Living Sustainably: Framework guides sustainability efforts

By Aaron Thelenwood and Ken Freestone, City of Holland
The City of Holland is putting its Sustainability Framework to work by looking at ways to reduce waste in all its facilities – repurposing used items, reselling outdated equipment and working with local nonprofits to recycle and recover scrap materials.
For example, the city recently ordered new office chairs. When city staff learned most of the old chairs were destined for the landfill, the staff looked for ways to repurpose any usable items and capture recyclable materials.
The results: 110 old chairs were removed with approximately 90 percent of materials diverted from the landfill. Subsequently the Holland Board of Public Works coordinated with city employees to process an additional 35 office chairs for recycling. And within 30 days, another city department diverted another
65 very old, metal folding chairs.
In total, material from 200 chairs was kept out of the landfill.
City employees are now building on this success and applying the city’s Sustainability Framework to identify opportunities to reduce waste, leverage resources, and reduce the city’s waste-to-landfill stream.
By thinking creatively, using community resources, and taking time to analyze the types and amounts of waste, staff are better equipped to establish policies to minimize the amount of materials sent to the landfill.

The City’s Sustainability Framework identifies seven guiding principles:
 Community Knowledge – encouraging others to support sustainability;
 Smart Energy – making wise, energy efficient choices;
 Environmental Awareness/ Action – thinking about the impact of every project during planning stages;
 Community and Neighborhood – fostering vibrant, sustainable neighborhoods;
 Transportation – finding better ways to transport people, move goods and deliver services;
 Economic Development – becoming the preferred location for business;
 Quality of Life – ensuring access to healthcare, affordable housing, parks, recreational opportunities, cultural events, educational excellence and more.
Anyone, not just city government, can think of waste reduction in the context of those categories. For more details on Holland’s sustainability efforts, go to www.cityofholland.com/sustainability. Go to www.greenmichigan.org for tips on implementing the principles.
Decisions we make sometimes may have consequences that are unintended. By making decisions in the context of the Sustainability Framework, we are more likely to have quality results that improve our lives, minimize negative results and result in quality consequences.
Another set of questions, related to what’s known as the triple bottom line, can also guide decisions:
 Social Issues: How will today’s decisions impact the people in our community, both today and tomorrow?
 Environmental Issues: How will today’s decisions impact the environment? Remembering that environmental issues may not immediately apparent, you may need to think generationally.
 Economic Issues: What impact will our decisions have on businesses, employment, incomes and values of goods and services, both today and tomorrow?
Sustainability is not a one-time thought, a one-issue decision or about one person. It is the framework for all decisions, long-term, and for all people and creatures.

 Ken Freestone is Holland’s residential energy advisor, focusing on home energy retrofits for city residents and is also co-founder of GreenMichigan.org, a nonprofit focused on sustainability. Aaron Thelenwood is solid waste and recycling education coordinator for Holland.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Community & Neighborhood: The places we live and the individuals we interact with support the development of our personalities and perspectives on life. Encouraging vital and effective communities is essential.

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.

May 2018 Sustainability News

May 2018 Sustainability News

May 31, 2018 – Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth

May 31, 2018 – Group challenges Nestle’s water permit from Michigan

May 30, 2018 – Exhibit provides a look at ‘Industrial Nature’

May 30, 2018 – Lower temps at a lower price: How to improve the energy-efficiency of your home today

May 29, 2018 – Consumers Energy tags three peregrine chicks

May 29, 2018 – Hope, GVSU students named Beckman Scholars

May 28, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  New summer program will boost school readiness

May 28, 2018 – Europe plans ban on plastic cutlery, straws and more

May 28, 2018 – Easy and breezy: 6 tips for controlling summer cooling costs

May 26, 2018 – Ohio farmers reap frustration over multistate NEXUS pipeline construction

May 25, 2018 – Holland Town Center continues local growth

May 25, 2018 – Letter: Vote ‘yes’ on Saugatuck library millage

May 24, 2018 – Why are Dutch-Americans so different from the Dutch?

May 23, 2018 – A healthy diet isn’t always possible for low-income Americans, even when they get SNAP benefits

May 23, 2018 – Eating right and staying healthy in retirement

May 22, 2018 – Zeeland hospital achieves Healthgrades award

May 21, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Bus ride to Farmers Market pays off in MAX Market Bucks

May 21, 2018 – 6 ways Walmart is helping change the world

May 20, 2018 – More West Michigan schools starting before Labor Day

May 18, 2018 – What Chinese import policies mean for all 50 states

May 18, 2018 – By ignoring sustainability reporting, the government is out of step with investors and corporations

May 17, 2018 – Two candidates remain in contention for MACC executive director position

May 17, 2018 – Separate food waste ‘offers massive CO2 saving’

May 16, 2018 – 13th Annual Ride of Silence in Holland

May 14, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Green Commute Expo marks special week

May 14, 2018 – Preparing for a successful career in Michigan’s skilled trades

May 13, 2018 – Food for thought: Why aren’t there more food trucks in Holland?

