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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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Zero Net Energy: Workshop Highlights

At a workshop sponsored by Consumers Energy with partners from Grand Rapids 2030 District (GR2030) and New Building Institute (NBI), experts took a deep dive into Zero Net Energy (ZNE) for midwest buildings. The event took place at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM) on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017. Cheri Holman, Director of the GR2030…

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City of Grand Rapids Pace Launch Celebration

Mayor Bliss, GR 2030 District and Lean & Green Michigan celebrate launch of Grand Rapids PACE program Mayor Rosalynn Bliss joined representatives from Grand Rapids 2030 District and Lean & Green Michigan, along with the City’s new sustainability manager on Monday at an event celebrating the launch of the Grand Rapids PACE (Property Assessed Clean…

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Net Zero, Zero Carbon, Carbon Neutrality, Oh My!

For some time Zero Net Carbon (ZNC) was not clearly defined, but ten Green Building Councils (including United States & China) worked to change that.  They convened in New York City on September 30, 2016 with the goal of aligning their ZNC definitions. Architecture 2030, a non-profit dedicated to combating climate change through innovative design,…

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Is Employee Health affecting your Bottom Line?

Worker Productivity and LEED Buildings We spend 90% of our time indoors; we live and breathe inside of these buildings that are so intertwined in our life. Our built environment is one of the most impactful aspects of our lifestyle, and many are changing the way we think about buildings. The most apparent benefits of…

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WMU’s Heritage Hall Achieves LEED Platinum Certification

Western Michigan University’s faculty, staff and students gathered with LEED project crew members yesterday at Heritage Hall for a ribbon cutting ceremony and ice cream social to accept their LEED Platinum plaque. Western Michigan University completed a historical rebuild of the beautiful Heritage Hall building, home of the Alumni Center on Prospect Hill.  Not only…

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LEED v2009 Ends October 31, 2016

The deadline is approaching.  October 31st is the last day to register your project under the LEED v2009 rating system.  If your project is registered for v2009 before the deadline, you will have until June 30, 2021 to complete and submit the project for certification. Beginning November 1st, all buildings will be registered under the…

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Art Prize Unveils Sustainability Resource Guide

More than 400,000 people will visit downtown Grand Rapids during the 2.5 weeks of Art Prize.  The world’s largest art competition challenging local and international artists around the world is a premiere event in it’s eighth year.  With that many visitors comes an excess of CO2e (Carbon Dioxide Equivalent) emissions from transportation to and from…

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LEED 101

LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) is an international standard for environmentally sound buildings, certifying approximately 1.85 million square feet per day. If you’re new to LEED it can be overwhelming but don’t worry, we’ve made it simple for you. LEED is split into two overarching categories LEED Certification and LEED Credentialing.  LEED Certification is…

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Sparrow Ionia Celebrates 1st LEED for Healthcare in Michigan

With a mission to be recognized as a national leader in quality and patient experience, Sparrow Health Systems believes that transparency leads to greater accountability and performance improvement.  Sparrow Health understands that this approach is multi-faceted and translates to more than patient care alone. On September 8, 2016 the team of the new Sparrow Ionia…

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