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

By Andrea Goodell, Herrick District Library
Image result for lower the thermostatMaking your home more comfortable, healthy and cost-effective doesn’t have to break the bank.  Everyone knows the No. 1 tip: Lower your thermostat a couple of degrees in winter and raise it a couple of degrees in summer. (You won’t notice the difference, but you’ll notice the savings.)
There are dozens of no- or low-cost ways to save energy and money. Here are a few:
 Foam gaskets for electrical outlets can lower your energy bill quickly, Holland Residential Energy Advisor Ken Freestone said. Seal leaks around doors and windows, too.
 Fans are an economical way of cooling off or circulating air, but they don’t make the room itself cooler, so they should be turned off when no one is there to enjoy them. Ceiling fans should blow down in the summer to cool and up in the winter to circulate air.
 Holland Board of Public Works customers can receive free LED bulbs at one of its giveaways. The next one is Oct. 12; check the BPW’s Facebook page for details. The BPWalso offers rebates for LEDs, energy efficient appliances and other energy-saving purchases (hollandbpw.com/my-home/energy-efficiency-programs-and-rebates).
 Spending a little more for a programmable or smart thermostat will help control energy use.
 Change furnace filters every month and get a tune-up at least once a year. Preventative maintenance is much cheaper than repairs. It also keeps your furnace running efficiently, lowering monthly heating bills. SEMCO offers a $50 rebate for boiler or furnace tune-ups.
 Check out a free energy evaluation kit from Herrick District Library or Van Wylen Library. Each kit contains simple technology and instructions to measure your home’s humidity and energy usage and an infrared thermometer to find energy leaks.
However, these efforts are about more than just saving energy, Freestone said. “It is about making homes healthier, safer and more comfortable – and about saving energy, too.”
Learn more about doing all that at Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore’s next event, “Comfort, Health, and Savings: Smart Energy at Home.” It begins 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Holland Energy Park with an expo, with the program at 6:30.
Space is limited so registration at http://bit.ly/LSATLenergyevent is required.
Also at the event, Freestone will outline a grant program and financing options from the city and BPW for help with bigger energy retrofit projects, as well as low-interest financing available to anyone in Michigan.
Self-guided tours of the Energy Education Center will be available, too.
Homeowner Roy Cole, who has gone through the city’s Home Energy Retrofit program, will also speak.
“The Home Energy Retrofit program helped us cut our electricity usage by more than half,” Cole said. “The solar panels and insulation will pay for themselves in around five years. … As for the house, no more drafts, icicles on the roof, excessive humidity or dryness, or noise from the street.”
 Andrea Goodell is community relations associate at Herrick District Library.  Herrick is one of the founding members of the series.

If You Go
What: “Comfort, Health, and Savings: Smart Energy at Home.”
When: 6 p.m. Oct. 9
Where: The Holland Energy Park, 1 Energy Park Way, Holland.
Register: Required at http://bit.ly/LSATLenergyevent

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.

JIM AND MARTIE BULTMAN STUDENT CENTER EARNS LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION

JIM AND MARTIE BULTMAN STUDENT CENTER EARNS LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION; WOOD FROM STORM-FELLED TREES LINKS PAST AND PRESENT

September 17, 2018 — by Greg Olgers

Organizations seeking LEED certification for their construction projects have many ways to earn it, including by using regional materials. In developing the Jim and Martie Bultman Student Center, which recently received LEED Gold certification, Hope College integrated a meaningful resource from mere yards away: wood saved from venerable campus elms that were felled by a storm.

The trees were lost in a thunderstorm that caused damage throughout the Holland area in June 2011.  Hope saved the trunks and turned them into boards to be used some day in a way that commemorated the trees’ long tenure at the college.

The student center, which is in the central campus, provided the opportunity, with construction beginning in 2015 for a fall 2017 opening.  Boards from an elm estimated to have been 164 years old (older than Hope, chartered in 1866) panel the east wall of the building’s chapel.  A wall in a large, multi-use room and the wall and bench work surrounding the main lounge’s fireplace also feature wood from campus.

“The trees were present for generations as students attended Hope,” said Dr. Richard Frost, who is vice president for student development and dean of students at the college.  “The boards made from them provide a connection between the past, present and future.  Just as importantly, the wood has become a significant element in the student center being designated as a LEED Gold building.”

Image result for leed goldThe center is the second newly constructed building in a row at the college to earn LEED certification, with plans underway for a hat trick.  The Jack H. Miller Center for Musical Arts that opened in August 2015 holds LEED Silver certification, and Hope will also be seeking certification for the new Campus Ministries building that is under construction and scheduled to be completed next fall.

“Sustainability is an ongoing commitment for us, and constructing buildings with concern for the environment is an important part of that commitment,” said Kara Slater, who is director of operations at the college and is a LEED accredited professional (LEED AP).  “In the same way, the college is dedicated to exercising good stewardship in its day-to-day operations, whether it’s the water-efficient irrigation that we use across campus, installing LED lighting or through the cleaning materials that we use.”

