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April 25, 2019

Starting at 8:30am


Grand Rapids, MI

JW Marriott Downtown


The 2019 Energy Summit celebrates the 2018 Michigan Battle of the Buildings 'biggest losers' and welcomes the new 2019 competitors. This full day event brings leading building owners & operators from across the state in a peer to peer learning platform. You will hear how Michigan companies are successfully reducing their energy costs while maintaining occupant comfort & increasing productivity. Explore different approaches by corporations, small business, non-profit, governmental & educational institutions. Learn how some are financing projects with no capital and an immediate ROI (Return on Investment). Be prepared for a day of networking and sharing of stories around high efficient building operations.



















...and anyone who educates, advocates, or has an interest in energy!


Michigan Energy Summit Agenda

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 - 9:00am

Registration & Breakfast - Main Hall - Exhibitor Space Open

Welcome & Opening Plenary
Breakout Session I
Lunch Plenary | Majora Carter
Breakout Session II
Award Presentations
Afternoon Plenary
Detroit Lions Happy Hour & Networking


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4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

The Detroit Lions bring you a cocktail hour filled with chances to win:

Tickets to Lions Game

Autographed Lions jersey

Hotel/Dinner Package from JW Marriott, Downtown Grand Rapids

Hotel/ Dinner Package from Odawa Casino & Resort

and more!

* Must be present to win - each guest gets entry Into the drawing

With Craft Beer brought to you by Founders Brewing Company


A portrait of Majora Carter.



A leading urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation & implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems.  

Majora Carter is a leading urban revitalization strategy consultant, real estate developer, and Peabody Award winning broadcaster.  She is responsible for the creation & implementation of numerous green-infrastructure projects, policies, and job training & placement systems.
At Sustainable South Bronx, Carter deployed MIT’s first ever Mobile Fab-Lab(digital fabrication laboratory) to the South Bronx - where it served as an early iteration of the “Maker-Spaces” found elsewhere today.  The project drew residents and visitors together for guided and creative collaborations.
After establishing  Sustainable South Bronx and Green For All (among other organizations) to carry on that work, she opened a private consulting firm to help spread the message and success of social enterprise and economic development in low-status communities - which was named Best for the World by B-Corp in 2014.
Her work is characterized by an emphasis on talent-retention on the corporate and community levels.
Clients include industry leaders in many fields, municipal and federal government agencies, and leading educational institutions across the US.
From this vantage point, Majora co-founded the now 750+ member Bronx Tech Meetup, as well as the StartUpBox Software Services company which is rebuilding the entry level tech job pipeline by using market forces and established business practices to help diversify the US tech sector.  Clients include Digital.nyc, PlayDots, and GIPHY, among others.
Majora Carter has helped connect tech industry pioneers such as Etsy, Gust, FreshDirect, Google, and Cisco to diverse communities at all levels, and she continues to drive resources that value diversity into the communities left out of previous economic growth trends.
Majora is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science, and an Advisory Board member of the Bronx Academy of Software Engineering High School .  Her long list of awards and honorary degrees include accolades from groups as diverse as Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, John Podesta’s Center for American Progress, Goldman Sachs, as well as a MacArthur “genius” Fellowship.  She is a BusinessInsider.com ‘Silicon Alley 100', one of Goldman-Sachs ‘100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs’, and her 2006 TEDtalk was one of 6 to launch that groundbreaking site. Majora is a Board Member of the Andrew Goodman Foundation.
She has served as a judge for numerous prizes and competition including the NYC Office of Digital Media's "Reinvent Payphones Design Challenge." and the Roddenberry Prize.
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Wolfgang Bauer

