Living Sustainably: Big Read, Little Read events help our community connect


By Deborah Van Duinen, Hope College
Yard signs across town show the political differences we have with neighbors, co-workers, family and friends. With so much going on in our country that divides us, it’s important to find ways for us to remain connected with each other.
Hope College’s NEA Big Read and Little Read Lakeshore programs offer just that. During the month of November, I invite our Lakeshore community to come together around a story. This experience of reading the same book allows us to find common ground, to explore topics and themes together, to be reminded of the humanity we share.
For the past six years, readers – from elementary school children to senior citizens – have participated in the Big Read and Little Read programs. Together, we have learned more about others, ourselves and the world around us through literature. Previous Big Read and Little Read programs have taken our community throughout the United States to Macomb, Alabama, and an internment camp in Utah, and across oceans to Haiti, Vietnam, and the Dominican Republic. And our outreach continues to grow by the day.

Together we’ve studied historical fiction, memoir and dystopian fiction. We’ve explored topics as varied as immigration, war, technology, identity and global politics. During our month of programming, with over 50 events each year, we’ve learned from experts, watched films, created art, sampled international cuisine, participated in book discussions, danced to music and viewed exhibitions in art and historical museums.
This year, our programs explore the themes of historical storytelling, sustainability and conservation in Nathaniel Philbrick’s “In the Heart of the Sea” and in Marsha Diane Arnold’s “Galápagos Girl/Galapagueña.” These books were intentionally chosen as companion texts because of their similar genre and topics, but also because of their differing interactions with the natural world. We hope these books spark conversations amongst all of our Lakeshore readers!
Because of COVID-19, this year’s month of programming will look and feel very different. Initially, we were so disappointed by this. We couldn’t imagine not sitting side by side in the Jack H. Miller concert hall listening to famous authors talk about their books, or not gathering together around a table to discuss our favorite parts of a book. We couldn’t imagine not having our closing event, the Student Exhibition of Learning at the Holland Armory, that showcases thousands of students’ artwork created in response to our Big Read and Little Read books.
However, pivoting to a mostly virtual program has opened up so many new possibilities! Because of being virtual, we’ve been able to include event speakers from Nantucket, Hawaii, and even Australia.
We’ve developed a much more robust website and marketing plan so that we’re able to significantly expand our scope and reach to Lakeshore readers and beyond.
Nearly 50 events are scheduled, ranging from instructive talks by authors and historians to “Galápagos Girl/Galapagueña” take-and-make activities for kids to a marine biologist’s discussion about whales to a dance company’s explorations of the Galapagos.
We invite you to join the over 10,000 Lakeshore readers who participate each year. Visit bigreadlakeshore.com for more information about all the Big and Little Read programs and to register for this year’s events.
– Dr. Deborah Van Duinen is an associate professor of English Education at Hope College and the director of Hope College’s NEA Big Read Lakeshore and Little Read Lakeshore programs.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Community Knowledge: The collective knowledge and energy of the community is an incredible resource that must be channeled to where it is needed.

ABOUT THIS SERIES  
Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute for more information.

In this year’s NEA Big Read Lakeshore, dozens of programs explore the themes of historical storytelling, sustainability and conservation in Nathaniel Philbrick’s “In the Heart of the Sea.”
This year’s NEA Little Read Lakeshore offers a variety of events and activities for young people to explore the themes of sustainability and conservation in Marsha Diane Arnold’s “Galápagos Girl/Galapagueña.”

Virtual Film Screening and Community Conversation: The Story of Plastic – October 27

Please join the Citizens Climate Lobby – Holland Area Chapter for a FREE virtual screening of The Story of Plastic. You can view the film anytime on your own between October 16-27. The Story of Plastic is also available to watch on the subscription DiscoveryGo streaming service, for rent on Amazon, on Apple TV, and on Xfinity video-on-demand. 

Tuesday, October 27 7:00pm-8:30pm along with our annual film series partners League of Women Voters – Holland Area Chapter, Hope College’s Green Team, and Macatawa Creation Care we will host a panel of local experts and breakout discussions. The panelists will reflect on the film and share information about the issues with plastic as well as provide tips on ways each of us can help with this issue.

