The Annual Meeting of West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will feature 2016 membership business and a forum on clean energy challenges and success stories featuring insights on four signature projects involving WMSBF member organizations. The event is Monday, June 20 at The B.O.B. from 12 to 2 pm. Meeting presented by FTCH.
Renewable energy has historically proven a significant challenge for organizations due to financial and regulatory constraints. However, the environment for clean energy is rapidly improvement, opening the door for significant investments from local organizations in energy from wind, solar and anaerobic digestion.
The panel includes
- John DeAngelis, Energy Program Manager, Steelcase
- Haris Alibasic, Director, City of Grand Rapids Office of Energy and Sustainability
- Brad Lila, Director of Project Development, Apex Clean Energy
- Greg Northrup, Principal, Sustainable Partners LLC and Managing Member of Lowell Energy AD LLC
- Keith Troyer, Consumers Energy
- John Roland Eberly III, Senior Electrical Engineer, FTCH (Moderator)
Steelcase recently announced a 12-year power purchase agreement with Apex Clean Energy for 25 megawatts of wind power. Since 2014, Steelcase has invested in renewable energy credits equivalent to 100% of its global electricity consumption. City of Grand Rapids will soon install 429 solar panels on the former location of the Butterworth landfill. Consumers Energy this month dedicates its 17-acre Solar Gardens plant at Grand Valley State University, the largest community solar project in Michigan. Sustainable Partners LLC recently developed the Lowell Energy Anaerobic Digester, which uses feedstock from the Litehouse Foods plant in Lowell and dairy farm waste.
The Annual Meeting will also introduce the 2016-2017 board of directors and honor the 2016 President’s Award winner. Information on the election is available here.
Annual Membership Meeting
Monday, June 20
12 pm to 2 pm
20 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members
12 pm Lunch
12:30 pm Welcome
12:35 pm Annual Meeting Business
12:50 pm Forum: Clean Energy Success Stories