Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and its Members in the News

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!  

General News Articles

Members in the News 

Forum finds common ground in earth beneath our feet
Southwest Michigan's Second Wave - February 2013

Employees at Pfizer Global Supply in Portage win international award for environmental stewardship and Kalamazoo Gazette - January 2013

Kellogg's to Back All Palm Oil with Green Certificates, an Industry First
Environmental Leader - March 2011

"His Favorite Color is Green"

Encore Magazine - September 2010
Chris Tracy

Business Review's Inaugural Green Awards September 2010
"Green Champion" - Herman Miller
"Greatest Green Initiative" - Western Michigan University
"Green Construction" - Miller-Davis Co.
"Green Education & Outreach" - Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity
"Green Alternative Energy" - Kalamazoo Valley Community College

"WMU adopts cradle-to-cradle thinking with facilities"
MiSustainable Enewsletter - August 2010
Western Michigan University

"Where the rubber meets the sustainability road"
MiBiz, Triple Bottom Line - Fourth Quarter 2009
Wal-Mart and Griffin Pest Control
Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum event

"Cornering Sustainability"
St. Joe/Benton Harbor group considering forming SBF
MiBiz, Triple Bottom Line - Fourth Quarter 2009
West Michigan Sustainability Business Forum, 
Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum,
Great Lakes Cleaning,
Lake Michigan College,
Whirlpool Corp,
Fishbeck Thompson Carr & Huber, 
Kalamazoo Nature Center,
West Michigan Environmental Action Council,
Cornerstone Chamber of Commerce

Back to the Future Residents of an Iowa town are turning to an old form of energy sharing to generate new interest and efficiency
Preservation Magazine, March/April 2011

Triple Bottom Line Cover Stories

Triple Bottom Line * People * Planet * Profit

Bill Rose, President & CEO, Kalamazoo Nature CenterKalamazoo Nature Center CEO wins national award: Bill Rose cited for his leadership - Kalamazoo Gazette - August 18, 2010.
Rose was chosen because of his “stellar” credentials, said Brian Winslow, a nature center director in Erie, Pa., who is on ANCA’s board.  Rose will accept the Nature Center Leadership Award from the Association of Nature Center Administrators at a presentation in Tomahawk, Wis.

Lynn Spurr, Peter Strazdas, Bobby Hopewell
Covenant Keepers - MiBiz, Triple Bottom Line - First Quarter 2010
Southwest Michigan Leaders Pledge Further Sustainable Pursuits
"Signers hope to grow Sustainability Covenant"
Bobby Hopewell, Kalamazoo Mayor
Lynn Spurr, Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum President
Peter Strazdas, Portage Mayor

Mike Myszka

Finding Balance - MiBiz, Triple Bottom Line - Fourth Quarter 2009
Engaged workforce helps Denso meet sustainability goals
"Denso engages workforce in helping meet sustainability goals"
Mike Myszka, Denso Section Leader for Environmental Engineering


Sustainability Champions

Sustainability Champions
True leaders of balancing the triple bottom line

Audrey Wierenga

Audrey Wierenga - "Recycling Maven" MiBiz, Triple Bottom Line - Fourth Quarter 2010
Audrey Wierenga,
Pollution Prevention Field Services,


Art Toy and daughter Jian

Art Toy - - 2010
Art Toy, President
Four Elements Energy, Inc.


Jim Nicolow

Jim Nicolow - MiBiz, Triple Bottom Line - Fourth Quarter 2009
Jim Nicolow, AIA, LEED AP, Director of Sustainability
Lord, Aeck & Sargent

 John PattenJohn Patten - MiBiz, Triple Bottom Line - Fourth Quarter 2009
John Patten, Ph.D., Professor and Chair WMU Manufacturing Engineering Department
Director of the WMU Manufacturing Research Center
Western Michigan University