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USGBC West Michigan Chapter


November 2012 

In This Issue
Getting Green Radio Show
Sustainability Demystifyed
Communities of Change
Featured Project
Credentialing Changes
2013 Board of Directors
Urban Agriculture
2012 LEED Fellows
Membership Update
Letter from the Chair

Upcoming Events

December 7
Green Your Lunch
Products & LEED

Coming Soon:

LEED Green Associate Study Course
(Dec 2012 - Jan 2013)

Energy Efficiency Workshop
3.5 GBCI CEs
January 2013

Featured Project

502 Second Street

LEED NCv2.2 Platinum


Our congratulations to Catalyst Partners and M Retail Solutions on achieving the highest LEED rating in the world!

Getting Green Radio Show

David Rinard of Steelcase's Global Environmental Performance joins us to discuss, "Can My Product be LEED Certified?"

Check out Norman Christopher's book:

Sustainability Demystified

 featured at the November Annual Membership Meeting.

Check out this video being featured at Green Build  
this week.



The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and Bank of America Charitable Foundation  announced the 10 projects selected for the 2012 Affordable Green Neighborhoods grant program. Each of these neighborhood redevelopment projects are pursuing certification under USGBC's LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system and are notable for their planned affordable housing, compact, walkable design, commitment to green building, and well-located sites near transit or other existing amenities.

A Better Credential Experience is Here

One of LEED's greatest strengths is its ability to evolve and improve along with the industry, continuously raising the bar on green building practice.

We're announcing the most significant updates to the LEED Professional Credentials since the specialty credentials and CMP were introduced in 2009.

Highlights of this update include:

Credential Maintenance improvements
Easier reporting. You no longer have to report categories, and there are fewer limits on your CE hours.
Simplified activity types. Now there are only four activity types: education, LEED project participation, volunteering, and authorship. Volunteering has a 50% hour limit and the other activities have no limit.
Better forms. The simpler reporting forms mean you only have to fill in the basics.
Automatic reporting. Education providers will soon have the ability to automatically upload your continuing education hours when you take a course.

Exam improvements
Streamlined exam applications. Exam application and registration steps have been cut in half, and letters of attestation are no longer needed up front.
No more eligibility requirement for the LEED Green Associate. Anyone over age 18 is eligible.



USGBC West Michigan has created a Chapter Facebook page.

Keep abreast on all our programs, share your work, and celebrate with us in the successes of the West Michigan sustainability community.

USGBC West Michigan Announces the 2013 Board of Directors Candidates

Elections are currently open for the 2013 Board of Directors. Only Chapter members are eligible to vote. If you have yet to vote please follow the link below. Log in to your account with USGBC to cast your ballot! You may vote for up to 5 candidates.

The nominees are:
Jennifer Allen Charter House Innovations
Steve Hassevoort InForm Architecture
Cheri Holman Hurst Mechanical
Brett Little Alliance for Environmental Sustainability
Sam Pobst Ecometrics LLC
David Schoonbeck The Christman Company
Eric Smith Beene Garter LLP
Matthew VanSweden Integrated Architecture
Mark Zoeteman FTC&H

Urban Agriculture Conversation, cont.

Thank you Ariel Timm from Aquinas College and Ryan Huppert, Grand Rapids Public Schools for joining the monthly Green Schools call to share some great case studies on integrating agriculture and urban farming into k12 learning spaces!

If you have any follow up questions for Ariel and Ryan, please reach out to them directly: or

Join the larger conversation about potentially introducing urban agriculture as an innovation LEED credit by contacting Joyce Lee at


USGBC West Michigan is proud to announce Chapter member, Keith Winn, has been recognized as a LEED 2012 Fellow. The LEED Fellow Program is the most prestigious designation for LEED Professionals, recognizing exceptional contributions to green building and significant professional achievement within the rapidly growing community of LEED Professionals.

Forty-three of the world's most distinguished green building professionals were selected to be LEED Fellows through a peer nomination and portfolio review process. Among other requirements, LEED Fellows must have at least 10 years of green building experience and hold a LEED AP with specialty credential.

Congratulations Keith!



Thank you to our new & renewing members!

Scott Veine Pioneer Construction
Mark Stucky KMC Controls, Inc.
 Kelly Richardson Via Design Inc.
Danielle Ostafinski Catalyst Partners
Jennifer Allen Charter House Innovations
Mark Sorensen Catalyst Partners
Tammy Stone Prudential
David Hill Kreis Enderle
Carl Manning GMB Architecture + Engineering
David Rinard Steelcase Inc.
Don White TowerPinkster
Janice Kitchen FTC&H
Jim Nicolow Lord Aeck & Sargent, Inc.
Perry Hausman TowerPinkster
Thomas VanDam TowerPinkster
Scott Whisler Grand Valley State University
Eugene Townsend Vest Building Industries
Ryan Musch FTC&H
Nicole Badgero MAYOTTE Group Architects
Victor Tvedten Energy Finance Analytics LLC
Michael Marks E.T. MacKenzie Company
Dennis Bekken C2AE
Mary Whittaker Duncan InForm Architecture


The election webpage for the West Michigan Chapter Board of Directors (term 2013 & 2014) is now open for voting through Friday, November 23rd.  Use this link to be directed to the election webpage to start your voting. Please vote for 5 of the candidates nominated.

Again, this month I would like to remind everyone about the new national membership model for dues which is based on your engagement with USGBC in lieu of company revenue. Our local chapter receives 10% of each company's national membership dues.  This revenue received from national represents 45% of our Chapter yearly revenue. If your company realizes a savings in national dues as you renew, please consider having your company be a sponsor of the local Chapter with a portion of the savings.(CLICK HERE to see the Chapter breakout for income, and why we need your support)

Thank you for your support of our Chapter!

Kris Ford

Kris Ford, LEED AP BC+C, Chair, USGBC West Michigan
Owens-Ames-Kimball Co.


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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