AGRICULTURE / LOCAL FOODS:
Big Head Farm
Contact: Karen Warner
Service: A small family farm using organic and sustainable growing techniques. Established in 2009 we grow a variety of vegetables, including some heritage veggies, herbs, fruit and some flowers. We offer CSA shares for veggies and fruits a la cart and we have on farm market. You can find out more about what we are growing this season and our CSA shares on our website at www.bigheadfarm.com
Farm visits are welcomed and encouraged. Just give us a call first to make sure we are home, thanks!
Sustainable Achievements: Our farm is MEAEP certified for Cropping System. Our blueberries and vegetables are certified organic by MOSA and our apples are currently in transition to organic.
Address: 3835 Pier Road Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Garden to Table, New Buffalo
Owner: Paula Bartholome
Service: Garden to Table promotes local food and food issues through its blog, workshops and communication strategy and support.
Green Spirit Farms LLC
Contact: Dan Kluko
Service: Our business concept is to use the Volksgarden Rotary Garden units in a multi level system (referred to as a Rotary Vertical Growing Station or RVGS) as well as a multi level tray system (referred to as a Vertical Growing Station or VGS) growing organic produce near large urban markets reusing older vacant or under utilized industrial or commercial buildings. This approach using this technology will provide several harvests per year of organic vegetables grown "extremely local". This approach will significantly reduce transportation and supply chain management costs and offset large quantities of carbon by locating the farm near the markets where people consume the food, versus in remote growing locations. This approach using the Omega Garden technology uses significantly less water than conventional farming and typical hydroponic growing systems. The Green Spirit Farms Organic Vertical Farm will eliminate agricultural run off and associated soil erosion impacts improving water quality by eliminating these primary sources of water pollution.
We can operate sustainably 24/7 and simultaneously reduce the "carbon footprint" associated with traditional food supply. Our approach eliminates unforeseen severe weather events that negatively impact yields of high value vegetable crops (such as floods, drought and early frost) resulting in more stable production and stellar risk management - year round.
We will grow our vegetables using carbon neutral or renewable energy and offer our expertise to others who desire to have fresh, pesticide free vegetables year round.
Address:18300 US Highway 12 PO Box 482 New Buffalo, MI 49117
Edible Michiana Magazine
Contact: Paula Bartholome
Service: Edible Michiana is a community-based culinary magazine dedicated to the growing local food movement in Northern Indiana and Southwest Michigan. Our mission is to be a community resource, rooted in social awareness on behalf of Michiana’s local food culture. We feature inspiring stories of local restaurants, hard working farmers, artisan foods, chefs, vineyards and home cooks throughout a nine-county area: Berrien & Cass Counties (Michigan); St. Joseph, Elkhart, LaPorte, Starke, Marshall, LaGrange & Kosciusko (Indiana).
Improvisational Farmer LLC
Owner: Julie M. Cowie
Service: We grow vegetables, raise chickens, keep our beef cows happy, and make jams and healthy snacks with local fruit. We network with a lot of local folks and collect additional items produced by our farmer friends.
Address: 876 1/2 Blue Star Highway South Haven, MI 49090
Michigan Grape Society, Baroda
Contact: Mike DeSchaaf, President
Service: Non-profit association focused on education on grape production
Nye's Apple Barn & Farm Market
Contact: Angela Thompson
Service: We offer mostly our own grown fruits and vegetables. The few things we don't grow ourselves come from other local farms. We are a MAEAP verified farm. We have gone through many different sustainability farming programs. We have also been GAP certified.
Address: 3151 Niles Rd St. Joseph, MI 49085
Phone: (269) 429-0596
Wightman and Associates Benton Habor.
Contact: Christopher J Brayak, Architect.
Service : With several LEED design professional, Wightman and Associates, Inc. has emerged as a sustainable site and building design leader. We also provide residential and commercial energy audits and analysis.
Phone : 269-927-0100
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Contact: Tyanna Weller
Powell Construction Services, LLC
Owner: Greg Powell
Service: 100% Green Construction, using Green Built Michigan and National Association of Home builders Standards, with 3rd party testing and documentation of performance.Green Built homes are awarded points for conservation techniques and the use of "green" materials and practices. So not only do you save money, breath cleaner air, live in a more durable structure, but you also can sleep better at night knowing you did your part to keep our environment clean
Address: 3531 Niles Road, St. Joseph, MI 49085
Green Connection, Inc. St. Joseph.
Owner: Becky Kliss, LEED AP O & M,
Service: Provides consulting services to businesses on a variety of sustainability areas including, but not limited to: Waste Stream Audits, Implementing Recycling Programs, LEED-EB consulting & tracking, Green Cleaning programs, etc.
Owner: J B Hoyt
Services: Strategy & Sustainability Consulting
Prism Science & Technology, Inc., St. Joseph
Owner: Mark Seaman, Principal
Service: Environmental assessment and remediation/cleanup, brownfields, natural resources consulting (wetlands, endangered species, erosion, sand dunes, ponds)
Villa Environmental, Benton Harbor
Owner: Rick Villa, President
Service: Full-service environmental, health and safety consultants. Inspect, assess and test the air for mold, contaminants or other known or potential hazards. Inspect and test for asbestos, lead paint, soil contamination, water quality, clean air act services and more.
Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor.
Contact: Georgina Mang, Supply Chain Project Analyst
Service: Heavy focus on enviromental friendly practices and efficient use of resources through both its products and processes. Whirlpool sells over 390 Energy Star appliances, more than any other manufacturer. Whirlpool strives to operate in a sustainable manner. 4 LEED warehouses were open in 2009 and LEED gold certified headquarters in 2012. 80% of Whirlpool carriers are currently SmartWay certified, increasing logistics network's energy efficiency while reducing carbon dioxide. Whirlpool products are Energy Star qualified and built with sustainability in mind.
