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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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Habitat for Humanity Kent County LEEDs Affordable Green Housing Movement in MI

Grab your hard hats folks, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County is creating an explosion. An affordable green housing explosion that is. Recently named a finalist for a Governor’s Energy Excellence Award for Best Communication/Education Program. The Governor’s Energy Excellence Award honors Michigan organizations and individuals for their commitment to responsible energy production and consumption.…

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2015 Michigan Battle of the Buildings Open for Registration

                                                                                                          CONTACT  Megan Susterich or Jeremy Bakken (616) 233-0500   Michigan Companies Cut Energy Usage Through Second Annual Battle of the Buildings Competition   Grand Rapids, Mich. Jan. 8, 2015 – Registration is officially open for Michigan commercial and industrial buildings of all sizes interested in joining the U.S. Green Building Council of…

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CHEERS to the USGBC West Michigan Battle of the Buildings Competitors

There’s nothing like a cold beer to celebrate energy savings. Or at least that’s what the Battle of the Buildings competitors, supporters and friends discovered earlier this month when they attended the Beer Charge. A big thank you to one of the competition’s title sponsors, Consumers Energy for hosting this event and to Brewery Vivant…

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No Upfront Cost Solar Energy Moves Forward by West MI Leaders

Two West Michigan residences and businesses have opted to install solar energy under the MI Solar Works program which breaks down cost barriers through zero up front cost financing that is paid back in energy generation sales. Renae Hesselink is the first in West Michigan homeowner to sign up for the program and just completed…

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Steelcase becomes the 15th largest renewable energy purchaser in the United States

On March 13, 2014 Steelcase announced it was increasing its purchase of Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) to the equivalent of 100% of our global electricity consumption. This investment in renewable energy makes Steelcase the 15th largest renewable energy purchaser in the United States according to the US EPA Green Power Partnership. Steelcase was a founding member…

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April Battle of the Buildings Education Program: Green Revolving Funds

On April 18, the USGBC West Michigan hosted Dr. Heun for his presentation on Green Revolving Funds at Clark Retirement Community to over 50 attendees. This event was a part of the Battle of the Buildings monthly education program. Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction in the…

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