Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum will host a luncheon workshop for local businesses, event planners and other interested parties on green events, corporate meetings, picnics and event recycling on Friday, February 24 at Western Michigan University’s Southwest Campus.

Implementing recycling and other sustainable practices at Southwest Michigan events is a consistent interest of Sustainable Business Forum members and a strategic priority for 2017.

The organization has assembled a panel of experts that have led sustainability efforts at events and venues large and small, including corporate meetings and picnics, fairs and concerts, volunteer events, and weddings, throughout Michigan and the Midwest.

Presentations available here:

Roger Cargill, Special Events Manager at Schupan Recycling leads a team that has provided recycling expertise to Michigan State University sports events, NASCAR, Common Ground in Lansing, Herman Miller company picnic, and the Green Street Fair in Plymouth, as well as many other sporting, music and community events.

Alyssa Ferguson, Principal of Fleurology Designs, is a floral designer, artist and consultant that has worked with wedding venues throughout Michigan.

Autumn Sands, Sustainability Manager for Barfly Ventures, has led sustainability efforts for a series of large-scale, multi-block events at various Hopcat locations throughout the Midwest, most notably Irish On Ionia, a zero-waste event that each year serves over 15,000 revelers in Grand Rapids.

Daniel Schoonmaker, Executive Director of West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum has organized over a hundred events on behalf of environmental organizations over the past decade, ranging from 1,000-person volunteer events to corporate luncheons. He has developed and tested protocols to help planners with incremental improvements on food sourcing, carbon offsets, recycling and general sustainability, and will speak on partner efforts underway in Grand Rapids to improve event recycling in downtown Grand Rapids.

The event includes lunch, networking, a panel presentation and will end with a facilitated discussion that will help local businesses, event organizers, volunteers and other interested parties develop recycling and sustainability plans for events. Through feedback captured at this event, MGSSBF will work to create a toolkit for local organizers.

RSVP here.

Signature Event: Greening Your Event

Friday, February 24
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Western Michigan University Southwest Campus
Bronco Room
2785 E Napier Ave
Benton Harbor, MI 49022
$15 online / $20 at event Members
$20 online / $25 at event Non-members

Event flier (PDF)

Tentative Agenda:
11:30 – Networking and Lunch
12:10 – Introductions
12:15 – Program
1:30 – Adjourn

RSVP here.