2020 Awardee: General Motors Recognized as “Resilient Manufacturer”

On the 12th of August 2021, General Motors (GM) was awarded the Resilient Manufacturer Award at the Michigan Energy Summit. GM was recognized for its strategic management of energy consumption in its diverse portfolio whilst responding to the healthcare industry’s supply chain needs by providing much-needed PPE to Michiganders at a critical time. The GM…

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2020 Awardee: Spectrum Health Recognized as “Frontline Energy Hero”

On the 12th of August 2021, Spectrum Health was awarded the Frontline Energy Hero Award at the Michigan Energy Summit. The Facilities and Real Estate team at Spectrum Health was a crucial asset to the hospital system’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Their nimble and calculated strategy created safe facilities for frontline healthcare workers and…

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2020 Awardee: Fifth Third Bank is Recognized as “Energy Opportunist”

On August 12th, 2021 at the Michigan Energy Summit, Fifth Third Bank was recognized by the Michigan Battle of the Buildings with the Energy Opportunist Award. Fifth Third Bank is recognized with this award for their completion of a significant energy reduction project at their Corporate Service Center (CSC) campus during the pandemic.  In early…

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2020 Awardee: Emmanuel Episcopal Church Recognized as “Solar Steward”

Emmanuel Episcopal Church. Photo Cred: Emmanual Episcopal Church On August 12th, 2021 at the Michigan Energy Summit, the Emmanuel Episcopal Church of Hastings, MI was recognized by the Michigan Battle of the Buildings with the Solar Steward Award. Emmanuel Episcopal Church is well-deserving of this recognition, as a congregation who has demonstrated through no easy…

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Geothermal Energy Comes to Michigan’s State Capitol Building

By Chuck Otto, USGBC-WM Staff Writer The Michigan Capitol in Lansing is in the midst of a conversion of its heating and cooling system to geothermal energy. The geothermal renovation is part of a two-year, $70 million project known as the Capitol Infrastructure Upgrade (CIU), an effort designed to bring the 138-year-old building into the…

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Odawa Casino Resort Biggest Loser in Entertainment Category

Petoskey’s Odawa Casino Resort is owned and operated by the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians. The resort website boasts of a nearly 300,000 sq. ft. facility that features slots and table games, hotel rooms, indoor pool, restaurants, retail and more. Odawa Casino Resort’s dedication to energy conservation is reflected in the numerous awards…

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Barfly Ventures – Grand Rapids Brewing Company Biggest Loser in Entertainment Category

Major investments into energy efficient equipment or systems are not always necessary to reduce significant amounts of energy usage. BarFly Ventures is a prime example of that. The Grand Rapids-based restaurant/bar company manages 4 locations, including HopCat, Grand Rapids Brewing Company, Stella’s and Waldron. Additionally, BarFly has opened eleven HopCat restaurants outside of the West…

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Ford Field Stadium Home of Detroit Lions Biggest Loser in Mixed Use Category

Detroit’s Ford Field Stadium is in year three of a five-year energy reduction plan. Home to the Detroit Lions football team, the 1.8 million-square-foot stadium includes 420 thousand square feet of tenant office space and a 275 thousand-square-foot parking deck. Ford Field Facility Director Fred Reddig attributes the facility’s 5.87 percent energy reduction and strong…

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