USGBC WM News

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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City of Grand Rapids Pace Launch Celebration

Mayor Bliss, GR 2030 District and Lean & Green Michigan celebrate launch of Grand Rapids PACE program Mayor Rosalynn Bliss joined representatives from Grand Rapids 2030 District and Lean & Green Michigan, along with the City’s new sustainability manager on Monday at an event celebrating the launch of the Grand Rapids PACE (Property Assessed Clean…

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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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Western Michigan University Earns Statewide Title in LEED

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…

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Call for Applications for 2015 Board of Directors

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…

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Three USGBC West MI Chapter Members Named in the 2014 Class of LEED Fellows

LEED Fellows represent an elite class of accomplished green-building professionals 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: Gavin Gardi, G2 Consulting, Inc. Joyce Lee, IndigoJLD Green Health…

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Stair Week 2014 Leadership Breakfast Event

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…

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CHEERS to the USGBC West Michigan Battle of the Buildings Competitors

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…

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