Living Sustainably: Students study air quality with local monitors

A recent report cites 104 fires burning more than 2.4 million acres in 14 U.S. states. Would it surprise you to know that these wildfires impact us here in Holland?  Pictures from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration data show wildfire smoke wafting through West Michigan last month. Did you notice these plumes as they drifted through Holland? […]

FREE Trees With HBPW’s Energy Saving Trees Giveaway

Reserve your FREE TREE (while supplies last) arborday.org/HBPW Hurry, before they’re gone! Energy Saving Trees – Holland BPW and the City of Holland are providing free trees to HBPW electric customers through the Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees program. Tree distribution will be Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021.

Green Commute Week 2021

Green Commute “Week” is a fun event intended to take vehicles off the road during the height of ozone season (June through August). Every year, the event aims to encourage individuals to carpool, ride the bus, ride a bike, walk, and telecommute.This year, we are trying something different – Green Commute “Week” BINGO! The event […]

Student-led solar project powers grounds equipment at Hope

Hope College is now powering some landscape equipment and electric golf carts by the sun!A small 2.4 kW photovoltaic system has been installed on top of the Keppel Carriage House thanks to students in the 2019-2020 Intro to Engineering Course. This carriage house itself is a repurposed building that was moved in the 1990s to […]

STEM@Hope! Summer Science Camps kick-off

“Everyone loves to STEM@Home during the school year, but Summer 2021 can be your time to STEM@Hope with ExploreHope’s on-campus Summer Science Camps! The school year’s winding down, and that means your summer of STEM is about to begin. Hope Summer Science Camps begin on June 14 and run through July 30. Whether you love […]

Susan Ipri Brown and Michelle Gibbs receive new Great Lakes Fishery Trust award

Susan Ipri Brown, Director of ExploreHope and Assistant Professor of Engineering Instruction, and Michelle Gibbs, Director of the Office of Sustainability, received a $43,544 award from the Great Lakes Fishery Trust Great Lakes Stewardship Program. The project is titled Nurturing Stewardship Through Peer Mentoring. Read the full annoucement on the “Sponsored Research and Programs” blog post.

2021 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 […]

Living Sustainably: Drop the Phone, Grab the World

Now more than ever, we can’t seem to exist without technology. Though humanity was already walking that precarious path, the COVID-19 pandemic forced us even closer to our devices — perhaps a little closer than we were ready. Viewing our phones, tablets, and TVs as lifelines to the world brought into perspective how much life we […]

Kiss the Ground

Be sure to register for our next film screening and panel discussion on Tuesday, February 23 as we reflect on the film “Kiss the Ground.”  “Kiss the Ground is a full-length documentary narrated by Woody Harrelson that sheds light on a “new, old approach” to farming called “regenerative agriculture” that has the potential to balance our climate, […]