Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum provides a helpful of directory of local sustainable businesses and vendors as a service to the community and its members.

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
Phone: 269-605-9527
Email: karen@bigheadfarm.com
Website: www.bigheadfarm.com

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.
Phone: 269-240-4100
Email: gardentotableinfo@gmail.com
Website: Garden-Table.blogspot.com

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).
Email: paula@ediblemichiana.com
Website: www.ediblemichiana.com

The Livery Brewing Company
Contact: Kelly Vega
Service: The Livery microbrewery in Benton Harbor operates in a converted horse stable dating back to 1906. Some of the original features kept intact include: the original brickwork, several three-story-high wooden beams, and the impressive grain elevator which adorns the center of the building.

The Livery also employs sustainable brewing tactics. Many pieces of brewing equipment have been converted from used dairy farm equipment, including the Mash Tun and two fermenters. The brewery has also used local water sources such as Eden Springs at The House of David in Benton Harbor.

The Livery kitchen thoughtfully prepares food items from many local sources, including: Eater’s Guild, Big Head Farms and Mud Lake Farms. “Green” paper products are also used throughout the kitchen and pub to help reduce our environmental footprint.
Phone: 269-757-3659
Email: Kelly@liverbrew.com
Website: www.liverybrew.com

ARCHITECTURE

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.
Phone :  269-927-0100
Email:  dmin@wightman-assoc.com
Website:  www.wightman-assoc.com

CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Four Flags Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Contact: Tyanna Weller
Phone:269-983-3720
Email: chamber@nilesmi.com
Website: http://www.nilesmi.com/

CONSTRUCTION:

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
Phone: 269-556-1111
Email: gpowell@powell-construction.com
Website: www.powell-construction.com

CONSULTING:

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.
Phone: 269-849-6226
Email: Becky@GreenConnectionInc.com
Website:  GreenConnectionInc.com

JBH Strategies
Owner: J B Hoyt
Services: Strategy & Sustainability Consulting
Phone: 269-921-5471
Email: jbh1952@comcast.net 

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)
Phone: 269-983-5775
Email: mcseaman@prismscitech.com
Website: prismscitech.com

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.
Phone: 269-927-2434
Email: RVilla@VillaEnv.com
Website: VillaEnv.com

CONSUMER APPLIANCES

Whirlpool Corporation, Benton Harbor
Service: Heavy focus on environmentally 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.
Phone:  269-923-6962
Website:  www.whirlpoolcorp.com

DRY CLEANERS

Eco-Logical Cleaners
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.
Phone: 269-983-3764
Email: eco-logicalcleaners@att.net
Website: www.eco-logicalcleaners.com

EDUCATION

Indiana University
Contact: Krista Bailey
Services: The Center for a Sustainable Future works with the campus and community to find innovative and engaging ways to meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. We focus on the discovery and dissemination of practices and strategies that are ecologically friendly, economically sound, and socially responsible. Our goal is to help Michiana become one of most vibrant and leading regions in the newly emerging green economy.

Since it’s establishment in 2008, the Center has developed new sustainability curriculum, facilitated research in sustainability, and fostered civic engagement to help develop sustainability action plans.
The Center strives to engage the campus and greater Michiana communities in creating a future focused on the “triple bottom line:” choices that are good for people and the planet, as well as profits, and that take into account ecological and social performance, are promoted and encouraged by the Center.
Phone: 574-299-3371
Email: kob@iusb.edu
Website: www.iusb.edu/csfuture/

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
Email: kimberly.sinclair@mi.nacdnet.net
Website: vanburencd.org

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.
Phone: 269-927-4832
Email: dianneb@sarett.com
Website: www.sarett.com

Lake Michigan College
Contact: Lynette Wolf
Service: Lake Michigan College offers Workforce Training and Development (WTD) programs for specialized and customized training. WTD works closely with organizations in a consultative role to develop specific training programs, and responds with training and education that will meet an organization’s need to solve problems and advance their workforce. WTD can offer both credit courses and short term training programs at our campuses or company sites.

