June 2017 Sustainability News

June 30, 2017 – Greenwashing a ‘Very Serious Issue,’ Leads to Poor Decisions, Says CEO of GRI

June 30, 2017 – Holland preparing for next phase of Civic Center work

June 30, 2017 – Four options to vacation close to home

June 30, 2017 – Holland Christian brings makers fun to Street Performers

June 30, 2017 – Holland says goodbye to former city manager

June 30, 2017 – Loneliness in Seniors: Like hunger Or thirst, loneliness can be eased

June 30, 3017 – Michigan League of Conservation Voters and the Michigan Environmental Council released a report recently detailing the implications of the proposed federal and state budget cuts for our Great Lakes, drinking water and natural resources.

June 29, 2017 – How to Reduce Energy Costs in Multifamily Buildings

June 29, 2017 – EPA to Publish Proposed Guidelines Clarifying Waters of the United States Rule

June 29, 2017 – Holland named one of America’s 11 best beach towns

June 29, 2017 – AT&T donates $15K to LAUP youth program

June 29, 2017 – Schuette calls for shutting down Mackinac pipeline

June 29, 2017 – High-Rise Buildings Use More Energy, Release More CO2

June 28, 2017 – Antarctic iceberg break ‘imminent,’ likely in ‘hours, days or weeks’

June 28, 2017 – Want to Retain Top Employees? Improve CSR Efforts, Survey Says

June 28, 2017 – Consumers Say Businesses Must Help Solve Water Crisis

June 28, 2017 – Michigan, rural American roads and bridges need help

June 28, 2107 – Natural selection: Live-edge wood in home design

June 27, 2018 – Smart Energy Storage Methods Helping Companies Save Money and Power

June 27, 2017 – Trump Says U.S. Will Dominate World Energy Production

June 26, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Eight Things to Know about Shopping at a Farmers Market

June 26, 2017 – Shift to Renewables Happening Faster than Most Business People Understand

June 25, 2017 – How food labels help us make better food choices

June 24, 2017 – Holland Youth Connections donations exceed matching grant by about $8,000

June 24, 2017 – Local Author: McCahan’s love of the lake inspires young adult novel

June 23, 2017 – Kids’ Food Basket receives $10K award

June 23, 2017 – Games, music, more coming at DeGraaf’s Summertime Jamboree

June 23, 2017 – Huizenga, Stabenow lead bipartisan effort against Asian carp

June 23, 2017 – Live Asian carp discovered near Lake Michigan

June 22, 2017 – Make the most of your gardening buck

June 22, 2017 – HBO, John Oliver Sued By Coal Company CEO Over Last Week Tonight Episode

June 22, 2017 – Visser Farms to provide strawberries to Ottawa Food

June 22, 2017 – Michigan implements hemlock woolly adelgid quarantine

June 22, 2017 – Environmentalist group files suit against Saugatuck Township for dune development

June 22, 2017 – According to a new study from the University of Colorado Boulder Groundwater Fees Prompt Farmers to Slash Water Use by a Third

June 22, 2017 – So Are We Wasting 40% of Our Food or Not? Study Says We Don’t Really Know

June 21, 2017 – Energy-saving tips for summer

June 21, 2017 – Michigan terminates contract for Enbridge pipeline study, citing conflict of interest

June 21, 2017 – Crisp Country Acres to sell fresh products at farm market

June 21, 2017 – Holland Public Schools preps for another enrollment drop in 2017-2018 budget

June 21, 2017 – Reptiles and amphibians take over Holland State Park

June 20, 2017 – Holland Coast Guard offering free boat washes

June 20, 2017 – Local farmers optimistic about crops heading into summer

June 20, 2017 – Zeeland Schools passes surplus budget, lunch prices to increase next year

June 20, 2017 – Letter: Remembering an environmental catastrophe

June 20, 2017 – ‘Living street’ concept taking shape on Elm Street in Zeeland

June 19, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Shopping locally sustains community

June 19, 2017 – Lead detected in 20 percent of baby food samples, surprising even researchers

June 19, 2017 – Thousands of wildebeests die in a river each year. Here’s why that’s a good thing.

