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USGBC West Michigan Chapter
Newsletter
October 2012

In This Issue
MEO Announces LEED Certification
Getting Green Radio Show
Chapter Fun Facts
LEEDv4
Membership Meeting
2013 Board Elections
National Dues
LEED Credit Library
Membership Update
Letter from the Chair

Featured Project
GMB
GMB Architecture + Engineering
Grand Rapids Collaborative Lab

LEED Gold


Upcoming Events

October 18
SWMSBF & SW Branch Host
Moderated Debate Proposal 12-3

October 23
SW Branch
Green Your Lunch




Getting Green Radio Show


Renae Hesselink of Nichols Sustainability and Sustainable Solutions talks about Green Apple Day of Service and the Green School Innovation Grant Award




FUN FACTS FROM THE CHAPTER

From January 1, 2012 - today the West Michigan Chapter has:

46 Total Projects Certified
13 Certified
16 Silver
12 Gold
5 Platinum

2,618,716 TOTAL SF

2 LEED CI 2.0

1 LEED CS 2.0

1 LEED EB O+M

7 LEED for HOMES

2 LEED for Schools

14 LEED NC 2.2

5 LEED CI v2009

5 LEED EB O+M v2009

9 LEED-NC v2009

 






LEED v4 is the newest update to the LEED rating systems. Changes from LEED 2009 are seen in three main categories: new market sectors, increased technical rigor and streamlined services. LEED v4 raises the bar on leadership.

Fifth Public Comment: Oct 2 - Dec 10

 


MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Members and Non-members are Welcome!

WHEN
Wednesday, November 7
4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

WHERE
40 Monroe Center
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

AGENDA
4:00 Registration
4:15 Building Tour: MoDiv
4:45 Networking Reception | Meet the 2013 USGBC WM Board of Director Candidates
5:30 USGBC West Michigan Update & Presentation by Norman Christopher, Author: Demystifying Sustainability
6:15 Book Signing

MARK YOUR CALENDARS. REGISTRATION TO OPEN SOON!




2013 USGBC West Michigan Board Elections




Elections for the 2013 USGBC West Michigan Board of Directors will open on November 5, 2012. Five seats are available and your nominees are:
  • Jennifer Allen Charter House Innovations
  • Steve Hassevoort InForm Architecture, PLC
  • Cheri Holman Hurst Mechanical
  • Brett Little Alliance for Environmental Sustainability
  • David Schoonbeck The Christman Company
  • Eric Smith Beene Garter LLP
  • Matt VanSweden Integrated Architecture
  • Mark Zoeteman FTC&H 
Members, please watch your in-boxes in November for voting instructions. Thank you!


DID YOU KNOW?
USGBC IS CHANGING ITS MEMBERSHIP PRICING STRUCTURE



Introducing the new USGBC membership
Four Simple Levels

The new structure features four dues packages: Organizational, Silver, Gold and Platinum. Each package has a distinct price point and its own set of benefits. In making this change, our goal is to help you interact with us in a manner that best accommodates your priorities, needs and budget.  

 

This change will help broaden the base of green building supporters and open the door to new members by removing the barrier to entry. Membership starts at just $300 for the Organizational package. The goal of this effort is to strengthen the green building movement, drive jobs and grow leadership in the marketplace.  

 

New USGBC Corporate Pricing 

$300 Organizational

$1,500 Silver

$5,000 Gold

$20,000 Platinum 

 

LEARN MORE HERE    

 

REMEMBER...  

*Corporations belong to the national USGBC association         

* Individuals belong at the Chapter level          

* If an employer belongs to national USGBC then the employees Chapter dues are $50 ($20 less than employees whose organization does not belong to the USGBC) 


NEW ON USGBC.ORG



LEED CREDIT LIBRARY

You know the problem - you want to know about a LEED credit, so you search through the USGBC website and dig up a PDF of the rating system. After scrolling through you find the credit you're looking for and go to work. But wait - does this credit have addenda changes? What version is this? Where's the LEED Online form? Isn't there a guidance document?

The rating system is supposed to be a nice, clean, simple list of requirements for what constitutes a green project. But the real-life application isn't so simple.

After years of hoping for a solution, we have a new approach - the LEED credit library.

 


MEMBERSHIP 
Thank you to our new and renewing members:

Chuck Otto  

Jeff Montague
FTC&H
Brett Little Alliance for Environmental Sustainability
David Walz Kelly Services
Kortney Lull Midwest Geothermal
Paul Long Ferris State University
Eric Smith Beene Garter
David Schoonbeck The Christman Company
Debra Sypien
Lynda Boomer Michigan State University
Larry Dykhuis Herman Miller, Inc.
Nate Gillette Energy Finance Analytics, LLC
Theresa Hogerheide-Reusch Reusch Design Services, LLC
Sheri Flahive Corporate Cleaning, Inc.
Albert Greonewold Burgess Concrete
Bradley Mead Professional Maintenance of Michigan
Sharon Darby Cascade Engineering
Carter Huffman C.D. Barnes Associates, Inc.



LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

Our Chapter Annual Business Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Meet the Candidates Meeting on Wednesday, November 7th. More details and registration for the event are available on our website.  There will be another great slate of candidates again this year, please mark your calendars for this November 7th event.

You may have received an announcement from USGBC national regarding their new national membership dues model. This model is now based on your engagement with USGBC in lieu of annual corporate revenue.  The local chapter receives a 10% share of USGBC's revenue from each company's national membership dues.  With this new membership model we anticipate the local Chapter revenue share amount will be reduced.  Please consider sponsoring our Chapter with the savings you may realize from reduced national dues.

Please contact Jen Schottke at admin@usgbcwm.org about sponsorship opportunities.

Kris Ford

Kris Ford, Chair, USGBC West Michigan
Owens-Ames-Kimball Co.


Mission:

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


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