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 […]

LIVING SUSTAINABLY: Six Ways to Raise a Sustainable Family in Holland

LIVING SUSTAINABLY:  Six Ways to Raise a Sustainable Family in Holland By Marissa Berghorst, Mother and Businesswoman Raising a sustainable family is easier than you might think. While there are many different ways to move towards becoming a more sustainable family, some of them may seem overwhelming. Here are six small, achievable steps you can take to ensure […]

Living Sustainably: Green Commute Week offers Challenge, Health, Perks

LIVING SUSTAINABLY:  Green Commute Week offers Challenge, Health, Perks By Carolyn Ulstad, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council It’s finally spring! This time of year always warms my heart. The flowers and trees begin to blossom, the days gradually get longer and I notice myself and our neighbors venturing out more often from our homes. It’s incredibly refreshing to finally […]

April 2017 Sustainability News

April 30, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Task force shows businesses how energy efficiency wins April 29, 2017 – Can a tiny house play a role in helping the homeless? April 29, 2017 – Controversial Saugatuck Dunes development gets nod from planning commission April 28, 2017 – 100% Clean Energy Bill Launched by US Senators Merkley, Sanders, Markey, and Advocates […]

Living Sustainably: Task Force Shows Businesses How Energy Efficiency Wins

LIVING SUSTAINABLY:  Task Force Shows Businesses How Energy Efficiency Wins By Brian Pageau (Hope College Alumni ’03), Commercial Institutional Task Force for Energy Efficiency In my six-plus years of helping organizations pursue energy efficiency in buildings, I have met with more than 1,000 business owners and decision makers. I can confidently say 99 percent of the people I […]

2017 Sustainability Research Projects

The Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute (HHCSI) would like to formally recognize the following 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 economic, social, and environmental impacts we all have. Our City of Holland Sustainability Committee has created […]