|3 MORE DAYS!
Balloting for LEED v4 closes June 30, 2013. If you opted-in, please cast your vote to raise the bar on leadership.
ACE Mentor Program
Seeking Sustainability Mentor
High school students in the Grand Rapids area can now benefit from a nationwide program designed to introduce them to the wide range of career opportunities open to young people in architecture, construction, engineering, and related areas of the building design and construction industry.
At weekly meetings, student teams work directly with professionals from leading area firms, who volunteer their time to mentor the teams as they design hypothetical projects, tour local construction sites, and visit architectural, engineering and construction offices.
ACE Grand Rapids is looking for a mentor with expertise in sustainability to volunteer. Please contact Brian Johnson
of URS Corp. to get engaged!
|GREEN APPLE DAY OF SERVICE September 23 - 28
The West Michigan chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council invites you to participate in the GREEN APPLE Day of Service! We are partnering with Goodwill Industries of Greater Grand Rapids to host donation drives at participating schools throughout our community.
GREEN APPLE Donation Drive
September 23 - 28
Prizes for schools that collect the most donations!
1st Place - $500
2nd Place - $250
3rd Place - $100
|THE CHAPTER RESPONDS
Board member - Dennis Bekken - issued the response below to the June 14th article "Has USGBC Shifted its Focus" in the Grand Rapids Business Journal citing, "While [the article] is an opinion; it is not an opinion that is universally shared across the design community."
Thank you to our new and renewing members
Aric Lavancher Andersen Windows, Inc.
Shannon Lizotte Michigan State UniversityMark Zoeteman FTC&H
Concept Design Group
Diekema Hamann Architecture & Engineering
Ferris State University
The Understanding Group
LETTER FROM THE CHAIR
Recently there have been a couple of articles about the USGBC LEED-rating system and LEED-accredited professional program in local publications that stated opinions different than those of the Board and Chapter. These articles should remind every member that our mission "to transform the way buildings and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally and socially responsible, healthy, and prosperous environment that improves the quality of life in one generation" is not complete and more educational work is still needed.
We recognize that LEED-certification (third-party verification) may not be for everyone, but both articles do agree that the LEED-rating system has changed the way that buildings are designed and built that has resulted in a more sustainable environment.
Coming later this year, we will offer training on the newest version of the LEED-rating system, version 4. Did you know there are 100 beta test projects globally that are currently using the new v4 rating system? Documentation improvements in v4 will result in savings of time required to submit for project certifications.
Chair, USGBC West Michigan