Associate Vice President for Administrative Services

Michigan State University

Wolfgang Bauer serves Michigan State University as the Associate Vice President for Administration and University Distinguished Professor. Dr. Wolfgang Bauer received a Ph.D. in nuclear physics in 1987 from the University of Giessen in Germany. He joined the MSU faculty in 1988, with a dual appointment at the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, and was named University Distinguished Professor in 2007. He served as Chairperson of the Department of Physics and Astronomy from 2001 to 2013 and as Founding Director of the Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research from 2009 to 2013. In 2013, he became Senior Consultant in the office of the Executive Vice President for Administrative Services. His work focuses on energy efficiency, integration of renewable power sources, mobility, big data, and computing. He has authored more than 200 publications and given more than 400 invited presentations in 24 countries. He is the author of several physics textbooks, which have been translated into German, Korean, Spanish, and Portuguese languages, and he holds four patents on cancer detection and course management systems. Among his honors are the 1992 National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellow Award, the 1999 Alexander-von-Humboldt Foundation Distinguished Senior U.S. Scientist Award and the 2003 ComputerWorld 21st Century Achievement Award for Education and Academia.
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Jack Burns

Director of Campus Planning & Facilities

Monroe County Community College

Jack Raymond Burns Jr. is the Director of Campus Planning and Facilities at the Monroe County Community College (MCCC) and has served in that capacity since October 2013. In that time, Burns has led numerous capital improvement projects to ensure MCCC constantly adapts to changing needs and continues its record of excellence and service. Under his leadership, MCCC switched over from an outdated, conventional heating, ventilation and air conditioning system to a much more energy-efficient and earth-friendly geothermal-based system. This was the culmination of a 2-year, $16.1 million project financed by the college over 20 years that has completely transformed the way it heats and cools most of its buildings on its Main Campus, while providing major cost and environmental benefits. The geothermal-based system has resulted in significant energy cost savings, has a 50-year lifespan on its well field that is double that of a conventional system and has greatly reduced the college’s carbon footprint. Through a performance contract the college is guaranteed to reduce its previous yearly energy consumption by about 160,000 kilowatt hours annually and save about $5.55 million in electricity, gas and water costs over the next 20 years. Thus far, MCCC has reduced its carbon emissions by 1,068 metric tons per year. Based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s Greenhouse Gas Equivalencies Calculator, the annual green benefit from this reduction each year has equaled 2.6 million road miles driven by an average passenger vehicle, 120,176 gallons of gasoline consumed or 1.14 million pounds of coal burned. MCCC was among six Michigan public entities in Michigan that were recognized as Leaders in Energy Efficiency by the Energy Services Coalition in 2017 for this project. Burns holds a bachelor’s degree in construction engineering technology from the University of Toledo and another bachelor’s and master’s degree in architecture from the University of Detroit Mercy. He is a licensed architect in the State of Michigan since 2008, is nationally certified through the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) since 2009, and has over 17 years of experience in the architectural industry prior to his position at MCCC. While practicing commercially he also held a position as an adjunct professor at the University of Toledo in the College of Engineering. In his position at MCCC he is a member of the Association of Physical Plant Administrators (APPA) through which he is currently working on his Educational Facilities Professional (EFP) endorsement, and has presented at numerous MiAPPA bi-annual conferences. His community activities have included volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, Special Olympics, Relay for Life, and several ministries through his church such as Operation Christmas Child and numerous programs for children. Jack and his wife DeeAnn currently reside in Erie, Michigan with their three daughters Riley, Maysie, and Kinsley. As a family they enjoy spending as much time together as possible, and during the summer you can find them on the beach at Clark Lake in the Irish Hills area of Michigan. As a family they also enjoy traveling and adventure, especially to see their family in North Carolina and to Disney World. Jack is currently in the midst of a 3 year battle with Stage IV metastatic bladder cancer, and above all has learned to always stay positive, be grateful, and to live life to its fullest!

Jeremy Faust

Assistant Vice President, Environmental Sustainability

Fifth Third Bank

Experienced Sustainability Leader with a demonstrated history of project delivery. Skilled in Sustainable Business, Energy Finance, and Governmental Affairs. Extensive community engagement experience. Graduated from The George Washington University School of Law.

