GRAND RAPIDS – Michigan’s Great Southwest Sustainable Business Forum has selected J.B. Hoyt as the 2018 recipient of the Sustainability Leadership Award at last week’s Second Annual Great Green Gala.  A MGSSBF co-founder and board member since 2010, Hoyt focused both his 36-year career at Whirlpool and his post-retirement activities on providing awareness and education for sustainability practices.

Retiring as Director of Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs, Hoyt spent the last 10 years of his career improving the energy and water efficiency of appliances, promoting sustainable materials selection, and developing an industry-first program for recycling appliances at end-of life.

“In the early days, we were just pawing the ground, putting a strong foundation for sustainability practices in place,” he says. “After I retired six years ago, the team grabbed hold of sustainability and really ran with it.”