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USGBC West Michigan Chapter
May Newsletter

In This Issue
Green Your Lunch
Catherine's Health Center Tour
LEED Gold in West Michigan
New and Renewing Members
Letter from the Chair

Featured Project

Interior GRCC
Stewart Edward White Hall
Grand Rapids Community College


LEED CI v 2009

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USGBC West Michigan

PO Box 6332
Grand Rapids, MI 49516

T: 616.301.6688




The West Michigan Chapter of the US Green Building Council is proud to bring you exceptional programming. Please check out our upcoming event links and consider joining us at one of our programs.

Green Your Lunch

A special thanks to our Green Your Lunch speakers who have done an outstanding job presenting on interesting and informative LEED and sustainable initiatives. Join us on Friday, June 1st at Integrated Architecture as we explore Integrated Project Design.



Please join the West Michigan Chapter of the US Green Building Council as we tour Catherine's Health Center and learn about their journey to LEED.


Thursday, June 21

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM


3:30 p.m.
Presentation on the Building and Certification Process


4:00 p.m.
Building Tour


1211 Lafayette Ave NE
(corner of Lafayette and Leonard)

Grand Rapids, MI 49505   

Price of Attendance:

USGBC Chapter Member: FREE
USGBC Non Member: $5.00

Following the tour, the West Michigan Chapter will join Green Drinks at Bistro Bella Vita.  


West Michigan is Gold!

The Kalamazoo-Portage area is now home to three LEED Gold-certified schools -- the only primary and secondary schools with that rating in the state of Michigan.

The WoodsEdge Learning Center in Portage has been awarded a LEED Gold rating from the U.S. Green Building Council in Washington, D.C. It's the first special-education facility in the United States to receive that designation.

Helen DeVos Children's Hospital is the only hospital in the state to be awarded Gold certification and one of just two dedicated childrens' hospitals in the nation to achieve this designation.


Thank You to our  

New and Renewing Members



Sean Jagels Skanska USA Building, Inc   
Jeffrey Braasch Building Restoration Inc.
Jeff Stipes Muskegon Community College
Sue Norman Easy to be Green
Craig Ressler Easy to be Green   
Lee Ott Macatawa Bank   
Janis Etzcorn Landscape Forms, Inc
Nancy Peterson AZON USA INC.
Dawn Holtrop Catalyst Partners  
Meghan Piersma Custer Workplace Interiors
Matthew VanSweden Integrated Architecture
Denise DeVries Griffin Pest Solutions
Berkay Tascioglu Michigan State University


Letter from the Chair

It's official!  At the May USGBC national Board of Directors meeting it was announced that the West Michigan Chapter now includes the Upper Peninsula and Ingham County.  Now all counties of Michigan are served by a chapter, and Lansing and East Lansing are no longer split between chapters. Welcome!

Reminder to all chapter members to visit to review and make public comments during the 4th LEED Public Comment period (May 11- May 28) for LEED 2012 before the final draft is published.  Opt-in ballot voting on the final draft will take place starting June 1 and will close June 30.  The chapter will be offering a LEED 2012 launch meeting later this year.

Kris Ford, LEED AP B+C
Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.
Kris Ford

To transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built, and operated in a way that improves the quality of life in West Michigan.