HHCSI is partnering with Local First in the first annual “2018 Lakeshore Awards.”

The Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute is partnering with Local First in the first annual “2018 Lakeshore Awards.”

 

The Local First LocalMotion Awards began in 2011 as a way to promote best business practices and recognize the achievements of local businesses and individuals. It continues to be a way to showcase entrepreneurs who are using their business as a force for good. This means doing outstanding work in sustainability, helping make our community more vibrant and resilient, and strengthening our local economy.

In 2018, we will honor Lakeshore business owners at the First Lakeshore Annual Meeting in February (stay tuned for more details on the event).

NOMINATION FORM

Any local business in West Michigan that fits the LocalFirst membership criteria is eligible (but they do not have to be a member of Local First). Recipients are selected based on the results of their Quick Impact Assessment (QIA). All nominees will be asked to fill out the QIA, which measures business practices from the triple bottom line such as environmental impact, charitable gifts, and employee satisfaction.

Good for Environment: businesses are nominated for having outstanding practices or policies that show stewardship of the environment
Good for Community: businesses are nominated for giving back to the community
Good for Employees: businesses are nominated for going above and beyond to support their employees

To see a listing of previous winners, and visit:  http://www.localfirst.com/good-for-grand-rapids/localmotion-awards

October 2017 Sustainability News

October 2017 Sustainability News

October 31, 2017 – Letter: Opposition growing to Saugatuck development

October 31, 2017 – Holland High launches student engineering pathway

October 30, 2017 – Living Sustainably:  Healthy food sustains healthy living

October 30, 2017 – Community Action House offers Thanksgiving baskets, seeks holiday donations

October 30, 2017 – Corals eat plastic because we’ve made it tasty, study suggests

October 30, 2017 – Home Help: Signs your heating system needs a tune-up

October 30, 2017 – November Climate Summit Will Create a Rule Book. What Will be the US Role?

October 29, 2017 – Michigan Bookshelf: “Of Things Ignored and Unloved”

October 27, 2017 – Climate change could hurt chocolate production

October 27, 2017 – Bill package aims to improve early childhood literacy

October 27, 2017 – PepsiCo Recycling Contest Fuels Sustainability Across College Campuses

October 27, 2017 – Hope students plan DACA support march

October 27, 2017 – Local farmers prepare for cold weather months

October 27, 2017 – How Our Company Connected Our Strategy to Sustainability Goals

October 27, 2017 – What Big Companies Can Teach Small Business Owners About Sustainability

October 26, 2017 – MSU officially open largest solar power array in North America

October 26, 2017 – Eco-Friendly Paving Revives Park Pathways

October 26, 2017 – IMMIGRATION COALITION ADVOCACY WEEK ACTIVITIES SCHEDULED OCT. 30 – NOV. 7 FOR CAMPUS COMMUNITY

October 26, 2017 – Trump declares opioids a public health emergency

October 25, 2017 – Tesla Turns Power Back On At Children’s Hospital In Puerto Rico

October 25, 2017 – How Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is adapting to climate change’s effects

October 25, 2017 – Michigan Winery and Inn Adopts Energy Efficient Measures for Farm and Table

October 25, 2017 – Hope to host basketball exhibitions to benefit hurricane relief efforts

October 24, 2017 – Controversial Saugatuck development gets approval from planning 

October 24, 2017 – Lake Michigan is now clearer than Lake Superior — but why?

October 24, 2017 – Extreme Weather, Climate Change Costing Taxpayers Billions

October 24, 2017 – Guest Editorial: Childhood obesity is a problem we need to address

October 24, 2017 – Climate Change Is Costing Taxpayers Billions — and It’s Getting Worse

October 24, 2017 – Action on climate change, inspired by an 800-year-old saint

October 23, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Social diversity enhances area’s sustainability

October 23, 2017 – Reclaimed Asphalt Performance ‘At Least Equal’ to Virgin Materials, Says Skanska

October 23, 2017 – EPA cancels talks by 3 agency scientists at Rhode Island event

October 23, 2017 – Holland, Saugatuck schools receive local produce grants

October 23, 2017 – Seeking ‘common ground’ in climate change dialogues

October 23, 2017 – Mexico takes a big step in addressing carbon emissions

October 22, 2017 – Not everyone with a #MeToo is posting their story; here’s why some are refraining

October 22, 2017 – ‘You are not alone’: Domestic violence prevalent in Ottawa County

