Contact the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum:

Administrative Assistant
Chris Lockhart

Email • (269) 381-1574
ext. 14

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!  

Annual Meeting

Thanks to all who attended our 2015 Annual Meeting luncheon and informative program with Dr. Dean McCurdy of KVCC! We hope to see you all at an event soon.

Featured Member

Featured Member:  Feyen Zylstra

Feyen Zylstra is different. Unlike a typical electrical contractor, we’re a knowledge-based electrical services firm that specializes in complex industrial, commercial, and institutional electrical projects with unique electrical demands.

While Feyen Zylstra serves clients in virtually every category, we focus primarily on those industries with unique electrical challenges, where reliable electrical power and communications systems are particularly critical to the organization. Our clients have complex electrical systems that require an electrical contractor who understands and specializes in the unique demands of their industry, whether it be healthcare, life sciences, data centers, education, industrial/manufacturing, public works, or high rise construction.

Feyen Zylstra offers a wide spectrum of electrical construction services, including construction project management, integrated electrical services, low voltage systems (including security systems, voice/data cabling, nurse call systems, and more), and system engineering (including network cabling, data acquisition and logging, and more).

With offices in Grand Rapids and Traverse City, Michigan, and Nashville, Tennessee, Feyen Zylstra employs over 315 people, has annual revenues of more than $58 million, and serves clients based throughout the country.

A major emphasis and mandate has been placed on new ways of generating energy beyond the use of finite natural resources.

Renewable energy systems that harness biogas, biomass, wind and solar are increasing in popularity, supplementing (and reducing) the demands of traditional energy supplies. Another option in responsible energy usage is demand-side management.

The first step in moving toward a renewable energy solution, or more efficient consumption (or both), is enlisting the support of professionals who can move you from lofty notions to measurable results. The best place to go for that kind of knowledge and capability is the same electrical services firm trusted by thousands of companies for their electrical system needs. Feyen Zylstra can offer turn-key energy solutions. Let us help you find ways to utilize renewable resources and less energy.

We have experience in:

  • Solar                                                                                           
  • Wind Farms
  • Biomass
  • Biogas
  • Advanced Bio-fuels
  • Chemicals
  • Pellets
  • Recycling Centers
  • Lighting Retrofits
  • Energy Monitoring
  • Preventative Maintenance
  • Energy Audits
  • Load Shedding
  • Instrumentation and Controls

Feyen-Zylstra, Inc.  
210 Front Ave. SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504


The SWMSBF is a program of the Kalamazoo Nature Center

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.

Sustainable Business Forum Founders .

Link to Aggregate    

Link to Kellogg      Link to Perrigo

 Link to the Kalamazoo Nature Center 

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

| Phone (269) 381-1574  •  Fax (269) 381-2557