific and Technological Achievement and Harvard University’s Dean’s List award for Academic Achievement. He holds a Master of Liberal Arts in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, a Master of Science in Molecular and Structural Biochemistry from North Carolina State University, and Bachelor of Science from Dennison University.

Kris Spaulding leads Vivant’s sustainability efforts and manages all aspects of human resources. She was the driving force in the pursuit of its LEED certification and is a devote supporter of community efforts and charitable giving. Kris has always been passionate for environmental and social issues and received a BS from U of M in Natural Resources and Environment. She started out her career in the non-profit sector with USPIRG (Public Interest Research Group) where she was the canvas director in the St Louis office focusing on environmental advocacy, consumer rights and government reform. She returned to her hometown of Holland and despite her general distaste for corporate America, got a job at the socially & environmentally conscious Herman Miller. She ended up working at HMI for 12 years where she held roles in dealer development, product management, and the environmental team. Kris also received an MBA from GVSU during this time to enhance her understanding of the business world. Although her time at HMI was very influential and educational, she always felt better suited working in a small business where she can wear many hats and better see the impact of her work and decisions.

Liesl Eichler Clark is a founding partner of 5 Lakes Energy, a policy consulting firm offering services to the public and private sector in the clean energy and environmental areas. Liesl is also Vice President for Policy and Business Development for the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council.   Prior to 5 Lakes Energy, Liesl was Deputy Director for energy programs at the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor, & Economic Growth.

Due to the limited seating capacity of the venue, this meeting will be limited to WMSBF members and their guests.  Registration will close on Thursday, June 4, or when the event is sold-out.  Absolutely no walk-ins will be accepted.

June Monthly Meeting
Monday, June 8
12 pm to 2 pm
Brewery Vivant
925 Cherry St, Grand Rapids, MI 49506
$15 online / $20 at event
Member-only Event