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West MI Sustainable Business Forum to Host November Meeting at Aquinas

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The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum (WMSBF) will be hosting its next monthly meeting at Aquinas College on November 9, 2009.  The curriculum includes a presentation on alternative energy, a best practices discussion of sustainable transportation management, and an introduction to new literature in the field of sustainable business.

Thomas Shirilla of Consumers Energy will be presenting on Consumers' Green Generation Program.  This voluntary program adds diversity to the overall energy mix supplied by Consumers Energy, reduces our dependence on traditional energy sources, and preserves our natural resources.

LeanLogistics COO Matt Ahearn will provide real case study examples of clients, such as Meijer and Dannon, who are leading the way with green initiatives within their supply chains. Matt will also review LeanLogistics innovative new GreenLanes™ program, a collaborative freight optimization service to reduce empty miles for customers Chiquita, CHEP, PepsiCo and Diageo.

Matthew Tueth, Sustainable Business Department Chair at Aquinas College, will provide a brief overview of, and take questions about his new book, Fundamentals of Sustainable Business.

The meeting will be from 12:00 pm to 2:00pm on November 9 at Aquinas College’s Wege Center, located at 1607 Robinson Road SE in Grand Rapids.  Space is limited.  Those wishing to attend this meeting must register by email to [email protected] by Wednesday, November 4.   The public is welcome.  There is no charge for first-time guests to our monthly meetings.The West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum membership represents a broad cross-section of large area industries and small businesses. Together, we are dedicated to developing the expertise and the means necessary to achieve our triple bottom line objective. We strive to expand and share our knowledge base through monthly meetings featuring guest speakers, periodic seminars and conferences, and special projects.  Monthly meetings are held in rotating locations. 

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