Sustainable Living Summit 2016

June 25, 2016   9AM – 5PM

Ingham County Fair Ground  Mason, Michigan

Mission & Vision

To promote environmentally friendly choices and practices to the community by showcasing sustainable businesses, technologies, and organizations that empower us to be better stewards of the Earth. To engage in ongoing dialogue, inquiry, and discovery of more sustainable practices through educational forums, exhibits, and networking.

Empower citizens with awareness in sustainability issues and a capacity to contribute to the direction of sustainable lifestyles. Integrate sustainable practices into all aspects of personal and business planning, focusing both on the current and future implications.

Design, build and operate environments that minimizes its ecological footprint, contributing to the goal of climate neutrality. Create new paradigms for energy, transportation, water, waste and food systems that contribute to best practices.

Participate in research initiatives and outreach activities that educate our communities, nourish our natural ecosystems, and enrich our cultural experiences. Embrace right livelihoods that promote health, diversity, and tolerance as principles by which policy and process are designed.

Sustainable living is a lifestyle that attempts to reduce an individual’s or society’s use of the Earth’s natural resources and personal resources. Practitioners of sustainable living often attempt to reduce their own carbon footprint by altering methods of transportation, energy consumption, diet and work habits.

Sustainability crosses all areas of life, from the natural environment to urban planning, to health care, economics, transportation, energy, agriculture, water and more. It is generally recognized that sustainable enterprise in all of its many aspects will be a major component of future economic development in Michigan, the region, and around the globe. Much of the world is now in the early stages of a historic transition from economies that accommodate waste and inefficiency and depend too much on fossil fuels …to systems that are much more conserving, efficient, and sustainable.

Sustainability is the ability to endure. Future generations can live, work and meet their needs, ONLY if our current generation acts responsibly, conscious of all we do and the effects of all we do. Sustainability crosses all areas of life, from the natural environment to urban planning, to health care, economics, transportation, energy, agriculture, water and more.

It is generally recognized that sustainable enterprise in all of its many aspects will be a major component of future economic development in Michigan, the region, and around the globe. Much of the world is now in the early stages of an historic transition. A transition from economies that accommodate waste and inefficiency and depend too much on fossil fuels …to systems that are much more conserving, efficient and sustainable.

 Unprecedented Opportunity

The Sustainability Summit recognizes unprecedented opportunities and encourages investment and development in the green sector. We focus on Energy, Water, Lifestyle, Business and Workforce. It’s clear that sustainability is no longer an optional add-on for business. In the commercial world of adapting to climate change is now an imperative. Companies need to know that their supply chain is both secure AND sustainable. Shareholders and customers are increasingly demanding to know that their products are coming from sustainable sources. Market advantage will flow to those companies which can prove this.

The purpose of the Sustainability Living Summit is to create a forum where business leaders, innovators, government agencies, and non-profits can examine both the commercial opportunities in the emerging green economy as well as the challenges in achieving sustainability goals. Our aim is to create an annual event which will chart how industry is progressing and how Michigan can secure a competitive advantage.

Program Format

A series of ‘forums’ with 3-4 speakers in each forum and a moderator will address the following topics below. The moderator of each forum will introduce the topic and each speaker, allowing each speaker 8-12 minutes to introduce themselves; their mission, product, service or policy position. Once the introductions are complete the moderator will ask the group a series of questions to prompt a discussion that will be open to the audience.

  • Renewable Energy
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Alternative Transportation
  • Sustainable & Local Agriculture
  • Green Building
  • Natural Health
  • Environmental & Social Responsibility
  • Sustainable Economic Development
  • Sustainable Communities
  • Press Conference to announce breakthrough technology

Limited Seating Available.

Full Day session $25.00 / GLREA Memebrs $15.00

Register for Sustainable Living Summit online at

For more information on how you or your organization can participate please contact:

Ms. Mary McGraw                          Mr. Douglas Elbinger
Michigan Energy Fair                     Director
GLREA                                           Sustainable Living Summit
616.813.2384                                 248-808-2574     

Some of the distinguished speakers include:


Reporter for MidWest Energy News


Andy started as a reporting fellow for Midwest Energy News in May 2014. He previously spent four years at City Pulse, Lansing’s alt-weekly newspaper. In addition to Midwest Energy News, Andy also covers state politics and business policy for Inside Michigan Politics and MiBiz. He is a graduate of Michigan State University’s Journalism School and received multiple awards as an undergraduate from the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism. He is based in Grand Rapids.




Jeffrey Rostoni

Diagnosing & Restoring your Home or Work Environment

Analyzing Mold and Moisture Problems in Buildings

Jeffreys presentation will cover the basics and misconceptions about mold, liability associated with mold, mold and moisture’s impact to structures and occupant’s health, and will address the many moisture sources in buildings, typical mold remediation techniques, as well as other indoor air quality issues arising from tight buildings.  AQC will discuss moisture sources in great detail as well as prevention.  There will be a Questions and Answer session at the end to field questions from the audience.

