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Geothermal Energy Comes to Michigan’s State Capitol Building

By Chuck Otto, USGBC-WM Staff Writer The Michigan Capitol in Lansing is in the midst of a conversion of its heating and cooling system to geothermal energy. The geothermal renovation is part of a two-year, $70 million project known as the Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade (CIU), an effort designed to bring the 138-year-old building into the…

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Celebrating Renae Hesselink as USGBC’s Astounding Advocate

If you are in the “sustainability circle” in West Michigan you’ve probably met or at least heard of Renae Hesselink of Nichols.  Some may even refer to her as the Grandmother of Sustainability around these parts. Her dedication to making our community a great place to live, work and play is impossible to miss and she spends…

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Advocacy Day-Moving the needle in Michigan

When it comes to green building, we’re very proud of the progress we’ve made in the Mitten State. We’ve certified 516 LEED projects, equaling more than 45 million square feet.  We have some really cool LEED projects in Grand Rapids, where the West Michigan Chapter of the USGBC is based, like our new Downtown Market.…

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