When asked their reason for joining The Battle of The Buildings, Environmental Services Manager at the Grand Rapids Wastewater Plant, Mike Lunn simply chuckled and said, “To win”. When asked how, I was surprised at how excited he was to share their plans. Past, present, and future projects are brewing at the Grand Rapids Wastewater Plant. Earlier this year, Mike was asked to present at the annual Michigan Water Environment Conference in Boyne, MI where he shared the great things that are happening at the Grand Rapids plant. In September, Mike plans to speak at the national conference where he will be sharing the success of his projects to wastewater professionals from around the world. “We don’t tell people what we do, we’re good at doing things here”, said Mike when talking about the environmental department where he has been employed for the last 17 years.
Saving energy and being progressive is nothing new to these Battle of the Building competitors. With the competition peaking the halfway mark, Mike is confident that the Grand Rapids Wastewater Plant has and will continue to set a great example of how energy conservation and improved operations can go hand in hand.
Below are just a few of the recent projects at the Grand Rapids Wastewater Plant:
Beyond WasteWater Treatment:
The Grand Rapids Wastewater Plant provides tours and education to groups, schools and individuals. To schedule a tour, call 616-456-3625. If you decide you want to apply for a position at the plant, Mike has left us with a bit of advice, “There are three important things to remember when working here; scum floats, sludge sinks and payday is every other Tuesday.”
Rebecca Holman, Communication Intern
USGBC West Michigan