West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will present a retrospective on 20 years of sustainable business in West Michigan on Monday, September 8 at the Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch from 12 to 2 pm.  Part of the forum’s 20th Anniversary Celebration, the luncheon will discuss how a diverse cross-section of industry and community initiatives coalesced to make the region a national hub for sustainable business.

Panelists include:

  • Tom Fehsenfeld, President, Crystal Flash
  • Mark Lacroix, Executive Vice President, Business Development, The Carbon Neutral Company
  • David Rinard, Director Global Environmental Performance, Steelcase Inc
  • Deb Steketee, Associate Professor of Sustainable Business, Aquinas College
  • Bill Stough, President/CEO Sustainable Research Group
  • Keith Winn, President, Catalyst Partners
  • Norman Christopher, Executive Director, Sustainable Community Development Initiative at Grand Valley State University

The panel will discuss how leading West Michigan organizations began to invest in sustainability initiatives during the 1990s and the challenges such efforts encountered, the region’s unique role in promoting pollution prevention, sustainable design and green building practices nationally and internationally, and how approaches to sustainable business and the triple-bottom line have evolved over three generations of sustainable business professionals, among other topics.

Also on the agenda are brief updates on the ArtPrize sustainability initiative introduced at the April meeting and the community solar concept introduced at the December meeting.

Cost for lunch is $10 for WMSBF members, $15 for non-members.

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WMSBF September Meeting

Monday, September 8
12 pm to 2 pm
Grand Rapids Public Library Main Branch
111 Library Street NE
Grand Rapids MI 49503

Tentative Agenda

12:00 pm Lunch
12:25 pm Welcome and Introductions
12:30 pm Initiative Updates:  Community Solar and ArtPrize
12:50 pm Panel:  Sustainable Business in West Michigan