Register for the film license and/or the discussion by using this link:  https://forms.gle/DZm343EVUFKRFy1C6. Starting on October 16 we will email links for a ONE-TIME VIEWING of the film which will be open until October 27 (please do not share or post your link online). On October 26 we will email links to the zoom discussion meeting for the October 27 event.  

View the trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=37PDwW0c1so&vl=en 

Living Sustainably: Energy-saving “silver linings” can be found during COVID crisis

By Ken Freestone, City of Holland
Have you ever thought about working or studying from home? Yes? Now everybody has! Now that we all have been home way more than we expected, and we are entering heating season, what lessons about the health of our home, family, and energy efficiency have we learned? And what might usage data show for comparison between 2019 and 2020 and the future?
With so many people working, studying, and even gathering (virtually) from home, our new routines are teaching us valuable lessons. My most valuable lesson from being home? How healthy, safe and energy efficient my home is and how much more I can still improve.
Being at home may also have given us insights that can inform our conversations locally about the Community Energy Plan and other local energy efficiency initiatives for the City of Holland – topics of a virtual meeting coming up Monday evening.
Here are some key energy saving targets to consider at home: More devices running most of the day.
Lights on in typically vacant rooms. TV’s and game consoles running more. Maybe even space heater use or increased air conditioning.

We can see that stay-home habits are having an impact: The average increase for electrical usage in Holland for the April to June period was 17 percent. Across the country, residential electricity use has shown increases ranging from 18 to 50 percent. Gas usage has been down overall globally, but we are just now entering our heating season.
Another startling realization for me came from a recent webinar series by Mark Jewell, an author and speaker on the energy sector. Jewell illustrated that money we spend personally on utilities is “after tax” money. Expenses that were previously covered at your workplace is now money you are spending personally. So, it makes sense to work to limit that energy expense.
On a positive note, the COVID-19 impact may illustrate some “silver linings” of energy efficiency possibilities for all city residents through incentives, grants and rebates.
From Sept.1 through Dec. 31, 2020, all City of Holland homeowners (including landlords of up to four-plex buildings) have access to a 20 percent grant towards energy efficiency projects that could include insulation, heating/cooling/water heaters, appliances, and windows.
Also, there are still rebates available from the Holland Board of Public Works and SEMCO, and SEMCO is also offering bonus rebates for many energy efficiency upgrades.
The city also offers a free resource for getting more information about energy efficiency upgrades by contacting Ken Freestone, residential energy advisor at k.freestone@cityofholland.com or (616)355-1364.
Visit https://hollandenergyfund.com/2020-rebates/ for information on rebates.
Another way for area residents to learn about opportunities for energy saving is to attend the next Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore event, a virtual Community Energy Plan Conversation at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 13.
Speakers will present updates on greenhouse gas emissions for the city and will provide updates about the strategic development team review of the City of Holland Community Energy Plan. They also will offer tips and resources for energy efficiency for homeowners. Register for the event at https://libcal.herrickdl.org/event/6876774.
We know that there are numerous challenges with COVID-19 and with the impacts of climate change. At the same time, City of Holland residents and our neighbors have unique opportunities for “silver linings” to create a better energy future.
 Ken Freestone is the residential energy advisor for the City of Holland. He can be reached at k.freestone@cityofholland.com or 616.355.1364.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Smart Energy: We need to use both conservation and efficiency measures to manage our resources to provide access to reliable and cost-effective energy.

As home energy use has increased with more at-home activities because of COVID, energy efficiency incentives and rebates like insulation or caulking can have an even bigger positive impact.
December 18, 2013 – Julian Gonzalez with Long’s Peak Energy Conservation, blows insulation into Cathy Schultheis’ attic in Niwot, Colorado. (Photo by Dennis Schroeder / NREL)
A virtual meeting Monday evening about the Community Energy Plan will include tips on home energy efficiency measures, like insulation or smart thermostats, and incentives to implement them.

