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Monday, July 6, 2009

FW: Greening K-12 Schools on a Budget and Mich Farm to School


I thought some of you may be interested in these pre-conference sessions at the GreenTown Conference in Grand Rapids (see below). Please note that the pre-conference will be held on Wednesday, July 22nd, which includes a Michigan Farm to School session from 3:30-5 pm.




Colleen Matts

Farm to School Specialist

CS Mott Group for Sustainable Food Systems

Michigan State University

303 Natural Resources Building

East Lansing, MI 48824-1222




From: Gary Cuneen []
Sent: Monday, July 06, 2009 11:03 AM
To: Colleen Matts
Subject: Greening K-12 Schools on a Budget and Mich Farm to School


Please join us for informative pre-conference sessions on Greening K-12 Schools on a Budget and Michigan Farm to School Programs (agenda attached).

July 22, 2009 Grand Valley State University

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2009 Pre-conference Workshops
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Greening the Campus: How Educational
Institutions Combat Climate Issues

Sponsor: Integrated Architecture

Join the signatories of the American College & Universities Presidents' Climate Commitment and Grand Valley State University to discuss climate change and share strategies for integrating sustainability into the curriculum and operations to help achieve climate neutrality. Campuses that address the climate challenge by eliminating global warming emissions and by integrating sustainability will better serve their students and meet their social mandate to help create a thriving, ethical and civil society.

Greening the K-12 School System
Sponsors: Nichols & GMB Architecture + Engineering

This session draws from local practioners supporting statewide efforts to make Michigan a leader in the green schools movement. Learn from farm to school advocates and food service directors about initiatives that are changing the face of school food in Michigan, and providing Michigan farmers opportunities to serve school lunch programs. Discover zero waste school programs, and how schools are saving thousands of dollars through energy efficiency, reducing ghg emissions and educating the next generation. Learn about schools using LEED green building standards, and create a green action plan to get you started with greening your school on a budget!


Register for these events

Sponsor information


Why attend GreenTown?

Whether you are a mayor, city manager, public works director, planner, developer, builder, engineer, architect, landscape architect, school leader or other community stakeholder, gather to hear from inspiring speakers, learn from been-there case studies and discuss actionable procedures to make communities more eco-effective.

This event brings together visionaries, national and local leaders who are at the forefront in sustainable urbanism, economics of sustainability, renewable energy, municipal food scrap recycling, transit-oriented development, energy-efficient housing, zero waste schools, local food systems and more.


To sponsor/exhibit at GreenTown, contact:
Jill Armstrong, a5 group inc. 616.583.0281 /

Sponsors & Exhibitors


Community Sponsor:
City of Chicago, Department of Environment


Architectural Roof
Beyond Properties
GMB Architecture +
Land Vision
  Companies, Inc.
Nevin Hedlund
Ozinga Bros.
Perkins + Will
Pizzo & Associates
Serosun Farms
Technical Concepts


Grand Rapids

Community Sponsor:
City of Grand Rapids


Calvin College
Custom Printers
GMB Architecture +
Grand Valley State
i4 Group
Land Vision
  Companies, Inc.
Nevin Hedlund
Perkins + Will
Pizzo & Associates
Prince Conference
Technical Concepts
Tower Pinkster
The Wege

Media Sponsor:

Attend the Main Conference

GreenTown Grand Rapids will be held Thursday, July 23, 2009 at Grand Valley State University. Hear prominent speakers such as Mayor George Heartwell of Grand Rapids, Mayor Bob Dixson of Greensburg, Kansas and Doug Farr, Author, Founder of Farr Associates Architecture and Urban Design, Inc. recognized nationally for their efforts in reducing their carbon footprint on today's environment.

Register for the pre-conference workshops


GreenTown is produced by a5 and Seven Generations Ahead


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