May 7, 2018 – “Rethink, Reuse and Recycle” with Holland BPW during Tulip Time

May 5, 2018 – Tulip Time volunteers honor Holland’s history

May 5, 2018 – Holland police under fire after recorded felony traffic stop

May 4, 2018 – Former state senator, longtime environmental advocate Birkholz dies

May 4, 2018 – Fourth EPA Official Departs Pruitt’s Administration

May 4, 2018 – Dozens of wild horses found dead amid Southwest drought

May 4, 2018 – Fiesta returns to celebrate Latino culture

May 3, 2018 – How To Teach Kids To Love Nature In A Tech-Obsessed World

May 3, 2018 – Holland SmartZone brings in over $85,000 in 2017

May 2, 2018 – Holland council to approve city budget Wednesday

May 2, 2018 – Holland Harbor to be dredged in early May

May 2, 2018 – Palisades Power Plant to host community open house

May 2, 2018 – 18 states sue the Trump administration to defend clean car rules

May 1, 2018 – Robert Redford: The biggest Scott Pruitt scandal is the one right in front of us

May 1, 2018 – Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, C.D.C. Finds

Living Sustainably: Bus ride to Farmers Market pays off in MAX Market Bucks

By Shelby Pedersen, Macatawa Area Express

A new program will offer $10 of MAX Market Bucks for riding the MAX bus to the Holland Farmers Market.

Holland Farmers Market shoppers will be able to double up their savings simply by riding the MAX bus to the market in June.

A new program will launch June 1 in which people who ride the bus to the market can earn MAX Market Bucks to redeem at market vendors. The program will run through June 30.

Many community members go to the Farmers Market every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer. Often, however, they experience busy traffic and limited parking because of how popular the Farmers Market is.

The popular Holland Farmers Market attracts crowds – and traffic congestion – on some of its busiest days.

An alternative is this new program that encourages everyone to use a green way to commute to the market and purchase farm fresh produce. Not only will this ease the troubles of parking and traffic, but riders will earn up to 10 Market Bucks and reduce their CO 2 emissions.

To join in the program, hop on the Route 3 MAX bus to get to the Farmers Market and receive a punch card. To get to the market, riders will get off at Eighth Street west of Maple. Buses stop there at three minutes after every hour.

Riders who get off at this stop will get their card punched by the MAX driver. Then, on the market grounds at the Market Office trailer, riders can get another punch and a reusable MAX bag.

After two trips on the MAX to the Farmers Market, riders will have earned 10 MAX Market Bucks!

Macatawa Area TransitThe MAX Market Bucks are redeemable through the Holland Farmers Market and are accepted by most vendors at the market.
MAX is excited to kick off this challenge to encourage local residents to participate in a greener transportation option. For any more information, reach out to MAX at (616)355-1010 and watch social media for more updates.

 Shelby Pedersen is the marketing assistant and ADA coordinator at the Macatawa Area Express. Go to www.catchamax.org/ for more information on routes and riding the bus.

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.