Lake Michigan College also holds a 50-acre natural area of the Napier Avenue Campus serves as a science learning lab and as a wildlife sanctuary.
Phone: 269-926-4297
Email: LWolf@lakemichigancollege.edu
Website: www.lakemichigancollege.edu

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

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.
Phone:  269-466-2921
Email: cookinfo@aep.com
Website: www.cookinfo.com

ENGINEERING

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.
Phone:  269-927-0100
Email: dmin@wightman
Website: www.wightman-assoc.com

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
Phone: 269-923-7265
Email: Bryan.Babel@am.jll.com
Website: www.joneslanglasalle.com

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.
Phone: 269-983-3791
Email: candy-oudman@chemicalbankmi.com
Website: www.ChemicalBankMI.com

GOVERNMENT

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
Email: jadams@berriencounty.org
Website: www.berriencounty.org/recycle

City of St. Joseph
Address: 700 Broad St. St. Joseph, MI 49085
Phone: 269-683-5541
Website: www.sjcity.com

St. Joseph Charter Township
Contact: Tim Fenderbosch
Service: Government
Phone: 269-429-7703
Email: info@sjct.org
Website: www.sjct.org
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
Email: colcloughm@swmpc.org
Website: www.swmpc.org

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
Email: dave@boelckeheating.com
Website Address: www.boelckeheating.com

LEED AP’s:

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.  Four LEED warehouses were opened in 2009 and the 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.
Phone:  269-923-6962
Email:  Georgina_S_Mang@whirlpool.com
Website:  www.whirlpoolcorp.com

MANUFACTURING:

PortionPac Corporation
Contact: Louise Valentin
Service: For us, being a leader in sustainability means considering the impact of everything we do, across all our operations. Sustainable thinking permeates our entire company. It’s in our systems, our solutions, our facility and our founding principles. PortionPac has always seen sustainability as an opportunity: a way to differentiate us from the competition and a chance to do our part. With our pre-measured packaging, safer product systems, and on-going education, PortionPac’s sustainable solutions help improve people’s health, the environment and our customers’ bottom line.
Phone: 312-919-1424
Email: valentinlk@comcast.net
Website: www.portonpacorp.com

PROFESSIONAL EMPLOYMENT SERVICES

Williamson Employment Services
Service: Professional Employment Service
Company’s Sustainable Achievements: Sponsored electronic recycling drive. Use double side printing in office and re-use paper for scrap and have recycling bins in every office.
Phone: 269-983-0142
Website: www.williamsonemployment.com
Location: 213 Hilltop Rd. St. Joseph, MI 49085

RECREATION

Scooter Joe’s Wheel & Water Rentals
Service: Rental
Two locations; downtown at Broad Street & Lake Boulevard, and at The Inn at Harbor Shores.  Bike, scooter, kayak and canoe rentals. 
Contact: Joesph Allen
Address: 902 Eagle Pointe Drive St. Joseph, MI 49085
Phone: 269-932-1005
Website: www.scootjoe.com

RECYCLING SERVICES

Michiana Recycling & Disposal Services, Niles
Contact:  Christel Hardy, Inside Commercial Sales
Service:  FREE recycling pickup for ALL Residential and Commercial customers. Yardwaste pickup for ALL Residential and Commercial customers
Phone:  269-684-0900 / 800-722-9710
Email:  Christel@michianarecyclinganddisposal.com
Website:  www.michianarecyclinganddisposal.com

Republic Services, Inc, Stevensville
Contact:General Manager Southwest Michigan
Service:  Market leader in LEED certified demolition and construction services as well as single stream residential and commercial recycling.  They  have a complete set of solutions for any of your wast and recycling needs.
Phone:  800-677-1083
Website:  http://www.republicservices.com/

RENEWABLE ENERGY

Four Elements Energy, Inc
Contact: Art Toy, President
Service: Renewable Energy Systems design and installation
Sustainable Achievements: President of company has a zero energy home and designer lives off grid. Business Review West Michigan 2010 Thought Leader. One of only 16 NABCEP certified wind installers in the U.S. The only company in Michigan with both NABCEP certified photovoltaic and wind installers.
Phone: 269-267-1804
Email: info@fourelements-energy.com
Website: www.fourelements-energy.com

SURVEYING

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.
Phone:  269-927-0100
Email:  dmin@wightman.com
Website: www.wightman-assoc.com

UTILITY

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.
Phone: 269-466-2921
Email:  cookinfo@aep.com
Website:  www.aep.com