The May meeting of West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will feature a presentation on sustainability efforts at SpartanNash and other topics.
Following its 2013 transformational merger to become the nation’s fifth largest food distributor, SpartanNash has accelerated its environmental sustainability and social responsibility initiatives throughout its retail, wholesale and military distribution, and service center operations. SpartanNash will discuss the company’s commitment to Corporate Responsibility both within its operations and across the company’s product offerings.
Featured speakers include Meredith Gremel, VP, Corporate Affairs & Communications and Executive Director of the SpartanNash Foundation, Alison Sutter, Manager of Corporate Responsibility for SpartanNash, and others to be determined.
Meredith joined SpartanNash after its 2013 merger to oversee the integration and expansion of corporate communications, community relations, media relations, government affairs, corporate responsibility, and associate engagement and culture initiatives. She also has played a key role in integrating the Spartan Stores Foundation and the NFC Foundation to form the SpartanNash Foundation. Meredith serves on SpartanNash’s Legislative and Regulatory Affairs Council, as well as its Animal Welfare and Corporate Responsibility Committees. In her role as Executive Director of the SpartanNash Foundation, Meredith facilitates the Volunteer, Grant Review, and Fundraising Committees and manages Board Trustee communications.
Alison manages SpartanNash’s corporate responsibility programs, which include both environmental sustainability and social responsibility initiatives. She has over fifteen years of experience in the sustainability profession, including consulting work for The Johns Hopkins Hospital and Boston Children’s Hospital. In addition, she practiced as an environmental attorney for several years at Warner Norcross & Judd.
Also on the agenda is Gail Heffner, Director of Community Engagement for Calvin College, who will be discussing Calvin College’s work on Plaster Creek. Plaster Creek is the most polluted waterway in West Michigan and drains into the Grand River just south of downtown Grand Rapids. Plaster Creek Stewards is a collaboration of Calvin College, local schools, local churches, and community partners working to restore health and beauty to the Plaster Creek watershed.
May Membership Meeting
Monday, May 9
12 pm to 2 pm
Prince Conference Center
1800 E Beltline Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members