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GreenHome Institute

The GreenHome Institute, a DBA of the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability (AES) is a 501(c)3 non-profit with a mission to empower people to make healthier and more sustainable choices in the renovation and construction of the places we live.

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The mission of the GreenHome Institute is to empower people to make healthier and more sustainable choices when constructing or renovating their homes. They work internationally and do specific things in some areas of the United States. They focus primarily on certification and educating people on making their new or existing homes more sustainable. They also offer continued education for people to maintain their accreditation and make real-world changes through their certification.

In West Michigan, they provide grant funding to remove the cost barriers and provide education and certifications for local affordable green and sustainable housing projects.

The Green Home Institute uses the five pillars of green homes to educate and advise people, simplify and expand some of their concepts, assist people in understanding the trade-offs they may need to make, make it easier to know how to build and improve homes holistically, and help people maintain their green home certifications. They are: Energy Health Water Materials Place

GreenHome Institute was started by our Founder Michael Holcomb, Home Inspector General and community leaders Guy Bazzani 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. Since then we have educated 1,000’s of people internationally to (re)build better. In 2008 the Wege Foundation funded our Executive Director position with a seed grant to start our LEED for Homes and Green Building programs and since then we have certified nearly 15,000 homes.


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