Several WMSBF member companies were represented among the 20 facilities in the inaugural class of the Michigan Environmental Leaders. The program recognizes companies that demonstrate outstanding, voluntary environmental stewardship, community partnering and mentoring.

The Michigan DEQ created the program in hopes of encouraging more voluntary participation in green projects that engage local communities. It is designed to share success stories with other businesses and communities across Michigan, and remind companies that participation in community life is not difficult.

  • ADAC Automotive 36th Street, in Grand Rapids, is partnering with Muskegon Conservation District on a Johnny O. Harris park cleanup.
  • ADAC Automotive Keating, in Muskegon, partnered with St. John’s Home on a tree planting project.
  • ADAC Automotive Port City, in Muskegon, is investigating potential for solar energy utilization at the facility.
  • ADAC Automotive Saranac, in Saranac, created an extensive recycling program resulting in more than $100,000 in savings.
  • Cascade Engineering, in Grand Rapids, obtained silver certification promoting bicycle commuting and bicycling between buildings.
  • Herman Miller 171st, in Spring Lake, is striving toward a zero operational footprint and partnering with local boys and girls clubs.
  • Herman Miller GreenHouse, in Holland, supported an e-waste collection event by providing a trailer and transportation.
  • Herman Miller Hickory, in Spring Lake, is partnering with the Tri-Cities Habitat for Humanity on construction of a house.
  • Herman Miller Midwest Distribution, in Holland, is partnering with the West Michigan Environmental Action Council in local classrooms and streams.
  • Herman Miller Zeeland Main, in Zeeland, is focusing on a new “Earthright” strategy that emphasizes positive transparency, products as living things and becoming greener together.

Companies received recognition after completing an Environmental Stewardship Partners Annual Performance Report, which provides an opportunity to share environmental stewardship efforts, community partnering activities and related mentoring successes.