Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum is hosting a pair of energy education programs for local businesses and institutions next week featuring regional and national experts on intelligent buildings, energy efficiency planning, and local incentives.
The back-to-back programs on Wednesday, March 21 at Whirlpool Global Headquarters includes an educational and networking luncheon for facility managers, property owners, and other stakeholders from all sectors, plus a customized training in the morning for municipalities, universities, schools and healthcare facilities.
Whirlpool and JLL Director of Operations Dave Clayton and Building Managment System Specialist Keith Kiser will discuss how Whirlpool has utilized integrated technology and dashboards to improve the performance of its properties locally and globally. The program will introduce attendees to the potential of intelligent building technology, detail how it can be used in different building types (office, manufacturing, medical) and provide a demonstration of Whirlpool’s 26-property local intelligent building infrastructure.
The luncheon program will also feature a presentation from Jason Whitman, Energy Efficiency and Consumer Program Coordinator for Indiana Michigan Power, who will introduce I&M’s current rebate and incentive programs for energy efficiency improvements. Networking and lunch begin at 11:30 am, with the program from 12:10 am to 1:30 pm.
The morning session is a free workshop for Southwest Michigan municipalities, schools, and health care facilities to learn skills and practices that will support the planning and implementation of clean energy and energy waste reduction programs. It is presented in collaboration with the Michigan Community Energy Partnership and Michigan’s Great Southwest Strategic Leadership Council.
Compared to private and residential sectors, municipalities, schools, and hospitals generally invest less in energy waste reduction and renewable energy initiatives due to unique financial and time constraints. A community energy management approach can free up capital to reinvest in future projects, reduce or eliminate large variable costs that public organizations face, and help organizations better manage financial resources for the benefit of constituents, patients, and students. Robust community energy management makes organizations more resilient, nimble, and proactive in a changing landscape.
Facilitated by John Kinch, Executive Director of Michigan Energy Options, the workshop will introduce attendees to benchmarking, revolving and energy fund establishment, and project financing. The workshop will also provide access to technical assistance and coaching, and for qualified applicants, continued one-on-one consulting on the development of energy projects.