Living Sustainably: Get up close with the Great Lakes

LIVING SUSTAINABLY Get up close with the Great Lakes By Michelle Gibbs, Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute Asked where they’re from, Michigan residents know the drill: Hold up your hand and point.  We take pride in being from this amazing state with its state motto, “If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.” We are blessed to be …

Living Sustainably: Standards help make spaces more healthy

Living Sustainably: Standards help make spaces more healthy By Morna Hallsaxton, EcoCreative Design When designing a building, most architects consider the functions of the building to determine the building structure and materials. However, the WELL Building Standard rating system v1.0, launched in 2014, has increased the consideration of human health in design and construction strategies. Seven years of …

Living Sustainably: Everyone is part of a watershed – celebrate yours!

Living Sustainably: Everyone is part of a watershed – celebrate yours! By Ashley Van Zee / / Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway We love our waterfront here around Holland, but did you know that, really, everyone lives on the water? It’s true. We all live in a watershed. A watershed is an area of land …

Living Sustainably: Lessons from Washington for Local Efforts

Lessons from Washington for Local Efforts By Kyle Funk, Hope College Green Team Education is about taking in wisdom from different settings and applying it to communities you work for. While interning in Washington, D.C., for four months, I made some observations about how to work toward sustainability policies right here in Holland. First, learn civics. Learn about …

Living Sustainably: Eight Things to Know about Shopping at a Farmers Market

Eight Things to Know about Shopping at a Farmers Market By Lisa Uganski, Ottawa Food Thinking about a visit to the Holland Farmers Market? Here are eight things to know about why local farmers markets are much more than just places to purchase food! 1. Sustainability is the predominant theme at local farmers markets. Farmers engage …

Living Sustainably: Shopping locally sustains community

LIVING SUSTAINABLY: Shopping locally sustains community By Dana Eardley, Local First Local isn’t just a place on a map. It’s people. It’s your neighbors and their families, their businesses, farms, nonprofits, events, and recreational venues. Local is a community and all of the opportunities we create together and the challenges we work to overcome. As an organization, Local …

Living Sustainably: Manage your house for more comfort, lower energy bills

Living Sustainably: Manage your house for more comfort, lower energy bills By Peter Boogaart, City of Holland Residential Energy Adviser In the commercial/industrial sector, every building has a supervisor, someone who is responsible for managing the way it functions. When something is wrong — no heat, broken window, lights out — you call the “super.” In the …

Living Sustainably: Students make their own discoveries with air monitors

LIVING SUSTAINABLY:  Students make their own discoveries with air monitors By Susan Ipri Brown, Hope College Students are naturally curious about the world around them. So why not let that curiosity drive their learning? Simple and compact air quality monitors developed by resident Don Triezenberg are doing just that through a program managed by ExploreHope, Hope College’s …

May 2017 Sustainability News

May 31, 2017 – Trump resisting pressure from Europe, pope on climate deal May 30, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Acid’s impact – A “Teach for Our Energy Future” lesson May 30, 2017 – POPULAR SCIENCE CAMPS FOR K-12 STUDENTS MARK 20TH ANNIVERSARY May 30, 2017 – Sustainable business at a crossroads, again May 29, 2017 – DNR’s fish trend viewer …

Living Sustainably: Acid’s impact – A “Teach for Our Energy Future” lesson

LIVING SUSTAINABLY:  Acid’s impact – A “Teach for Our Energy Future” lesson By Jessica Vander Ark, West Michigan Environmental Action Council We sure use a lot of energy. About 97.4 quadrillion Btu a year just in the U.S. – roughly the equivalent of 16 billion barrels of oil. And all that energy use has direct impact on …