AES is a 501(c3) non-profit with a mission to be a catalyst for sustainable market transformation of the built environment through education, 3rd party verification, and community partnerships.
We are the Midwest’s premier LEED Residential, GreenStar, and Green Communities TA Provider certifying over 3,200 new and rehabbed projects (single family up to 8-story mid-rise). To date we have educated over 10,000 professionals internationally on residential green building topics and programs.
AES delivers monthly green building webinars and bi monthly local and regional green building trainings and courses around various topics such as Zero Step Accessibility, GreenStar Remodeling Certification, etc. By partnering with leading industry professionals, AES is able to present relevant and timely material to help move the market forward.
Michigan Initiatives Include:
Becoming the Fiscal Sponsor of Homes of Hope Michigan
A start up non-profit seeking to help the community and the lives of individuals. We have registered West Michigan’s first Living Building Challenge and LEED V4 home in Grand Rapids and we have secured a lot to build a LEED home that will be given away to a veteran family in need. Learn More Here.
1,000 Solarized Homes and Businesses in 2014
AES is partnering with MI Solar Works and Eco Works Detroit to help get solar up on 6,000 homes in Michigan in 2014. This is apart of the DOE Sunshot challenge. AES is tasked to get 1,000 up in West Michigan and solar will be financed at non up front cost in order help bring down barriers of initial cost. Learn more Here.
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.
AES Board of Directors
|Michael Holcomb, QAD & LEED Green Rater||President & CEO||13 Years||The Energy Aduitor General|
|Tammy Stone,EcoBroker & Realtor||Interim Treasurer||5 Years||Prudential Real Estate|
|Amy Shepard , Brand Catalyst & Writer||Director||< 1 Year||Venn Integration LLC|
|Daniel Schoonmaker, Executive Director, LEED APH||Vice President||< 1 Year||West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum|
|Chris Hall, Senior Pastor||Director||1 Year||Elevation Church (former HFHKC Cont Manager & GreenBuilt MI ED|
|Aaron Ferguson, MPA||Secretary||2 Years||Consultant to City of Grand Rapids Office of Energy & Sustainability|
|Kirk Patton, Owner||Director||1 Year||Patton Mechanical LLC (Geothermal Specialist)|
|Lee Purches, LEED Green Rater & Contractor||Director||2 Years||HP3 Group|
|Ramesh Gulatee, Architect & AIA||Director||1 Year||NCARB|
|Rich Bloem, Builder, SIPS Rep||Director||1 Year||Homes by True North & President of Homes of Hope|
Attorney Volunteer: Alan Schwartz, Environmental Law at Miller & Johnson Grand Rapids, MI
Board of Directors Positions Available - Skill sets needed and applications can be found here
Special Thanks To the Wege Foundation for encouraging us to pursue the LEED for Homes provider position and who gave us a $33,850 seed grant to make this a reality. We are forever grateful
2011 Donor(s) Raquel Rosas of Zeeland Michigan contributed $500.00 to AES. We appreciate this greatly