October 22, 2017 – Kitch-iti-kipi is an enchanting stop on your UP travels

October 21, 2017 – My Take: Greater interest is to protect Saugatuck Dunes property

October 21, 2017 – Sudanese refugee finds home in Holland

October 21, 2017 – CROP Walk donation

October 21, 2017 – Readers to vote for favorite books at HDL’s Readers’ Choice Awards

October 20, 2017 – EERE Success Story—Sun Number Partnership with Zillow Brings Solar Potential Scores to Millions of Americans

October 20, 2017 – My Take: Time for Holland to be welkoming to all

October 20, 2017 – This kills more people every year than war, smoking or road accidents

October 20, 2017 – How to add recyclability and sustainability into medtech plastics

October 20, 2017 – Check out local food, artists in action at Arts & Eats tour of Southwest Michigan

October 19, 2017 – Site of Amazon’s HQ2 has much to learn from Seattle

October 19, 2017 – Do ‘Sue and Settle’ Policies Work Against Industry? EPA Chief Pruitt Thinks So

October 19, 2017 – Bill would hit Nestle with $20M annual state bottled water tax

October 18, 2017 – The Future of Electric Charging Stations Projected in 4 Simple Maps

October 18, 2017 – Locals air concerns opposition of Saugatuck Dune development

October 18, 2017 – Stabenow introduces bipartisan conservation legislation

October 18, 2017 – Locals air concerns opposition of Saugatuck Dune development

October 18, 2017 – Wolverine’s Decades-Old Toxic Tannery Sludge Dumping Could Lead to Lawsuits

October 18, 2017 – Non-owner occupied Airbnbs now allowed in commercial zones in Holland

October 18, 2017 – Rug Recycling Bill Requiring Carpet Manufacturers to Set Stewardship Programs Passes in CA

October 18, 2017 – Sustainable Packaging Market Growth Driven by Preference, Regulations

October 17, 2017 – The 6 Ways Business Leaders Talk About Sustainability

October 17, 2017 – Target Commits to New Climate Goals & 100% Renewable Energy

October 17, 2017 – Is Going Paperless Penniless for Corporations?

October 16, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Airport supports sustainable local economy

October 16, 2017 – 5 myths about solar panels, debunked

October 16, 2017 – How to Best Communicate Sustainability?

October 14, 2017 – Holland-area business leaders named to 40 Under 40 list

October 14, 2017 – EPA to clean up Kalamazoo River between Otsego and Plainwell

October 14, 2017 – Ottawa County Parks and Recreation looks forward after busy summer

October 13, 2017 – My Take: Our community, our decision, our fiber

October 13, 2017 – Movie review: New glorious nature documentary shouldn’t be missed

October 13, 2017 – Leaf colors in West Michigan are expected to peak this weekend

October 13, 2017 – Petroleum clean up bill passes the state Senate

October 13, 2017 – Prevalence of invasive stink bugs in Michigan to continue growing, expert says

October 13, 2017 – The first casualty of North Korean nuclear tests? The country’s environment

October 12, 2017 – Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance denied request to appeal development plan

October 12, 2017 – Saugatuck Dunes Coastal Alliance denied request to appeal development plan

October 11, 2017 – Judge allows Dakota Access pipeline to keep running

October 11, 2017 – Black River students learn food sources in Market Project

October 9, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Three Holland projects are finalists for state energy awards

October 9, 2017 – EPA chief says administration to roll back climate plan

October 8, 2017 – Hope College featured in Princeton Review’s green colleges

October 7, 2017 – Holland’s Tulip Time earns top honor from World Tulip Summit

October 7, 2017 – Why Musk is pitching solar panels to Puerto Rico even as residents struggle to get clean water

October 6, 2017 – Trump quietly stalls safeguards for dozens of endangered species

October 5, 2017 – Zeeland Christian students get project help from design firm Disher

October 4, 2017 – 5 eco-friendly tips for cleaning your home

October 4, 2017 – 3 important areas to focus on when winterizing your home

October 4, 2017 – 7 projects to help your home weather the winter safely and efficiently

October 3, 2017 – PepsiCo Recycling Contest Fuels Sustainability on College Campuses

October 3, 2017 – $240 million Holland Energy Park opens with ribbon cutting

October 3, 2017 – Sharing the road: Safety gear makes cycling safer, but can promote a false sense of security

October 3, 2017 – New Research Says Reducing Ozone Levels Produces Medical Benefits But Manufacturers Say the Rules Are Inflexible

