Living Sustainably: Fly Fishing Helps Promote Conservation

By Andrea Goodell, Herrick District Library

Fly fishing is a serene, contemplative pastime.
It’s about conversations with friends, visiting the local restaurant near your favorite stream, the rod or hand-tied flies passed down from your grandfather and just “decompressing in the water,” local author Jon Osborne said.
“Fly fishing is a balance to career, especially a stressful career like law enforcement,” said Osborne, who is an officer with the Holland Department of Public Safety. “If you think it’s all about fish, you’re going to be very disappointed.”
Osborne and local illustrator Joe Van Faasen will speak about their book “Classic Michigan Flies: 16 Legendary Patterns” at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at Herrick District Library in Holland. The presentation is part of the Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore series that raises awareness of sustainability themes. The evening will culminate in several giveaways such as a copy of the book, a set of eight 8-by- 10
prints from the book and a set of hand-tied flies suited for local bass and bluegill angling. The Great Lakes Fly Fishing Co. also has donated a beginner rod and reel to be raffled off to a youth angler.

Local author, police officer and fly fisherman Jon Osborne will speak about fly fishing at Herrick District Library as part of the series about Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore.

Osborne and Van Fassen will talk about several fly fishing options within 15 miles of the library that people can explore and fish for bluegill, pike, small mouth bass and other species.
Anglers can spend endless hours in the water, or they can cast a line over their lunch break. Those who immerse themselves in the river come to understand it, to love it and to desire to protect it. Fly fishermen and women are known for being conservation-minded. Many volunteer their time and money cleaning up the streams and rivers they love so much. Learning and loving the water is “something you never really get to the end of,” Osborne said.
No one wants to fish around trash. The Macatawa Area Coordinating Council will be at the event to promote spring volunteer opportunities such as its road and stream inventory and river clean up.
“Fly fishing is very much a sport tied to philosophy, ethics and conservation,” said HDL staffer and event organizer Laura Grant.
Osborne is in the process of writing a second book, “Flyfisher’s Guide to Michigan.” The book encompasses the history and lore surrounding 70 rivers of the Lower Peninsulia.
Michigan has more than its fair share of opportunities for anglers and others who enjoy the water.  With about 36,000 miles of streams, more than 11,000 inland lakes and 3,000 miles of shoreline, Michigan has access to more than 20 percent of the world’s fresh water, including the Great Lakes.
 Andrea Goodell is community relations associate at Herrick District Library.

If You Go
What: Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore: Fly Fishing
Who: Jon Osborne and Joe Van Faasen speak about their book “Classic Michigan Flies”
Where: Herrick District Library auditorium, 300 S. River Ave., Holland
When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Environmental Awareness/Action: Environmental education and integrating environmental practices into our planning will change negative outcomes of the past and improve our future.

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.

Repost: Science, Sustainability, and a Bahamian Town Dump

SCIENCE, SUSTAINABILITY AND A BAHAMIAN TOWN DUMP

Ah, spring break in the Bahamas. Sun. Sand. Palm trees. Snorkeling in coral reefs. Exploring limestone formations. Visiting the town dump.

What? Wait. The town dump?

Yes, Deep Creek Town Dump to be precise.

For more than 20 years, Dr. Brian Bodenbender has had a penchant for teaching and researching coastal geology in the Bahamas, and the weather there has nothing to do with it. It’s all about the rocks, the sea and sustainability for Bodenbender, who has led more than 70 students to the Caribbean nation over the years.

On his most recent trip during Hope’s spring break in March, the geologyand environmental sciences professor took seven more geology and biology students to, and through, a Bahamian island for a course called “Geology, Biology, and Sustainability on Eleuthera Island, The Bahamas.”

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March 2018 Sustainability News

March 2018 Sustainability News

March 31, 2018 – DOWNLOAD YOUR DIGITAL GUIDE TO WILDFLOWERS IN WEST MICHIGAN!

March 31, 2018 – Resource from the MSU Extension.  How to plan your garden tip sheet.

