LIVING SUSTAINABLY: Have yourself a merry greener Christmas!

By Anthony Aragon Orozco, Hope College Green Team The holidays are upon us! Which is also the time we might panic, wondering what am I going to get for who, how will I decorate the house, and what on earth will I make to eat for the holidays this year? I’m sure we all have our yearly …

Living Sustainably: Recycle, get new Christmas lights and save at Light Exchange

By Morgan Kelley, Holland Board of Public Works Did you know holiday string lights cannot be recycled in everyday recycling? Light strings not only contain a large amount of rubber and plastic, and sometimes glass, but also copper. These materials do not biodegrade easily, and copper is a valuable metal. But by participating in the Holiday Light …

LIVING SUSTAINABLY: You Can Stomp out a Smaller Carbon Footprint

By Karey Frink’18, Intern for the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute Carbon footprint.  This is a term we are hearing used more often, but what really does that mean? Carbon footprints are often thought about in terms of transportation habits. However, every person’s carbon footprint is comprised of much more. Here’s a complete definition from the Environmental …

LIVING SUSTAINABLY: Living Sustainably program will sort out recycling questions

By Michelle Gibbs, Office of Sustainability Quick quiz: Which of these items can you recycle in Holland’s yellow curbside recycling bags? Plastic milk carton Paper milk carton Paper Junk mail Styrofoam cups Plastic bags Cereal boxes Think you know? The answers may surprise you. For example, while plastic milk cartons can be recycled at the …

LIVING SUSTAINABLY: Less stuff is more sustainable

By Sarah Irvin, DeGraaf Nature Center We live in an age of consumption, as evident in our overflowing and expanding homes, garages, and external storage facilities. Studies have shown this accumulation is not making us any happier and comes with a cost to both people and our environment. So, we need to think about the impact of our …

LIVING SUSTAINABLY: Fall and winter are local food seasons, too

By Madison Ostrander  ’17 Eating seasonally is one of the best ways to thank your community and environment. Doing so feels especially whimsical and effortless in the spring, summer, and early fall, when the Holland Farmers Market is filled with beautiful flowers, fresh fruits, and a wide variety of vegetables. But with cold and snow coming, many …

Living Sustainably: HBPW wants to snuff out vampire power

By Morgan Kelley, Holland Board of Public Works Being smart about your energy use is not only easy, but saves you money. The Energy Waste Reduction programs offered by Holland Board of Public Works seek to meet goals in the City of Holland’s Community Energy Plan and Sustainability Framework by promoting affordability, sustainability, and energy efficiency for residents …

LIVING SUSTAINABLY: Business talent pipeline begins with Ready for School

By Shandra Martinez, Ready for School Herman Miller employees were among the volunteers who fanned out to meet soon-to-be kindergarten students on a sunny August morning to personally present each child with a bright green backpack. Inside each was an outfit of pants, shirt, and shoes, plus school supplies, such as a pencil box, crayons, colored pencils, scissors, and …

Living Sustainably: Energy seminar focuses on comfort, health, savings

By Andrea Goodell, Herrick District Library Making your home more comfortable, healthy and cost-effective doesn’t have to break the bank.  Everyone knows the No. 1 tip: Lower your thermostat a couple of degrees in winter and raise it a couple of degrees in summer. (You won’t notice the difference, but you’ll notice the savings.) There are dozens of …

Living Sustainably: Harvest Festival Saturday Celebrates Hope and Inclusion

By Sara Hogan, Benjamin’s Hope Harvest Festival at Benjamin’s Hope has become a much-anticipated annual event that inspires hope for hundreds of families in West Michigan impacted by disability. The entire community is welcome for this annual family-friendly evening of fun. Families will enjoy pony cart rides, hayrides, roasting marshmallows around a campfire, games, and more at the Harvest …