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

Featured Member

Featured Member:



Website: www.thesolarwinds.com

Being a member of the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum only made sense for Solar Winds Power Systems because of their shared beliefs, discussions, and activities that the organizations had in common. 

Shelbyville-based Solar Winds is headquartered on 40 acres of private forest land that was homesteaded by Founder and Owner, Mike Linsea and his wife, Roz, Vice President of the organization. The Linsea’s have been involved in the environmental movement for over 30 years; Mike began his passion and studies in solar energy and other forms of renewable energy back in the 1970s at Jordan College and Grand Valley State College (presently GVSU). The technologies he studied intrigued him because he was pleased to see that these non fossil fuel energy producers not only worked well in Michigan but made a difference in the way that energy can influence the impact the human race has on the environment. This realization led to the desire to create a business that would include solar. In 2008, which was many years after this enlightening time and after a spending time gaining business knowledge as a manager in a fortune 100 company, Mike decided that is was time to go back to his passion of solar and create Solar Winds Power Systems.

Solar Winds is a Certified Green Business and in 2012 earned the Kalamazoo Chamber of Commerce Environmental Award. The company is set up to be “green” and practices sustainability. Some examples are heating with a Geo-Thermal system, creating electricity through the use of solar photovoltaic panels, purchasing and using Energy Star equipment, and recycling. Solar Winds has become the top solar installer in West Michigan and has acted as an advocate of renewable energy and sustainable practices as an active member of many organizations that support the ideals of the SWMSBF such as Michigan Land Air & Water Defense (MILAWD), West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC), and Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (MiEIBC).

Over 70 solar projects have been installed by Solar Winds for commercial and residential clients in Michigan. These projects have contributed to thousands of kilowatt hours of electricity being produced from the sun. Some of the more notable jobs installed by Solar Winds are Fluid Process Equipment located in the WMU Business Park (a 47 kW pole mounted solar array that you can see while driving on US 131 (located on the east side by the Parkview Rd. overpass), B & B Trucking in Kalamazoo (a 20 kW roof mounted solar array located on the parking facilities for their trucks), and Starks & Menchinger Funeral Home in St. Joseph (a 52 kW roof mounted solar array consisting of 208 solar panels. The power produced by this array is equivalent to the electrical use of 8 average homes).

Solar electrical systems are becoming more mainstream as a source for electrical generation over time because costs have decreased, the track record for electricity produced from solar is proven, utility supplied electricity pricing is rising, and funding programs are available for their purchase. Currently Solar Winds can offer a zero down payment loan program for businesses interested in purchasing solar electrical systems. An analysis of electrical contribution, paybacks, and return on investment is a part of the analysis for interested businesses. You can contact Mike Linsea at Solar Winds at 616 635-7855, solarmike@mei.net or projects and information on the company can be reviewed on their website www.thesolarwinds.com.


 

The SWMSBF is a program of the Kalamazoo Nature Center

SWMSBF Featured Member

Featured Member:


www.cedarcreekinstitute.org

Pierce Cedar Creek Institute is a non-profit environmental education center.  We are dedicated to the long-term protection of our natural resources.  As a result, we approach our day-to-day work with an eye towards sustainability.  This is best exemplified by our Leader Certification through the Michigan Green Venues program.

Recently Featured Members:

Nichols www.nichols.com
Hinman Company www.hinmancompany.com


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The SWMSBF is a program of the Kalamazoo Nature Center.


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

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