June 18, 2017 – Trump’s shortsighted, ill-informed decision is one we’ll all regret

June 18, 2017 – Trump is right to withdraw from international sham

June 15, 2017 – Great Lakes water levels expected to be higher than average

June 15, 2017 – PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE NELSON FEATURED AT PIERCE CEDAR CREEK INSTITUTE

June 14, 2017 – HOPE COLLEGE STUDENTS ARE IMMERSED IN THE SCIENCES FROM DAY1

June 14, 2017 – Consumers (Especially Millennials) Still Significantly Suspicious of CSR Motives: Harris Poll

June 14, 2017 – ‘No Matter the Industry, We’ll Collaborate & Get This Thing Done’: Quotes from the Conference

June 13, 2017 – “ACRE AgTech’s Newest Client Extracts Drinking Water from Manure”

June 12, 2017 – USDA to award 65 farm to school grants

June 9, 2017 – June 9, 2017 – Smaller metros take action to draw millennials fleeing bigger urban areas

June 12, 2017 – Living Sustainably:  Manage your house for more comfort and lower energy bills

June 9, 2017 – How to start composting, even in the city (video)

June 9, 2017 – Michigan DNR urges caution around snakes, whether deadly or not

June 9, 2017 – West Michigan sustainability efforts expected to continue, despite U.S. exit of Paris accords

June 7, 2017 – Simple upgrades and habit changes can yield big water savings in bathrooms

June 7, 2017 – From students to leaders: How today’s youth are preparing for the future

June 7, 2017 – Zeeland Criterium to kick off June 16

June 7, 2017 – Holland police unveil new Polar Patrol ice cream truck

June 6, 2017 – NSF GRANT SUPPORTS DEVELOPMENT OF RESEARCH EXPERIENCE FOR STUDENTS IN HOPE COLLEGE BIOCHEMISTRY LABORATORY COURSE

June 6, 2017 – The Michigan Restaurant Association (MRA) has partnered with the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development and Michigan Ag Council to raise awareness of the economic impact of restaurants using Michigan manufactured products. This is a group partnership that will be working together to recognize restaurants with the 2017 Michigan GROWN, Michigan GREAT Restaurant Award. 

June 6, 2017 – California Looks to Set a 100% Renewable Standard and to Tie its Carbon Market with China

June 5, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Students make their own discoveries with air monitors

June 5, 2017 – Dropping Out of Paris Accord May Have ‘Done Us a Favor,’ Says Unilever CEO

June 5, 2017 – 80% Energy Savings from Single LED Installation Also Brings Higher Rents, Longer Leases

June 4, 2017 – DNR seeking stewardship volunteers for June

June 4, 2017 – Gov. Snyder names June Immigrant Heritage Month

June 2, 2017 – Trump withdraws from climate pact, world leaders push back

June 2, 2017 – Michigan School Board Says No to Power Purchase Agreement

June 2, 2017 – Net Zero Energy Buildings Popping Up Nationwide

June 1, 2017 – Snyder Commission unveils strategies for economic success

June 1, 2017 – Trump Will Withdraw U.S. From Paris Climate Agreement

June 1, 2017 – Like Others in Corporate Real Estate, LEDs Save Condo Complex 80% on Energy Costs in First Month

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 in sustainable farming practices to produce healthy food to sustain the local community, and the community members provide the money necessary to support the farmers. Each shares in the success of the other.

2. Locally grown food has more nutrients. The longer fruit and veggies spend on trucks or in storage, the greater the loss of vitamins and other nutrients. Because local food is harvested and sold in a short time period, it often has a higher nutritional value than produce that has been transported long distances.

