VIDEO: Sustainable Companies Succeeding in Michigan

By David Murray | September 18, 2013

They might be award winners, but Gov. Rick Snyder said companies saluted for their sustainability should really be considered role models.

Snyder was at Davenport University on Wednesday to kick off the Michigan Business and Professional Association’s 101 Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies awards.

Jennifer Kluge, the organization’s president, said the goal is to celebrate companies that are making their businesses more sustainable, the lives of their employees better and the community -- locally and globally -- more responsible.

Buildings on Davenport’s W.A. Lettinga Campus southeast of Grand Rapids on LEED certified -- that’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, a designation bestowed by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Snyder said told the businesses that state government has looked for ways to make public buildings more energy efficient, and encouraged the private sector to do the same.

“We’re doing our part in the public sector,” he said after the event. “But as I said, the businesses are going to be receiving a very nice plaque today, and they should be proud to put in their lobby. But I also hope they are going to talk to the companies they work with and the people they work with and ask them to do the same thing. Because sustainability is something we all can win from.

Companies from around the state were saluted, including Rockford Construction and Cascade Engineering.

McGovern said Rockford has a “Shades of Green” program to help clients work toward energy efficiency and environmentally friendly practices.