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USGBC West Michigan Chapter
February Newsletter

In This Issue
The Rapid earns LEED Gold
Getting Green
LEED Military Facilities
LEED Project Profiles
LEED Panel
Save the Date
USGBCWM Board Officers
Letter from the Chair

Upcoming Events

March 1
Green Your Lunch
March 12
April 18
Panel Discussion
USGBC West Michigan has started a LinkedIn Group.

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Featured Project

The Rapid
The Rapid Operations Center


Getting Green is a monthly conversation on green practices. Peter Strazdas, Associate VP of Facilities Management with WMU, is the guest discussing Western's Commitment to LEED for existing buildings.






The U.S. Green Building Council's LEED project profiles engage the green building community in contributing to and learning from LEED projects to advance green building knowledge.  


Create a LEED project profile and establish yourself as a leader in green building. Share your successes, strategies, best practices and lessons learned. Profiles are featured in USGBC's LEED project directory and the Green Building Information Gateway.    





Join us for a panel discussion on implemented design features and practices that have worked and some that have not worked as well.  The panel will consist of building owners/managers, design and construction team members and engineering professionals that will share stories of implementations and the results.

We will release more information about the panelists as they are confirmed.

Continental breakfast will be served.

You must register to attend as space is limited.

Thank you to our event sponsor:

April 18, 2013
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

1515 Arboretum Dr. SE 
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

$35 Non Member 
$15 Chapter Member 


Schools of the Future
June 18, 2013

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 conference is an effort of the U.S. Green Building Council Chapters of West Michigan and Detroit Regional.  We anticipate hearing from at least from 15 presenters between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.   Presentations will be 15 minutes or less.  

Who is our audience?  Teachers, parents, students, school administrators, design and construction professionals, elected officials, all school stakeholders! 


Conference website will be live soon!

Congratulations to the newly elected (and re-elected) USGBC West Michigan Board Officers!

Chair Kris Ford | Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.
Vice-Chair Dennis Bekken | C2AE
Secretary Victor Tvedten | Energy Finance Analytics
Treasurer Cheri Holman | Hurst Mechanical

Read bios and more about our Board of Directors here.

Thank you to our new and renewing members

Russ Boersma Arrow Waste
Matthew Fennema Kent Companies
Chris Fennema Kent Companies
Kris Ford Owen-Ames-Kimball Co.
Gavin Gardi The Christman Company
Matthew Hollander Western Michigan University
Shawn Merkel
Michael Otis
Lee Purches HP3 Group
Robert VanDenBrink Mechanical Testing Services, Inc.


I would like to welcome Dennis Bekken, Vice-Chair, to the executive committee of the Board and thank Steve Hassevoort for serving as Vice-Chair last year.  Having Cheri and Victor continue in their officer roles will be an asset to the Chapter.

The Board of Directors has chosen to focus the Chapter's efforts this year on Schools of the Future (June 18th) and Green Apple Service Day (September 28th).  We are asking each member to consider becoming an event sponsor. Please contact Renae Hesselink for sponsorship details. 

Are you aware of the NEW national USGBC
membership dues structure?  The new structure is not based on the revenue of your organization, but on the level of engagement with USGBC.  Because of this new structure the Chapter anticipates a significant loss in the amount of revenue sharing received from USGBC. This revenue sharing currently makes up 45% of our annual revenue.  We are asking each member organization to consider becoming a Chapter Sponsor to help support the local green buildings movement. Please click the link or contact
Jen Schottke for sponsorship details.

Kris Ford
Kris Ford
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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