Michigan Campus Earth Day 50.5 – Virtual Conference – October 22

Michigan Campus Earth Day 50.5 – Virtual Conference

Thursday, October 22 / 9 am to 5 pm  (come and go as your schedule allows)

The Michigan Campus Sustainability Collective (MiCSC), a program focused on influencing and educating future generations on sustainability and elevating and promoting the use of sustainability on Michigan campuses is proud to present MI Campus Earth Day 50.5.

https://wmsbf.org/mi-campus-earth-day-50-5/

Michigan Campus Earth Day 50.5 is a collaborative event to engage faculty, staff, students, and other stakeholders in a series of virtual convenings. The event will educate and provide action items for campuses to create awareness and advance environmental and social justice, including the importance of voting, how to incorporate environmental justice in curriculum, and how to improve food justice on campus.

The event includes a civic engagement component, including a live voter registration.  The day is split into morning and afternoon sessions geared toward professionals and student audiences, respectively.

Join us for speakers from around Michigan and surrounding campuses as we improve higher education sustainability initiatives through education, including an increased awareness of the importance of public health, racial equity, and social justice.  We will facilitate connections between professionals and students with environmental justice experts.  While the momentous Earth Day 50.5 was overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts, the Earth Day 50.5 milestone provides an opportunity to develop a collaborative space for Michigan colleges to empower the future generation in sustainability work, while increasing voter registration on campus and educating individuals about environmental justice issues and candidate stances on the ballots.

See the full line-up and register at:  https://wmsbf.org/mi-campus-earth-day-50-5/
**This is a full day event, but you are free to come and go as your schedule allows. Recordings will also be made available to those that register.

Living Sustainably: VOTE411.org is a one-stop website for non-partisan voter information

By Claudia Berry, League of Women Voters – Holland Area
Are you looking for unbiased information on candidates and proposals as you begin to fill out your absentee ballot or plan your vote for the Nov. 3 election? The League of Women Voters has the perfect website for you: VOTE411.org is an online voters’ guide which displays candidate and ballot proposal information personalized to a voter’s address.
The League’s mission is to ensure the rights of all qualified voters and to encourage informed and active participation in government. It is a nonpartisan, trusted, grassroots organization that has been a source of information about candidates and ballot issues for more than 100 years. Since we are living in a digital age, the League has developed a national website where voter information is compiled and offered to voters in an easy to access, digital format.
The League of Women Voters Holland Area encourages every eligible voter with internet access (or the ability to use the computers at Herrick Library) to visit VOTE411.org for nonpartisan election information.
To get started, type VOTE411.org in the web browser. The home page has three main sections:
“Find What’s on Your Ballot,” “Register to Vote,” and “Check Your Voter Registration Status.” All these sections have links to the Michigan Secretary of State’s website. Click the box that says, “Find What’s on Your Ballot,” enter your address, and then click “Go to My Races.” The website will produce information on races for your location, with information in either English and Spanish.
Candidates participating in VOTE411.org answer questions covering topics relating to the economy, health care, and the environment. All candidates respond in their own words. In some cases, the answers are blank, which means the candidate has not responded to that question.
VOTE411.org allows voters to compare candidate responses on these relevant issues. Candidates’ information is provided for the following races: state and local municipal races, the Michigan Supreme Court, local courts, and university trustees.
There is also a checklist for first-time voters. The League of Women Voters of the Holland Area is working hard to make voter information accessible even under COVID-19 social distancing constraints.
Look for our VOTE411 yard signs on lawns in the area promoting the website address.
Vote411.org was launched in 2006 and its popularity has grown rapidly. During the 2018 midterm elections, more than 5.5 million people used the Voter411.org website.
If you choose to vote in person, Election Day is Nov. 3 and the polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Go to Vote411.org to find your polling place.
Get the facts at Vote411.org and make your voice heard on election day by voting!
-Claudia Berry has been president of the League of Women Voters of the Holland Area since 2018.

The Vote411.org web site offers voters a range of impartial, non-partisan election resources.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Quality of Life: The community, through governmental, religious, business and social organizations, makes decisions that contribute to its own well-being.

