MSU SPDC – Industry Speaker Series, April 2017 with Alan Scott


MSU SPDC – Industry Speaker Series (April 2017)


Michigan State University to use SERF Foundation property

SERF Foundation’s (SERF) relationship with MSU School of Planning Design and Construction (SPDC) continues to mature. In October 2016, the two institutions reached an agreement for SPDC to use Foundation property located at 1300 East Lake Lansing Road, East Lansing, Michigan for teaching, research, and demonstration as a landscape architecture laboratory.

This is the property on which SERF, SPDC, Haworth and other industry partners intend to build a model green office building, the Wave.

SERF Foundation has an established relationship with MSU’s School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) and works directly with professors who are renowned experts in the field of environmental sustainability of the entire built environment and high-performance buildings including SPDC Director, Dr. Scott Witter, and Dr. Matt Syal, Professor at MSU.

Through this latest endeavor, SERF foundation continues on its mission to providing education in the area of environmental sustainability. This is in addition to other activities including sponsoring seminars and workshops, written publications, providing internships and scholarships to students and providing input and support for research by Michigan State University.

MSU SPDC – Industry Speaker Series (November 2016)

CWD Real Estate Investment’s Samuel Cummings engaged audience at Nov. SPDC Industry Seminar Series. Click here to read more about this event


Mayberry Homes’ Robert & Karen Schroeder engaged audience at third SPDC Industry Seminar Series

The MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction (SPDC) held its third Industry Seminar Series on Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014, in East Lansing. Featured speakers Robert and Karen Schroeder, co-owners and president and vice president, respectively, of Mayberry Homes, engaged students, faculty and the public during their presentation on “Homebuilding in Michigan: Surviving the Cycles.”

Joseph Maguire, president and CEO of Wolverine Development Corporation, and president and co-founder of the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF), is the facilitator of the Series. These events continue to be popular with local alumni and industry leaders, and help to show SPDC students real-world examples of what is possible to achieve upon graduation.

To learn more about this event click here. 

MSU SPDC – Industry Speaker Series

Date: November 19,2014

Time: Presentation: 4:30pm -5:15pm Reception: 5:15pm -6:00pm

Robert Schroeder, the President of Mayberry Homes and Karen Schroeder, the Vice President of Mayberry Homes will present “Home building in Michigan: Surviving the cycles. ”

Robert and Karen Schroeder are owner and co-owner of Mayberry Homes which has been awarded “Building Partner of the Year” in 2013 by Homes for our Troops and both were inducted into Michigan Construction Hall of Fame in 2013.

The SPDC Industry Seminar Series is facilitated by Joseph Maguire, President and CEO of the Wolverine Development Corporation, and the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF).


SERF and Roosevelt University to be featured speakers at AASHE Conference

We are proud to announce that SERF, in conjunction with the recently SERF Certified Roosevelt University, will be presenting at the 2014 AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education) Conference in Portland, Oregon. The conference takes place from October 26th through the 29th. More information on AASHE can be found here.

We will be discussing the manner in which Roosevelt University students were able to take part in the certification process of their Vertical Campus in the heart of Chicago’s Loop. Roosevelt students gained first-hand industry experience, learned about groundbreaking green technologies, and received course credit for their work, while the University established an promising new method for educating students. We’re excited to share Roosevelt’s sustainability story and create new ones at the AASHE conference!

For more information on the content of our upcoming presentation, check out Roosevelt University’s SERF profile.

AIA CHICAGOARCHITECT: Roosevelt University’s Wabash Building gets SERF Certified

Click here to download the PDF: AIA CHICAGOARCHITECT MarchApr2014

Member of SERF Advisory Board Publishes Book on Practical Sustainability Strategies

Nikos Avlonas, sustainability expert and member of SERF’s Advisory Board, recently published a book on Practical Sustainability Strategies.

The first part of the book is on the various strategies a firm can implement to gain a competitive advantage without a negative impact on the environment and society.  The second part of the book  covers measuring, reporting, and communicating sustainability activities.  The authors intend to provide firms with the opportunity to integrate the appropriate strategy in order to become truly sustainable and then have a roadmap on how to market that achievement to its stakeholders. Additionally the authors hope to provide University Professors with a  practical book for teaching and integrating practical Sustainability into Business Curriculum and Classes.

MSU SPDC – Industry Speaker Series

Date: November 7, 2013

Time: Presentation: 5pm-5:45pm. Reception: 5:45pm-6:30pm.

Ron Boji, the president of The Boji Group will present “Real Estate Development and Construction: Journey from Boji Tower to Present.”

Ron Boji is a 1993 Construction Management graduate from MSU and has become a highly successful developer, construction manager and property manager, including owner of the Boji Tower (next to the State Capitol).

The SPDC Industry Seminar Series is facilitated by Joseph Maguire, President and CEO of the Wolverine Development Corporation, and the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF).

For more information on the SPDC presentation and Ron Boji, check out the official press release: SPDC Industry Seminar Series_release_10-2013

Click here to see the even flyer: Bojiseminar_SPDCINdustrySeminarSeries_Flyer_103013