Sustainability

USGBC-WM in the Community: Where We Live, Learn, & Labor Matter

This year’s annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration was hosted by the Committee to Honor Cėsar E. Chávez on Friday, May 4th at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Proceeds went to the “Si Se Puede” scholarship fund, a Legacy Endowment Foundation which supports Latino students in West Michigan schools who demonstrate the ideals espoused by Cėsar…

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Geothermal Energy Comes to Michigan’s State Capitol Building

By Chuck Otto, USGBC-WM Staff Writer The Michigan Capitol in Lansing is in the midst of a conversion of its heating and cooling system to geothermal energy. The geothermal renovation is part of a two-year, $70 million project known as the Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade (CIU), an effort designed to bring the 138-year-old building into the…

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No Time to Waste; Waste Diversion in Construction

Managing waste has been a ball and chain on society throughout the years, and we are still in the process of ironing out systems that are efficient and sustainable. According to the EPA’s 2014 study on Waste Management, published in 2016, 258 million tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) were generated. With a statistic like…

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WMU’s Heritage Hall Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Western Michigan University’s faculty, staff and students gathered with LEED project crew members yesterday at Heritage Hall for a ribbon cutting ceremony and ice cream social to accept their LEED Platinum plaque. Western Michigan University completed a historical rebuild of the beautiful Heritage Hall building, home of the Alumni Center on Prospect Hill.  Not only…

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Sustainable Building Design From Start to Finish (Week 4)

For the last few weeks we talked about the conventional building project and the reasons for using a more integrated approach. We have built a business case and have justified the project, have identified and documented the needs, and have appointed a person or a team to head up the project and have hired a…

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Sustainable Building Design from Start to Finish (Week 2)

Last week we talked about the conventional building project and the reasons for using a more integrated approach. The first step was for a business to justify the project and identifies that they have a need. The second step is to document the business case and the needs of the business. The next step is…

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Sustainable Building Design from Start to Finish (Week 1)

Green building, or sustainable design, is the practice of increasing the efficiency with which buildings and their sites use energy, water, and materials, and of reducing impacts on human health and the environment for the entire lifecycle of a building. Green-building concepts extend beyond the walls of buildings and include site planning, community and land-use…

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Art Prize Unveils Sustainability Resource Guide

More than 400,000 people will visit downtown Grand Rapids during the 2.5 weeks of Art Prize.  The world’s largest art competition challenging local and international artists around the world is a premiere event in it’s eighth year.  With that many visitors comes an excess of CO2e (Carbon Dioxide Equivalent) emissions from transportation to and from…

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Habitat for Humanity Kent County LEEDs Affordable Green Housing Movement in MI

Grab your hard hats folks, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is creating an explosion. An affordable green housing explosion that is. Recently named a finalist for a Governor’s Energy Excellence Award for Best Communication/Education Program. The Governor’s Energy Excellence Award honors Michigan organizations and individuals for their commitment to responsible energy production and consumption.…

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USGBC Platinum Partner, Nichols Talks the Talk & Walks the Walk

Founded in 1936, Nichols is one of the largest independently owned paper, packaging and sanitary supply distributors in the Great Lakes region. We are headquartered in Norton Shores, Michigan and have seven locations in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana to serve commercial customers ranging from K-12, Higher Education, Health Care, Industrial/Manufacturers, Office Buildings, Hotels and Casinos…

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