• Welcome to the SWMSBF!
  • Welcome to the SWMSBF!

The mission of the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum is to promote business practices which demonstrate environmental stewardship, economic vitality, and social responsibility.

SWMSBF Annual Meeting March 22, 2018

Registration for this event is now closed. Please email swmsbf@naturecenter.org to see if there is still room available. 

Water: Precious, Precarious, Problematic, Perplexing, Promising

Join us on World Water Day for lunch and a presentation from Dr. Dave Van Wylen of Hope College. Water is essential for life, yet humans have put this precious resource in a precarious state in the world. This raises a myriad of international, domestic, and local problems. Americans treat water in perplexing ways, mostly based on our perceptions that water is (or should be) abundant, accessible, and affordable. At the turn of the century, then UN Secretary General Boutros Boutros Ghali said, "Water will be more important than oil this century." We are slowly waking up to this reality, responding in many cases in a manner that provides promise that we are rising to meet the challenge. 

Dave Van Wylen is a physiologist by training. He developed an interest in water after leading a group of students on a study abroad semester in the Middle East.

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2018 Battle of the Buildings

Registration is now open!

The Michigan Battle of the Buildings is an awards and recognition program for energy use reduction open to all Michigan area commercial,  industrial & multi-family buildings. The program is a way to encourage energy-efficient practices in buildings across the state and to instill a spirit of friendly competition among the area’s building owners and operators. There is no cost to enter the competition. Registration period runs January 1 through March 31 each year.

Member Spotlight

What does SWMSBF mean to me and my business?

SWMSBF provides me an opportunity to network with colleagues of similar minds and for me to learn about the efforts of passionate people in the region.

Don Carpenter, Drummond Carpenter, PLLC


Tell us about a sustainability project or initiative that your business is currently working on or has recently completed. 

Drummond Carpenter focuses on sustainable water management. Our favorite projects are where we work with the community to conceptualize their vision for a greener future and then design/build that vision. For example, we work with local watershed councils and municipalities to design and construct rain gardens to improve watershed health.