Owners: Nancy & Dave Baiers
Service: Garment cleaning without the use of PERC which is used in traditional dry cleaners.
We provide reusable nylon bags for our regular customers to cut down on the use
of the 100% recyclable plastic bags. We also provide hanger boxes and encourage
our customers to recycle them with us.
Van Buren Conservation District, Paw Paw
Contact: Kim Sinclair
Service: The Van Buren Conservation district promotes the conservation of natural resources through partnerships by providing public education, demonstrations and technical assistance while working together for future generations. Specific services and programs provided include: annual tree and native plant sales, watershed protection projects, groundwater stewardship, irrigation scheduling, conservation practice consulting, farm equipment rentals, local food and farm guide, educational workshops and field days, farm bill program assistance and Michigan Agricultural Environmental Assurance Programs (MAEAP).
Phone: 269-657-4030 ext 5
Coloma Community Schools
Contact: Terry Boguth, Superintendent
Sarett Nature Center
Contact: Dianne Braybrook, Director
Service: Sarett Nature Center Provides natural science education classes for the citizens of all ages in southwest Michigan. Sarett has been educating students on the environment for the past 50 years. Our building has recently grown in size, the sanctuary has also increased to 1000 acres with over 8 miles of hiking trails. A beautiful butterfly house has also recently been added.
AEP-Indiana Michigan Power Bridgman
Contact: Dave Lefor, Corporate Communications Representative
Service: Indiana Michigan Power provides power to over 127,000 customers in Southwest Michigan. Nearly 40 percent of Indiana Michigan Power's electricity is produced emission free from nuclear, hydro and wind.
Wightman and Associates Benton Harbor.
Contact: Christopher J Brayak, Architect.
Service: With several LEED design professional, Wightman and Associates, Inc. has emerged as a sustainable site and building design leader. We also provide residential and commercial energy audits and analysis.
FACILITIES AND PROJECT MANAGEMENT:
Jones Lang LaSalle, Benton Harbor
Contact: Bryan Babel, Senior Vice President
Service:We are in business to create and deliver real value through commercial real estate for clients, shareholders and our own people in a complex world that is constantly changing.
Address: 200 North M-63 MD6004 Benton Harbor, MI 49022
FINANCE / BANKING:
Chemical Bank St. Joseph
Contact: Candy Keysor-Oudman, Vice President and Trust Officer
Service: Reduces its impact on the environment by the secure dual shredding and recycling of its confidential, and non-confidential, paper products, by striving to purchase recycled office products, and by making available to its staff and customers, electronic options to reduce paper consumption. Chemical Bank is committed to the ongoing research of additional options to reduce its energy consumption and impact on the environment.
Berrien County Government St. Joseph
Contact: Jill Adams, Berrien County Environmental Specialist
Service: Coordinates recycling collection programs for difficult to recycle materials and offers waste reduction and recycling educational materials. Check out the Berrien County Recycling Guide on the website.
Phone: 269-983-7111, ext 8234
City of St. Joseph
Address: 700 Broad St. St. Joseph, MI 49085
St. Joseph Charter Township
Contact: Tim Fenderbosch
Address: 3000 Washington Ave P.O. Box 147 St. Joseph, MI 49085
Southwest Michigan Planning Commission
Contact: Marcy Colclough, Senior Planner
Service: The Southwest Michigan Planning Commission (SWMPC) serves Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties as one of fourteen regional planning and development organizations in the State of Michigan. The mission of the Southwest Michigan Planning Commission is to promote a sustainable, high quality of life through the facilitation of sound planning and decision-making. The SWMPC is committed to facilitating the development of intergovernmental cooperation and coordination within our region and with our neighboring regions. The SWMPC specializes in providing data, information, maps, and technical assistance for planning and grant writing in Berrien, Cass, and Van Buren Counties. The major program areas include transportation, economic development, community planning, and natural resource protection.
Phone: (269) 925-1137 ext. 25
HEATING / COOLING -HVAC:
Boelcke Heating and Air Conditioning
Contact: Dave Boelcke
Service: We offer refrigerant recycling, energy analysis on heating system, and offer solar equipment.
Company's Sustainable Achievements:
Participant of Earth Day for the last 15 years, EPA mercury recycler, offer paperless invoices, and utilize solar panels.
Address: 1119 West John Beers Rd Stevensville, MI 49127
Phone: (269) 429-9261
Website Address: www.boelckeheating.com
Better Choices Better Lives
Contact: Chris White, Owner
Service: Still Light helps people convert their homes and businesses to "green", non-toxic sustainably sourced cleaning and personal care products at 30-40% less than grocery or drug store prices.
Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning of Southwest Michigan
Contact: Bryan Bailey
Service: Oxi Fresh Carpet Cleaning utilizes an advanced hose free cleaning system that provides a deep cleaning while using a fraction of the water of traditional extraction systems(approximately one gallon per 1,000 square feet). In addition, our cleaning products are biodegradable, safe for children and pets, and leave behind no residues or smells.
Company's Sustainable Achievements
Associations:Environmental Protection Agency Design for the Environment Partnership
US Green Building Council Partnership
Carpet and Rug Institute Seal of Approval
In our 5 years of operation, Oxi Fresh has conserved approximately 97,000 gallons of water in southwest Michigan.
Address: 2891 Tecumseh Dr. Benton Harbor, MI 49022
Phone: (269) 277-8357
Website Address: www.oxifresh.com