Reaching for Zero

June 20, 2018 8:00am-5:30pm

Reaching for Zero is a summit promoting widespread adoption of net zero energy building design and construction. The Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter invite change makers of all disciplines to attend this one-day event at Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center.

Reaching for Zero will feature headliner Matt Grocoff, principal of Ann Arbor based THRIVE Collective. Concurrent sessions will cover topics related to on-site renewable energy, net-zero building design, regulatory frameworks, certification paths, local case studies, and more.

Summit includes continental breakfast, lunch, and networking reception. Register here.

Green Building Certifications: The Answers

June 27th, 2018, 8:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Please join the U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan at GRCC’s Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC center to hear the “ins and outs” of a variety of building certifications that could benefit your organization, the environment, and the community.

This event will include a summary of certifications like WELL, LEED v4.1, Parksmart, Passive House, Zero Net Energy, Living Building Challenge & beyond from experts in the field from City of Grand Rapids, Catalyst Partners, Hollander Development Corp., Haworth, and Green Home Institute.

Lunch will be provided. Registration: $20 – USGBC West MI members, $30 – Non-Members. Register Here.

GR2030 Zero Net Energy Series: Energy Efficiency Puts Money in Your Pockets

July 11, 2018, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

During this session,  you will learn to calculate key financial equations and portray the value to upper management. You will learn to judge a good deal for your organization. Net Present Value, Savings to Investment Ratio,  Internal Rate of Return, & Payback calculations will be broken down. If you are considering investing in energy efficiency, you don’t want to miss this valuable discussion.

Speaker: President of E3M Solutions

Lunch will be provided. Registration: $20 – USGBC West MI members, $30 – Non-Members. Register Here.

Past Events

Grand Rapids Zero Cities Community Forum

On May 23rd, the City of Grand Rapids presented a policy roadmap for the Zero Cities Project. This project is a collaboration of the GR2030 District, the City, and Consumers Energy, in which tools & resources will be offered for deep carbon reduction in Grand Rapids. To learn more about the forum, visit our blog

GR2030 Zero Net Energy Series: Harnessing Building Controls

The second session in the ZNE series took place on March 13th, 2018. During this session we heard from a panel of experts on how and why managing existing systems is sometimes smarter than replacing them.

Watch the video here.

GR2030 Zero Net Energy Series: Navigating Building Audits

The first of the ZNE Series took place on February 20th, 2018. During this session we heard from E3M Solutions, FTC&H, as well as TowerPinker with the Michigan Energy Office moderating on the ins and outs of building audits.

Read the blog here.

Zero Net Energy Workshop

Sponsored by Consumer’s Energy

The first ever Zero Net Energy Workshop sponsored by Consumer’s Energy and dedicated to net zero design and implementation successfully took place on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017 at the Grand Rapids Art Museum.

We learned about Consumers Energy’s Zero Net Energy pilot program, tips and tricks on how to start a ZNE project, as well as local ZNE projects and their features. For details on this ZNE Workshop please check out our blog.


Masquerade at the Mansion:

The Chapter’s Murder Mystery Annual Party

The USGBC West Michigan hosted the 2017 Annual Meeting/Fundraising party celebrating green buildings in West Michigan.

The “Masquerade at the Mansion” took place on Thursday, November 9th at the Paddock Place (Formerly Mangiamo!) in the Library.

Thank you to everyone who came out to celebrate the Chapter’s accomplishments this year! Take a look at our Impact to Date.

Grand Rapids PACE Launch Celebration

The GR2030 District along with Mayor Rosalynn Bliss, and the City of Grand Rapids celebrated the launch of the Grand Rapids PACE (Property Accessed Clean Energy) program on Monday, October 16 at Founders Brewing Company.

PACE is a new way for property owners to pay for energy efficiency upgrades, on-site renewable energy, and water conservation measures without incurring any upfront cost. To learn more, click here.

Pink Oaks of Summer 

Our chapter is tagging onto USGBC National’s #FindyourLEED ad campaign this summer. The LEED Spotlight committee is launching this and we’d love your involvement!

Just go to your nearest LEED Building with one of our Pink Oaks and snap a photo just like this one. Then, post it to your social media with the hashtag #FindyourLEED and tag the chapter’s social media.

Facebook: @USGBCWestMichiganChapter
Twitter: @usgbcwm

Click here to print your leaf and join the campaign!

Getting to Zero – Zero Net Energy 

On May 3rd, Grand Rapids 2030 District invited you to have lunch with the experts where they answered questions about ZNE (Zero Net Energy).  They discussed what’s been going on in California and talked about the ZNE buildings that are popping up all over the country (even in Detroit).

At the event, Consumers Energy rolled out a new (and aggressive) pilot program dedicated to providing the tools and resources to make ZNE buildings practical, affordable and replicable for Michigan building owners and developers.

Thank you, Platinum Sponsors

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