October 2, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Holland Energy Park: Resource, destination, gateway

October 2, 2017 – Ottawa County to purchase historic home in Bend Area park

October 2, 2017 – Sustainable Sourcing a Key Pillar for Prosperity, Says Tetra Pak

October 1, 2017 –New exhibit looks at the Au Sable River

Holland Energy Fund Wins Governor’s Energy Excellence Innovator of the Year Award

Media Contact: Ashley Kimble, Holland Board of Public Works (616) 355-1576

http://hollandenergyfund.com/

October 20, 2017, Holland, MI – Holland Energy Fund, a nonprofit corporation that supports Holland’s long-range Community Energy Plan, was recognized as “Innovator of the Year” at the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards (GEEA) for its energy waste reduction achievements.
Holland Energy Fund was one of eight winners announced by Gov. Rick Snyder and honored at a ceremony in Detroit on October 19.
“Holland Energy Fund was incorporated as a non-profit in 2015 and supports the Holland Community Energy Plan, a 40-year path to the city becoming a world-class leader in energy security, affordability, sustainability, and efficiency,” said Anne Saliers, community energy services manager, Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW).
To reach the goal, Holland Energy Fund’s Home Energy Retrofit Program offers a 10 percent rebate to City of Holland homeowners for investing in “deep” energy upgrades. It also offers low fixed-interest loans that residents can conveniently pay back on their Holland BPW electric bill.
“It’s the first on-bill financing program for improving home efficiency and comfort in Michigan,” said Mayor Nancy DeBoer, City of Holland. “As a City that prides itself on being forward-thinking, it’s truly special we’ve been awarded the Innovator of the Year award for pioneering these unique programs.”

Representing two of three Holland projects that are finalists for the Governor’s Energy
Excellence Awards are, in front, homeowner Nancy Kiernan and in back, left to right, Mayor Nancy
DeBoer, Holland Residential Energy Advisor Peter Boogaart, City Treasurer and President of Holland
Energy Fund Tim Vagle, and Holland BPW Community Energy Services Manager Anne Saliers.

The GEEA winners’ energy solutions ranged from improving existing structures with energy-efficient state-of- the-art heating cooling and lighting systems to constructing new buildings, all with a goal of reducing energy waste and improving overall sustainability.

“Reducing energy waste, along with ensuring energy reliability and advancing clean energy, is a key component of Michigan’s energy policy,” said the governor. “We’re proud of the steps taken by the individuals and organizations we’re honoring, because collectively they illustrate what can be done to reduce energy waste and save money, both of which strengthen Michigan’s economy.”
Nominations were made in one of eight categories celebrating differing ways in which energy efficiency can be achieved in the state of Michigan. The award categories include:
 Best Projects (commercial, residential, public, industrial/manufacturing, and agriculture)
 Innovator of the Year
 Contractor of the Year
 Best Communication or Education Program

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About the Governor’s Energy Excellence Award
The Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards honor Michigan individuals and organizations who have made reducing energy waste and implementing energy-efficient practices part of their everyday lives. The awards would not be possible without the support of the Department of Energy and the Michigan Agency for Energy through the Michigan Energy Office. Other sponsors include CLEAResult; Consumers Energy; Dow Chemical Company; DTE Energy; DNV GL; ICF;
ITC, a Fortis Company; and SEMCO ENERGY Gas Company.
For more information on the awards, go to www.mienergyexcellence.org. For winner and finalist photos and project descriptions, click on “Finalists.”

WMSBF to Honor Holland Board of Public Works with Climate Leadership Award

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum will recognize the Holland Board of Public Works with its inaugural Climate Leadership Award on Wednesday, October 25 at the sold-out Triple Bottom Line Bash.

The Climate Leadership Award is one of three new awards WMSBF has created as part of its annual Sustainable Business of the Year Awards. It recognizes an organization that has adopted practices that demonstrate climate leadership locally and within its industry.  The selection committee evaluates criteria such as community leadership, creation of a climate action plan, innovation, and a commitment to both greenhouse gas reduction and climate adaptation strategies.

To read the full press release, please follow this link.

Living Sustainably: Airport supports sustainable local economy

By Aaron Thelenwood, West Michigan Regional Airport Authority
The West Michigan Regional Airport has been serving the Holland area for more than 50 years, and 30 years ago this month it became a public facility. Since then, it’s economic impact has been massive.

