June 20, 2018 8am-5pm | Fetzer Center, Kalamazoo, MI
Reaching for Zero is a summit promoting widespread adoption of net zero energy building design and construction. The Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan Chapter invite change makers of all disciplines to attend this one-day event at Western Michigan University’s Fetzer Center.
Reaching for Zero will feature headliner Matt Grocoff, principal of Ann Arbor based THRIVE Collective. Concurrent sessions will cover topics related to on-site renewable energy, net-zero building design, regulatory frameworks, certification paths, local case studies, and more.
Summit includes continental breakfast, lunch, and networking reception.
Students will have the option of a luncheon at the WMU Office for Sustainability with special guest Matt Grocoff!
08:00am-09:00am | Registration / Networking / Continental Breakfast
09:00am-09:30am | Breakout: Mission Zero House, Presenter: Matt Grocoff, Founding Principal, THRIVE Collaborative
10:10am-10:20am | Breakout Q&A
10:20am-10:50am | Breakout: Kalamazoo Nature Center’s Zero Net Energy Retrofit, Presenters TBA
10:50am-11:00am | Breakout Q&A
11:00am-11:15am | Coffee Break
11:00 am - 12:30 pm | Optional Student Luncheon with Matt Grocoff at WMU Office of Sustainability (students, choose as a registration option)
11:15am-11:45am | Breakout: On-Site Generation – Policy Perspectives, Presenter: Walker Modic, Sustainability Specialist, Bell’s Brewery
11:45am-11:55pm | Breakout Q&A
11:55am-12:25pm | Breakout: Eastside Zero Energy Ready Pocket Neighborhood, Presenters: Tom Tishler, Construction Manager, Kalamazoo Valley Habitat for Humanity; Shaun Wright, Deputy Director, Community Homeworks; Chelsie Hubbarth, Communications, Grants & Operations Manager, Kalamazoo Land Bank
12:25pm-12:35pm | Breakout Q&A
12:35pm-01:40pm | Lunch & Matt Grocoff Keynote
01:40pm-02:10pm | Break / Wellness Activity
02:10pm-03:25pm | Zero Energy Development Workshop – Overcoming Systemic Barriers in Kalamazoo County
03:25pm-03:30pm | Closing Remarks
03:30pm-05:00pm | Networking Reception