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USGBC West Michigan Chapter
December Newsletter
2012

In This Issue
Saint Mary's LEED Gold
Getting Green
Urban Agriculture
LEED ND
Thank You
2013 Sponsorship
GBIG
Southwest Branch Annual Meeting
Membership Update
Consider Donating
Letter from the Chair

Featured Project


Michigan Energy Options

LEED Platinum

PROJECT DETAILS

Upcoming Events

AES = Alliance for Environmental Sustainability

January 11
Green Your Lunch
LEED for Homes

January 25
Maximizing Energy Efficiency Workshop

February 7
AES
LEED 201:
Core Concepts & Strategies


February 8
AES
LEED 252:
Understanding LEED for Homes


February 12
Southwest Branch
Annual Celebration
  




GETTING GREEN WITH SHELLEY IRWIN

Listen to our Getting Green segment. November's topic: "Managing for Sustainability" with Sam Pobst of EcoMetrics.

LISTEN HERE

 





  
 
  
LEED ND Interest Circle to Start Again
 
LEED for Neighborhood Development (ND) integrates the principles of smart growth, urbanism and green building into the first national system for neighborhood design.
  
Are you interested in being a part of this conversation?
  
Please email Executive Director, Jen Schottke, to participate in this interest circle. 

 

THANK YOU
FROM USGBC WEST MICHIGAN

The Chapter Board of Directors would like to say a very special thank you to this year's outgoing board members. Earl Eddy of Elzinga & Volkers, Renae Hesselink of Nichols, and Lynda Boomer of Michigan State University have been instrumental in leading our organization. Thank you for your years of service to the Chapter and on the Board!
 

2013 CHAPTER SPONSORSHIPS AVAILABLE NOW!

 

The USGBC West Michigan Chapter reaches all segments of the region's building community. You benefit when we expand your green building community, provide education and encourage green market leadership and transformation.  Your sponsorship will showcase your company and highlight your position in the green building marketplace.

New sponsorship opportunities include:
  • Complimentary Memberships
  • Complimentary Workshop Registrations
  • Banner Recognition during programs
  • Logo Recognition in monthly newsletter  
  • And more! 
Sponsorship levels:
  • PLATINUM $5,000 
  • GOLD $2,000 
  • SILVER $1,000 
  • ORGANIZATIONAL $500 
  • FRIEND $100 
  • GREEN YOUR LUNCH $1,000 





What is GBIG?
GBIG is a global innovation platform for exploring and comparing the green dimensions of the built environment. GBIG is the premier search engine for green building data, providing insights that enable better buildings and communities.

GBIG is brought to you by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), champions of the green building movement, and the creators of LEED.

Who should use GBIG?
Anyone interested in green building. GBIG provides tools that allow project teams, portfolio managers, investors, product manufacturers, researchers - and the general public - to discover green buildings around the world, generate insights and accelerate market transformation.

How is GBIG organized?
GBIG is organized around activities (projects at or within a building), buildings, places, strategies and collections. Users can navigate the site through these main areas, browse featured content, or simply enter keywords into the search.


CHECK OUT GBIG

 


SOUTHWEST BRANCH ANNUAL MEETING


February 12, 2013 will be the USGBC Southwest Michigan Branch Annual Membership Celebration.  Join us as we hear from Nate Gillette, VP & Director of Energy Finance Analytics, about where LEED and Green Buildings stand in today's market!

Network with other green building professionals, get updated on the 2013 schedule, and provide feedback on what you would like to see included.

Celebrate your membership over great food and spirits!


THANK YOU TO OUR NEW AND RENEWING MEMBERS!


Kristen Britten
Brittens Designs
Matt Davis
Wightman and Associations, Inc.
Dave Delpiere
CSM Group
Eric Doyle
Catalyst Partners
Daniel Durkee
FTC&H
Alex Goosen
Habitat for Humanity of Kent County
Phil Hester
Steelcase Inc.
Jim McCarty
Catalyst Partners
Bradley Newman
Grand Valley State University
Sam Pobst
Eco Metrics LLC
Beverly Rowell
CBRE
Jeffrey Saylor
Abonmarche
Jen Schottke
Professional Administrative Resources
David Shugars
R.L. Deppmann Company
Kara Slater GDK Construction
Mark Sorenson
Diversified Energy Services
Keith Winn Catalyst Partners

 

    

THE WEST MICHIGAN CHAPTER OF THE US GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL WISHES YOU

VERY HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

The Board of Directors would like to thank you for your impact on the West Michigan green building community. West Michigan continues to be a sustainability hub for innovation, creativity, and trend-setting. We have you to thank for this.  

 

As you move toward the New Year, please consider supporting the local Chapter through giving. Simply put, we cannot keep West Michigan on the green-building map without your support.  

  

What should you give?

A $100 donation will support us at the administrative level. This donation will help offset the cost of running the Chapter.

 

A $500 donation will support us at the programming level and allow us to continue to offer education with GBCI credit, attract prestigious speakers, and host at great venues.

 

A $1,000 donation will support us at the mission level and allow the board to continue its work toward transforming the West Michigan built environment.

 

A $5,000 donation will support us at the visionary level and allow the Chapter to move beyond mission to vision.

 

Donate

 

USGBC West Michigan is a 501(c)3 mission-driven organization.   


LETTER FROM THE CHAIR

I would like to congratulate and welcome to the Board of Directors three new members (Mark Zoeteman, Brett Little, and Jennifer Allen) and two re-elected members (Cheri Holman & Steve Hassevoort) whose term will start in January 2013.

The Chapter board has made a decision to expand the role of its association manager, Professional Administrative Resources (PAR).  Our account manager from PAR is Jen Schottke, LEED AP. Over the past year, she has provided Chapter support with such items as our monthly newsletter and event registration.  As the need for leadership has grown within the Chapter, the Board has voted to increase Jen's involvement to Executive Director and we will begin this change in January 2013.  This contracted role will not be a full-time paid staff position as in the past, but will remain a part-time position contracted through PAR.  This change will allow Jen to work with the Chapter in a very visible role to further our mission in West Michigan.

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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