Living Sustainably:  Rethink, Reuse, Recycle with Holland BPW during Tulip Time

By Morgan Kelley, Holland Board of Public Works
As part of its ongoing commitment to encourage conservation and sustainability, the Holland Board of Public Works is the Tulip Time Conservation Partner, working to promote and encourage festival goers to apply sustainable practices during the festival.
Among the activities it is offering, the HBPW will be at the Family Rest Area on Eighth Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10, Kinderparade day, with games and great prizes for all ages. The public is invited to stop by for fun and chances to win!
And while you’re enjoying Tulip Time all week, remember to “Rethink, Reuse and Recycle.”
A big question is always how to get around and experience all that Tulip Time has to offer? Rethink your transportation choice by taking the MAX Tulip Time shuttle. The shuttle not only offers optimal convenience for getting around the festival, but it’s also better for the environment. By using public transportation, you’ll save time by avoiding traffic and parking lines and also reduce your carbon emissions. Check out the interactive map for details and routes so you can plan your Tulip Time activities now. Go to www.tuliptime.com/visit/transportation for the map and other information.
You can also reuse as you explore the Tulip Time Festival by bringing a refillable water bottle to use the free water bottle filling stations – two on Eighth Street and at Centennial and Riverview parks. Save money and support sustainability; there’s no need to buy wasteful, plastic bottles when you can conveniently refill for free!
And be ready to recycle acceptable materials during Tulip Time. You will find recycling bins around the festival events, promoting stewardship of our resources. Already on Saturday, May 5, staff and students from the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute and Careerline Tech Center planned to host recycling and waste reduction stations during the Tulip Time Run.
Finally, mark your calendars for the week after Tulip Time for Holland BPW’s annual drive-through, drop-off Recycle Rewards event. Recycle Rewards will take place 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19 at the HBPW Service Center parking lot at 625 Hastings Ave.
The HBPW will accept and give its customers rebates for working refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioners, and dehumidifiers. It will also accept old holiday lights, anything 50 percent metal or more, and electronics. TVs and computer monitors will not be accepted. For a complete item list, visit padnos.com/recycling-centers.
Remember to “Rethink, Reuse, Recycle!” See you at Tulip Time!
 Morgan Kelley is the conservation programs specialist at the Holland Board of Public Works where she tracks and administers residential energy efficiency programs and represents HBPW at community events.

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.

April 2018 Sustainability News

April 2018 Sustainability News

April 30, 2018 – Sustainability at the 2018 Tulip Time Festival

April 30, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance’s Summit on Race and Inclusion

April 30, 2018 – Department of Energy Announces $19 Million for Advanced Battery and Electrification Research to Enable Extreme Fast Charging

April 30, 2018 – 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide

April 30, 2018 – Sign-Up for Green Commute Week (May 13-19)

April 30, 3018 – Classroom Spotlight: Brad Smit teaches relevant, hands-on science at Saugatuck

April 29, 2018 – Things to know about Holland’s proposed 2018 budget

April 29, 2018 – What to know about Zeeland’s proposed 2019 budget

April 29, 2018 – Green Investment: Volunteers give and get benefits in Ottawa Parks

April 27, 2018 – World’s Biggest Retail Brands Back Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative

April 27, 2018 – Plans for new Holland growhouse moving forward

April 26, 2018 – Climate change communication and activism

April 26, 2018 – Letter: We must fend for Earth, since Pruitt won’t

April 26, 2018 – How art is elevating voices from the front lines of climate change

April 26, 2018 – Adopt-A-Highway cleanup days in full swing

April 25, 2018 – 3 communities thriving thanks to unconventional partnerships

April 25, 2018 – UK To Ban All Plastic Straws, Q-Tips, And Single-Use Plastics

April 25, 2018 – Council to install formal process for accepting art donations

April 25, 2018 – What other cities can learn from Portland’s fossil-fuel ban

April 24, 2018 – Because of climate change, some birds are nesting earlier

April 24, 2018 – Greenhouse plans to be discussed by Holland council

April 24, 2018 – How your lawn equipment is harming the environment

April 23, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Green Commute plans for any weather options

April 22, 2018 – How to get a more sustainable yard this spring with battery-powered products

April 22, 2018 – Hope College student awarded prestigious science fellowship

April 22, 2018 – DNR urges ORV enthusiasts to be ready to ride

April 20, 2018 – Too early to tell if cold April will impact summer Great Lake temperatures

April 20, 2018 – Free boat checks offered to Ottawa County residents

April 19, 2018 – Expert panel reflects on sustained power and impact of Earth Day–as we laud Year 48

April 19, 2018 – U.S. Department of Energy and Geological Survey Release Online Public Dataset and Viewer of U.S. Wind Turbine Locations and Characteristics

April 19, 2018 – Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed in England

April 18, 2018 – Senate drops measure to exempt ship ballasts from Clean Water Act

April 18, 2018 – Holland council votes 5-4 to allow Airbnb pilot

April 18, 2018 – Hope College ’95 Stories’ students push for more welcoming campus

April 17, 2018 – Holland once again named best small city in America to start a business

April 17, 2018 – Michigan official: Tugboat damaged Great Lakes pipelines

April 17, 2018 – Advice for adult children of aging parents who need help at home

April 16, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Fly fishing helps promote conservation

April 16, 2018 – SCIENCE, SUSTAINABILITY AND A BAHAMIAN TOWN DUMP

April 16, 2018 – BPW offering tours of Holland Energy Park visitor center

April 16, 2018 – Energy efficiency can help 32 states meet clean air rules by cutting pollution

April 16, 2018 – Starbucks to train workers on ‘unconscious bias,’ CEO says

April 15, 2018 – 3 ways to make your home more eco-friendly with smart home technology

April 15, 2018 – Stewardship volunteer opportunities available in area state parks

April 15, 2018 – 5 ways smart cities provide a healthier, safer, richer life for residents

April 15, 2018 – In age of #MeToo, can there be forgiveness, second chances?

