Container Home Tour in October and December 2015

Green Span Construction of Benton Harbor has transformed an intermodal steel building unit, or shipping container, into a livable dwelling. The first tour offered of this home earlier this year was a huge success. Owners Shane and Vicki Franks were graciously opened up their home – their Container Home – once again to the Sustainable Business Forum and guests for a guided tour. We had a great time thank you Green Span Construction!

We hosted a Greening your Business Seminar in October 2015

We presented on ways to form a Green Team, start a recycling program at work, explore energy and water use, or employee wellness to create a healthier workplace. The Greening your Business Seminar gave us the tools to get started down that greener pathway. This ½ day seminar had something for everyone, for every type of business, big and small. Experts from around West Michigan clarified what “Greening your Business” means, gave us step-by-step instructions to take ideas and put them into action, and demonstrate successful stories from local businesses.

Fall Wine & Brewery Tour in September 2015

We had fun exploring all of what southwest Michigan has to offer! We traveled in comfort on a Cardinal Bus and visited 12 Corners Winery, Round Barn Winery and Brewery, Cultivate Brewery and Gravity Winery.

Green Earth Electronic Recycling Tour on June 2015

We would like to thank Green Earth Electronic Recycling for allowing us to tour and drop off electronic materials last month at their tour!

The electronics that are accepted for recycling includes anything with a cord or that runs on batteries. There is a $5/computer monitor hazardous waste fee, and a $10/CRT television hazardous waste fee due at time of collection. Call 269-326-1232 with questions about electronics recycling. Click here for their website!

Green Earth Electronics Recycling is located at: 3621 Tennis Court, St. Joseph, MI

Earth Day Event at Sarett Nature Center April 2015

Thank you Sarett Nature Center for being such great hosts! Also thanks to Berrien Conservation District for donating trees for us to plant!

Meijer’s Sustainability Presentation at Green Lunch in March 2015

We had a great speaker: Erik A. Petrovskis, PhD, PE, Meijer’s Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability.

Meijer is a family-owned company with stores throughout Michigan and the mid-west. Meijer “strives to make green business choices by building safe, energy efficient, environmentally friendly stores, distribution centers, and offices”.

Mr. Petrovskis provided an overview of Meijer’s sustainability initiatives and the criteria used in the building and remodeling of its stores. He focused on the LEED certified construction techniques used when the local South Haven Meijer store was built in 2014.

Annual Business Meeting and Legislative Update on February 6th 2015

We had a great keynote speaker James Clift who is the Policy Director at Michigan Environmental Council, where he coordinates work on clean energy, air quality, water protection and public health.

We thank our panel, Al Pscholka, State Representative, Aric Nesbitt, State Representative, Adam Mensinger District Rep for State Senator John Proos, and Dan Scripps, President of Energy Innovation Business Council.

We also thank our Legislative Panel Moderated John Harris.

We thank our Event Sponsors Lake Michigan College Career and Workforce Education & Indiana University South Bend.