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The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum was founded in 1994 under the auspices of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC). Through monthly meetings featuring guest speakers, periodic seminars and conferences, and special projects the WMSBF strives to expand and share their unique knowledge base.

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Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturer's Association (BIFMA)

"BIFMA International is a not-for-profit trade association of furniture manufacturers and suppliers addressing issues of common concern." A BIFMA subcommittee is currently working on developing a set of standards for furniture manufacturers to follow to improve the sustainability of furniture production.

Ceres

"Ceres is a national network of investment funds, environmental organizations and other public interest groups working to advance environmental stewardship on the part of businesses." The web site contains valuable information on sustainability reporting (including many examples), information for investors who wish to improve corporate policies on climate change, and reports on the coordination of environmental communication in the power industry, hotel industry, and others. This site is also a great resource for learning more about organizations working toward sustainability.

Community Sustainability Partnership

The Community Sustainability Partnership (CSP) was established and developed to support achievement of the principles of the triple bottom line; economic prosperity, environmental integrity, and social justice. The initial partners include the City of Grand Rapids, Grand Rapids Public Schools, Aquinas College, Grand Rapids Community College, and Grand Valley State University. Currently, there are over 200 endorsing partners from the public and private sectors.

Northwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum

Since 2005, the Northwest Michigan Council of Governments and the Small Business Development Center have put together a schedule of planned events that will explore and pursue the notion of sustainability. By coming together and enhancing the bottom line, protecting the quality of life and improving the community, this forum commits to achieve sustainability. For more information, please contact Patty O’Donnell, Northwest Michigan Council of Governments at (231) 929-5039 or via email at podonnel@nwm.cog.mi.us.

Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (SMSBF)

The Southeast Michigan Sustainable Business Forum's purpose is to provide a learning network to member companies aimed at raising awareness, developing programs, and promoting successes of the Triple Bottom Line (economic prosperity, environmental quality, and social equity) of business sustainability. The forum typically meets on the third Thursday of each month at a different member company within Southeast Michigan. For more information on meeting times and places, please contact Bill Stough (srg@iserv.net).

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. Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum is open to any business or individual in Southwest Michigan willing to abide by the Mission Statement and Guiding Principles. For more information, please contact Heather Smith at hsmith@naturecenter.org.

Sustainable Business Institute (SBI)

SBI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization located in San Jose, California dedicated to bringing about increased understanding of, and commitment to, the concept of sustainability within business and communities worldwide. SBI was founded in 1994 by business leaders who recognize sustainability as one strategic driver for enhanced competitiveness and profitability. SBI serves influential decision-makers, corporate executives and future leaders with conferences, seminars, media and education initiatives and user group programs.

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (WMSBF)

The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum was founded in 1994 under the auspices of the West Michigan Environmental Action Council (WMEAC). Their membership represents a broad cross-section of large area industries and small businesses dedicated to developing the expertise and the means necessary to achieve a triple bottom line objective. Through monthly meetings featuring guest speakers, periodic seminars and conferences, and special projects the WMSBF strives to expand and share their unique knowledge base. This site offers an extensive member list with contact information of organizations working toward sustainability in the West Michigan region.

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