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A Celebration…

20th Anniversary of the Pollution Prevention Act of 1990,

5-year Progress Report of the Green Suppliers Network Program,

and the new West Michigan E3 Initiative

Hosted by Steelcase Inc., The Right Place, Inc./MMTC-West and Sustainable Research Group, LLC

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

10:00 – 1:00 p.m. (includes lunch)

Followed by plant tours from 1 to 3:30 pm for a limited number of guests.  Please see details on the agenda below.

Steelcase University Learning Center

901 44th Street SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49508

Please join West Michigan manufacturers and energy providers at this event to:

  • Celebrate the 20th anniversary of National Pollution Prevention week.
  • Discuss the accomplishments of West Michigan manufacturers in “lean and green” efforts through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Green Suppliers Network program.
  • Discuss the intent to launch an E3 (Economy, Energy, and Environment) initiative in West Michigan, a federal, state and local collaboration focusing on manufacturing growth, energy efficiency and environmental performance.

Agenda (10 am – 1 pm):

Integrating Sustainable Principles into West Michigan Manufacturing Greg Northrup, President, West Michigan Strategic Alliance
Pollution Prevention, the Green Suppliers Network and more Jim Jones, Principal Deputy Assistant Administrator, EPA’s Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention
What is E3 and how does it complement the Green Suppliers Network? What are the Michigan-specific resources to support these efforts? Tom Murray, Senior Scientist and  Chief of the Prevention Analysis Branch, EPA’s Pollution Prevention Division, and Laura Rauwerda, Senior Environmental Analyst, Michigan Department of Natural Resources & Environment

How energy efficiency helps West Michigan

Consumers Energy
Lean and Green Manufacturing and theExtended Value Stream – Waste Reductions and Cost Reductions along the Supply Chain Jack Puricelli, Director, Supply Chain Management, Steelcase
Why Sustainability is important to Steelcase(and how pollution prevention has evolved into new opportunities) Jim Keane, President, Steelcase Group, North America
Lunch (12 – 1 pm)
Optional plant tours (1 to 3:30 pm) – theExtended Value Stream

(limited spots available)

1:15 – 2:15 pm: Steelcase Kentwood East Plant; then

2:30 – 3:30 pm: Magic Steel (with presentations from Mike Welch, VP, Magic Steel, and Bill Small, VP, The Right Place Inc., & Regional Manager, Michigan Manufacturing Technology Center-West)

No cost to attend this event. Seats are limited so please RSVP by Friday, September 24, 2010, and indicate whether you would also like to attend the plant tours.

Please RSVP to:  powersn@rightplace.org or 616-771-0327


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The West Michigan region continues to gain positive national media attention. Following closely on a February USA Today story about Holland ranking high in quality of life, Grand Rapids has received two positive national stories this week.

First, a Fortune article touted Grand Rapids as a Michigan success story. The article compared the community’s vibrancy to the news of demolishing neighborhoods in Detroit. It’s an important story, because those who are looking for places to do business may overlook the whole state just because of the negative opinion they gather from the east side currently.

The next day, Grand Rapids was named the most sustainable midsize city in the country by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Civic Leadership Center and Siemens Corp. You can read more about that news on MLive.

While it’s exciting to get good publicity, the importance of this national attention can not be overstated. One of the primary reasons WMSA has been encouraging collaboration is that we are stronger together and can compete better as a region in the new global marketplace. While some of the stories have been specifically about Holland or Grand Rapids, such strokes benefit all of West Michigan. Businesses and families don’t only consider one city when pondering a move–they factor in the entire landscape and all the amenities.

We think a lot of the hard work of community leaders throughout West Michigan is only beginning to pay dividends. We won’t be surprised if there’s more positive attention to come to West Michigan in the months and years ahead.

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