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Great Lakes Green 2008 - ECO August Challenge

My Friend, Mary loves the idea of stewardship. She writes about it in terms of practical "greening" you will see below.

Great Lakes Green 2008 promises to help me meet Stephanie's challenge for August.

Stephanie announced the ECO August Challenge is to

"figure out how green fits in to the Localism Picture!"

Oh boy did I find it in Michigan this weekend!

Fortunately for all of us, 'green' is not a fad, 'green' is not going away anytime soon.

This could be witnessed this evening when I attended the VIP reception for Great Lakes Green 2008 being held at the DeVos Place in Grand Rapids Michigan.

FCB Solar



One of my dealers, FCB Solar invited me to assist in his booth this weekend.


The exhibit hall looks empty in this picture. Actually, it was. We took this photo before the big night started. Tomorrow and Saturday we expect the exhibit halls will be packed with industry professionals and consumers who are eager to learn more about 'going green!'



Great Lakes Green 2008 is the brainchild of a partnership between Michigan Association of Home Builders and GreenBuilt Michigan. In it's first year Great Lakes Green 2008 promises to not only bring great information to consumers but to industry professionals as well.

Mayor George Heartwell (Mayor George Heartwell kicks off Great Lakes Green 2008)

Arn McIntyre, President of GreenBuilt Michigan, the nations first statewide green building program, opened this evening by introducing Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell who kicked off this event. Mayor Heartwell is well known for his support of sustainability and the city that has gone green, Grand Rapids Michigan. With great leaders in our area it is no wonder Great Lakes Green 2008 will be one of the best efforts in the midwest to educate consumers as well as bring new industry professionals on board and up to speed with energy efficiency and green building.

I had the pleasure this evening of meeting and speaking with Mayor Heartwell as well as Michigan Senators Patricia Birkholz and Mark Jansen about the future of Michigan and renewable energy. It is very interesting speaking with our elected officials to find out they have the same concerns as the general public and to discover they are facing the same struggles with the economy, housing market and rising energy costs. I applaud these Michigan senators for the effort they made this evening to visit Great Lakes Green 2008 and take part in the opening night. It is important that they continue to attend public events and talk to the small business owners in Michigan.

Senator Wayne Kuipers was also in the house but snuck out before I could bore him!! I'll get him next time!

If you are in the midwest this weekend, Great Lakes Green 2008 should be a destination for you! Even if you have to drive 3 it! You will find great information on new building or regreening your current home! This is not just a show to walk around but a premier even with educational seminars all weekend!!! It will help you walk the talk!

By the way, Ed Bagley is the Keynote Speaker on Saturday! If that doesn't get you there, nothing will!

Only in Michigan....

And of course! Stop by to see me either at the FCB Solar Booth or Standale Lumber Booth! Stay tuned!


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This sounds like a great event.  I am attending one for our NC Home Builders Association Expo in a couple of weeks and will let you know how our's goes.  If you are coming our way let me know and we can meet there!

Posted by Diane Aurit, Lake Norman Real Estate (LKN Realty, LLC) over 11 years ago

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