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Annual Party &

Leadership Awards

December 8, 2022

2022 Annual Party & Leadership Awards

An evening of networking, merriment, and creating an equitable future.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan invited our friends, members, and stakeholders to revel in all that was accomplished in 2022 at the Annual Party & Leadership Awards on December 8, 2022. This celebratory event was held at the LEED-certified CityFlatsHotel in the Ballroom. The night featured dinner, a keynote address by Jeremy Orr, Director of Litigation and Advocacy Partnerships at Earthjustice and Adjunct Law Professor at Michigan State University, and was followed by drinks, merriment, and honoring the 2022 Leadership Awardees. 

The Leadership awardees exhibited a commitment to sustainable design, green building concepts, and innovation. We were thrilled to showcase their projects and share their stories with everyone.

We could not continue our mission or hold events such as this one without the contributions of our community members. If you find value in our organization please consider sponsoring or becoming a member. Visit

Featuring Keynote Speaker:

Jeremy Orr

Director of Litigation and Advocacy Partnerships, Earthjustice

Jeremy Orr is the Director of Litigation and Advocacy Partnerships for Earthjustice where he leads the organizational strategy for engaging and partnering with communities and other stakeholders. Prior to Earthjustice, he served as a Senior Attorney at the Natural Resources Defense Council on the Safe Water Initiative. In that role, he focused on drinking water and source water protection issues, working to ensure that all people have access to safe, sufficient, and affordable drinking water. With a background in community lawyering and community organizing around environmental justice and climate justice issues, he has previously worked as the Executive Director of the Mid-Michigan Environmental Action Council, an Environmental Justice Attorney with the Transnational Environmental Law Clinic at Wayne State University Law School, as the Executive Director of the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, and as a National Director with the Peoples Climate Movement. He is also a member of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Environmental Justice Advisory Council, a member of the Michigan Environmental Rules Review Committee, and the state chairperson of Environmental and Climate Justice for the Michigan NAACP. Additionally, he serves as a professor of law at the Michigan State University College of Law and was named the 2022 Senior Fellow in Residence of the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College Law School.

Congratulations to our 2022 Leadership Awardees

The USGBC-WM Leadership Awards promote outstanding green buildings, programs, and efforts by recognizing projects, organizations, and people who have made extraordinary contributions to achieving healthy, high-performing green buildings across the state of Michigan. Hear from the 2022 awardees as they share their perspectives on the design, construction, and operation of the most outstanding buildings and projects of the year.



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Want to make a difference in the built environment in our community? Become a sponsor or member of the chapter! We could not continue our mission without the contributions of our community members. If you find value in our organization please consider sponsoring or becoming a member. 

Our sponsors benefit from shoutouts in marketing materials, sponsorship recognition in our 5,000+ subscribing newsletter, tickets to our Annual Party and Leadership Awards Ceremony, and more.

By becoming a member of the USGBC West Michigan community you will gain access to educational materials and presentations from our events, resources on the latest green building practices, discounts to our events, and opportunities to network with leading professionals in your field.

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