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U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan

2022 Annual Report

"Our mission is to educate and advocate for sustainable, transformational design and operation of buildings. All while raising up our community with health and vitality at the forefront."

Introducing Keynote:

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.
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A message from the Executive Director:

dear friends, members, and supporters,

There are many things to celebrate as we wrap up 2022 and look forward to 2023. I continue to feel energized by the progress of our community. West Michigan provides a diverse landscape rich in culture and in people. From urban cities to rural areas, our resilience is being tested by a changing climate, but the opportunities to adapt and flourish are attainable and practical. The built environment is an integral part of our everyday lifestyle. Providing more than simply shelter and climate control, buildings tell a story of our cultural history while giving people a sense of place and connection. Many of us raise our families, educate our children, and earn our living inside buildings. How we build and operate those structures is important to the health of the occupants and community. 

Our built environment should be a conduit to our wellness and vitality. In most cases, an employer's largest operating cost is its people. Investing in those people by providing them with an indoor environment that is safe, comfortable, and inspiring is a key way to attract and retain a flourishing workforce.

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan (USGBM-WM) works to educate and advocate for sustainable, transformational design and operation of buildings. All while raising up our community with health and vitality at the forefront.

Through programs and projects such as the Michigan Battle of the Buildings, Grand Rapids 2030 District, E.H.Zero, Drawdown Michigan, Students for Sustainable Design, The Energy Assistance Program, and building certification systems like LEED, Living Building Challenge, Energy Star, and Passive House our community is able to monitor, quantify and gauge success toward individual and community-wide goals.

As I look to my 8th year as Executive Director of the USGBC-WM, I am proud and honored to work toward a future where our built environment is harmonious with our most valuable asset - people. At the USGBC-WM we are committed to providing tools and resources that lead us to the future we deserve. One that is not only sustainable but thrives for all people and creatures that inhabit our planet.

In Partnership,




Cheri Holman


usgbc west michigan is your advocate to promote community vibrancy.

Our mission is to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated, in a way that improves the quality of life in West Michigan. The organization accomplishes its mission through education, advocacy, programs, and competitions including the Grand Rapids 2030 District, Michigan Battle of the Buildings, Drawdown Michigan, the E.H.Zero Initiative, and other educational webinars and resources provided on our website.


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USGBC West Michigan at a Glance:

LEED Certified Buildings in West Michigan Chapter Region
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Grand Rapids 2030 District

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Michigan Battle of the Buildings

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meet the team


cheri holman

Executive Director


morgan pokora

Senior Communication Manager


wendy berg

Membership & Events Manager


kayla musil

Program Manager


ally beshouri

Program Coordinator

"Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results." - Andrew Carnegie

meet the board


kristen trovillion

Consumers Energy


sarah latta rainero

Vice President
MI Economic Development Corp.


ana jose

Michigan Women Forward


ryan musch



david rinard



jon rumohr

Ignyte Design


peter skornia



devon miller

Western Michigan University


andrew longcore

The Business Law Group
(General Council)

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