ABOUT THIS SERIES  
Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute for more information.

The League of Women Voters website, VOTE411.org, is an online voters’ guide which displays candidate and ballot proposal information personalized to a voter’s address.

Green Commute Week 2020

The annual Green Commute Week hosted by the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council is an excellent opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to try out a greener commute option (and be entered into a drawing for prizes).

We hope you’ll join our continuing efforts to create a more sustainable campus by participating in this year’s program. Be sure you register with your @hope.edu email address so we can track the collective participation. Tag us in your fun green commuting photos too! Contact: Michelle Gibbs if you have any questions gibbsm@hope.edu.

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Green Commute Week 2020 will take place October 5-9. The event will look a little different this year, with the commute challenge focusing on active and socially distant forms of green transportation. This includes walking, biking, telecommuting, driving a fully electric vehicle, or any other form of green transportation that involves physical activity (rollerblading, long boarding, skateboarding, etc.). All types of trips are encouraged, whether they are to and from a destination like work or school, or simply recreational.

How It Works:

There will be five commute categories:

Walking
Biking
Telecommuting
Electric Vehicles
Other – Any other form of green transportation (rollerblading, long boarding, skateboarding, etc.)

Trip and Mileage Logging

Log each commute trip throughout the week, including miles and mode on the MACC website. Each trip should be entered individually.

Participation and Prizes

This year’s commute challenge is based on participation. At the end of the week, there will be a random drawing for $50 West Coast Cash within each commute mode category.

Each trip logged = one entry in the corresponding mode category. The more trips recorded and the more modes you choose, the higher your chances are of winning.

Example: If you log three trips by bike and four trips by skateboard, you will be entered three times into the bike category and four times into the “other” category.

The trip tracking form will close at noon on Saturday, October 10th, to allow Friday’s commutes to be logged. The winner in each category will be announced on Monday, October 12th.

Living Sustainably: Holland’s Energy-Saving Trees Program Adds 500 Plantings

By Anne Saliers, Holland Board of Public Works
Holland’s Energy-Saving Trees Program grew from 300 to 500 trees in this the second year of the program. A partnership of Holland Board of Public Works and the City of Holland, the program saw 500 trees planted recently by homeowners, bringing the two-year total to 800 trees.
Developed by the Arbor Day Foundation, the Energy-Saving Trees Program educates homeowners about the energy-saving benefits of strategic tree planting. Using an online mapping tool when reserving a tree, homeowners are able to see their property and utility lines, select one of four species, and position it in an optimal spot. The software calculates estimated annual energy savings.
Holland was the first site in the state to offer the program. The trees are free to any HBPW residential electric customer.
The City of Holland has a goal to increase its tree canopy from the current 24 percent to 36 percent.
Private property plantings have been, and will continue to be, vital in reaching this goal.
The benefits of increasing the tree canopy are many. In brochures created by Hope College student Katelyn DeWitt, an intern who has helped the city build a tree inventory, she provided homeowners information about the species they selected and detailed how trees:

– Reduce greenhouse gasses
– Make saving energy simple

– Clean the air
– Clean water and reduce the impacts of flooding
– Cool communities
– Make people happy.
Reducing greenhouse gasses is also the focus of Holland’s long-range Community Energy Plan. Trees help. A single large neighborhood tree removes over 100 pounds of carbon from the atmosphere each year. In 10 years’ time, this is enough to offset the carbon produced by a single jet flight from coast to coast.

According to the Arbor Day Foundation, the 20-year projected values of the impact of the 800 trees planted includes:

– 800 households engaged
– 307,023 kilowatt-hours of electricity saved
– 4,629 pounds of air pollutants absorbed
– 1,894,132 pounds of carbon sequestered/avoided
– 3,375,408 gallons of storm water filtered.

Holland Board of Public Works and the City of Holland plan to offer the program again in 2021.
Watch for an announcement in the city’s newsletter or check HollandBPW.com in February.
Anne Saliers is the community energy services manager at Holland Board of Public Works and Holland resident.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme: Smart Energy
We need to use both conservation and efficiency measures to manage our resources to provide access to reliable and cost-effective energy.