March 30, 2018 – A break for spring: Week is full of activities for students

March 30, 2018 – Holland schools recognized for positive behavior

March 30, 2018 – Wind energy plays leading role in Michigan utility’s renewable plans

March 30, 2018 – Multiple environmental groups oppose Saugatuck Dunes development

March 29, 2018 – Local women fill business leadership roles

March 28, 2018 – Fossil Fuels Squeezed by Plunge in Cost of Renewables, BNEF Says

March 27, 2018 – Upton talks school safety, Great Lakes protection at Holland event

March 27, 2018 – MAX interim directors chosen during embezzlement investigation

March 26, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Watershed monitoring is community effort

March 26, 2018 – Work release program places inmates at Kent County recycling center

March 26, 2018 – US stocks rally; Dow surges 669, clawing back lost ground

March 24, 2018 – Michigan retailers experience slow start to 2018

March 23, 2018 – Couple offers recycling solution:  RecycleBoxBin provides unobtrusive bins, hopes to educate community on good recycling habits.

March 23, 2018 – Great Lakes Invasive Carp Challenge finalists to compete Tuesday in livestream event (recording is available)

March 23, 2018 – China imposes retaliatory tariffs on 128 American products, roiling US markets

March 23, 2018 – Volunteers search for affordable housing units in Ottawa County

March 22, 2018 – How to Shop for Used Clothes ” and Why You Should

March 21, 2018 – Holland Energy Park helps reduce city’s carbon footprint

March 21, 2018 – Neighborhood petition impacts process of Hope Ave. reconstruction

March 21, 2018 – Letter: Hope Ave. project needed better handling

March 21, 2018 – Mushrooms: Gentle on the Planet, Healthy on the Plate

March 20, 2018 – 7 plant-based tips for a healthy weight

March 20, 2018 – Earth Day 101: 6 impactful ways to teach your kids about food waste

March 19, 2018 – Living Sustainably: How to ‘green’ your yard’s warm weather routine

March 19, 2018 – 6 skills of happiness help teens live a more positive life

March 18, 2018 – Ottawa County: healthiest county in Michigan

March 16, 2018 – Holland police investigating embezzlement at MAX Transit

March 16, 2018 – Plastic Packaging Hospital Waste Recycling Initiative Kicks Off in the US

March 16, 2018 – Developer Hits Milestone for Large 100% Geothermal Community in Kentucky

March 15, 2018 – Big Efforts at Fort Hood Pay Off: Recycling Program Leads to Revenue

March 15, 2018 – Don’t Forget About Flint, Michigan

March 15, 2018 – Lighting Technology Can Reap Energy Savings of Up To 70%

March 15, 2018 – Bioplastics Can Pose Hidden Risks for Corporations

March 15, 2018 – Mindful eating: 5 ways millennials are driving healthier diets

March 15, 2018 – Dust storms + snowpack raise late-summer water concerns

March 14, 2018 – GREEN HOPE TAPS MAPLE SYRUP IN PINE GROVE

March 14, 2018 – Restaurant Industry Faces Challenges with Plant-Based Packaging Shift

March 13, 2018 – Coastal states opposing offshore drilling plan

March 13, 2018 – These March Madness mascots are in danger from climate change

March 13, 2018 – Holland BPW proposes lower costs for electric utility

March 13, 2018 – The year-long Dance Marathon fundraiser culminated with a 24-hour dance-a-thon, raising $311,442.19 for the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital

March 12, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Skilled workers needed to sustain local manufacturing

March 12, 2018 – Hope College has again been selected in 2018 as one of “West Michigan’s 101 Best & Brightest Companies to Work For”!  This will be the 13th year that Hope College has been honored with this award.

