Schools of the Future Announces its First Round of Presenters: Emile Lauzzana Energy Manager
Sara Salo Executive Director and Founder
Christine Smith Energy Manager
Elaine Sterrett Isley Program Manager
Susan Tate 8th Grade Teacher
Join us for our Schools of the Future: Making Connections Today Symposium on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 in Lansing. It will be a fast-paced, powerful, idea-sharing day to plant seeds for now and well into the future. This symposium is an effort of the U.S. Green Building Council's West Michigan and Detroit Regional Chapters.
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The Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, September 28, 2013, gives parents, teachers, students, companies and local organizations the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe and productive learning environments through local service projects. Be sure to check out project ideas, read last year's highlights and register your 2013 project today!|
Coming in September 2013
Stair week is planned for early September to raise awareness of the benefits of stair usage. Kendall College of Art and Design of Ferris State University (KCAD) has released a stair-prompt signage design to promote active living in Western Michigan. Graphic images promoting healthy behavior have been shown to motivate stair users, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. The message in the signage, "Get Healthy, Save the Earth, Take the Stairs!" points to a greener option, the stairs, over energy-consuming elevators.
Thank you to our new and renewing members
Nancy Peterson Azon
Jerry Ruland Comfort Systems USA
Douglas Scott Rowe Incorporated
Scott Skoog Midwest Geothermal
Amy Sullivan The Christman Company
Scott Vyn Integrated Architecture
Andrea Winn Catalyst Partners
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Start looking at your calendars to see if you will be able to attend this year's Greening the Heartland
. It will be in Chicago, September 9-10 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza. This year GTH is co-located with BuildingChicago September 10-11, 2013. More details and registration can be found at
Urgent Call to Action:
Special-interests groups are mounting a duplicitous effort to ban the federal government from using LEED Groups. Seeking to unduly influence LEED and diminish the progress of green building, these groups are spending millions to lobby lawmakers to have LEED banned at the federal level. They are spreading misinformation about the LEED development process and saying that only ANSI-certified standards should be used by the federal government. Don't let special interests advance unprecedented greenwashing efforts that will cost taxpayers money and hurt the green building movement. Please use USGBCs talking points
and urge your member companies to send this sample letter
to their Senators as soon as possible.
Kris Ford, Chair, USGBC West Michigan