ABOUT THIS SERIES  
Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute for more information.

With distribution of 800 trees over the past two years, the Holland BPW Energy Saving Trees Program has made major impacts on energy saving, clean air and other positive results for the Holland community.
Through the Energy Saving Trees Program, Holland BPW customers received 500 trees to help reduce energy use and clean the air.

Living Sustainably: Green Commute Week – Let’s Work Together to Build a Healthier Community

By Mara Gericke, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council
Green Commute Week is an annual event designed to promote awareness about green transportation options that benefit the environment, the budget, and both personal and community health.
If you regularly participate in Green Commute Week, you may have noticed that spring came and went this year without mention of the event, which is usually held in spring. Most things look a lot different these days, and this event is no exception.
For the health and safety of our participants, the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council made the decision to postpone the event until fall and modify the structure to focus on active and socially distant forms of green commuting including walking, biking, telecommuting, driving a fully electric vehicle, or any other type of green transportation that involves physical activity like rollerblading, skateboarding, or even kayaking.
Here’s how it will work: Green Commute Week will be Oct. 5-9. Unlike previous years, no registration is required, and all participants will participate as individuals. However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t form your own teams within a workplace or other group and hold your own in-group challenges. We encourage it!

There will be five commute categories including walking, biking, telecommuting, driving a fully electric vehicle, and other (including any other form of active transportation). Participants will log each commute trip throughout the week on the MACC website at www.the-macc.org/green-commute-week.
This year’s commute challenge is based on participation:  Each trip logged equals one entry in the corresponding mode category. The more trips recorded and the more modes you choose, the higher your chances are of winning. At the end of the week, there will be a random drawing for $50 West Coast Cash within each commute mode category.
We hope you enjoy this opportunity to get outside, soak up the beautiful West Michigan fall weather, and contribute to the improvement of our health, our air, and our community!
 Mara Gericke is assistant planner at the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Transportation: The movement of people, goods, and services within the area is an evolving system that links us to our regional, national and global networks.

ABOUT THIS SERIES  
Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute for more information.

COVID-safe, socially distanced green commuting is the goal of this year’s Green Commute Week, coming up the week of Oct. 5.
Bicycling is just one of the green commute possibilities that can include walking, skateboarding, driving an electric vehicle or even telecommuting for the Green Commute Week beginning Oct. 5.

Living Sustainably: Put nature to work for more effective gardening

By Kelly Goward, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council
The urban environment is dominated by buildings, pavement, lawns, and other non-natural elements.
We constantly struggle against nature to maintain our built environment, especially our lawns and gardens.
This can include the use of fertilizers and pesticides that, if used improperly, can cause environmental harm. Our built landscapes can also be very water intensive, which can lead to high demand on our public water utilities.
However, there are ways to work with nature to create an attractive, low maintenance landscape that will help protect the environment, conserve water and provide places for urban wildlife.
Gardening with nature starts with careful planning. Take an inventory of what you already have.
What are your soils like? Are they dry and sandy, or wet and clayey? How much sunlight does your yard get? Are there problem areas where plants struggle to grow? These are a few questions to get you started.

