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Social Responsibility & Community Engagement
Registration is now closed. Some spaces may still be available - please contact Betsy Paulson at

Join the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum on Thursday, December 8 at the Kalamazoo Community Foundation for a panel discussion on a critical but hard to measure pillar of sustainability: social responsibility and community engagement.

Featured speakers include: 
  • Kris Spaulding of Brewery Vivant, discussing their "Beer the Change" program
  • Cam Spence of Armstrong International, on Armstrong's social programs and how they are integrated into the business model
  • Tom Vance of the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, on KCF's community engagement efforts

The event will include brief presentations from each panelist on their business’ approach to social responsibility as well as a Q&A session. We hope to see you there!

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Thank you for having us, Kalamazoo Rotary!

On August 1, the SWMSBF was invited to present its initiative "Project Zero" at a meeting of the Kalamazoo Rotary Club. The topic generated much interest among the group. Erin Augustine of Kellogg's (SWMSBF Program Committee Chair) and Marley McVey of FTC&H did a great job informing the Club about this community initiative. Thank you for having us, Kalamazoo Rotary! 

Guiding Principles

The Guiding Principles of the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum are to fulfill its mission as stewards in our community.

The SWMSBF and member organizations will endeavor to:

•  Promote sustainability as business practices that encompass the environment, economy and social responsibility.
•  Strive to surpass conformance to environmental regulations using compliance as the minimum standard.  
•  Follow the waste hierarchy of eliminate, reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, incinerate, and landfill.
•  Develop awareness programs and practices, and implement technologies that safeguard and preserve the environment.
•  Identify the environmental impacts of facilities and materials used in our products, processes and services in order to minimize environmental impact.
•  Encourage environmental organizations, businesses and governmental agencies to cooperate on common issues. 
•  Create opportunities to expand the Forum's concept into a national network of sustainable business forums.

The mission of the Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum is to promote business practices which demonstrate environmental stewardship, economic vitality, and social responsibility. 

You are invited to join the SWMSBF today!  

Featured Member

If your business would like to be a featured member in this spot, please contact Betsy via email.

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The SWMSBF is a program of the Kalamazoo Nature Center.

Southwest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum  •  c/o Kalamazoo Nature Center

7000 N Westnedge Ave  •  Kalamazoo, MI 49009

Phone (269) 381-1574  •  Fax (269) 381-2557