April 13, 2018 – HOPE COLLEGE BLOG:  THE YOUTH ARE SCREAMING FOR CHANGE

April 13, 2018 – Local businesses to donate to Ready For School

April 13, 2018 – 13 ways to celebrate Earth Day and slash your home energy bills

April 10, 2018 – FROM THE PRESIDENT: REV. DENNIS N. VOSKUIL, PH.D.

April 10, 2018 – HOPE COLLEGE SUSTAINABILITY:  SERVING AND PROTECTING THE GARDEN THAT IS EARTH

April 10, 2018 – Grand Rapids’ Retail Shops That Focus on Sustainability

April 10, 2018 – Hard water proves hard on your wallet

April 9, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Diverse business resources sustain a vital community

April 9, 2018 – HOPE COLLEGE SENIOR, EMMA NYHOF, OF HOLLAND, TO PRESENT ECONOMICS RESEARCH CONDUCTED AS A RECIPIENT OF A NATIONALLY COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIP

April 9, 2018 – A Grass-Roots Movement For Healthy Soil Spreads Among Farmers

April 9, 2018 – How to grow a garden you’ll love (and love to take care of)

April 9, 2018 – SpartanNash to Mark Earth Week in April

April 6, 2018 – Matthew T. Mangino: GAO finds racially disproportionate discipline in schools

April 6, 2018 – Tulip Time Downtown Holland Park & Ride Shuttle

April 6, 2018 – Good Sweet Earth provides organic lawn care resources

April 5, 2018 – EPA fails to do its homework on light-duty standards

April 4, 2018 – Businesses Say EPA Will Hurt Economy with Pull Back of Emissions Standards

April 4, 2018 – Here are the American Cities Using the Most Solar-Powered Energy

April 4, 2018 – 5 Plants and Animals Utterly Confused by Climate Change

April 4, 2018 – Leaked memo: Pruitt taking control of Clean Water Act determinations

April 4, 2018 – Anti-Pruitt Sentiments Soar: GOP Members Call for Resignation as Media Campaign Circulates Petition

April 4, 2018 – Western Michigan nature preserve more than doubles in size

April 3, 2018 – 1,000 feet of Lake Michigan beach, 17 acres of dunes added to preserve

April 3, 2018 – Faith leaders reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s religious legacy

April 3, 2018 – Researchers: Hurricane Irma created new island off Georgia coast

April 2, 2018 – Living Sustainably: Workshop targets positive community impacts by business

April 2, 2018 – EPA Moves To Weaken Landmark Fuel Efficiency Rules

April 2, 2018 – Schools celebrate the end of a successful Reading Month

April 2, 2018 – Firms probe Kent County on request for garbage-fueled innovations

April 1, 2018 – We’ve Given Up Buying ‘Stuff’ In Favor Of Experiences, And We’ve Never Been Happier

April 1, 2018 – Big in Sweden: Picking up trash + jogging = ‘plogging’

Living Sustainably: Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance’s Summit on Race and Inclusion

By Alice Jasper, Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance
The United States is experiencing an unprecedented change in the country’s racial demographics.
The U.S Census estimates that by the 2060, non-Hispanic whites will be in the minority and, as a result, many organizations and communities are seeking ways to foster diversity and inclusion.

Moving the needle on racial equity is no longer solely dependent on the advocacy of nonprofit and social justice organizations. Key sectors across the board such as community affairs, business and commerce, government and policy, healthcare, education, and faith are quickly learning that cultural intelligence and inclusion are imperative to success.
And enhancing vital and effective communities helps build sustainable communities.

Past Summits have hosted capacity crowds of business people, educators, health professionals, government officials and others.

Businesses, for example, benefit by improving their recruitment practices and retention rates, and stand to gain from engaging multicultural consumers as they tap into the increasing spending power of people of color. Healthcare professionals are better equipped to treat patients when they have a holistic understanding of the systemic and environmental factors that impact physical and mental health outcomes. Educators who encourage inclusivity in their classrooms are seeing higher rates of student engagement and success.
Unfortunately, there is not a “one size fits all” strategy for implementing racial equity and inclusion practices, because systemic barriers to equity impact various organizations and institutions differently. To generate authentic inclusion, and advance racial equity, solutions must be tailored to address the unique challenges of a community or industry.
Toward that end, the 2018 Summit on Race and Inclusion will feature multiple breakout sessions designed to consider sector-specific solutions to implementing racial equity and cultural intelligence.
The Summit is an annual event organized by the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance to examine the effects of racial disparities and present strategies for their elimination. The Summit annually attracts hundreds of participants from across the state to learn from nationally recognized speakers. This year’s
Summit will be held May 15 on the Hope College campus.

