About the GreenHome Institute (formerly AES)

We all want to do the right thing.

The green movement has brought sustainability into the mainstream. Consumers & professionals have more information about the implications of their choices than ever before.

Unfortunately, it can be hard to separate the good from the bad. Companies can claim that their products and services are green without proof, and many do. Even if you’re paying close attention, trying to do the right thing can feel like guesswork.

Fortunately, you don’t need to guess when it comes to your most personal investment, and the most significant statement of your values: your home or the homes and buildings you build.

Take the guesswork out of doing the right thing: Join us and help us make every home a GreenHome. 

The GreenHome Institute, formerly The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (AES)  is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to empower people to make healthier and more sustainable choices in the renovation and construction of the places we live.

We help professionals and homeowner’s make the most sustainable choices in their new home design and new construction, remodels, additions, rehabs and weatherization projects across a broad spectrum of single / multi family and mixed use midrise residential living spaces.

What is a GreenHome?

A GreenHome is a holistic way of viewing a homes (7) traditional components; outdoor and site, building envelope and systems, mechanicals, electrical and lighting, plumbing systems and fixtures, finish materials and coatings and waste management. Each of these work together as a system and a change to one can change them all. We help homeowner’s and professionals understand that GreenHomes go beyond just good energy efficiency measures and have improved health, water conservation, durability, and overall a positive impact on the site & community.  A GreenHome should be one that is also attainable to anyone, no matter socioeconomic class or race.

What is the value of a GreenHome?

GreenHome’s improve durability and efficiency of energy and water thus reduce operational costs and carbon emissions associated with conventional homes. GreenHome’s reduce mortgage default risk through lower energy bills and provide many intangible value such as comfort, improved and health and the ability to reduce stress. Keeping money in the local economy by sending energy dollars out of state and utilizing locally sourced and recycled materials is another benefit improved the community beyond the household.

How do I know a home is Green?

We encourage and provide 3rd party inspection, verification and certification programs that give guidance to homeowner’s and professionals on how to build, design and remodel to higher performance green standards. Many of these programs have free tools you can utilize now to create scopes of works for multiple types of contractors and how to’s for basic greenhome principals. Whether you utilize Greenstar, LEED for Homes, Green Communities, Energy Star for Homes or any other green building program. We are are hear to help. Confused about which program is right for you or your client? Take our free Introduction to GreenHome Certifications and Labels 101 webinar. 

Who can help me Green my Home or Next Project?

We have many different trained, qualified, accredited and experienced professionals and 3rd party raters across the Midwest ready to help you on your next project, design or inspection.

Board of Directors

NamePositionTime Served Company
Daniel Schoonmaker, Executive Director, LEED APInterim Chair 1 YearWest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
Tammy Stone, EcoBroker & RealtorInterim Treasurer 5 YearsBerkshire Hathaway
Ramesh Gulatee, Architect & AIAVice Chair1 YearNCARB
Chris Hall, Senior PastorDirector1 YearElevation Church (former HFHKC Cont Manager & GreenBuilt MI ED)
Corri Sandwick, Architect, AIA NCARB LEED Homes APDirector1 YearCorri Sandwick Sustainable Design & Consulting
Amy Shepard , Brand Catalyst & WriterDirector1 YearVenn Integration LLC

Attorney Volunteer: Alan SchwartzEnvironmental Law at Miller & Johnson Grand Rapids, MI

Media Volunteer: Chuck Otto, Corporate Sustainability Communications chuck.otto1@gmail.com

Board of Directors Positions Available – Skill sets needed and applications can be found here


Executive Director (Main Office)
Brett LittleBS Sustainable Business, LEED APH, Living Building Ambassador, Rapid Growth Feature Article
brett.little@alliancees.org 616.458.6733 ext 1

LEED for Homes and Home Energy Program Manager (Main Office)
Jamison LenzBS Sustainable Business, LEED APH, LEED Green Rater, & BPI/REPS
jamison.lenz@alliancees.org 616.458.6733 ext 2

IL/WI LEED Project Manager  (Chicago Office)
Jason La FleurMA Education, LEED APH + BD+C, LEED Green Rater, NGBS Verifier, & PHIUS +
jlafleur@alliancees.org 708.848.4980 or 616.458.6733 ext 3

LEED Project Manager (Indianapolis Office)
Christin Kappel ckappel@alliancees.org
317.773.2207 or 616.458.6733 ext 4

LEED Quality Assurance Director & Founder
Michael Holcomb – 888 LEED APH ext 5

Get Involved

This year consider getting involved by volunteering or interningjoining our board of directorsbecoming a membersponsoring us, or making a year end tax deductible donation.


AES was started by President & Founder Michael Holcomb and community leaders Guy Bazzani, Green Buildings + Design, and Gayle DeBruyn, Assistant Professor and Chief Sustainability Officer for Kendall College of Art and Design in 2000. The organization was awarded grants for green building education programs delivered throughout Michigan and in 2005 became one of the Michigan Energy Demonstration Centers.  In 2008 the Wege Foundation funded our Executive Director position with a $33,850 seed grant to jump start LEED for Homes.

2012 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report