Renae is a founding member of the U.S. Green Building Council West Michigan chapter, and past Chair of the Board of Directors and currently the Chapter’s Green School Advocacy Committee Chair. She has been with Nichols (a distributor of custodial and packaging supplies) for 20 years in various positions and six years ago moved into to a new role within the company as Vice President of Sustainability. Other roles include: leadership team of the Muskegon Sustainability Coalition and the Grand Rapids Community Sustainable Partnership and leads the Kent County Lodging Association Green Team, and Chair of TEDxMuskegon. She is also on various boards of directors: Employer’s Association of West Michigan, Goodwill Industries and board president of Muskegon Montessori Academy for Environmental Change a new K-6 public charter schools. Under Renae’s leadership Nichols achieved LEED EBOM V2.0 Gold in June 2010. She has also documented green cleaning programs for more than 20 LEED projects in Michigan for clients.