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  • Welcome to the SWMSBF!
  • Welcome to the SWMSBF!

The mission of the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum is to promote business practices which demonstrate environmental stewardship, economic vitality, and social responsibility.

UPCOMING EVENT:

CORPORATE SUSTAINABILITY: THE CLIMATE IS CHANGING
August 15, 2019

 

Please join SWMSBF on August 15, 2019 for a discussion on "Corporate Sustainability: The Climate is Changing," presented by Lucas Mansberger, CFA, CAIA, of Greenleaf Trust.

Registration for this event has closed! 

Please check back often to see when our next event will take place.  If you would like to be added to the mailing list, please send an email to SWMSBF@naturecenter.org.

Thank you to our in-kind sponsor:

 

 

SWMSBF Members in the News

On June 3, 2019, Kellogg's Chairman and CEO Steve Cahillane announced the company's next-generation Kellogg's® Better Days global commitment to help end hunger and create Better Days for 3 billion people by the end of 2030.

The company will do so by:

  • ♦Nourishing 1 billion people with its foods, delivering nutrients of need and addressing hidden hunger;
  • ♦Feeding 375 million people in need through food donations and expanded child feeding programs;
  • ♦Nurturing the planet as it supports 1 million farmers, especially women smallholders and workers;
  • ♦Conserving natural resources all along the value chain, from responsibly sourcing ingredients and reducing food waste, to providing recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging;
  • ♦Encouraging employee volunteerism, ensuring an ethical supply chain and supporting diversity and inclusion;
  • ♦And living its founder's values by advocating on behalf of hungry children everywhere and engaging 1.5 billion people to help address the important issue of food security.

More information on Kellogg’s® Better Days is available in the official news release. You can also view a recording of Steve’s speech at Sustainable Brands at @Kelloggs Facebook page and follow the conversation at #BetterDays.

 

 

SWMSBF member business Hollander Development brought home a first place award in the multifamily category at the 2018 Michigan Battle of the Buildings.

Metea Court Apartments, located in Buchanan, Michigan, cut its annual energy use by 14%. Hollander Development’s team cut energy waste at Metea Court through a comprehensive rehab of the entire 45-year old, 100-unit apartment community for low-income seniors. Energy conservation measures included new appliances, plumbing fixtures, lighting, mechanical systems, windows, and insulation. 

In addition to reducing energy consumption, HDC added a 135kW roof mount photovoltaic solar array to the project - the largest residential solar array in the State of Michigan.

Michigan Battle of the Buildings is made possible by strong community partners like the West Michigan Chapter of the U.S. Green Building council, the Michigan Energy Office, Consumers Energy, and DTE Energy.