3. Locally grown food tastes great.  Fruits and vegetables at the local farmers market are often the freshest and tastiest you will find! Usually, the produce is picked just hours before being sold.

4. Shopping the market helps protect the environment.  Purchasing locally grown food helps maintain farmland and greenspace in your community. Food sold at local farmers markets is transported short distances, which reduces the amount of greenhouse gasses emitted.

5. Shopping at the market supports your local economy.  Money spent on locally produced food stays in the community longer. This money supports local farmers and stimulates local economic growth.

6. You can learn where your food comes from. A trip to your local farmers market is a great way to learn where your food comes from and how it was produced. Talk to the farmers and ask questions.

7. Connect with your community. Local farmers markets enhance quality of life by cultivating social interaction. Kids’ activities are available each Wednesday at the Holland Farmers Market from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The market also participates in Double Up Food Bucks, a program that helps ensure that community members have access to healthy local food. When shoppers use their Bridge Card to buy SNAP-eligible foods at the market, they get free Double Up Food Bucks to spend on Michigan grown, fresh fruits and veggies. A variety of Holland market vendors also accept Senior Project FRESH and WIC Project FRESH vouchers.

8. Learn cooking tips and discover new recipes. Many farmers have tips about how to select, prepare, and store the foods they are selling. Ask questions! On Saturday mornings at 10 am at the Holland market, area chefs demonstrate how to use fresh, local grown ingredients to prepare healthy meals.

When people eat healthy food, support local businesses, and come together as a community, great things happen! For these reasons and many more, get out and visit your local farmers market.

 Lisa Uganski, RD, MPH, is the coordinator of Ottawa Food (formerly the Ottawa County Food Policy Council), a collaboration of local agencies and individuals working to ensure that all Ottawa County residents have access to healthy, local, and affordable food choices. Check out www.ottawafood.org.

PHOTO CUTLINES:

Family Shopping.jpg Families can find fresher vegetables and talk to the farmers at the Holland Farmers Market. Contributed photo/Holland Famers Market

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme:

Quality of Life: The community, through governmental, religious, business and social organizations, makes decisions that contribute to its own well-being.

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: 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 First has a passion for encouraging people to live and work together in sustainable community.

Communities thrive when neighbors buy from locally owned businesses, and then those businesses invest in their neighbors as customers and employees. That’s part of a sustainable lifestyle that engages and enhances people’s physical environment.

Sustainability involves, in short, doing things that “meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

So, shopping locally becomes a sustainability action by strengthening the local economy, preserving it to better serve future generations. Shopping locally supports local investment and helps enrich families, homes, civic organizations and businesses.

A study showed that of $100 spent at locally owned independent stores, $68 returns to the community through payroll to local people, taxes and other spending. When $100 is spent at a national chain, only $43 remains in the local community.

Another study showed that if every person in Grand Rapids were to shift $10 per week to shopping locally, another 1,600 jobs would be created each year.

So, consider shopping locally! It’s important because it:

 Engages – It creates and deepens relationships within a community, which becomes more vibrant through collaboration and mutual investment.

 Humanizes – Physical and economic development occur on a scale that nurtures people and encourages beauty in natural and man-made environments.

 Preserves – When more citizens are genuine stakeholders, protecting local economic and environmental value is of mutual interest.

 Strengthens – When citizens and local businesses work together, it catalyzes positive development and the community has structural integrity to withstand economic downturns.

 Invests – Sustainable local economies and ecosystems grow into markets.

 Encourages – Intimate connections between customers and businesses facilitate innovation, interaction, and discovery, making for a more vibrant and resilient local economy.

 Enriches – Reinstating success in customers, employees, and the local environment makes the entire community wealthier.

 

Dana Eardley is project coordinator for Local First, an organization dedicated to encouraging and supporting people living and working together in sustainable community, preserving and strengthening the social and economic bonds of the community.

