Kirsten Swanson

Green Schools Advocacy Committee

Co-chairs: Anna Balzer and Peggy Matta

The mission of the Green Schools Advocacy Committee is to bring awareness of the benefits of green schools to Michigan, advocate the value of green building and renovation for all Michigan schools, and ensure green schools for all children within this generation.

Green Schools Advocacy Committee meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month from 6-8 p.m. You are welcome to join us at our next meeting. Please see our website for meeting times and locations.

Visit USGBC’s Center for Green Schools for more information on green schools. You can promote green schools in your community or school district by supporting a Green Apple Day of Service project.

Advocacy Committee

Chair: Ian Tran

The mission of USGBC Detroit Region’s Advocacy Committee is to encourage policymakers to adopt initiatives with their organizations to encourage green building techniques. Specifically, we attempt to establish LEED initiatives in state, county and local governments through advocacy and education of key decision makers.

Through advocacy, education and interaction, we seek at all levels of political decision-making to establish an environment whereby LEED initiatives are adopted throughout our demographic and geographic areas. We understand that LEED and green building are relatively new concepts. To encourage the growth and use of these techniques, policymakers need to become better educated about the benefits and practices of green building and how best to incorporate these concepts when drafting legislation, ordinances and codes. 

Commercial Real Estate Committee

Co-chairs: Bob Bedzyk and Laura Long

This committee's goal is to increase involvement in the private sector of commercial real estate, as well as to build demand for and implementation of green building practices—with an emphasis on operations and maintenance of existing buildings, but also including new construction and interiors.

By targeting two core constituencies—owners/property managers and commercial brokers—we hope to build awareness of green building, create a networking group for each constituency and conduct sessions and workshops.

Education Committee

Chair: Vito Rosolino

USGBC Detroit Region aims to be the one-stop shop for all of the region’s educational needs. We offer a variety of programs to serve the education needs for LEED accreditation preparation and credential maintenance while providing attendees the opportunity to earn continuing education units.

LEED for Homes Committee

Chair: Kevin McNeely

The mission of the LEED for Homes Committee is to transform the way residential housing, neighborhood development and communities are designed, built and operated, enabling an environmentally conscious, socially and sustainably responsible and healthy and prosperous environment. This environment then will improve the quality of life by providing tools and resources to ensure that residential structures and the surrounding neighborhoods will regenerate and sustain health and vitality for all future generations.

LEED for Neighborhood Development Committee

Co-chairs: Terrence German

The mission of the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) committee is to catalyze the development of sustainable community throughout USGBC Detroit Region’s geographical boundaries to enrich the lives of citizens, businesses and the environment. 

We will advance the benefits of LEED ND by consulting with and supporting our partners’ communities as recognized experts in smart growth, sustainable communities and LEED ND. We will lead the enrichment of community through the principles of smart growth and the LEED ND rating system to ensure positive impact to social equity, economic stability and environmental health of our partner communities.

Our successes can be measured by the number of citizens educated, the number of groups with which we collaborated, and the number of sustainable communities established within our region. Our goal is to lead the establishment of 10 certified communities in our region within 10 years.