Al Hildreth

Energy Manager

General Motors Company

Al is the Global Energy Manager for General Motors Company –focusing on energy and utility budgets, metrics, benchmarking, efficiency projects, water and carbon reporting. He has worked at GM for over 35 years, including 5 years in Europe and Asia, 10 years with Saturn Corporation in Spring Hill, TN, and previously worked for a manufacturer of air pollution control equipment in R&D. Al is a registered Professional Engineer and Certified Energy Manager. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering from Oakland University - Rochester, MI and a Master’s of Science degree in Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) and recently became a GM Technical Fellow. He coauthored a book titled “Analytics for Smart Energy Management” http://www.springer.com/us/book/9783319327280

Cheri Holman

Executive Director

U.S. Green Building Council of West Michigan

Cheri is a LEED Accredited Professional with extensive experience and a genuine passion for energy & water conservation. Other areas of interest include indoor environmental quality, clean/renewable energy, access to healthy food and all things related to educating and promoting a healthy built environment.Prior to her work in non-profit Cheri spent most of her career consulting & partnering with private sector corporations to reduce resource consumption within their facilities through the implementation of energy conservation technologies and improved operational practices. Mrs. Holman is Past Chair of USGBC West Michigan Board of Directors after serving as Treasurer for 2 years. In early 2008 Cheri founded the LEED for Existing Building Advocacy Group. She served as a subject matter expert for the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) LEED for EB Operations and Maintenance test development in 2008 and the Commercial Reviewer exam test development in 2009. In 2010 & 2011 Cheri served as a Greenbuild conference session reviewer.

Bali Kumar

Chief Executive Officer

Lean & Green Michigan

Bali Kumar is Chief Executive Officer of Lean & Green Michigan, where he helps develop and deploy the PACE marketplace across Michigan. He is currently a fellow with the Urban Land Institute, has been a fellow with the New Leaders Council and the U.S. Department of State, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Michigan League of Conservation Voters. Previously, Bali served as the Executive Director of the Wayne County Land Bank Corporation, a public body specializing in restoring blighted properties and returning these properties to productive use. At the Wayne County Land Bank Corporation, he worked on a wide-range of programming, including partnering with state and local entities to enact commercial and industrial redevelopment. Bali holds a B.A. from Brown University, an M.Sc. from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley.

Sam Lampe

Senior Principal Engineer

Amway Grand Plaza

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Shandra Steininger

Executive Director


HQ's vision is to break the cycle of homelessness by creating a safe and affirming space where youth find rest, build connections and pursue their passions to realize their dreams. Young people ages 14-24 who are experiencing unsafe/unstable housing can access basic needs, connect with critical support services and get assistance in obtaining education, employment and housing.
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Mary Templeton

Executive Director

Michigan Saves

Mary Templeton is a senior consultant with Public Sector Consultants (PSC) and the executive director of Michigan Saves, a multimillion-dollar nonprofit organization managed by PSC that provides financing solutions for energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements. In this capacity, she designs financing programs; oversees organizational governance issues, operations, fundraising, marketing, human resource, technology, and programmatic strategies; and is responsible for the fiscal management of the organization.
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Teri VanSumeren

Executive Director of
Clean Energy Programs

Consumers Energy

Teri L Van Sumeren, Executive Director of Clean Energy Programs at Consumers Energy, is responsible for overseeing the design, delivery and evaluation activities for the Company’s Energy Waste Reduction, Residential Demand Response and Renewable Energy customer programs. She has over 30 years of experience at Consumers Energy with increasing responsibilities in the Load Research, Customer Research and Demand-Side Management areas. Teri serves on the Michigan Saves Board of Directors and has also provided expert testimony before the Michigan Public Service Commission and the Michigan Senate Energy & Technology Committee. She is a graduate of Michigan State University where she received a Bachelors of Science degree in Applied Engineering.

Stay tuned for additional Summit Speakers




Parking at any city lot is included with your registration thanks to our parking sponsor, RL Deppmann.


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