According to statistics from the MDOT/Aeronautics Division’s 2017 Michigan Aviation Plan report, an estimated $164 million of economic impact to the Holland/Zeeland area can be attributed to direct airport activities each year. Furthermore, 1,690 local jobs are directly related to airport operations, in
addition to an estimated 3,272 jobs supported through airport-related activities such as visitor spending and general air transport, according to the report.
The airport, located off South Washington Avenue in the City of Holland, has evolved from a grass-strip runway to a state-of- the-art facility serving local, regional, national, and international customers.

The West Michigan Regional Airport has about 34,000 incoming and outgoing flights a year, helping drive the economic sustainability of the community.

The airport celebrated the opening of its new Airport Business Center on Oct. 13, 2016, and it is celebrating its 30th year under public ownership this month. Development of the Business Center was identified by the West Michigan Regional Airport Authority as essential to the long-term economic success and viability of the airport. Making the Holland/Zeeland/Park Township area a community of choice for business growth is a key benchmark of positive economic impact within the scope of sustainability.

The West Michigan Regional Airport has helped that growth. It has an estimated 34,000 incoming and outgoing flights annually, including business, freight, and independent charter operations. An estimated 54,975 tons of cargo passes through the airport annually. Additionally, there were 22 charity flights provided to patients through Wings of Mercy over the last year. Wings of Mercy, an airport partner for many years, provides life-giving transportation to patients in need of treatment who otherwise could not afford to fly. The West Michigan Regional Airport is managed by the West Michigan Regional Airport Authority, which is comprised of representatives from three local municipalities: The cities of Holland and Zeeland as well as Park Township.

The airport is supported through a combination of federal, state, and local funding. The local funding is a 0.1 mill property tax in the three communities. For capital projects, the federal share can amount to up to 90 percent of costs, with state and local shares at 5 percent each. Additional revenue is generated through rents and fees charged to airport customers.

Around 95 percent of airport traffic is business related, allowing job creators in this community to remain competitive in a fast-paced world. The airport provides key infrastructure for companies and organizations to operate nationally and internationally while ensuring jobs remain and grow locally.

 Aaron Thelenwood is the assistant manager for the West Michigan Regional Airport Authority and also is the solid waste, recycling, and sustainability coordinator for the City of Holland.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Economic Development: Businesses and the local consumers are driving engines that generate capital for growth and development. We want to be a location of choice for new business and industry.

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: Three Holland projects are finalists for state energy awards

By Anne Saliers, Holland Board of Public Works

The Holland Energy Fund, a finalist for the Governor’s Energy Excellence Award, is represented by (left to right) Holland BPW Community Energy Services Manager Anne Saliers, City Treasurer and President of Holland Energy Fund Tim Vagle, and Holland Residential Energy Advisor Peter Boogaart.

Holland’s leadership in energy efficiency could produce three winners in the Third Annual Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards that recognize people and organizations in Michigan that have taken firm, meaningful actions to improve energy efficiency.
Sandra Keirnan is a finalist for Best Residential Project. She had already begun renovating her 1891 home on State Street when she heard about Holland’s 40-year Community Energy Plan.
From that point on, Keirnan was “all in” on energy efficiency, making good use of the programs offered by the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Those included the Home Energy Retrofit Program incentive, rebates through Holland BPW and SEMCO Energy, and being the first to use the new On-Bill Loan Program.

Sandra Keirnan, one of the most active home energy savers in Holland and a finalist for a state energy award, is greeted by Mayor Nancy DeBoer.

Keirnan also competed in the Holland Energy Prize Biggest Loser Challenge and won “most improved” by doubling her U.S. Department of Energy Home Energy Score from 4 (out of 10) to 8. Her renovations ranged from replacing inefficient appliances to improving her home’s insulation and windows. She expects to save 802 kilowatt hours of electricity and 417 therms of natural gas annually.
Next, GreenHome Institute is a finalist in Best Communication or Education Program for its Biggest Loser Challenge held in Holland during the Georgetown University Energy Prize competition.
The year-long initiative encouraged Holland residents to reduce their electric, gas, and water usage in 2016 from the previous year. Cash, plus energy- and water-saving prizes, went to the residents who were the biggest overall “losers” in energy use. The program urged residents to become energy efficient at a level that fit their lifestyle and budget. The 118 residents who participated saved 10 percent on energy overall, with the Biggest Loser saving 36 percent.