This year’s Summit keynote speaker is Dr. Joy DeGruy, who will address multigenerational impacts of systemic oppression and institutionalized racism.

This year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Joy Degruy, is an expert in the transgenerational trauma of African Americans. She will speak to the importance of applying culturally responsive intervention in the field of social work.
The breakout sessions will focus on different sectors of society: community, business, government and policy, healthcare, education, and faith. Each session will feature speakers with expertise in applying inclusion strategies to that sector.
West Michigan community members who are looking to learn more about overcoming challenges to racial equity and inclusion are invited to attend this year’s Summit for a day filled with insightful discussion and community reflection, with respect to some of today’s most pressing social issues.
 Alice Jasper is associate program director at the Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance.

Summit on Race and Inclusion: Advancing Equity
Where: Hope College
When: 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 15, 2018

More Information/Register: ethnicdiversity.org/programs/summit/

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Community & Neighborhood: The places we live and the individuals we interact with support the development of our personalities and perspectives on life. Encouraging vital and effective communities is essential.

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.

2018 Hope College Student Sustainability Research Projects

In Holland, we believe that in order to become a vibrant, world-class community we must look at all aspects of our community.  This includes the “Triple Bottom Line”  and the economic, social, and environmental impacts we all have. Our City of Holland Sustainability Committee has created a seven-pillar framework with “lenses” to help us evaluate and make more sustainable choices. We have used this framework model as a way to identify the 2018 Hope College Sustainability Research Projects.

The Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute (HHCSI) would like to formally recognize the following projects:  

PDF Document:  2018 Sustainability Research Projects

PDF Document:  2018 Program

This year’s research projects were designated with a “green ribbon” on their research poster at the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance. Original research by students on topics ranging from the use of drones to track the movement of sand dunes, to the relationship between educational attainment and opioid overdose rates, to the Civil War and racism, were highlighted during the Celebration at Hope College on Friday, April 13, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse.

Framework Categories:

SMART ENERGY  

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

TRANSPORTATION  

COMMUNITY & NEIGHBORHOOD  

QUALITY OF LIFE  

COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE  

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION & AWARENESS  

For more information about the Framework visit:

www.hollandsustainabilityreport.org

For more information about the Annual Celebration visit:

https://hope.edu/academics/celebration-undergraduate-research/

The students and their projects represented all of the college’s academic divisions — the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural and applied sciences — and a total of 28 departments and programs.

This year’s event also commemorated the campus-wide Award for Undergraduate Research Accomplishments that Hope received from the Council on Undergraduate Research last fall. The award recognizes exceptional undergraduate research, scholarship and creative-activity programs. Only nine colleges and universities nationwide, three per year, have received the recognition since the award program began in 2015. Hope is the only institution in Michigan to have earned the award.

The research and performance celebration, first presented in 2001, is designed to spotlight the quality and importance of student-faculty collaborative research at Hope. Undergraduate research is a hallmark experience for many Hope students and has been a teaching model used at the college for more than seven decades. Mentored collaborative research happens year-round, with approximately 300 students conducting faculty-supervised independent research during the academic year and 200 doing research over the summer, making Hope’s summer research program among the largest in the nation at a liberal arts college. Since faculty are active in scholarship year-round, many more students engage in research during the academic year.

Research has a long and storied history at Hope College. More than 100 years ago, biologist Dr. Samuel O. Mast designed research laboratory space for the college’s Van Raalte Hall, which opened in 1903. The late Dr. Gerrit Van Zyl, who taught chemistry at the college from 1923 to 1964, is widely recognized for developing research-based learning at Hope in its modern sense.

Hope has received recognition in a variety of ways through the years for its success in teaching through collaborative faculty-student research, and for the high quality of the research itself. For the past 16 years, since the category debuted, the “Best Colleges” guide published by U.S. News and World Report has included Hope on its listing of institutions that are exceptional for their emphasis on undergraduate research and creative projects. Hope is one of only 42 institutions of all types, and one of only 12 national liberal arts colleges, on the list in the 2018 edition.