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ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Better Homes for All!

aka GreenHome Institute   |   Grand Rapids, MI   |  http://greenhomeinstitute.org/
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ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

EIN: 38-3629786


Mission

Empowering people to make healthier and more sustainable choices in the renovation and construction of the places we live.

Notes from the nonprofit

The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability/DBA GreenHome Institute (GHI) provides services to promote sustainable residential development by providing construction consultation services and educational programming for individuals to conduct construction project consultation and evaluation. Additionally, GHI has identified the increasing demand for consumer education, particularly by underserved populations (low-income, BIPOC, etc.) and we have re-tooled our service delivery approaches and systems to better serve these populations. The revised strategy has resulted in significant outcomes; we have grown our online educational audience from around 2,500 in 2019 to over 11,000 in 2023. As a result, we are considering how we deliver services to this growing audience to promote a sustainable lifestyle.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Jose Reyna

Main address

625 Kenmoor Ave SE Ste 350 PMB 20674

Grand Rapids, MI 49546-2395 USA

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Formerly known as

ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

EIN

38-3629786

Subject area info

Education

Environmental justice

Climate change

Energy efficiency

Renewable energy

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Population served info

Adults

Ethnic and racial groups

Economically disadvantaged people

Homeless people

NTEE code info

(Energy Resources Conservation and Development) (C35)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (L05)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (B05)

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability has a mission to empower people to make healthier choices in the places we live. The primary problem we are addressing is the continued degradation of our environment as a result of conventional residential building methodologies. These traditional construction methods result in a high generation of waste, the inclusion of toxins in the home, and low-efficiency energy use in households.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Green Building Certification

GHI has been a LEED for Homes provider since the program launched in 2005 and an enterprise green communities technical assistance provider since 2008. Between these programs and administering the GreenStar Homes Certification and Zero Energy Capable program we have ensured the certification of over 8,000 living units in the Midwest. Through these programs we do consulting, design review, energy modeling, documentation management, 3rd party onsite verification and quality assurance to make sure homes are built or renovated above code.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We provide free weekly continuing education approved webinars on green building concepts and ideas. We do local education events in the Midwest and Michigan. We also do LEED for Homes Green Rater and AP Homes training. We launched our new Building Green and Beer Series in West MI in 2018.

Population(s) Served
Adults

We help administer the Dept of Energy Home Energy Score program in West Michigan.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through funding from the Wege Foundation we help ensure ceritified green affordable housing renovations and new builds.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United States green building council 2005

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of conference attendees

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Green Building Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2021 is 2020

Number of individuals certified as raters.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Green Building Education

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Green Building Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of educational webinar participants include consumers and housing professionals taking either free or fee-based webinars. Some of these webinars qualify for CEU's.

Total number of organization members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Green Building Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Members are individuals that join our organization as students, individuals, or corporate members.

Number of sustainable housing projects achieving certification.

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Green Building Certification

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

GHI seeks to transform the built environment through certification, education and consultation, and public policy advocacy. To achieve these goals, GHI leads or is engaged with an inclusive set key stakeholders and partners to advance the mission of empowering people to make healthier and sustainable choices in the places we live.

GHI conducts its work in three primary categories
Education
GHI provides training for individuals seeking accreditation as Green Raters for residential sustainability Programs including the USGBC Leadership in Environmental and Energy Design (LEED), GreenStar, Enterprise Green Communities, and the Department of Energy HERS Program.

We also conduct weekly YouTube webinars targeting housing professionals and consumers on sustainable residential technologies, products, and services.

Project Consultation
GHI is "Provider Organization" for residential construction projects that are either single family or multifamily dwellings and new construction or renovation projects. We provide green consulting services to ensure the construction project meets required standards to achieve certification in LEED, GreenStar, Enterprise Green Communities, and/or DOE HERS Program.

Public Policy
GHI recently began to engage in activities with the goal of influencing public policy that advances residential sustainable development. We partner with local, state, regional, national, and international coalitions to assist with shaping and implementing sustainable housing policies.

The GreenHome Institute has a set of outcomes related to our major areas of operations; Education, Project Consultation, and Public Policy. For each of the outcomes, we have a set of related strategies to define how we will achieve the proposed outcomes per focus area; Education, Project Consultation, and Public Policy.

The attached 2023 GHI Strategic Plan outlines the outcomes and related strategies.

GHI has formal partnerships in the areas of Residential Sustainable Education, Construction Project Consultation, and Public Policy.

