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WARM Training Center honors four Leaders in Sustainability Examples of Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building Practices in the Community

Posted on: Saturday, May 22nd, 2010 at 6:38 pm

WARM Training Center LogoDetroit – WARM Training Center has announced the 2010 Leaders in Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building Practices for Southeastern Michigan, to be honored at their Annual Breakfast on June 9th

WARM will honor sisters Paula Cathcart and Gloria Rivera – Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary; Gunn Levine Architects; Habitat for Humanity of Michigan; and John Sarver – DELEG, for outstanding leadership in the fields of energy efficiency and sustainable building practices in our community.

“It has become our annual tradition to honor individuals and organizations in our community who demonstrate strong leadership toward energy efficiency and sustainable building practices.”  Says Bob Champman, Executive Director of WARM Training Center.  “It’s important that we recognize those who have long been doing this work and through sharing their work, provide inspiration to others.”

Andrew Humphrey, of WDIV, local channel 4 News, and Emmy award-winning Meteorologist will host the awards.  In addition to the awards, WARM as invited Jason McLennan, CEO of the Cascadia Green Building Foundation, to serve as the keynote speaker for the breakfast.  McLennan is considered on of the most influential individuals in the green building movement today, and has made a strong impact on the shape and direction of green building in the United States and Canada.

WARM is proud to honor all of the 2010 Leaders in Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Building practices for accomplishments in our community and invites others to join the June 9th celebration.  To register for the event and purchase tickets, go to

About Sister Paula Cathcart and Sister Gloria Rivera

Sisters Paula Cathcart and Sister Gloria Rivera, both Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), consider sustainability a moral mandate.  Sisters Paula and Gloria carry the message of the IHM through their leadership of Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit (GLBD), which promotes collaboration and networking of individuals and organizations working on sustainability and eco-justice issue in Southeast Michigan.  Detroit joins the national Bioneers community to promote sustainable communities that fosters life-giving relationships, nurtures connections and celebrates solutions for restoring and healing Earth’s communities.  Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit web site is

 The IHM community is a recognized leader in sustainable building practices and provided an outstanding example of sustainable living, through renovations to the Motherhouse in Monroe, development of a green campus complete with an organic farm, leading land stewardship and preservation programs and helping others become more aware and live in harmony with the earth.  IHM web site is

About GunnLevine Architects

Detroit-based GunnLevine Architects (GLA) incorporate sustainable design principles in all projects as a matter of good design practice, and have a long standing commitment to environmental stewardship.  GLA’s prominent portfolio includes many new, renovation and/or adaptive-reuse projects in Southeast Michigan, that embody principles of sustainable site location, energy conservation, water efficiency, and indoor air quality.  GLA’s designs feature materials that are sustainable or made from recyclable materials (with preference given to local businesses), low maintenance landscaping, energy conservation, and renewable energy systems.  GunnLevine Architects web site is

About Habitat for Humanity of Michigan

Habitat for Humanity (HFH) of Michigan has pledged to adopt sustainable and energy efficient construction methods to build more than 200 homes this year. The HFH of Michigan Green Team, lead by Thom Phillips, Sustainable Building Specialist, is dedicated to assisting the 77 Michigan affiliates achieve Energy Star 5-Star ratings for homes built and/or renovated in 2010 and beyond.  Affiliates, including Habitat for Humanity Macomb County, have fully embraced this initiative and are committed to renovate homes to Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Standards and certification in 2010.

About John Sarver

John Sarver is the Supervisor of Technical Assistance for the Bureau of Energy Systems, at the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth (DELEG).  Professionally and personally, Mr. Sarver is a long time supporter of energy efficiency and renewable energy in Michigan.  Mr. Sarver was instrumental in establishing the Michigan Energy office and eight Energy Demonstration Centers throughout the state of Michigan.  He currently chairs the Michigan Wind Working Group, which is responsible for establishing guidelines for Michigan’s wind energy systems.  As well, Mr. Sarver publishes ‘Energy Tidbits’ a free monthly newsletter that highlights happenings in the energy efficiency, conservation and renewable initiatives and provides updates on energy policy at the local, state and federal level.

About WARM Training Center

WARM Training Center is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, located on Michigan Avenue in Detroit that serves Southeast Michigan.  Since 1981, WARM has promoted the development of resource efficient, affordable, healthy homes, places of work and communities through education, training and technical assistance.  WARM’s commitment to environmental education encompasses energy conservation and efficiency, green sustainable building and renewable energy.

  • WARM was named 2010 Michigan Green Leader by The Detroit Free Press.
  • WARM is the State of Michigan Energy Demonstration Center for Southeast Michigan and provides information and examples of green building products and home to one of the first working turbines in Detroit.
  • WARM is the largest provider of energy education in the State of Michigan.  Energy saving workshops will reach over 8,000 low-income residents in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Genesee counties this year alone; saving families more than $2.4 Million in utility costs over one year.
  • For over three years, WARM has provided consulting, technical assistance and building performance analysis to over 30 non-profit organizations, small businesses and community development corporations and will help 25 more this year.  Lowering energy bills for community organizations results in more money available for critical services in our community.
  • Last year, WARM partnered with the Michigan Suburbs Alliance and the Michigan Municipal League to form the Southeast Michigan Regional Energy Office and helped nine municipalities in Southeast Michigan green their facilities and operations and successfully apply for Federal Energy Efficient Block Grants totaling over $640,000.  This year the office has agreed to help more than 20 municipalities further green our communities.
  • To prepare Detroiters to compete in the emerging Green Workforce and meet the demands of future Green Jobs, WARM continues to develop training programs and train more than 200 displaced and unemployed workers to gain skills and secure jobs in the growing weatherization field.

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