March 12, 2018 – This technique could restore a big chunk of Amazon rainforest

March 12, 2018 – 50 gallons of sewer discharged at Grove Lift Station

March 11, 2018 – Owens, Wilderer named among ‘Most Influential’ women

March 9, 2018 – Too Much Technology: Children Growing up With Weak Hands, Fingers

March 9, 2018 – Community-Scale Solar to Account for 10% of US Power? Could Be…

March 8, 2018 – Hope College in top 25 colleges in Peace Corps volunteers

March 7, 2018 – Kohler Signs 100-MW Wind Power PPA with Enel Green Power North America

March 7, 2018 – MICHIGAN SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM SUPPORTS SEVERAL HOPE COLLEGE PROJECTS

March 6, 2018 – Saving South Africa: The Real Issues Businesses Face When it Comes to Water Shortages

March 6, 2018 – GE Develops ‘World’s Largest Offshore Wind Turbine’

March 5, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Herrick’s collection ‘grows’ with new seed library

March 5, 2018 – Climate Action Makes Business Sense – See These Recent Commitments

March 5, 2018 – Grand Rapids parent fighting lead poisoning wins environmental award

March 5, 2018 – Holland Christian adding nature-based kindergarten

March 4, 2018 – Construction could start on Grand River restoration next year

March 4, 2018 – Women change agents panel to be held at Herrick District Library

March 4, 2018 – West Michigan’s Blue Economy: A Special Report from MiBiz

March 4, 2018 – Amid transition to clean energy, utilities tackle water conservation

March 4, 2018 – How to keep your seafood wild

March 2, 2018 – PROTECTING DRINKING WATER IN THE GREAT LAKES:  Great Lakes states should ensure clean, safe drinking water for all residents. New report shows how Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin are implementing the Safe Drinking Water Act.

March 2, 2018 – Ottawa County to begin search for new assistant administrator

March 2, 2018 – County OKs $37,640 to improve historic barn at Eastmanville Farm

March 1, 2018 – Michigan Legislature OKs $175M infusion into roads, bridges

March 1, 2018 – They’re Here to Fix Climate Change! They’re College Republicans.

March 1, 2018 – The 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan – 2018 

Living Sustainably: Watershed Monitoring is a Community Effort

By Dan Callam, Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway
Macatawa Watershed ProjectAs Lake Macatawa and its watershed continue their slow, steady journey towards clearer water, Project Clarity partners continue keeping tabs on the progress.
Grand Valley State University’s Annis Water Resources Institute leads these efforts, with additional efforts led by Hope College’s Day1 Watershed program, the Outdoor Discovery Center, and the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council. These efforts provide data that gives feedback on projects and can alert the team to new issues.
Staff and students from Dr. Al Steinman’s lab at the Annis Institute are in the watershed at least once a month, collecting samples and measuring flow rates in several local streams. Several of these sites are located near large wetland complexes that have been restored through Project Clarity.

Institute staff are also out on Lake Macatawa four times a year, collecting samples and taking readings in each of the lake’s bays. Fish sampling also occurs early each fall, when the team uses nets and electroshocking to record the types, counts, and sizes of fish around the lake before returning them to the water.
Hope College’s Day1 Watershed program has built on years of work that Hope has done in the watershed. Engaging freshmen with faculty and older peer mentors, students are helping collect weekly water samples and examining water chemistry, microbial communities, and groundwater flow at more than a dozen sites around the watershed.
In addition to the work by local schools, project partners continue to engage with local citizen scientists. This included a new initiative this past year to get weekly updates on lake conditions from waterfront neighbors and boaters.
These citizen scientists recorded the color and clarity of lake waters at docks, road ends, and sites around the lake. Using Secchi discs – a weighted black and white disc about the size of a dinner plate – they measured the depth of the water at which the disc disappeared from view. They also recorded water color, whether it was a shade of brown, green, blue, or somewhere in between. This data supplements the sampling of the Annis Institute and provides a clearer idea of how quickly conditions in the lake change from season to season.
Upstream from the lake, volunteers help examine seven tributaries for other signs of water quality.  Benthic macroinvertebrates – bugs that can be found in streams and lakes – are an important indicator of water quality. As water quality increases, the numbers and types of bugs that are found also increase. These collections have involved everyone from students to seniors. Who doesn’t want to wade in streams in the name of science on a warm summer day?
As more than a hundred projects designed to improve water quality have been completed across the watershed since Project Clarity began, these ongoing monitoring efforts help provide a clearer idea on how the watershed is changing.
Outdoor Discovery Center Dan Callam is Greenway manager for the Outdoor Discovery Center Macatawa Greenway.

