September 23, 2022
The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will honor three local professionals and six organizations at the ninth annual Triple Bottom Line Ball on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at the Peter Martin Weghe Theater, home of the Grand Rapids Ballet.
Six local companies and institutions are nominated for the West Michigan Sustainable Business of the Year Award. The award is chosen annually by a vote of WMSBF members, honoring the local organization that best represents the region’s commitment to the triple bottom line and its efforts to promote climate leadership, social justice and the creation of a circular economy.
- Hispanic Center of West Michigan empowers more than 20,000 people to support themselves and the Hispanic community each year from its headquarters in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood, the region’s largest Hispanic neighborhood. In addition to efforts to combat racial inequality and support local immigrants, the center is ground zero for stormwater and works to promote environmental sustainability in the Hispanic community through its Green Team.
- Hope College was a key player in the development of sustainable development on the Lakeshore and initiated the city’s sustainability initiative. Campus staff provided leadership in the state by supporting new programs at other schools. It also innovates through the use of reusable catering materials.
- Meyer this year announced a three-year goal to reduce carbon emissions by 50% while making major investments to tackle plastic pollution in the region, reduce food waste through new technologies, increase the use of recycled content and eliminate PFAS from its products, bring its supply chain to in the field of sustainable development and green infrastructure support. It also boasts the industry’s lowest refrigerant emissions and the highest percentage of stores with electric vehicle charging.
- TRAY, one of the state’s and nation’s leading recycling companies, is accelerating the circular economy through its Sustainability City initiative, helping to redefine recycling for local industries. Also this year, it invested in electric vehicles for its truck fleet, maintaining a firm commitment to DEI.
- Southeast market is working to address systemic health inequities and disparities in Grand Rapids while building a more sustainable food system. More than a grocery store, its educational and outreach programs, intentional sourcing and advocacy create wealth for local communities.
- Volta Power Systems provides lithium-ion energy storage solutions for small and medium-sized businesses. The young and fast-growing company has shut down thousands of fossil fuel generators from its mobile apps.
WMSBF will also induct two local professionals into its Sustainable Business Hall of Fame: Mansfield Mathewson, director of purchasing (retired) at Grand Rapids Community College, and the late Amy Butler, who was director of sustainability at Michigan State University at the time. death earlier this year. It will also honor Louis Chen, founder of Wormies Vermicompost, as this year’s Future Hall of Famer.
Pictured is the Blandford Nature Center, West Michigan’s 2021 Sustainable Business of the Year.