ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Better Homes for All!

aka GreenHome Institute   |   Grand Rapids, MI   |  http://greenhomeinstitute.org/

Mission

Empowering people to make healthier and more sustainable choices in the renovation and construction of the places we live.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Jose Reynas

Main address

625 Kenmoor Ave SE Ste 350 PMB 20674

Grand Rapids, MI 49546-2395 USA

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Formerly known as

ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

EIN

38-3629786

NTEE code info

(Energy Resources Conservation and Development) (C35)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (L05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Lack of education, awareness, or access to green housing can increase emissions, reduce comfort, cause health issues, increase utility bills, strain water resources, reduce resources, and increase reliance on cars.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Green Building Certification

GHI has been a LEED for Homes provider since the program launched in 2005 and an enterprise green communities technical assistance provider since 2008. Between these programs and administering the GreenStar Homes Certification and Zero Energy Capable program we have ensured the certification of over 8,000 living units in the Midwest. Through these programs we do consulting, design review, energy modeling, documentation management, 3rd party onsite verification and quality assurance to make sure homes are built or renovated above code.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide free weekly continuing education approved webinars on green building concepts and ideas. We do local education events in the Midwest and Michigan. We also do LEED for Homes Green Rater and AP Homes training. We launched our new Building Green and Beer Series in West MI in 2018.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We help administer the Dept of Energy Home Energy Score program in West Michigan.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through funding from the Wege Foundation we help ensure ceritified green affordable housing renovations and new builds.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United States green building council 2005

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of conference attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Green Building Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 is 2020

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

GHI seeks to transform the built environment through certification, education and consultation. To achieve this goal, it partners with stakeholders from all strata of society, from low-income folks to developers and policymakers.
The need is great, and the impact is wide-ranging. Every year the message of GHI gets louder and more buildings go green. Sustainable buildings are more resource and energy efficient, healthier, more affordable, safer and more resilient. They help mitigate climate change.
GHI measures its outcomes along its main activities.
• GHI certifies: new builds and remodels through LEED for Homes, Enterprise Green Communities, and others certification programs.
• GHI educates developers, architects, policymakers, homeowners and the general public.
• GHI consults: on specific projects, buildings, programs and initiatives. Not every consultation can be traced to a tangible product, but they all help to transform the conversation.

• GHI certifies: new builds and remodels through LEED for Homes, Enterprise Green Communities, and others certification programs.
• GHI consults: on specific projects, buildings, programs and initiatives. Not every consultation can be traced to a tangible product, but they all help to transform the conversation.

We work closely with multiple agencies to provide certification in LEED for Homes, Enterprise Green Communities, Net zero and the U.S Department of Energy Home Energy Score. We also run and provide GreenStar Home Certification at no or little cost. We have the knowledgeable staff and partners a project needs to move forward.

GHI would like to grow to have more capacity to continue to expand on the items listed above. In order to do this we will need to continue our out reach building volunteer support and internal staffing.

GHI educates:
GHI will continue to provide affordable education for green buildings reaching to our vast audience of developers, architects, policymakers, realtors, consultants, homeowners and the general public.

Our primary focus is on webinars available nationally. In the long term we are working to expand them internationally. We maintain a large library of resources and classes accessible to anyone with internet access. These classes cover a wide range of subjects to not just help those looking to maintain continuing education credits but to inspire a new standard of development. We work with colleges and universities, attend and present at conferences, connect on multiple social media platforms and host in-person trainings locally. We host a monthly local building green and beer series and are continuing to add new ways to connect. GHI intents to continue to build its membership and keep prices affordable

We work in partnership with municipalities to incentives energy efficiency and support sustainable affordable housing. We work with builders to provide easy to access education with the newest tools, We work with manufactures that create the products we need to build successful projects. We work with experts in the field to share the most up to date tools and resources available.

Volunteers are critical to making the GreenHome Institute who we are. They run our booths at conferences, participate in speaking events and help us get the word out about our programs.

GHI has one staff member with expertise in multiple green certification systems. We work with partner Green Raters, architects, builders and consultants to make sure projects get the experts they need for consultation and certification. GHI has developed a reputation for the work we do. We have been providing service since 2000 and have the depth of experience and knowledge to work through multiple project types from single family to multi-family. GHI plans to grow its staff in the next year to provide better services to our customers. We plan to be a staff of three by 2023. We will be expanding our capacity in Marketing, USGBC Provider services, and Educational classes for certification and continuing education credits.

GHI has been in the green build industry for 20 years, and we are financially stable. We realize we lack some of the hallmarks of successful nonprofit organizations. To further our mission of transforming the green build environment, our most immediate task is to improve our own operations. After this, we can move to our medium-term goals; the same challenges faced by many nonprofits: to establish reputable programs that run smoothly and make a real difference. We will need both quantitative and qualitative milestones to achieve these our goals.
GHI does track success of current programs to meet overall mission. Metrics include tracking certified or registered Green Homes, certification types (LEED, EGC, GreenStar Homes, etc.), project build and unit type, USGBC courses offered, webinar attendees and continuing education attendance, as well as sponsor and membership participation. Each metric is reviewed and tracked by committees and workgroups.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Board of directors
as of 11/10/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Emily Petz


Board co-chair

Brendan Molony

Bronson Methodist Hospital / Bronson Healthcare Group

Term: 2021 - 2021

Brandi Vallone

Green Fit Homes

Kay Rose

Self Employed

Brad Keuning

Aquinas College

David Dye

DFD Archicture

Daniel Morrison

Collective Design

Christine Mwangi

Kent Co District Library

Madeline Miller

NexTiles

Bill Spohn

TruTech Tools, LTD

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/10/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/10/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.