PHOTO CUTLINES –

2016 Street Party.jPG – Holland residents celebrated at the 2016 Local First Lakeshore Street Party. The annual event celebrates local business, community and a vibrant local economy. This year’s party will be August 19 at Washington Square.

 

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: 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 residential sector, every house – and there are 7,500 single family homes in Holland – has a “super” too. It just happens to be you, the homeowner. OK, true – but most of us never took a Building Management course, and the house didn’t come with an owner’s manual.

So, what should we do to manage our homes most efficiently?

First, monitor your building. Supers get reports. Today those reports are digital and happen in real time. Homeowners get reports too. They’re called utility bills. Yes, you have to pay it, but the real value is in the data. How many therms of gas, kWh of electricity or gallons of water are you using? How does your run rate compare with an energy efficient home? With a wi-fi thermostat, much of this information can be digital too. Some homeowners are installing dashboards which give them real-time monitoring.

Second, whatever your technology, begin with an audit. You need to know your baseline. The Holland Board of Public Works can help. Access their online tool (find the Home Energy Use Calculator in the pulldown at www.hollandbpw.com/my-home) and calculate your energy use number. Think of it as the miles-per- gallon for your house; low numbers are better.

Third, take an inventory. Go room to room and write down everything that uses electricity. How many light bulbs? Are they LED? Are your electronics and entertainment equipment on smart surge protectors? Are your major appliances Energy Star rated? Ask yourself, “Do I need it? Could it be unplugged?” You may not need to change anything, but you won’t know that without an intentional review.

Next check your mechanical equipment. Do you have a high-efficiency furnace and a schedule for changing the furnace filter? Efficient air conditioning? Check your hot water tank – is it set for 120°F, the most efficient temperature?

Fourth, listen to the family. Complaints are data. Cold rooms? Big bills? Drafty? They’re telling you where the problems are!

If the problems are significant, you may need diagnostic help from a certified building analyst. The technician will check all your systems and run a pressurization test. Think of it like your checkup with your doctor. If you live in the city, Holland’s Home Energy Retrofit program can walk you through the process. There are incentives and funding available through the On-Bill Loan program. Go to www.hollandenergyfund.com to check out the options.

Buildings are as variable as people. Some are more efficient than others. Be a smart super for your house and keep it running efficiently.

 Peter Boogaart is the residential energy adviser for the City of Holland and assists homeowners with energy efficiency issues.

PHOTO CUTLINES –

PETER TESTING.JPG – Peter Boogaart, Holland’s residential energy advisor, checks a furnace for leaking emissions.

EFFICIENT LIGHTS.JPG – Installing efficient light bulbs is one of the things a smart homeowner can do to cut back energy use.

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.

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 updated with fresh content

May 26, 2017 – HOPE COLLEGE ALUMS HELP HOPE STUDENTS RACE TO ZERO

May 26, 2017 – West Michigan water enthusiasts should feel confident diving in

May 26, 2017 – Holland Harbor to be dredged in June

May 25, 2017 – ‘Sustainable Apparel’ Apparently Continues to Gain Momentum; Supply Chain Cited

May 24, 2017 – 5 tips that support your lawn and the environment

May 23, 2017 – Trump budget slashes money of clean air and water programs

May 23, 2017 – Class of 2017 prepares to graduate from Holland-area schools

May 23, 2017 – Zeeland High woodworking class builds stairs for Early Childhood Center

May 23, 2017 – How to Invest Without Sacrificing Your Values

May 22, 2017 – Former Grand Rapids mayor shares sustainability thoughts with city council (Petoskey)

May 22, 2017 – Experts say it’s never too early to teach compassion and empathy to children

May 22, 2017 – Rainwater Harvesting Increasingly Helps Companies Reduce Stormwater Fees & Energy Use

May 21, 2017 – Living Sustainably: 6 ways to raise a sustainable family in Holland

May 20, 2017 – 3 key indicators of Ottawa County’s health

May 20, 2017 – Holland Christian students volunteer to unearth Laketown Beach stairs during ‘big dig’

May 19, 2017 – After successful festival, Tulip Time organizers begin work for next year

May 18, 2017 – The Michigan League of Conservation Voter’s Governor’s Report Card offers resource to assess how Governor Snyder performed over the last two years.

