Every Wednesday, TriplePundit founder Nick Aster will take 45 minutes or so to chat with an interesting leader in the sustainable business movement. These chats are broadcast on our Google+ channel and embedded via YouTube right here on 3p.
Haris Alibasic directs the City of Grand Rapids’ Office of Energy and Sustainability, and manages the state and federal legislative affairs for the City. For countless city governments, energy efficiency has become the cornerstone of their sustainability efforts. Through the careful development of an effective energy-focused sustainability master plan, the city of Grand Rapids, Michigan has become one of the greenest communities in the United States.
The process of embedding sustainability in all levels of the local government in Grand Rapids was a long one. Several elements contributed to the achievement of the City’s sustainability efforts under Haris Alibasic’s leadership, including: operational improvements using Lean principles; planning stages for renewable energy goals; community partnerships in pursuit of sustainability; empowering employees to champion targets; and measuring progress through reporting.
On Wednesday, December 11th, Nick Aster spoke with Haris about how Grand Rapids has become recognized as a sustainability leader amongst U.S. cities. If you missed the conversation, you can view it on our YouTube channel or directly below, here:Click to continue reading »