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USGBC West Michigan Chapter
  June 2013 Newsletter
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In This Issue
Stair Week
Vote on LEED v4
ACE Mentor Program
Green Apple Day of Service
Chapter Response to "Has USGBC Shifted its Focus"
Membership Update
Letter from the Chair


Featured Project

Whirlpool Staircase
Whirlpool Corporation Riverview Campus
Benton Harbor, MI

LEED Platinum

GREENING THE HEARTLAND
 September 9-10, 2013
10th Anniversary


Greening the Heartland (GTH), the U.S. Green Building Council's Midwest regional conference, will focus around a robust discussion of how the Heartland's building industry is evolving to embed resilience into its solutions for the built environment.
 
Co-located with BuildingChicago


STAIR WEEK
September 3-6

Take the Stairs



GETTING GREEN

Talking on the topic of sustainability and green practices, this episode discusses LEED progression and the journey to Version 4.0.

Listen Here

Affiliate Organization Events
 
July 10
LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE COLLABORATIVE
July 30
ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY 
July 31
ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
 October 14
LIVING BUILDING CHALLENGE
COLLABORATIVE 



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."



MEMBERSHIP UPDATE
Thank you to our new and renewing members

CHAPTER
Aric Lavancher Andersen Windows, Inc.
Shannon Lizotte
Michigan State University
Mark Zoeteman FTC&H

NATIONAL
BIFMA International
Cascade Engineering
Concept Design Group
Diekema Hamann Architecture & Engineering
Ferris State University
Owen-Ames-Kimball Company
Pleotint
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.

Kris Ford
Thank you,
  
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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