May 18, 2017 – Hope College research project receives award

May 17, 2017 – Grand Valley receives gold status from national sustainability group

May 17, 2017 – Anglers asked to report tagged fish to DNR

May 17, 2017 – Help children avoid asthma attacks by improving home indoor air quality

May 17, 2017 – Notre Dame students plan to protest against Mike Pence at commencement — and the university is okay with it

May 16, 2017 – WALK THIS WAY TO CHALLENGE BORDERS.  The project has much to teach you about those whose lives have experienced disruption and disorder due to immigration, climate change, the refugee crisis and mass incarceration. And the disciplines of art and English and science and psychology and communication all converged to do so, crossing interdisciplinary boundaries in order to challenge you about the ways you view borders — domestic or international — and the people who are affected by them.

May 16, 2017 – Michigan biking fatalities rise 81 percent since 2014

May 15, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Green Commute Week offers challenge, health, perks

May 14, 2017 – DEQ celebrates wetlands for May

May 14, 2017 – My Take: Challenge to participate in Green Commute Week

May 12, 2017 – Modern Motherhood Has Economists Worried:  A better balance between work and family could boost the world economy

May 12, 2017 – RISE: China, US agree on some trade; no rush on climate change policies

May 12, 2017 – Outdoor Discovery Center: Early Bird Hike sets off at dawn May 13

May 11, 2017 – 6 tips to make healthy eating realistic and sustainable

May 10, 2017 – Rethinking “Sustainability”

May 9, 2017 – Majority of Michigan deer hunters don’t support regulation changes

May 8, 2017 – HOPE COLLEGE SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH PROJECT WINS “SOCIAL SCIENCES YOUNG INVESTIGATORS” AWARD

May 8, 2017 – Boston to Pursue Zero Waste, Hopes to Trim $37M Annual Hauling Cost

May 1, 2017 – FOIA Requests Filed on Trump’s ‘Bizarre’ Plan to Cut Energy Star

May 1, 2017 – The Progress Toward Sustainability

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 you are raising a sustainable family.

1. Spend more time reading, playing games, and exploring nature. Take time to explore family friendly attractions. Great local options include the Outdoor Discovery Center, DeGraaf Nature Center, Nelis’ Dutch Village, and the Critter Barn. Screen-free time will decrease your dependence on entertainment that requires energy. Also, remember to unplug devices when they are not in use.

2. Use cloth diapers. On top of saving an average of $2,000 per child, you will also be saving 6,000 to 7,000 disposable diapers from the landfills, per child. Modern cloth diapers have no pins, no rubber pants, are super cute, and incredibly easy to use.

3. Switch up your laundry. Wash in cold and line dry your clothes when possible. Bonus tip: To avoid crunchy clothes after line drying, switch to a detergent without optical brighteners. When tumble drying, trade in fabric sheets for wool dryer balls. Not only will wool dryer balls decrease dry time (a major plus for any family!) they will also soften your clothes without the extra chemicals.

4. Skip the brown bag. Skip the plastic ones too. When packing lunches, opt for a reusable lunch box. Take it a step further by also using reusable snack bags.

Holland Farmer’s Market

5. Shop the farmers market. The Holland Farmers Market offers freshly picked fruits and vegetables, and also breads, cheese, eggs, flowers, honey, meats and more. Get the whole family involved by taking part in the free kids’ activities from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.. on Wednesdays from June 14 through Aug. 30.

