Contact the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum:

Chris Lockhart • (269) 381-1574 ext. 14

Want to be a featured member on our home page? Contact:


Kalsec Composting Tour and lunch at the Nature Center!

Tour Kalsec's composting facility!

Join us for lunch and a presentation at the Kalamazoo Nature Center at noon, followed by a tour of Kalsec's nearby composting facility!

Wed., June 22, 2016
Register here by June 20

Panel of speakers from Kalsec:
Jim Justice
Kalsec VP Corporate Manufacturing
Sarah Davis
Environmental Sustainability Specialist
Steve Kuhnert
Environmental Compliance & Sustainability Manager
Dan Klein
Local Farm Manager, Coggan Farms
After the lunch and talk, join us as we head over to Kalsec's nearby composting location for a tour! There is plenty of parking. Please wear close-toed shoes, and dress for the weather.  Program will end by 2:00pm.
This is a PROJECT ZERO program, but we are opening registration to all interested parties!
(Please register by June 20.)

Guiding Principles

The Guiding Principles of the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum are to fulfill its mission as stewards in our community.

The SWMSBF and member organizations will endeavor to:

•  Promote sustainability as business practices that encompass the environment, economy and social responsibility.
•  Strive to surpass conformance to environmental regulations using compliance as the minimum standard.  
•  Follow the waste hierarchy of eliminate, reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, incinerate, and landfill.
•  Develop awareness programs and practices, and implement technologies that safeguard and preserve the environment.
•  Identify the environmental impacts of facilities and materials used in our products, processes and services in order to minimize environmental impact.
•  Encourage environmental organizations, businesses and governmental agencies to cooperate on common issues. 
•  Create opportunities to expand the Forum's concept into a national network of sustainable business forums.

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

You are invited to join the SWMSBF today!  

Featured Member

(If your business would like to be a featured member, please contact Chris at

Featured Member:  Envirologic Technologies Inc.

Envirologic is proud to be a Charter Member of the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum. Company President Jeff Hawkins, served on the founding committee and the inaugural Board of Directors. Currently David Warwick, Envirologic Vice President, serves on the Board of Directors and was tapped President Elect for 2016. Our mission parallels that of SWMSBF to promote business practices which demonstrate environmental stewardship, economic vitality, and social responsibility.

For over 25 years, Envirologic Technologies Inc. has served as a full service environmental consulting and services firm dedicated to assisting the regulated community in many facets of the environment. Based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Envirologic provides support for brownfield redevelopment, environmental investigation and remediation, regulatory compliance, due diligence, ecological and field services throughout Michigan, the Great Lakes Region, and other states.

The scope of environmental regulations has grown increasingly complex, time-consuming, and burdensome. Our mission is to manage the regulatory details that threaten to overwhelm municipal, commercial, utility and industrial operations.

Our team of 24 professionals demonstrate an unwavering desire to remain abreast of the latest trends, -regulatory fluctuations and best practices. The primary objective of Envirologic is to approach environmental issues and problems in a straightforward and cost effective manner, with emphasis on client interaction.

Envirologic's vision is to be a model of sustainability through our business practices. We view sustainability as a common sense practice that lessens our environmental impact, promotes a better quality of life and provides business success. We recently featured our sustainable office renovation in a blog which you can access here.

Learn more about Envirologic, our projects and staff on our website. And keep up with our updates, activities and projects by following us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Envirologic Contact:
David Warwick, Vice President, Co-owner
(269)342-1100 ext. 113


The SWMSBF is a program of the Kalamazoo Nature Center

Thanks to all who attended our May 19 lunch program and tour of the new KVCC Bronson Healthy Living Campus downtown! Our speaker was the Director for Sustainable and Innovative Food Systems, Rachel C. Bair. After her presentation about the new facilities and programs (including the fact that their registration has far exceeded expectations!), we split into three groups for a tour of the building, which included the sustainable brewing program.

Since KVCC's customer cafe area is not quite yet up and running yet, Ample Pantry delivered a delicious lunch!



Sponsored by:

Thanks to those who attended our 3rd Project Zero How-To on April 14!

Thank you to all who attended our 3rd Project Zero 'How-To' on Metrics and Measurements on April 14, hosted and catered by Bronson Hospital. Brendan Molony, Bronson's Sustainability Coordinator, spoke about the strides Bronson has made in their journey toward zero waste, and how they measure their successes. Brendan gave a tour of the sustainability workings of Bronson, showing the various containers and tools they use.

DART Container Sales was a major sponsor of this PZ program, and Libby Rice from DART gave a very brief overview of their sales and recycling of foam cups. She and Brendan both explained the foam "densifier" used by Bronson to recycle all of the expanded polystyrene foam used by Bronson and explained how foam can be a sustainable solution, with the use of a densifier, pictured here on the tour.

Project Zero: A Business Case for Zero Waste is an exciting initiative offered by the SWMSBF to bring the community together (members, waste haulers, etc.) to learn about innovative waste management strategies and grow collective, and individual, journeys toward zero waste while upholding our commitment to sustainability for the Kalamazoo community.  Project Zero is offered as a member benefit. Membership will be verified upon registration for any Project Zero program.  If you would like to join Project Zero and/or become a SWMSBF Member or if you have any questions please visit our website at or email

Stay tuned for info about upcoming programs!
The SWMSBF is a program of the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

Sustainable Business Forum Founders .

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The SWMSBF is a program of the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum  •  c/o Kalamazoo Nature Center

7000 N Westnedge Ave  •  Kalamazoo, MI 49009

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