About AES

The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (AES)  is a 501(c)3 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 help professionals and homeowners make the most sustainable choices in their new homes construction project, remodel, deep energy rehabs and weatherization projects. 

AES is the Midwest’s premier green & LEED home provider and educator with over 3,200 certified green homes and over 10,000 professionals trained.

Midwest Initiatives

LEED 4 H Logo

LEED for Homes Provider


LEED for Homes Education & Accreditation

GreenStar CGH&R CMYK-600


MI Solar Works
0% up front cost solar pv

Nest – Living Building Challenge Home

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Residential Energy Performance Score










AES Board of Directors

Time Served
Michael Holcomb, QAD & LEED Green RaterPresident & CEO13 YearsThe Energy Aduitor General
Daniel Schoonmaker, Executive Director, LEED APHVice President < 1 YearWest Michigan Sustainable Business Forum
Tammy Stone, EcoBroker & RealtorInterim Treasurer 5 YearsPrudential Real Estate
Rich Bloem, Builder, SIPS RepDirector 1 YearHomes by True North & President of Homes of Hope
Aaron Ferguson, MPASecretary 2 YearsConsultant to City of Grand Rapids Office of Energy & Sustainability
Ramesh Gulatee, Architect & AIADirector 1 YearNCARB
Chris Hall, Senior PastorDirector1 YearElevation Church (former HFHKC Cont Manager & GreenBuilt MI ED)
Kirk Patton, OwnerDirector1 YearPatton Mechanical LLC (Geothermal Specialist)
Lee Purches, LEED Green Rater & Contractor Director2 YearsHP3 Group
Corri Sandwick, Architect, AIA NCARB LEED Homes APDirector< 1 YearCorri Sandwick Sustainable Design & Consulting
Amy Shepard , Brand Catalyst & WriterDirector< 1 YearVenn Integration LLC

2012 Annual Report 

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

AES Staff

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 Program Manager (Main Office)
Jamison LenzBS Sustainable Business, LEED APH, LEED Green Rater, & BPI/EPS
jamison.lenz@alliancees.org 616.458.6733 ext 2

Administrative Director (Main Office)
Annica Vander LindeBA
annica.vanderlinde@alliancees.org 616.458.6733 ext 3

Regional Director (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 4

Project Manager (Cincinatti Office)
Sanyog Rathod srathod@alliancees.org
513.381.4479 or 616.458.6733 ext 5

Project Manager (Indianapolis Office)
Christin Kappel ckappel@alliancees.org
317.773.2207 or 616.458.6733 ext 6

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.



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