USGBC Students Michigan State University To Host Regional Sustainability Conference: The United States Green Building Council Students Group of Michigan State University will host a regional conference April 5-7 on campus at MSU. This conference will offer speakers on a variety of topics that include sustainability for homes and schools, including zero waste generation goals. All presentations and workshops will occur on Saturday, April 6, while other sustainable related activities will occur on the evening Friday, April 5 and also the morning of Sunday, April 7, and include a variety of networking opportunities. This conference is open to all, and USGBC Student Members and USGBC Professional Members have discount ticket of $30 prior to March 8th, to learn more and to register, visit The USGBC is a nonprofit organization committed to a prosperous and sustainable future for our nation through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. USGBC works toward its mission of market transformation through its LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green building certification program, robust educational offerings, a nationwide network of chapters and affiliates, the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, and advocacy in support of public policy that encourages and enables green buildings and communities. More at

ISSA Sets Lansing Netwars Challenge: The Lansing chapter of ISSA will sponsor its fourth annual “Netwars Challenge” on Saturday, March 16 at Lansing Community College’s West Campus, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing. Once again we are tapping into the expertise of GE-CERT to develop a fun and meaningful scenario focusing on incident response. Presentations on the basic components of incident response, including the program (plan), process execution, the response team, network analysis, and file analysis, will be given. Then participants will put their new knowledge to the test, in a fun and absolutely safe challenge. Our venue this year is the amazing Technical Training Center at the West Campus of Lansing Community College. This is a state-of-the-art facility with fully equipped computer labs, an auditorium for our general meetings, and a great gathering space with plenty of room for our breakfast, lunch, and networking breaks. Please share this information with your colleagues at work and with other professionals who would be interested in this special event! To register, visit The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Automation Alley, Forgotten Harvest Host Will (Net)work for Food:  Automation Alley, Michigan’s largest technology business association, is partnering with local charity Forgotten Harvest to help make a difference in the lives of families in need through the Will (Net)work for Food event, March 14 from 4 to 9 p.m. Automation Alley and Forgotten Harvest are seeking volunteers to help feed hungry families by packing food for direct shipment to those in need from 4 to 7 p.m. at Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park. Then, all volunteers are invited to attend a networking reception at Local Kitchen & Bar in Ferndale for appetizers and conversation from 7:30 to 9 p.m. For additional volunteer information from Forgotten Harvest on parking, proper attire, health and safety information, or to download and print a copy of the Volunteer Release of Liability form, visit the Event Calendar at All volunteers must bring a completed Volunteer Release of Liability form to the event. The cost is $25 for members with pre-registration, or $35 at the door (if space is available). Foundation Members are invited to attend at no cost, but pre-registration is required. Registration price includes appetizers. A cash bar will be available. This is a member-only event. Pre-registration closes March 12 at close of business. Forgotten Harvest is located at 21800 Greenfield Road in Oak Park. Local Kitchen & Bar is located at 344 W. Nine Mile Road in Ferndale.

SC4 Announces Science and Engineering Fair Schedule: St. Clair County Community College will sponsor the 17th annual St. Clair County Science and Engineering Fair from Feb. 28 through March 3 on the college’s Port Huron campus. About 100 St. Clair County students in grades four through 12 entered projects for the fair. The public is invited to view projects and attend an awards ceremony Sunday, March 3. Projects will be on display from noon to 3 p.m. in the College Center Café. An awards ceremony will be from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theatre. Judging by a team of independent judges will take place Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2. Projects will be grouped by grade level, category and as experimental or non-experimental. Categories include earth and space science, physical science, life science and engineering. Ribbons, Best of Show and Grand Awards will be presented for outstanding experimental projects in each grade level and category. For more information, call (810) 989-5663.

Project Management Organization Conducts Professional Development Day in West Michigan: The Western Michigan Chapter of the Project Management Institute ( is conducting an all-day Professional Development Day event on March 19 at the Pinnacle Center in Hudsonville. Three speakers will be presenting topics of interest to project managers and business leaders. The PDD will consist of two learning tracks. Track one will feature Dan Roan, whose morning session is titled “The Back of the Napkin: Solving Problems and Selling Ideas with Pictures.” This is also the title of Roan’s international bestselling book of the same title. The afternoon session will feature material from Roan’s latest book titled “Blah Blah Blah: What to Do When Words Don’t Work.” Track Two’s morning workshop will be “Leading Project Teams from Good to Great Writing and Communication” conducted by Lisa McNeilley. Using the CASE System of Writing, this workshop will provide strategies for upfront planning so reports will be on target the first time. Teams will define key areas: Content, Audience, Structure and Editing. McNeilley owns Writer’s Alley, a company that develops software and services to help students write successfully for high school, college and their careers. She is also an adjunct professor at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids. The afternoon session for Track Two will be led by Mike Weber and is titled “Breaking the Unwritten Rules: Finding Patterns for Success.” This session will look at how we are creatures of habit. We think in patterns and act in patterns. Our habits are the unofficial guidelines that powerfully affect how we behave and interact with others. They are the rules that everyone knows about, no one talks about and yet the rules that govern action and performance. They are the unwritten rules that control behavior and sometimes limit organizational performance. Weber’s company, Southwestern Consulting Leadership Institute, was founded in 1993. The company focuses on developing the skills of academic and business leaders through workshops and conferences. More at


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