What: Macatawa River Cleanup
Who: Community volunteers and the Macatawa Watershed Project
When:1 to 4 p.m. April 29
Where: Dunton Park, 290 Howard Ave., Holland. Meet near the boat launch
How: Register at outdoordiscovery.org under “Get Involved.” Work will be on foot and in kayaks; boats,
paddles and life vests provided. Anyone under 16 must be with an adult.

What: Annual Project Clarity Update
Who: Project Clarity supporters and community members
When: 7:30 a.m. May 24
Where: Boatwerks, 216 Van Raalte Ave., Holland
How: $20 admission includes breakfast. Pre-registration required at 393-9453 or at outdoordiscovery.org

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Environmental Awareness/Action: Environmental education and integrating environmental practices into our planning will change negative outcomes of the past and improve our future.

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: How to “green” your yard’s warm weather routine

By Carolyn Ulstad, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council
The days are getting warmer, the sun is setting later, and the tulips are starting to emerge from their long, cold sleep. Springtime is right around the corner, and I really couldn’t be any more ready for it.
What I’m going to say next will sound utterly crazy to most of you, but I’ve really missed yard work. Yes, you read that correctly! I really enjoy mowing, pruning, and pulling weeds. My husband and I became first-time homeowners last year, so the thrill we get from taking care of our little patch of earth is still fresh!
We decided early on that we wanted to manage our property in an Earth-friendly manner that would benefit our air, water, and soil. The practices I’m going to share with you are very simple and can be applied to any home or business.
Mowing: Annually in the U.S., it’s estimated that 5 percent of our air pollution comes from mowing, with Americans using around 580 million gallons of gas to cut grass.  After moving, we purchased a human-powered reel-style mower. I feel good knowing that I’m not polluting the air or bothering the neighbors with the noise, and I get a decent workout! Electric mowers are good alternatives and have come a long way in terms of quality. If you do own a gas mower, keep the blades sharp and oil fresh. The more efficiently it runs, the less it will pollute.
Fertilizer: Over time, standard fertilizer can have negative effects on groundwater and soil biology.  After mowing, leave clippings on the grass; they will break down and become fertilizer for new growth. But keep the clippings off hard surfaces so they don’t end up in storm drains when it rains. This can lead to localized flooding and extra nutrients entering Lake Macatawa.  Compost is another great form of fertilizer. Sprinkle it on your grass and plants. Compost piles are a great way to divert valuable food waste from the landfill.
Herbicide: Using herbicides can potentially cause unintended harm to other plants or animals. There are a number of natural alternatives that can be explored, but hand pulling weeds is particularly satisfying!
Rain barrel: Rainwater is free, and plants prefer it to tap water. Barrels also decrease the amount of water rushing into storm drains, reducing problems downstream.
Native plants: Native plants typically require less water and maintenance because they are adapted to the local climate. Their deep roots help to store water underground, diverting and cleaning stormwater and recharging aquifers. They also provide critical habitat and food for native insects.
And finally, would you rather leave the work to the professionals? Then check out the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council’s lawn care company program at www.the-macc.org, under the Watershed/Urban Water Quality/Lawn Care pulldowns, to see which area companies have agreed to follow practices that protect Lake Macatawa’s water quality.
 Carolyn Ulstad is the program assistant at the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council where she works to help the community address transportation and water quality issues. Carolyn is a life-long resident of Holland and member of the Holland Sustainability Committee.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Environmental Awareness/Action: Environmental education and integrating environmental practices into our planning will change negative outcomes of the past and improve our future.

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.

February 2018 Sustainability News

February 2018

February 28, 2018 – A supermarket in Amsterdam has an aisle with more than 700 grocery items – and no plastic

February 28, 2018 – Hope College to host lecture on climate change psychology

February 27, 2018 – Some Christians are cutting carbon for Lent:  Instead of giving up luxuries, they’re reducing pollution.

February 27, 2018 – How Skipping Hotel Housekeeping Can Help the Environment and Your Wallet

February 26, 2018 – Hope College’s RecycleMania limits landfill waste

February 26, 2018 – Upcoming series will focus on urban planning

February 26, 2018 – Coal exec sued John Oliver for calling him a ‘geriatric Dr. Evil.’ A judge tossed the case.