Next think about what your goals and objectives are for the property. A goal is what you want to achieve, such as, “I want to create a water efficient landscape.” Objectives are what you will do and when to meet your goals, such as, “Reduce my lawn and plant a butterfly garden next spring.” It helps to write down your goals and objectives, because from there, you can outline the steps necessary to bring your goals to reality.
There are some specific things you should think about when gardening with nature. They include selecting the right plants for your soil and sunlight conditions, minimizing pesticide and fertilizer use, and conserving water.
Using native plants can help with all of these as they are adapted to local conditions, do not require fertilizers or pesticides, and should not need to be watered once established.
Also, look for alternatives to fertilizer, like compost or compost tea. Not only does compost add nutrients, but it also supports healthy soil biology, which can help plants take up nutrients and fight off disease.
Water conservation can be achieved by first selecting the right plant species, but also by adding mulch to reduce evaporation from the soil. Also, consider installing a rain barrel to capture rain water for irrigation.
The Sept. 22 Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore Virtual Event will explore some of these ideas and more. The event will discuss gardening practices that help manage stormwater on your property as well as tips for conserving water. We will also hear about some work the City of Holland is doing to manage community stormwater.
The online program, “Gardening with Nature,” will be Tuesday, Sept. 22, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Register at https://libcal.herrickdl.org/event/6876773.
Speakers will include Kelly Goward, environmental program manager at the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council, and Emily Damaska, conservation program specialist at the Holland Board of Public Works.
Kelly Goward is the environmental program manager at the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council. She works with the local communities to improve, restore and protect Lake Macatawa and the surrounding landscape.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Environmental Awareness/Action: Environmental education and integrating environmental practices into our planning will change negative outcomes of the past and improve our future.

ABOUT THIS SERIES  
Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute for more information.

Native milkweed, here in a garden by the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council office, grows naturally with little need for the gardener’s assistance.
Using the right plants, like these cardinal flowers and brown-eyed susan, can produce healthy gardens that minimize need for pesticide, fertilizer and water.
Using plants well-suited to the region, like black-eyed susan and purple coneflower, lets nature help the gardener.

Living Sustainably: Webinar to offer economists’ approach to environmental

By Regan Corum and Sarah Estelle, Hope College
Environmentalists and economists agree: Sustainability of natural resources is an important, timely issue. It’s worth our best efforts now to conserve and wisely utilize society’s scarce resources.
This Labor Day, Hope College’s Markets & Morality program is hosting a virtual event on stewardship, environmental health, and markets featuring economist Dr. P.J. Hill. Hill is a senior fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, and professor emeritus of Wheaton College.
His lecture “Stewardship for Everyone: An Economist’s Proposal for Environmental Health” will consider effective strategies for reaching our environmental goals. In the process, Hill will draw on three distinct but complementary perspectives – conservation, Christian thought, and economics.
Economics is, at its core, a science of resource allocation. The economist’s toolkit is designed to consider competing uses of society’s limited resources. Basic economic principles, therefore, readily apply to issues of environmental degradation in ways that account for the full cost of natural and environmental resources.
Hill is likely to discuss the relative strengths and weakness of private initiative, market mechanisms, and government regulation, both in theory and as born out in practice. Environmental economists have had notable success in facilitating resource conservation with practices and institutional structures that are “incentive compatible.”
Put simply, people have greater incentives to conserve what they have a stake in. These stakes should be protected by a rule of law characterized by broadly held and legally enforceable property rights.
Recent examples of the success of property rights can be found in emissions trading, riparian water rights, fishing and aquaculture, and megafauna conservation.
What is especially promising about the economic way of thinking as applied to the environment is that it only complements stewardship efforts motivated by otherwise sincerely held environmental concern. By focusing on and implementing effective strategies for resource conservation and environmental sustainability, economists provide a practical toolset of value to environmentalists of all stripes.
Community members from Holland and beyond are invited to the online event, cosponsored by Hope’s Department of Economics and Business, Hope College Green Team, and the Acton Institute. Hill’s lecture will begin at 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7 and will be followed by time for audience questions.
For more information on this public lecture event as well as a link to register for free online access, visit the Hope College’s calendar at https://calendar.hope.edu/event/stewardship_for_everyone_with_dr_pj_hill or email
marketsandmorality@hope.edu
.

 Regan Corum is a junior business and economics major at Hope College where she is a member of Markets & Morality. She attended the selective PERC Student Summit in 2020. Sarah Estelle is the director of Markets & Morality and associate professor of economics at Hope College.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Economic Development: Businesses and the local consumers are driving engines that generate capital for growth and development. We want to be a location of choice for new business and industry.

ABOUT THIS SERIES  
Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute for more information.

Dr. P.J. Hill, senior fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, Montana, talks about economics and environmentalism when on campus in this 2017 photo.
The Hope College Markets & Morality series presents a webinar on an economic approach to environmentalism.