Mr. Jeff Rostoni is an environmental consultant specializing in indoor air quality issues in residential and commercial buildings.  Mr. Rostoni has extensive knowledge about indoor air quality problems and building diagnostics and provides consulting services to help identify, solve and remediate indoor air quality problems.  Mr. Rostoni also has his LEED accreditation and is routinely involved in diagnosing problems associated with “tight” buildings.   Jeff evaluates mold and moisture problems, asbestos, lead paint, methamphetamine houses, VOCs, house ventilation issues, attic ventilation, crawl space moisture and venting, and other building and air quality related problems.


Executive Director

Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association

Bridley ByrdBridley-Byrd

Advocating Public Policy for Energy Conservation

After graduating from Michigan State University, Brindley founded and successfully managed a residential remodeling company for 12 years.  He leveraged his own professional development experience into being a national speaker and presenter for the National Association of Home Builders.   After serving as founding executive director of the Michigan Construction Career Council, part of Capital Area Michigan Works!, Brindley moved into utility rebate program design with CLEAResult and then onto advocating for the energy efficiency industry as the founding executive director of the Michigan Energy Efficiency Contractors Association (MEECA).  He also serves as executive director of the Michigan Air Conditioning Contractors Association (MIACCA) fighting for fair competition throughout Michigan’s mechanical industry. He is currently working to expand Michigan’s integrated energy efficiency market.


Building Automation Specialist

TH Eifert Mechanical Contractors



You Can’t Manage What You Can’t Measure

In order to get control of your spending on Utilities, you must first have the ability to understand how your facilities consumes energy.  According to the Building Owners & Manufacturing Association, approximately 72% of a buildings monthly energy spend is on Space Heating, Cooling, Water Heating and Lighting.  Understanding how efficient your building is performing in each of these parameters, requires that you first discover how your building compares to others of similar size, age and usage nationally and receive an EnergyStar Score from the United States Department of Energy.  This score provides the data that is necessary for your Energy Consultant to determine to what extent there is Energy Savings Potential.

Mark Bates brings nearly 40 years of experience in the Construction Services business, specializing in “all things low voltage.”  As a Building Automation Solution Specialist at Lansing-based T. H. Eifert Mechanical Contractors, Bates, is responsible for helping the company evolve into providing innovative Energy Management solutions for its’ HVAC service clients.  His career includes serving as a Sales Engineer with Honeywell’s Commercial Construction Division, where he designed and project managed a building management solution for the State of Michigan office buildings including, the State Capital, inner-connected State-owned buildings downtown and the State Secondary Complex.


Newman Consulting Group LLC


 James Newman

Improving Energy Efficiency in New and Existing Buildings

Jim Newman is one of the country’s most experienced energy efficiency and green building experts. Known as the “Dean of Green,” Jim regularly speaks across the US and internationally to professionals, student groups and the media about sustainability and green technology. He is a Certified Energy Manager (CEM), a Certified Sustainable Development Professional (CSDP), a LEED Accredited Professional, an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer (DL), an Operations and Performance Management Professional (OPMPa Building Energy Assessment Professional (BEAP) and a Fellow of the Engineering Society of Detroit (FESD). In 2012, he was named a Green Leader by Corp! Magazine and the Detroit Free Press.Jim Newman has been involved in this industry long enough to be both a seasoned expert and a pioneer. Internationally recognized speaker and writer on Indoor Air Quality, Energy Conservation, Green Design and Efficient Operating and Maintenance, USGBC and LEED®.


Ingham County Drain Commissioner

Patrick Lindemann

Greening of the Drains

Michigan stands as one of the guardians of The Great Lakes …the largest body of fresh water in the world.  Storm water runoff is the largest transporter of non-point and point source pollution discharges to the waters of all jurisdictions in Michigan and throughout the Nation. “This is where we draw the line in the sand and develop new Best Management Practices for negating the pollution conveyed by storm water runoff,” says Pat Lindemann, one of the nations leading experts in water management systems who will talk about the cutting-edge efforts in Ingham County to protect our valuable water resources.

Pat Lindemann was first elected as the Ingham County Drain Commissioner in 1992, an office he has re-defined to reflect his environmental stewardship ethic and systems approach to stormwater management. He has received international, national, and state recognition and awards for his innovative drain projects. The design for a wetland filtration system in the Tollgate Drainage District in Lansing Township, Michigan is the first of its kind, and has received national awards and international interest. Pat holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Michigan State University in Resource Development, with credits toward an advanced degree in the same discipline.




The Future of Food and Farming Systems

Food and farming systems are the same system.  How do we share a vision of a sustainable food system and what framing and language do we use to communicate in our planning discussions?  How do we honor the past while coping with the rapid acceleration of technology that provides so many new possibilities for our relationship with food?  How do we bridge the gaps in income and labor between food production and modern lifestyles?  This talk attempts to answer these and other questions about our future.

Agronomist, Ron Doetch, was raised on a small working dairy farm in Northern Illinois.  The farm at this time was without chemicals and integrated as a diverse system where everything got used in some way.  After receiving a degree in agronomy at the University of Illinois, Ron worked on special projects for John Deere including new ways to incorporate conservation into modern farming techniques.  It was then a natural fit to become specialty crops manager for Itochu, a global Japanese trading firm, to connect Japanese food processors to American farmers.   In 2003, Ron assumed the helm as Executive Director of the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute to oversee the agriculture education, research and outreach programs of the now 20 year old organization in East Troy, WI.  Today, Ron works as an independent consultant in food and farming systems

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