6. Leave the car parked more often. With daily, monthly, and student passes available, MAX Transit buses are a great way to get around. If public transportation is a new experience for you, the MAX offers a free bus buddy program. A bus buddy will ride with you, help you plan trips and offer general tips. To request a bus buddy, contact the MAX at (616) 355-1010. Also take advantage of the more than 150 miles of paved bike trails Holland has to offer.

 

 Marissa Berghorst is a mom of kids ages 5 and 7 and co-owner of ECOBUNS BABY + CO. in Holland, which specializes in eco-friendly baby and parenting products and is a 2017 recipient of the Local Motion Award from Local First of West Michigan.

Photos:

FARMERS MARKET 2.JPG: Shopping the Holland Farmers Market is fun, healthy and a good choice for a sustainable family. Courtesy photo

BERGHORST AND KIDS JPG: Marissa Berghorst spends time with her children outdoors as part of her plan to raise a “sustainable family.” Courtesy photo.

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.

Take this journey around campus with the “Challenging Borders” Project.

Take this journey around campus with the “Challenging Borders” Project.

“The project, “Challenging Borders: Displaced People,” has much to teach you about those whose lives have experienced disruption and disorder due to immigration, climate change, the refugee crisis and mass incarceration. And the disciplines of art and English and science and psychology and communication all converged to do so, crossing interdisciplinary boundaries in order to challenge you about the ways you view borders — domestic or international — and the people who are affected by them.”

Read the full story here:  https://blogs.hope.edu/stories-of-hope/interdisciplinary/walk-this-way-to-challenge-borders/

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 be able to soak up some warm rays.

Every spring I challenge myself to be more active, spend more time outside and ride my bike to work. And a great place to start my healthier and more sustainable commute is during the annual Holland/Zeeland Green Commute Week, now in its tenth year. The week-long commute challenge takes place May 14-20. It promotes walking, biking, carpooling, riding the bus and any other alternative transportation.

During the week, teams from businesses track their Green Commute miles online to compete for bragging rights and a trophy. Getting the entire workplace involved is a wonderful way promote healthy living and a healthy planet, but also the friendly competition can be a great team-building exercise.

Individual commuters not affiliated with a business can also submit their miles on the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council’s website to contribute to the overall total. At the end of the week, the Green Commute miles are totaled to calculate air quality and financial benefits to the community.

An added perk for Green Commute Week participants are Recharging Stations. These are local businesses giving discounts on things like coffee and food purchases, bike tune-ups, and free rides on MAX Transit’s fixed route service. (Find an interactive map showing the stations on the Green Commute web page.) Also this year, the Herrick District Library on River Avenue will have a photo-booth set up for anyone who green commutes.

To be eligible for discounts, participants must wear a Green Commute pin, available at the MACC office on Douglas Avenue, from any local bike shop or through an employer that is pre-registered.

To sign up your place of work or get more information about the commute challenge, call the MACC at (616)395-2688 or email culstad@the-macc.org.

 Carolyn Ulstad is program assistant at the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council.

Green Commute Week Calendar:

  • Sunday: Commute kickoff; consider biking downtown, or walk or carpool to church.
  • Monday: Bike Rodeo at Lakewood Elementary, 5 to 7 p.m. Bike Holland, 7 to 8 p.m. Casual ride, all skill levels. Meet at Centennial Park. Wear helmet.
  • Tuesday and Wednesday: School Challenge Day
  • Friday: Submit final commute miles by noon at www.the-macc.org/green- commute/green-commute-week-registration/

For information about Green Commute Week:

  • www.the-macc.org/green- commute
  • www.facebook.com/MIGreenCommute
  • on Twitter @MIGreenCommute

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme:

Transportation: The movement of people, goods, and services within the area is an evolving system that links us to our regional, national and global networks.

PHOTO:

CUTLINE BIKECOMMUTE2.JPG – In advance of Green Commute Week, a group of area residents check out Holland’s new bike routes at April’s Bike Holland ride. Courtesy photo City of Holland

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.