February 26, 2018 – Letter: Success for businesses, but at what cost?

February 26, 2018 – Mountains of trash left behind by hurricanes inflame debate in US Virgin Islands

February 25, 2018 – Holland-area schools, businesses form manufacturing partnerships

February 25, 2018 – Are hidden leaks damaging your home, boosting water bills and harming the environment?

February 25, 2018 – North American energy trade boosts our economic and energy security

February 24, 2018 – Out on the Lakeshore sees growth within first year

February 24, 2018 – My Take: Predicting the tax law’s impact on charitable giving

February 23, 2018 – State of emergency declared in Ottawa County due to flooding

February 22, 2018 – Minister urges Christians to act on climate:  ‘Love of God and neighbor means that we have to honor creation and care for it,’ she says.

February 22, 2018 – Shelters open amid Midwest flooding as rivers keep rising

February 22, 2018 – Garcia, Lilly sponsor teacher prep bills

February 21, 2018 – HOPE COLLEGE AMONG PEACE CORPS 2018 TOP VOLUNTEER-PRODUCING COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITIES

February 21, 2018 – ‘Little Miss Flint’ helped hundreds of underprivileged kids see ‘Black Panther’

February 21, 2018 – How Patagonia Grows Every Time It Amplifies Its Social Mission: CEO Rose Marcario, who leads the apparel player, a 2018 World’s Most Innovative Company, has catalyzed the shifting political tides to Patagonia’s benefit.

February 21, 2018 – Will and Jaden Smith create eco-friendly water company: Just

February 21, 2018 – Swap these 4 food fads with nutritious kitchen staples

February 20, 2018 – Hope lecture addresses racial achievement gaps in higher ed

February 20, 2018 – Trump’s EPA budget touches on GenX, other chemicals

February 19, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  CareerLine Tech’s EcoLeaders tackle plastic pollution

February 19, 2018 – Consumers Energy Announces Clean Energy Breakthrough Goal: 80 Percent Reduction in Carbon Emissions, Zero Coal by 2040

February 19, 2018 – ASHRAE Publishes Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings

February 19, 2018 – APNewsBreak: Consumers Energy to stop burning coal by 2040

February 18, 2018 – Trump again will try to cut energy assistance to the poor

February 17, 2018 – Farmers confront too much milk, low prices

February 17, 2018 – The WeWork Manifesto: First, Office Space. Next, the World.

February 17, 2018 – ‘E-waste’ recycling innovator faces prison for trying to extend life span of PCs

February 15, 2018 – What to Give Up for Lent? Smoking? Cursing? How About Plastic?

February 15, 2018 – Extreme poverty in America: read the UN special monitor’s report

February 15, 2018 – Michigan tax tribunal sees case on solar energy systems

February 15, 2018 – Greening Mardi Gras: Recycling effort targets parade trash

February 13, 3018 – As electric vehicles gain favor, utilities can accelerate EV adoption

February 13, 2018 – Local environmental groups react to Governor Snyder’s refusal to shut down Line 5

February 12, 2018 – Trump Administration Wants To Decide What Food SNAP Recipients Will Get

February 12, 2018 – Living Sustainably: Awards event honors Lakeshore sustainability stars

February 12, 2018 – Q&A: How is the growth of bitcoin affecting the environment?

February 11, 2018 – Local First awards Holland businesses, nonprofits

February 8, 2018 – Places Where Americans Live the Most Balanced Lifestyles (Grand Rapids Area is listed at #1)

February 8, 2018 – EPA’s Scott Pruitt asks whether global warming ‘necessarily is a bad thing’

February 8, 2018 – Our Kids Can Save The Planet — If We Teach Them How

February 8, 2018 – Holland residents discuss sustainable policing efforts

February 8, 2018 – Holland Energy Park allows for snow melt expansion and a lesson on sustainable energy

February 7, 2018 – Meijer Simply Give Program Set Record Year: At Least 84.8M Meals

February 7, 2018 – Why feedback loops are one of the most troubling parts of global warming

February 6, 2018 – Ottawa County Accepting Applications for Farmland Preservation

February 6, 2018 – How climate change is endangering the Winter Olympics

February 6, 2018 – $2.1M Economic Development Administration grant to aid local businesses

February 6, 2018 – App lets Californians collect cash for saving energy

February 5, 2018 – Living Sustainably: Sowmelt sustains a healthier Holland

February 5, 2018 – Holland Receives Distinguished Budget Presentation Award

February 5, 2018 – Florida Keys to raise roads before climate change puts them underwater. It won’t be cheap

February 5, 2018 – Climate change could be bad for your coffee

February 5, 2018 – Biodegradable Plastics: Yes or No?

