On November 24, 2014 the USGBC West Michigan chapter was privileged to share in a LEED unveiling ceremony at Sangren Hall on the campus of Western Michigan University. But this wasn’t just the unveiling of 1 LEED certified building. Simultaneously, on live stream, plaques were revealed for Lee Honors College, Zhang Legacy Collections Center and two buildings at Western View. If your counting, that’s 4 LEED for New Construction certifications.
WMU President John M. Dunn led the celebration and shared the deep commitment WMU has to LEED and sustainability. After research by USGBC national in Washington DC it was confirmed that “WMU is the first institution of higher education in Michigan to certify 5 LEED for New Construction buildings in a single year“. Kelsey Pitschel, LEED GA and mechanical engineering major emphasized that LEED certification ensures the student body that they are spending time inside healthy buildings. WMU campus is home to 12 LEED Certified Buildings in both the New Construction and Existing Building tracks.
by Cheri Holman, Executive Director
US Green Building Council West Michigan
Does where you live, learn and labor matter to you? Do you have a passion for the way buildings are designed, built and operated?
If so, join our board!
We are recruiting potential board members for 2015. This is a 2-year term commitment beginning on January 1, 2015. If you are interested in being considered for our upcoming elections – DON’T HESITATE – as the deadline for nominees is October 29, 2014. You can complete the board member application form using the link below . If you have any questions regarding this opportunity, please contact Chapter Administrator, Andrea Marz at email@example.com
Current Chapter Board of Directors:
Chair: Cheri Holman, Hurst Mechanical
Vice Chair: David Rinard, Steelcase Inc.
Secretary: Deb Sypien, The Christman Company
Treasurer: Mark Zoeteman, FTC&H
Jessica Eimer, Aquinas College
Steve Hassevoort, InForm Architecture
Brett Little, GreenHome Institute
Andrew Longcore, The Business Law Group
Jessica Spagnuolo, Consumers Energy
USGBC West Michigan chapter recognizes and congratulates three West Michigan chapter members that have been named in the 2014 Class of LEED Fellows by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The three chapter members are:
This year’s 48 Fellows are recognized for their exceptional contributions to the green building community as well as for their significant achievements among LEED Professionals.
“The 2014 LEED Fellows are utilizing their extensive knowledge and experience in green building to engage their colleagues, clients and communities to create a better built environment throughout the world,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, USGBC. “
To be selected, LEED Fellows are nominated by their peers, undergo an extensive portfolio review, must have at least 10 years of experience in the green building industry and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential, among other requirements. The evaluation process is carried out by the LEED Fellow Evaluation Committee and supported by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Learn how to become a LEED Fellow.
The 2014 LEED Fellows will be recognized in New Orleans at the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo from Oct. 22-24, 2014.
On September 10, West Michigan community and business leaders gathered for a breakfast at the Grand Rapids Art Museum to celebrate Stair Week. The event also recognized 23 West Michigan CEOs who signed the pledge to be a part of a national campaign promoted by the National Coalition for Promoting Physical Activity (NCPPA) to recognize exercise as an important driver of employee health and business performance. Stair Week is a collaborative effort including USGBC West Michigan, AIA Michigan, International Interior Design Association (IIDA), United Way and the Michigan Fitness Foundation.
There’s nothing like a cold beer to celebrate energy savings. Or at least that’s what the Battle of the Buildings competitors, supporters and friends discovered earlier this month when they attended the Beer Charge. A big thank you to one of the competition’s title sponsors, Consumers Energy for hosting this event and to Brewery Vivant for the providing the space in their newly renovated Walloon Room.
Along with networking over a local brew and hard cider, Erin Wilson from Wealthy Theatre shared his hopes of becoming the first theatre in the country with all LED lighting. Brooks Twist from Brewery Vivant shared that the Battle of the Buildings competition taught him how to benchmark his facility. “Now we know where we started and we can easily track energy changes within the building over time”.
We couldn’t help but notice that the brewery proudly displays their LEED certification plaque in the window and boast that they are the First LEED certified micro brewery in the nation.
A big thank you to all who made it out!
Rebecca Holman, Communication Intern
USGBC West Michigan