Contact the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum:

SWMSBF Assistant
Marley McVey • (269) 381-1574
ext. 14


Are you a commercial lender? We are offering a free session to help you learn how to use the newly-passed PACE legislation to grow your business lending business. Registration is free but required.  Click  here for details on this Aug. 14 informational session.

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!  

Register Now for an Introduction to the Living Building Challenge™ 3.0


Register Now for an

Introduction to the Living Building Challenge™ 3.0
Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015
Location: Kalamazoo Nature Center
Lunch and Program: Noon-2PM
Pricing: $20 SWMSBF members, $30 Non-Members

Register here by Nov. 30th!!

Kalamazoo Nature Center, 7000 N. Westnedge Ave, Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Please join us at an Introduction to the Living Building Challenge™ 3.0 with Matthew Hollander of Hollander Development Corporation. Matthew Hollander is Vice President of Hollander Development Corporation, a Portage, Michigan based company committed to creating affordable, sustainable, high-quality residential communities. Established in 1979, HDC develops new multifamily housing for families and seniors, operates apartment communities throughout the State of Michigan, and provides development consulting services to non-profits and others. Matt is a LEED Accredited Professional, Living Challenge Ambassador, board member of the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and organizer of Green Drinks Kalamazoo.

The Living Building Challenge™ is a building certification program, advocacy tool and philosophy that defines the most advanced measure of sustainability in the built environment possible today and acts to rapidly diminish the gap between current limits and the end-game positive solutions we seek. The Introduction to the Living Building Challenge™ 3.0 will share an overview of Petals and Imperatives,  Scale Jumping, the certification process, and the difference between a prescriptive and performance certification path. Participation is valid for 1 AIA or GBCI continuing education unit. We hope to see you there!!

Project Zero 'How-to' Workshop #1!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Project Zero 'How to' Workshop #1, we are excited to help everyone move forward! Project Zero is a membership benefit, if you would still like to opt-in to Project Zero or become a member in order to opt-in please send an email to! 

 Save the Date for the next 2 ‘How-To’  Workshops of Project Zero University:
These workshops are for members only and designed to help all Project Zero participants work through the necessary first steps to establish a waste reduction program. If you are more advanced in your journey, we still encourage you to attend to help teach and build those mentor-mentee relationships.

Workshop #2: Early January 
Workshop #3: Early March 

After the series we will engage the user groups and discuss how to move forward together!

In-Kind Sponsor:


Fundraiser at St. Julian Winery, Huge Success!!

Thank you so much to everyone who attended the SWMSBF Fundraiser at St. Julian Winery yesterday evening!  We had a great turnout, beautiful weather, amazing local food and wine pairings and of course an all around wonderful evening!  Thank you to St. Julian for hosting the first of hopefully many fundraising events and thank you to Feyen Zylstra for sponsoring the evening.  If you were unable to attend, we definitely hope to see you there next time!!


Featured Member

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

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

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