• 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.

SWMSBF 2018 Programs

June 20, 2018  8am-5pm  |  Fetzer Center, Kalamazoo, MI 

Reaching for Zero is a summit promoting widespread adoption of net zero energy building design and construction. The Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter invite change makers of all disciplines to attend this one-day event at Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center.

Reaching for Zero will feature headliner Matt Grocoff, principal of Ann Arbor based THRIVE Collective. Concurrent sessions will cover topics related to on-site renewable energy, net-zero building design, regulatory frameworks, certification paths, local case studies, and more.

Summit includes continental breakfast, lunch, and networking reception.

Students will have the option of a luncheon at the WMU Office for Sustainability with special guest Matt Grocoff!  


Tentative Schedule:

08:00am-09:00am | Registration / Networking / Continental Breakfast

09:00am-09:30am | Breakout: Mission Zero House, Presenter: Matt Grocoff, Founding Principal, THRIVE Collaborative

10:10am-10:20am | Breakout Q&A

10:20am-10:50am | Breakout: Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Zero Net Energy Retrofit, Presenters TBA  

10:50am-11:00am | Breakout Q&A

11:00am-11:15am | Coffee Break

11:00 am - 12:30 pm | Optional Student Luncheon with Matt Grocoff at WMU Office of Sustainability (students, choose as a registration option)

11:15am-11:45am | Breakout: On-Site Generation – Policy Perspectives, Presenter: Walker Modic, Sustainability Specialist, Bell’s Brewery

11:45am-11:55pm | Breakout Q&A

11:55am-12:25pm | Breakout: Eastside Zero Energy Ready Pocket Neighborhood, Presenters: Tom Tishler, Construction Manager, Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity; Shaun Wright, Deputy Director, Community Homeworks; Chelsie Hubbarth, Communications, Grants & Operations Manager, Kalamazoo Land Bank

12:25pm-12:35pm | Breakout Q&A

12:35pm-01:40pm | Lunch & Matt Grocoff Keynote

01:40pm-02:10pm | Break / Wellness Activity

02:10pm-03:25pm | Zero Energy Development Workshop – Overcoming Systemic Barriers in Kalamazoo County

03:25pm-03:30pm | Closing Remarks

03:30pm-05:00pm | Networking Reception

SWMSBF Members in the News

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.