Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum hosted the 8th Annual Sustainability Issues Legislative Forum, an Earth Day discussion on how sustainability improvements can be used to leverage social, economic and environmental benefits for local communities.
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Ritchie Harrison, co-director of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy and former community planner for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy, presented a vision for Michigan’s Great Southwest based on leadership and collaboration for the common good, and highlighted the unique value of natural resources in promoting economic development and community prosperity.
A panel of Southwest Michigan leaders introduced their visions for sustainability in the community. Panelists included:
– Fred Upton, U.S. Representative for Michigan’s 6th Congressional District
– Michael Garey, Mayor of St. Joseph
– Marcus Muhammad, Mayor of Benton Harbor
– Kim Lasata, Michigan House of Representatives 79th District
– Matthew Flechter, Recycling Market Development Specialist at Michigan Department of Environmental Quality
The 8th Annual Sustainability Issues Legislative Forum was presented by Wightman.