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Annual Party &


Award Ceremony

December 5, 2024

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Annual Party &

Leadership Awards

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

The U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan invited friends, members, and stakeholders to revel in all that was accomplished in 2023 at the Annual Party & Leadership Awards on December 5, 2023. This celebratory event was held at the LEED-certified CityFlatsHotel in the Ballroom. The night featured dinner, a keynote address by Dr. Brandy Brown, Chief Innovation Officer of Walker-Miller Energy Services, a guest speaker presentation by Alison Waske Sutter, Sustainability Manager for the City of Grand Rapids, and the 2023 Leadership Awards Ceremony.

The annual Leadership awardees exhibit a commitment to sustainable design, green building concepts, and innovation. We were thrilled to showcase their projects and share their stories during the annual ceremony.

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Keynote Speaker

Dr. Brandy Brown

Chief Innovation Officer of
Walker-Miller Energy Services

Dr. Brandy Brown serves as the Chief Innovation Officer of Walker-Miller Energy services, the premier Detroit-based energy services B corp focused on equity in the clean energy economy.  In this role, Brandy leads the Innovation team and is responsible for guiding the development of advanced energy projects, career development, and equitable mobility solutions. Prior to joining Walker-Miller, Dr. Brown served as Climate & Energy Advisor within the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes & Energy. In that role she headed the Office of Climate & Energy and was responsible for developing the policy and implementation strategy for state-wide decarbonization efforts, coordinating state departments on climate action, providing guidance to local governments, and advancing renewable energy throughout Michigan. Additionally, Dr. Brown is honored to serve as part of the Environmental Justice faculty for University of Michigan's School for Environment and Sustainability and as an appointee to Michigan's National Resources Trust Fund Board.

Guest Speaker

Alison Waske Sutter

Sustainability Manager for
the City of Grand Rapids

Alison Waske Sutter joined the City of Grand Rapids as the Sustainability Manager in September 2017. She has over 15 years of experience in the sustainability field and is a licensed attorney. As the Sustainability Manager, Alison is responsible for managing the City’s Sustainability Plan, which serves as the City’s strategic plan and is based on the quadruple bottom line with four pillars – environmental quality, social responsibility, economic vitality and governmental accountability. She is currently focused on developing a comprehensive energy plan for the City, which will include strategies for the City to meet its 100% renewable energy goal by 2025 as well as mechanisms to engage other community stakeholders in steep energy reductions.  Before joining the City, Alison’s career included sustainability positions with SpartanNash, a Fortune 400 food distribution and retail business as well as sustainability consulting for the healthcare industry. She began her career as an environmental attorney with Warner Norcross and Judd in 2006. In the past Alison served on the Grand Rapids 2030 District’s Advisory Committee, as Immediate Past President of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and on the Kent County Population Health Consortium Operations Council. She received her law degree and a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati. In her free time, Alison enjoys hiking and exploring nature with her husband, son and dog. She also loves eating food prepared with local ingredients, whether from one of our fantastic local restaurants or her talented husband.

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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. 

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