MGSSBF to Honor Kliss, Recent Sustainability Projects at Inaugural Great Green Gala

Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum will celebrate sustainability in the region next week at the Inaugural Great Green Gala on Wednesday, November 8 at Shadowland Ballroom at Silver Beach.

This year’s event will feature a roast of MGSSBF Founder Becky Kliss, president of Green Connection Inc. and most recently, circular economy boutique Re*Imagine. A tireless advocate for sustainability in the region, Kliss is responsible for introducing the concept to countless local organizations and professionals.

Comedian and writer Dave Dyer of “The Bob and Tom Show” will kick off the event with a performance, followed by roasters from the local and national sustainability community, including Chris Brayak, Ron Segura, Marilyn Havenga and J.B. Hoyt. St. Joseph Mayor Michael Garey will also be making remarks.

MGSSBF will also honor four organizations with its inaugural Sustainability Leadership Awards, which recognizes meaningful efforts toward helping our community more equally value environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic growth. This year’s winners include:

  • Indiana Michigan Power – AEP is being recognized for its new Watervliet solar power plant.
  • Krasl Art Center piloted a recycling effort at its annual art fair.
  • Lakeland Health completed a major efficiency investment.
  • Village of Paw Paw is being honored for work to improve water quality in its community.

Tickets are $65 and still available at The event also includes dinner, drinks, prizes and networking.


MGSSBF Founder Becky Kliss