February 4, 2018 – Sticky piles of toxic PFAS foam plaguing Michigan lake

February 4, 2018 – Top trends to inspire your outdoor living

February 4, 2018 – Take a trip with DeGraaf Nature Center

February 4, 2018 – New research tackles Great Lakes regional problems

February 4, 2018 – Esther J. Cepeda: Your children need your unplugged attention

February 4, 2018 – Area businesses, governments adding solar panels

February 2, 2018 – Paper, bamboo, Twizzlers: Restaurants consider alternatives to the plastic straw

February 1, 2018 – Michigan Survey Finds Strong Bipartisan Support For Solar 

February 1, 2018 – Here’s How Trump’s Tariffs Will Hurt Solar Growth

February 1, 2018 – On the Road with Rick Holmes: Holding off extinction

February 1, 2018 – Local First to hold LocalMotion Awards

February 1, 2018 – Solar Helps Boost Renewables to Another Record Year

February 1, 2018 – Local Partners Developing Real-Time Watershed Monitoring System for Project Clarity

February 1, 2018 – Ottawa County Parks paves way for 35-mile pathway from lakeshore to Grand Rapids

Living Sustainably: Careerline Tech EcoLeaders Tackle Plastic Pollution

By Megan Wallinga, Kyle McDonald, Allison Elkins, Brianna Mollitor, and Caden Klanderman – Careerline Tech Students
This year, the Natural Resources class at Careerline Tech Center decided to try out something new: The National Wildlife Federation EcoLeaders program.  EcoLeaders’ mission is to encourage young people to embody values of economic, social, and environmental equality and sustainability. Through the program, students work on projects that promote a greener and more wildlife-friendly campus.

The Careerline Tech Natural Resources and Conservation class works in its learning lab, 22 acres of woods across the street from the center.  Photo by Allison Elkins.

In order to encourage members of their community to enjoy nature and wildlife, the EcoLeaders team at the Careerline Tech Center decided to sponsor a Book Nook at Ottawa County Parks and Recreation Nature Education Center at Hemlock Crossing.
To raise funds, they decided to figure out a way to raise money and help better their community.

Every year, according to EcoWatch, 22 million pounds of plastic are dumped into the Great Lakes.  Most of the plastic floats up onto shore, and it accounts for 80 percent of all of the litter that’s washed up on shore each year.

To help resolve the issue of plastic pollution, the EcoLeaders came up with the slogan “Plastic Pollutes.” They hosted a contest throughout Careerline Tech Center for students to create a design to be printed on a reusable bag, which students will sell to help fund the Book Nook. The winners were Kristin Donnelly with her “Whale You Please Recycle” design and Brielle Lacourse with her “Not Everything is Edible” design.  “Whales are a very big part of our ecosystem, and I wanted my design to have a big impact,” Donnelly said in her statement about the art. Lacourse explained the inspiration of her design: “I remember from ‘Happy Feet’ the penguin with the plastic around its neck, and we watched a video in class about sea turtles and jellyfish.”
There’s a saying that when you throw away a plastic bag, there is no “away.” We realize that as EcoLeaders and strive to help other people see that, too.

The winning bags will be for sale in our community in early April!

 The authors of this article are students in the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District Careerline Tech’s Natural Resources class, taught by Avril Freeman. The Natural Resources and Conservation program prepares student for careers in environmental science, sustainability, and recreation. Through hands-on, project-based field work, students gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed regardless of whether they attend college or enter the workforce.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Environmental Awareness/Action: Environmental education and integrating environmental practices into our planning will change negative outcomes of the past and improve our future.

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.