Representing two of three Holland projects that are finalists for the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards are, in front, homeowner Nancy Kiernan and in back, left to right, Mayor Nancy DeBoer, Holland Residential Energy Advisor Peter Boogaart, City Treasurer and President of Holland Energy Fund Tim Vagle, and Holland BPW Community Energy Services Manager Anne Saliers.

Third, Holland Energy Fund is a finalist for Innovator of the Year. Incorporated as a non-profit in 2015, Holland Energy Fund supports the Holland Community Energy Plan, a 40-year path to the city becoming a world-class leader in energy security, affordability, sustainability, and efficiency.
The Fund offers a 10 percent rebate to city homeowners for investing in deep energy efficiency upgrades. It also offers low, fixed-interest loans that residents can conveniently pay back on their Holland BPW electric bill. It’s the first on-bill financing program for improving home efficiency and comfort in Michigan. To learn more about Holland Energy Fund and its programs, visit hollandenergyfund.com.
“Energy efficiency doesn’t mean doing less; it means doing as much or more, but using less energy to get it done,” Gov. Rick Snyder said in his special message on energy in 2012. “Energy efficiency is the best example of a no-regrets policy Michigan can have.”

The Governor’s Energy Excellence Award Categories:
 Best Residential Project
 Best Industrial/Manufacturing Project
 Best Public Project
 Best Commercial Project
 Best Agricultural Project
 Best Communication of Education Program
 Contractor of the Year
 Innovator of the Year
Learn More: www.mienergyexcellence.org

Award winners will be announced by Snyder in Detroit on Oct. 19.
 Anne Saliers is community energy services manager at Holland Board of Public Works and serves on the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards steering committee.

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.

Living Sustainably: Holland Energy Park – Resource, Destination, Gateway

By Michelle Gibbs, Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute

Holland’s vision is to be a thriving, world-class energy efficient city that generates energy cleanly, uses it efficiently, and distributes it reliably and affordably.
A cornerstone of that effort is the new Holland Energy Park, and a Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore event offers the first chance for a public visit to the facility on Tuesday, Oct.10. The event is limited to 80 guests, so an RSVP is required at http://bit.ly/visit-holland-energy-park.

The new power plant at the Holland Energy Park is a key part of Holland’s groundbreaking Community Energy Plan. Photo courtesy of the City of Holland.

Holland Board of Public Work (HBPW) General Manager, David Koster, will discuss how the Holland Energy Park is helping the city to meet our goals in becoming a more sustainable community.  After the presentation, guests will have the opportunity to walk around and see the new energy education center on a self-guided tour.  HBPW staff will be stationed around the facility and able to answer questions.  Door prizes will include home energy efficiency resource totes.
The City of Holland’s long-range Community Energy Plan is a 40-year plan to become a world-class leader in energy security, affordability, sustainability, and efficiency.  To see the full report, please visit:  http://www.cityofholland.com/sustainability/holland-community-energy-plan.
The Holland Energy Park fulfills three core functions: to be a world-class resource that provides a sustainable and long-term energy source and is an educational hub; to be a destination that provides activities for the public to
connect the community; and to be a gateway-enhancing eastern access into the City of Holland.
In July 2016, the Holland Energy Park received the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure’s Envision Platinum award recognizing the sustainability of public infrastructure. Holland Energy Park is the first-in- the-country base load power generating plant to receive an Envision rating!
Paved walking trails around the plant are connected to miles of protected Macatawa Greenway space throughout the Holland/Zeeland community.
We look forward to having you join us as we learn more about Holland Energy Park and opportunities that lay ahead for Holland.

If You Go
What: Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore-Holland Energy Park
Where: Holland Energy Park, 1 Energy Park Way, Holland
When: 6:30 to 8 p.m., Tuesday Oct. 10
RSVP: http://bit.ly/visit-holland-energy-park

Please save the date for these other upcoming Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore events.  The November and January events will be 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Herrick District Library.
 “Community and Neighborhood:  Recycling, It’s not just 3R’s.  Hint: It’s 8R’s,” Tuesday, Nov. 14.
 “Economic Development: Forecasting a Sustainable Government,” Tuesday, Jan. 9.
To see recordings of past events and details about other upcoming community events, visit the “Events” section at www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute or you can follow us on Facebook by searching for “Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore.”

 Michelle Gibbs, is the director of the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.  The vision for the institute is a healthy and economically vibrant community that promotes environmental stewardship and mutual respect for people and the planet. Our mission is to foster collaborative efforts to infuse sustainability into the minds and practices of the greater Holland community.

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.