The Grand Rapids 2030 District is a public-private partnership committed to creating high-performing buildings that increase marketability and profitability for property owners, improve their environmental impact, and strengthen the greater community’s vibrancy.
District Advisory Council
Alison Waske Sutter, City of Grand Rapids
Alison Waske Sutter joined the City of Grand Rapids as the Sustainability Manager in September 2017. She has over 15 years of experience in the sustainability field and is a licensed attorney. As the Sustainability Manager, Alison is responsible for managing the City’s Sustainability Plan, which serves as the City’s strategic plan and includes four pillars – environmental quality, social responsibility, economic vitality and governmental accountability. She is currently focused on developing a comprehensive energy plan for the City, which will include strategies for the City to meet its 100% renewable energy goal by 2025 as well as mechanisms to engage other community stakeholders in steep energy reductions.
Before joining the City, Alison’s career included sustainability positions with and consulting to the food distribution and retail sector as well as the healthcare industry. She began her career as an environmental attorney with Warner Norcross and Judd in 2006. Alison has also served the community through various volunteer commitments, some of which include serving on the District Advisory Committee for the Grand Rapids 2030 District, as President of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum and as an Invest Health Grand Rapids participant. She received her law degree and a Masters of Public Affairs from Indiana University and her Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Cincinnati.
In her free time, Alison enjoys spending time outdoors with her husband, son and dog. She has backpacked through a number of our nation’s beautiful parks and participated in triathlons. Alison also loves eating food prepared with local ingredients, whether from one of our fantastic local restaurants or prepared by her amazing husband.
Scott Ferguson, Rockford Construction
Scott has more than 20 years of residential, commercial, and industrial construction experience, including the successful completion of the first LEED-certified Meijer superstore in Allen Park, Michigan. As a LEED-AP BD+C professional, Scott’s expertise is critical to Rockford’s sustainable construction and cutting-edge green building techniques.
Kristen Trovillion, Grand Rapids Public Schools
As the Sustainability Coordinator for Grand Rapids Public Schools, Kristen reduces the environmental impact of district operations, while engaging students in meaningful sustainability learning projects. Prior to coming onboard with the district, Kristen held the position of Green Schools Fellow with the Center for Green Schools at the US Green Building Council. In her previous work at the Indiana Energy Office and Indianapolis’ Office of Sustainability, Kristen managed over $100M in building retrofit, renewable energy, and fleet conversion projects and collaborated on Indianapolis’ first city-wide sustainability assessment. Kristen holds a BA in Political Science from Alma College and an MPA in Energy Policy from Indiana University – School of Public and Environmental Affairs.
Sarah Chartier, Spectrum Health
As the Sustainability Program Manager, Sarah has worked within Spectrum Health’s Sustainability Office for over five years to identify environmental and financial opportunities, reduce waste and mitigate Spectrum Health’s environmental footprint. Sarah measures and manages performance based on the triple bottom line, including organizational readiness, operational performance, waste management, greening the operating room, environmental procurement and sustainable foods. On a daily basis, she works to align sustainability with organizational priorities, such as Process Improvement, Safety and Expense Reduction. Sarah is a board member of the West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, sits on the Environmental Advisory Council of Vizient, on the District Advisory Council for the Grand Rapids 2030 District and obtains a LEED GA.
Eddie Tadlock, SMG
Eddie T.L. Tadlock, Assistant General Manager of DeVos Place/DeVos Performance Hall/ Van Andel Arena (SMG), is an entrepreneurial executive with years of comprehensive facility management experience in operating stadiums, arenas, theaters, and convention facilities.
Eddie is the curator in residence for Artprize at DeVos Place and Van Andel Arena. In addition, he coordinates Art Exhibitions throughout the year at DeVos Place, partnering with Kendal College of Art and Design, Michigan State University, Grand Valley State University and the Bonifas Art Center.
He currently serves on several boards to include the Grand Rapids Art Museum, Friends of Grand Rapids Parks, Diversity in Arts and Music Festival, Community Sustainability Partnership, 2030 District, Boy Scouts of America, President Ford Council, West Michigan Jazz Society and the City of Grand Rapids As Hoc Art Advisory Board. He is a self-described jazz junky, orchid-lover, art collector, Kulture Vulture blogger, Marine, Certified Tourism Ambassador and bibliophile.
Tom Hilzey, Grand Rapids Art Museum
Tom currently serves as the Facilities Manager at the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM), the first LEED Gold certified art museum in the world. He has 17 years of experience in managing facilities of various types, sizes, and ages. Prior to joining GRAM, Tom was the Facilities Maintenance Supervisor for the City of Zeeland. Tom has also served a distinguished 23 year career in the United States Navy, retiring from active duty in 1997.
Cheri Holman, District Director
Cheri is a LEED Accredited Professional with extensive experience and a genuine passion for energy & water conservation. Other areas of interest include indoor environmental quality, clean/renewable energy, access to healthy food and all things related to educating and promoting a healthy built environment.
Prior to her work in non-profit Cheri spent most of her career consulting & partnering with private sector corporations to reduce resource consumption within their facilities through the implementation of energy conservation technologies and improved operational practices. Mrs. Holman is Past Chair of USGBC West Michigan Board of Directors after serving as Treasurer for 2 years. In early 2008 Cheri founded the LEED for Existing Building Advocacy Group. She served as a subject matter expert for the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) LEED for EB Operations and Maintenance test development in 2008 and the Commercial Reviewer exam test development in 2009. In 2010 & 2011 Cheri served as a Greenbuild conference session reviewer.
Mrs. Holman is a partner in Holman Heating & Cooling, a residential HVAC company based in Greenville, MI
Morgan Price, Program Administrator
Morgan administrates the Battle of the Buildings, assists with the 2030 district program events and activities, as well as advocates for LEED among other initiatives of the Chapter. She has a passion for renewable energy, sustainable design, and green infrastructure. Prior to working for the Chapter, she managed projects for environmental consulting and engineering firms, furthering her knowledge in the environmental policy and programs.
Morgan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and Communications and is currently pursuing a Master’s in Environmental Management and Policy with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability.
Rebecca Holman, Communications & Marketing
Rebecca is a graduate from Grand Valley State University, holding a bachelors degree in Health Communications. Her passions include healthcare, indoor air quality and sustainability. She has been with the West MI Chapter since May of 2015. Rebecca helps with chapter committees such as Green Schools, the Grand Rapids 2030 District and LEED Spotlight. She is currently pursuing her LEED Green Associates accreditation to help further her knowledge of the green building industry.
Gillian Giem, Program Manager
Gillian concentrates on Michigan Battle of the Buildings energy data in accelerating high performance building operations. She manages energy efficiency programming for District 2030 by providing education to stakeholders, developing energy case studies, and monitoring building owners’ progress.
Prior to this position, Gillian has researched sustainability opportunities in public transportation, and administered energy efficiency programs for a utility provider. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sustainable Energy Management. Gillian is passionate about infrastructure resiliency, energy waste reduction in the built environment, and mitigating climate change.