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Sustainable Manufacturing Workshop Series

Following the successful series of sustainability webinars in 2022, MMA and The Nature Conservancy in Michigan are pleased to announce a new series of in-person workshops on manufacturing sustainability for 2023 that will offer practical tools and best practices companies can follow to reduce carbon emissions while saving money, attracting talent, growing their business and helping their communities be more attractive places to live.

The 2023 workshops will be held in three areas of the state — Grand Rapids, Jackson and Saginaw — and each will focus on a different aspect of sustainability in manufacturing. To maximize the value of our workshops to attendees, please tell us about your sustainability interests by taking the pre-event survey for each workshop.

The first workshop, held in Grand Rapids at Steelcase in January, sold out. Be sure to register early for our remaining sessions.


Registration Details

  • $25/person/workshop
  • Limited to first 40 registrants

Jackson Workshop at Consumers Energy

Managing the Clean Energy Transition

Thursday, February 23, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Consumers Energy
1945 W. Parnall Road, Jackson

Consumers Energy is one of Michigan’s top energy suppliers and an important driver of Michigan’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Hosted at its Parnall Road facility in Jackson on Thursday, February 23, this workshop will review the clean energy transition, what it means for Michigan manufacturers, how companies can improve their energy efficiency, procure renewable energy, and move toward more sustainable manufacturing practices.


Saginaw Workshop at Hemlock Semiconductor

Building a Sustainability Plan

Thursday, April 20, 2023
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Hemlock Semiconductor
12334 Geddes Road, Hemlock

Hemlock Semiconductor is the nation’s leading manufacturer of high-purity polysilicon — the foundational ingredient in semiconductors and solar panels. HSC will host a workshop (tentatively scheduled for Thursday, April 20) at its Hemlock plant just west of Saginaw focused on building a sustainability plan that addresses the Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) components of sustainable manufacturing.


Grand Rapids Workshop at Steelcase

Steelcase is a global leader in the furniture industry and hosted a workshop at its Grand Rapids facilities in January. This program focused on the path manufacturers can follow to secure key sustainability certifications. What are the advantages to becoming a certified sustainable manufacturer? What are the requirements for the leading sustainability certifications and how can your company achieve them?