With regard to Education, we have a formal agreements with the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Green Business Certification, Inc (GBCI), Department of Energy Home Energy Rating Systems, and a variety of colleges, universities, and public sector entities to provide certification training for Green Raters and others to conduct project consultation and house energy assessments.

We have contractual agreements established with building professionals (architects, designers, contractors, etc.) to provide sustainable residential project consultation services to ensure that the projects meet green building standards for certification.

We are in the process of developing formal partnerships with legislators, appointed public officials, and other key stakeholders to advance public policy in support of sustainable residential development. Currently, we participate in local, regional, and national coalitions that promote legislative initiatives in support of environmental protection goals.

GHI has been in the green build industry for over 20 years. We have established the organization as a "subject matter expert" with regard to sustainable residential education, project consultation services, and public policy advocacy.

We have trained and certified over 100 individuals as green raters, we have provided project consultation services for over 10,000 sustainable residential projects that have received green certification, and we have facilitated the drafting/revision, and adoption of public policy and legislation.

The organization is financially strong and we had expanded our organization by adding an Education Manager and Program Manager in addition to the existing Executive Director. Our operations continue to grow and improve; the addition of personnel was compelled due to high success in service delivery quality and an increase of demand for our services.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals, To develop pubic policy proposals and initiatives

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Some are reluctant to provide feedback.

Financials

ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

20.10

Average of 6.76 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

13.9

Average of 8.5 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

22%

Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $17,700 $2,908 $12,469 $39,585 $162,311
As % of expenses 16.8% 2.5% 8.9% 28.5% 53.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $17,700 $2,908 $12,469 $39,585 $162,311
As % of expenses 16.8% 2.5% 8.9% 28.5% 53.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $127,436 $137,803 $153,133 $179,258 $358,054
Total revenue, % change over prior year -42.7% 8.1% 11.1% 17.1% 0.0%
Program services revenue 90.0% 62.4% 64.1% 67.4% 61.7%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 10.0% 37.6% 35.9% 32.6% 38.3%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $105,329 $116,466 $140,564 $138,922 $304,085
Total expenses, % change over prior year -25.7% 10.6% 20.7% -1.2% 0.0%
Personnel 68.6% 57.1% 62.6% 65.9% 60.1%
Professional fees 10.6% 9.9% 8.3% 13.3% 6.3%
Occupancy 3.6% 3.2% 3.3% 4.4% 8.3%
Interest 1.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 16.1% 29.9% 25.8% 16.4% 25.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $105,329 $116,466 $140,564 $138,922 $304,085
One month of savings $8,777 $9,706 $11,714 $11,577 $25,340
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $114,106 $126,172 $152,278 $150,499 $329,425

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Months of cash 15.1 11.1 14.5 16.4 13.9
Months of cash and investments 15.1 11.1 14.5 16.4 13.9
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 18.4 16.9 15.1 18.7 16.0
Balance sheet composition info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Cash $132,367 $107,314 $169,783 $190,405 $353,148
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $79,824 $83,388 $62,636 $74,549 $72,982
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 24.1% 7.0% 13.5% 15.7% 5.0%
Unrestricted net assets $161,114 $164,022 $176,491 $216,076 $404,934
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $13,334 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $13,334 $24,559 $7,245 $0
Total net assets $161,114 $177,356 $201,050 $223,321 $404,934

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2017 2018 2019 2020 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Jose Reyna

Jose's career in the public and non-profit sector of over 30 years has enabled him to serve the community by applying skills of organizational development, communication, fiscal management, Human Resources, diversity & inclusion, leadership, and public policy. His passion is to create opportunities for persons and institutions to improve. Jose is an energetic and creative problem solver who can take an idea and convert it into a successful reality. This has been demonstrated whether working internally in establishing process improvements in special events, organizational transformation, performance management systems and sustainability. He has facilitated external projects and programs that have had significant results including the Community-Oriented Government Initiative and participation in emerging projects and organizations including Local First, the Grand Rapids Youth Boxing Foundation, and ArtPrize.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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ALLIANCE FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY

Board of directors
as of 11/20/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board co-chair

Kay Rose

Alliance for Environmental Sustainability

Term: 2023 - 2023


Board co-chair

Brendan Molony

Arrow Electronics

Term: 2023 - 2023

Kay Rose

Self Employed

Brad Keuning

Aquinas College

David Dye

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Madeline Miller

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Julie Woltil

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Kaylee Swanson

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Parth Vaishnav

University of Michigan

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/10/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/20/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.