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

April 28, 2017 – Robots, tasers join battle against invasive species

April 28, 2017 – DNR seeking volunteers at state parks

April 25, 2017 – Nearly 400 military bases must be tested for drinking-water contamination

April 25, 2017 – Holland West recognized for energy reduction in ‘Battle of the Buildings’

April 24, 2017 – Three Holland organizations win Battle of the Buildings Contest

April 24, 2017 – Roots run deep for American growers

April 23, 2017 – 7 things we’ve learned about Earth since the last Earth Day

April 23, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Join the Macatawa Cleanup for a healthier waterway

April 21, 2017 – DeGraaf Nature Center hosts Earth Day events

April 21, 2017 – Local SpartanNash stores to sell redesigned reusable bags

April 21, 2017 – The Swedish six-hour workday could help you live longer

April 20, 2017 – Hope College was a finalist in the “U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY RACE TO ZERO STUDENT DESIGN COMPETITION

April 20, 2017 – (Michign) Bipartisan legislators speak out against possible EPA closure

April 20, 2017 – Michigan DNR stresses caution during Wildfire Prevention Week

April 20, 2017 – George F. Will: The battle against sex trafficking of minors

April 19, 2017 – Earth Day crafts at Herrick

April 19, 2017 – Target Vows to Use Its Power & Scale to See that All Packaging Is Recyclable

April 19, 2017 – Hertz to Provide Carbon Reporting, Offsets to Corporate Clients

April 19, 2017 – 5 gadgets for a smarter home

April 19, 2017 – Walmart Launches Sustainability Platform to Reduce 1GT CO2 Emissions Across Value Chain

April 19, 2017 – Letter: Change your diet to fight climate change

April 17, 2017 – Living Sustainably: A week’s worth of things to do for Earth Day

April 17, 2017 – Kroger Sustainability ‘Lives Here’

April 11, 2017 – Chicago’s Mayor: 900 Public Buildings to Go 100% Renewable

April 10, 2017 – Living Sustainably: You can help fight the invasives invasion

April 10, 2017 – STUDENTS TO PRESENT CREATIVE AND RESEARCH PROJECTS ON APRIL 21  Original research by students on topics ranging from the historical roots of the Black Lives Matter movement, to monitoring of the Lake Macatawa watershed, to changes in political trust in the United States will be highlighted during the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance at Hope College on Friday, April 21, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse.

The public is invited.  Admission is free.

April 9, 2017 – Planting pride: Beautifying America one garden at a time

April 8, 2017 – Biking Holland: What’s next for city’s bike network

April 6, 2017 – UNCOMMON CLASS ON COMMON GROUNDS

April 5, 2017 – Get safer drinking water

April 4, 2017 – MICHIGAN SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM SUPPORTS SEVERAL PROJECTS Several Hope College projects have received grants from the Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC).

April 4, 2017 – Subscription boxes OK for the Earth?

April 3, 2017 – Transforming Organizations with Sustainability Management

April 2, 2017 – Holland Recognized as a 2016 Tree City USA

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 a seven-pillar framework with “lenses” to help us evaluate and make more sustainable choices. We have used this framework model as a way to identify the Hope College Sustainability Research Projects.

PDF Document:  2017 Sustainability Research Projects

Abstract Book

This year’s research projects were designated with a “green ribbon” on their research poster at the April 21st event.  Original research by students on topics ranging from the historical roots of the Black Lives Matter movement, to monitoring of the Lake Macatawa watershed, to changes in political trust in the United States were highlighted during the annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance at Hope College on Friday, April 21, from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Richard and Helen DeVos Fieldhouse.

Framework Categories:

SMART ENERGY  

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

TRANSPORTATION  

COMMUNITY & NEIGHBORHOOD  

QUALITY OF LIFE  

COMMUNITY KNOWLEDGE  

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION & AWARENESS  

For more information about the Framework visit:

www.hollandsustainabilityreport.org