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Our community impact continues to grow year over year. Our members are educating, learning and advocating for high performing building design, construction and operation. Our programs are helping more than 200 Million ft2 of building space reduce energy, water use, cut carbon emissions and provide a healthy environment for Michigan residents.


"The Next Phase of Business Sustainability"

Featuring keynote speaker Andrew Hoffman, Award-winning author, scholar, & professor at University of Michigan. Andrew's research is focused on the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues particularly in organizations. He has published thirteen books and over one-hundred articles and book chapters with the next phase of business sustainability in mind. 

Andy Hoffman is the Holcim (US) Professor of Sustainable Enterprise at the University of Michigan; a position that holds joint appointments at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business and the School of Natural Resources & Environment. Hoffman also serves as Education Director of the Graham Sustainability Institute
Hoffman’s research uses a sociological perspective to understand the cultural and institutional aspects of environmental issues for organizations. In particular, he focuses on the processes by which environmental issues both emerge and evolve as social, political, and managerial issues. He has published over one hundred articles and book chapters as well as fourteen books, which have been translated into five languages. His most recent books include How Culture Shapes the Climate Change Debate, Academic Engagement in Public and Political Discourse, and Finding Purpose: Environmental Stewardship as a Personal Calling
He has been awarded the Maggie Award (2013), JMI Breaking the Frame Award (2012), Connecticut Book Award (2011), the Aldo Leopold Fellowship (2011), the Aspen Environmental Fellowship (2011 and 2009), the Manos Page Prize (2009), the Faculty Pioneer Award (2003), the Rachel Carson Book Prize (2001), and the Klegerman Award (1995). His work has been covered in numerous media outlets, including The Atlantic, New York Times, Scientific American, Time, Wall Street Journal and National Public Radio.
He has served on research committees for the National Academies of Science, the Johnson Foundation, the Climate Group, the China Council for International Cooperation on Environment and Development, and the Environmental Defense Fund. Prior to academics, Hoffman worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Metcalf & Eddy Environmental Consultants, T&T Construction & Design, and the Amoco Corporation. Hoffman serves on advisory boards for ecoAmerica, Next Era Renewable Energy Trust, SustainAbility, the Michigan League of Conservation Voters, the Center for Environmental Innovation,  and the Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Andrew Hoffman's books will be available at Books & Mortar surrounding the event. Books will also be available at the party. 

The evening will recognize 7 local leaders for sustainable design, outstanding programs and exemplary green building projects across Michigan

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The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan (USGBC-WM) announces Burh Becc Residence in Ann Arbor, MI, as the 2018 Certified Green Home Award winner. The Certified Green Home Award recognizes exemplary single-family home projects that received high performance certifications. 

The Burh Becc Residence at Beacon Springs Farm is located just outside of the city of Ann Arbor, owned by Tom & Marti Burbeck, two people who wanted to invest in truly sustainable living. The owners brought together a team of architects, builders, engineers, and consultants that succeeded in this endeavor. The home is Living Building Challenge (LBC) certified through the International Living Future Institute and is a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certified home.
The project uses a snow and rainwater harvesting system, capturing runoff from the roofs of the farmhouse and barn to supply 7,500 gallons (28,391 liters) of inground cisterns, and also two permanent ponds. The home uses a variety of passive systems for achieving zero net energy, as well as augments with active systems such as a  grid-tied 16.8-kilowatt photovoltaic system. In one year, this system generated 20,270 kWh of electricity, of which the house and owners’ electric vehicle used 15,987 kWh. This PV system produced a net surplus of 4,283 kWh which were pushed to the grid. The home is truly remarkable and a beacon of sustainable design.
The Burh Becc Residence will be awarded at USGBC-WM’s 2018 Annual Party & Leadership Award Ceremony the night of November 8th, 2018 at the The Ballroom at McKay  in Downtown Grand Rapids, MI.


The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan (USGBC-WM) announces Spring Lake Fire Station in Spring Lake, MI, as the 2018 Certified Green Public Building Award winner. The Certified Green Public Building  recognizes exemplary public building projects that received high performance certifications. 

In March of 2018,  Spring Lake Fire Station #1 achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. It is the second fire station to achieve being LEED certified in Michigan. The fire station was the highest rated LEED Gold commercial building in 2018, boasting high-performing design and energy-efficient features that will provide a quick return on investment for the fire station. 

Gordon Gallagher, the Township Manager, states in the Grand Haven Tribune interview “I don't think it would surprise anyone that Spring Lake Township is strong into environmental designs and sustainability, we believe in maintaining a quality environment while still supporting development and job creation.” The fire station is an example of outstanding building design and shows what benefits can be obtained from achieving green building certifications. 

The Spring Lake Fire Station will be awarded at USGBC-WM’s 2018 Annual Party & Leadership Award Ceremony the night of November 8th, 2018 at the The Ballroom at McKay in Downtown Grand Rapids, MI.


The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan (USGBC-WM) announces The Depot (Habitat for Humanity Grand Traverse Region) in Traverse City, MI, as the 2018 Green Community Award winner. The Green Community Award  recognizes exemplary projects that enrich the communities in which all of us reside. 

The Depot Neighborhood was created by Habitat for Humanity of Grand Traverse Region (HHGTR). The homes in the Depot Neighborhood are certified as Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum. This is the highest level of LEED that can be achieved and the only project to receive LEED Platinum certification in the West Michigan Chapter region in 2018. 

HHGTR describes the project as an exceptional example in the movement towards Zero Ready Homes. These homes provide a healthy place for people to live while protecting the surrounding the environment.  The benefits include substantially lower utility bills than traditional construction allowing families to focus their income in a more impactful way. This neighborhood is an outstanding model of how green building and design can create positive impact on a whole community. 

The Depot will be awarded at USGBC-WM’s 2018 Annual Party & Award Ceremony the night of November 8th, 2018 at the The Ballroom at McKay in Downtown Grand Rapids, MI. 



And what is a party without dinner and cocktails?


5:30 PM

6:00 PM

6:30 PM

7:00 PM

7:45 PM

8:15 PM

Cocktails & Networking

Dinner Begins

Opening Remarks/ Chapter Update

Andrew Hoffman, Professor of Sustainable Enterprise

Awards Ceremony

Closing Remarks/ Networking

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