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The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy's (EGLE) Sustainability Section proudly presents this series of webinars that deliver examples of real-life sustainability strategies implemented by EGLE's partners.  Focused on the topic of business sustainability, attendees will learn about practices they can employ to create meaningful, measurable changes that benefit not only the environment but also the bottom line!

Stay tuned! We will be returning early 2021 with fresh new topics for this series.




Recorded webinars in this series:

Creating and Obtaining Planet Goals – EGLE Sustainability Series (recorded 7/29/20, 70 min)

Learn how to set, track and get the most value from sustainability goals. In 2018 Consumers Energy established its Planet Goals.  They include goals to eliminate the use of coal to generate electricity, to reduce carbon emissions by 90 percent, to reduce water use by 1 billion gallons, to reduce waste being landfilled by 35 percent, and to enhance, restore or protect 5,000 acres of land in Michigan. These goals were developed from a materiality assessment and stakeholder engagement process. Attendees will hear about Consumers Energy’s processes for establishing planet goals, the work underway to reach those goals, along with some of the benefits realized and challenges encountered along the way.

What Happens After the Low-Hanging Fruit Has Been Picked when Implementing Your Energy Reduction Strategy? (recorded 8/27/20, 64 min)

Tracking energy usage is a start to overall energy reduction strategies. But paying attention to that information and knowing what to do to resolve the issues identified during the monitoring process is the next critical component to moving closer toward zero net energy goals. Learn how to track energy usage in a building, what to look for when evaluating energy usage data, and how to use that data to resolve issues uncovered through the data collection process. 

Presenter:  Eric Doyle is an advocate and cheerleader for restorative design and construction practices. He leads Catalyst Partners' team on performance improvement, wellbeing, and certification for American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, Enterprise Community Partners’ Green Communities, ENERGY STAR®, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), Living Building Challenge (LBC), and WELL Building Standard® projects. He motivates owners and teams to realize their environmental, optimization, and wellness goals. He works to fight climate change one building and multiple perceptions at a time.

He has taught college level sustainable construction courses, facilitated LEED and Green Associate study groups, spoken in depth about the LEED process beginning at Princeton (2007), Greening the Heartland (2008), and multiple other conferences including the American Institute of Architects, Huron Valley 2030 Professional Series (2013), the Michigan Ross - Energy Efficiency in the Residential Sector Conference (2016). He has taught green building concepts to hundreds of professionals throughout the world. As a volunteer in the LBC Ambassador Network, he established a Collaborative in the Great Lakes Region.

Create the Pathway Towards Emission Reduction: How to Build a Carbon Inventory  (recorded 9/16/20, 61 min)

Do you know your carbon footprint? A successful pathway to reducing greenhouse gasses starts with building a carbon inventory. Learn how to measure your organizations carbon footprint, engage stakeholders and set goals that will influence future strategies.  In this webinar, you will hear from the Wayne County Airport Authority, an organization that is accredited by the global Airport Carbon Accreditation program, they have inventoried carbon emissions from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport since 2013. You will see a case study from the Detroit Metropolitan Airport that illustrates how an organization can measure its carbon footprint, track trends and progress, achieve its goals for carbon emission reductions, and publicly report on them. Lessons learned, tools for success, and reporting frameworks applicable to a variety of industries will be discussed as well.


Sara Kaplan has been the Sustainability Program Administrator for the Wayne County Airport Authority since 2015.  She has a wide range of experience in environmental engineering and sustainability with professional experience in sustainable agriculture, wastewater treatment, energy efficiency and renewable energy.   She has a Bachelors of Science in environmental engineering from MIT and a Master's degree in environmental engineering from Manhattan College.  She is a registered Professional Engineer in Michigan.

Cathy Farrell has been with the Wayne County Airport Authority over the last twenty-four years.  She currently serves as the Utility Analyst.  With a wide range of experience in Finance, Accounting, and Utilities, she works with the utility provider and tenants, supporting energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects at the airport. She has a Master of Business Administration from Madonna University.

Business Sustainability UNCENSORED!  (recorded 10/14/20, 64 min)

Employees, have you ever wondered why your organization is not rushing the transition to more sustainable business practices? Managers and business owners, do you wish to gain more perspectives on vital incentives and potential hurdles when making the change to be more sustainable?

Hear from Bill Stough, who has dedicated his lifelong career to advancing environmental practices in businesses.  Bill will share details about why the sustainability imperative cannot be ignored much longer without suffering significant drawbacks.

Join this webinar to gain insights on why businesses may still be on the fence when choosing to adopt or not adopt sustainable practices. Employees, hear examples of how to communicate with management and craft a stronger voice to become a “sustainability champion.” Decision makers and business owners, learn why overlooking sustainability is such a critical issue of our time.

Together all attendees can learn how to accelerate the journey in taking advantage of the value inherent in sustainable business practices and start implementing inspiring changes today!

Presenter: Bill Stough is the Founder and past President and Chief Executive Officer of Sustainable Research Group, and the current Senior Sustainability Advisor at Foresight Management.  He has proven business skills in the design and implementation of sustainable development business strategies, creation of regional sustainable business networks, and creating baseline performance profiles for an organization’s ecological footprint and environmental and regulatory compliance.  He has over 40 years’ experience solving environmental problems, implementing sustainable business programs and directing operational and marketing plans.  He was the project manager for developing the Business and Institutional Furniture Manufacturers Association (BIFMA) and was the project manager, in partner with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for setting the “ANSI/BIFMA Office Furniture Sustainability Standard.” Mr. Stough is a widely recognized leader in developing environmental programs and sustainable business networks throughout the United States.  He is founder of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and a 2014 inaugural inductee into their Sustainability Hall of Fame.

November 10, 2020
Business and Biodiversity: Achieving Company Objectives through Local Conservation Efforts
 (recorded 11/10/20, 68 min)

Interested in implementing conservation activities at your facility for the first time? Looking for strategies to meet budget-friendly biodiversity goals? Learn how you can increase your company’s positive environmental impact through experts at the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC). Over the last three decades, WHC has worked at the nexus between business and biodiversity to help companies implement meaningful wildlife conservation and environmental education projects on and near their lands.

Join WHC’s Senior Manager, Conservation Strategies, Rob Campbell for a closer look at how WHC members are utilizing these projects today to not only provide benefit to local wildlife, but also meet a myriad of business needs from securing social license to operate to engaging company employees. Rob will also be joined by one of WHC’s corporate members, who will share their unique story on the benefits realized after expanding their on-site conservation activities and make the case as to why they choose to implement these efforts.

Presenter: As a Sr. Manager, Conservation Strategies at the Wildlife Habitat Council, Rob works closely with an array of member companies to deliver targeted products and services aimed at supporting each company’s pursuit of unique sustainability goals. In his role, Rob serves as liaison to member representatives across industry sectors assuring they are kept appraised of information relative to their company’s initiatives. While earning a MS in Environmental Studies at the College of Charleston, Rob worked with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as an environmental educator to develop curriculum for local primary schools and to teach on estuarine topics. As a native Marylander, he has developed a knowledge base on coastal topics and aquatic ecosystems. Complimenting his passion for the natural world, Rob has extensively studied anthropogenic effects on the environment and holds a graduate certificate in Urban and Regional Development, as well as a BA in Economics and Psychology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.


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