Highlighting the Role of Business in Building a Sustainable Future in the Great Lakes Region

Watch the event recording below!

Across the region, and the globe, businesses are increasingly recognizing the need to embed sustainability into their core business practices and report on their commitment to environment and climate action, especially in a world overwhelmed by unprecedented environmental challenges.

A sustainable Great Lakes region must include the leadership and involvement of businesses, as they hold a unique opportunity to make decisions and investments that can quickly and effectively impact the region – from decarbonization and circular economy to water stewardship and workforce development. 

In this month’s webinar, we heard one account of corporate sustainability in action. Guest speaker, Erik Petrovskis, Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability at Meijer, a Midwest supercenter retail chain, discussed Meijer’s sustainability pillars and the company’s efforts to embed sustainability in their operations to minimize their environmental footprint in the communities they operate.

Event Speaker:

Erik Petrovskis, Director of Environmental Compliance and Sustainability, Meijer

Erik has 20 years of experience as an environmental consultant. At Meijer, Erik is responsible for due diligence, remediation, compliance, and environmental sustainability, focused on carbon reduction, food waste reduction, circular economy, and Great Lakes stewardship.

Erik serves as Vice-Chair of the University of Michigan Center for Sustainable Systems External Advisory Board. He is also a member of the Erb Michigan Business Sustainability Roundtable. He holds a PhD in environmental engineering from The University of Michigan and is a licensed Professional Engineer.

Event Moderator:

Lora Shrake, Senior Program Director, Business and Sustainability, Council of the Great Lakes Region

With over 20 years of experience, Lora has dedicated her career to the environment and sustainability issues. Her management and leadership spans across non-profit operations, environmental program management, stakeholder engagement, strategy, and research.

Prior to joining CGLR, Lora led a national green building council in the United Arab Emirates where she oversaw all aspects of the organization’s cross-functional development, including its impact and reach.

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