Read the full press release here:

https://hope.edu/news/2018/campus-life/jim-and-martie-bultman-student-center-earns-leed-gold-certification-wood-from-storm-felled-trees-links-past-and-present.html 

Living Sustainably: Holland Stands Out in Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards

By Anne Saliers, Holland Board of Public Works

More finalists have been selected from Holland for the 2018 Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards than from any other city in the state.

Holland resident Roy Cole is a finalist in the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards Best Residential Project category.

Of the 21 businesses, organizations, and individuals across the state that have been honored this year, three are from Holland, a fourth is honored because of its work in Holland, and a fifth Holland resident has been chosen for an honorable mention. The city with the second most selections was Detroit – with just two finalists.
The Energy Excellence Awards recognize the people and organizations in Michigan that have taken firm, meaningful actions to improve energy efficiency.
Focusing on energy is nothing new to Holland citizens and businesses. The city’s long-range Community Energy Plan, initiated by the Holland Community Sustainability Committee, lays out a strategy the city has been implementing with excellent results for six years.

The Holland Board of Public Works is a finalist in the Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards Best Project category for the Holland Energy Park.

The plan, devised to ensure Holland’s economic vitality, aims to reduce carbon emissions from 24 metric tons per capita to 10 metric tons by 2050. The plan has already reduced the carbon footprint by an estimated seven metric tons of carbon dioxide per capita since the 2010 baseline. Key accomplishments include the new Holland Energy Park, snowmelt expansion, utility energy efficiency education and incentives, the creation of Holland Energy Fund as a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, and the development of the Home Energy Retrofit and On-Bill Loan Programs.
Next up is the renovated Civic Center, which will be heated by, would you believe, the snowmelt system! It’s a form of “district heating” using waste heat from power generation to heat the building. The snowmelt system serves as the transmission line that gets the heat to the building.
Other people are taking note of our progress and progressiveness, including the governor. He will announce the eight category award winners at an invitation-only event in Grand Rapids on Sept. 5.

Here are Holland’s finalists:
Best Projects – Residential: Roy Cole (Robert Katrinic received honorable mention).
Best Project – Public: Holland Board of Public Works for Holland Energy Park.
Contractor of the Year: WMGB Home Improvement for all the home energy efficiency retrofits in Holland.
Best Program: Holland Board of Public Works for its Residential Energy Performance Labeling Pilot Program.

The Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards honor Michigan individuals and organizations that have made reducing energy waste and implementing energy-efficient practices part of their everyday lives.
Congratulations to these finalists and to the Holland community!

 Anne Saliers is community energy services manager at Holland Board of Public Works. She leads the conservation and energy waste reduction programs for the utility, including the On-Bill Loan Program, and the implementation of Holland’s long-range Community Energy Plan.

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.

WMEAC Blog: To Improve Energy Efficiency, Holland Turns To Equitable Financing

“Ken Freestone is the City of Holland’s Residential Energy Advisor. He helps Holland homeowners make retrofits to their homes that maximize energy efficiency, from sealing air leaks to replacing windows to installing solar panels.

First, Freestone will help an interested homeowner identify their wants, like lower utility costs or better heating. Then, he works with an auditor and contractor to help the homeowner choose a retrofit plan that meets those wants best.

Freestone also helps the homeowner choose a financial plan offered by or through Holland’s municipal utility, the Board of Public Works (BPW). Its prime financial tool is the on-bill loan.

https://hollandenergyfund.com/

Instead of paying upfront, homeowners can take out a low-interest loan for any retrofit and tack it onto their electric bill. No credit scores or debt-to-income ratios are needed, only 12 months of on-time electric bill payments and three years being bankruptcy-free.

Many homeowners don’t even notice the loan. Freestone says their bills are often lower than their pre-loan rate thanks to energy upgrades.

Energy upgrade assistance is made possible by a line of credit from BPW to Holland Energy Fund, a nonprofit that enables the City of Holland to achieve the goals of its Community Energy Plan. The 40-year initiative gives the city goals to cut city CO2 emissions in half and improve home energy efficiency by 50 percent.

About a decade ago, Freestone wasn’t an energy adviser but a concerned Holland resident. A BPW coal plant was right within city limits, providing most of the city’s energy needs. Freestone, other residents and groups like WMEAC wanted it gone. “There was a lot of pressure for doing something different, and as a lot of community organizations said, doing it better,” said Freestone. With air quality permit lawsuits and increasing public pressure, Holland City Council hired Garforth & Associates to conduct an energy analysis on the community.

The subsequent report became the foundation for the 2011 Community Energy Plan. The Council then approved the coal plant’s closure, the construction of a natural gas plant and the purchase of sustainable energy from three regional sites.”

Read the full article at WMEAC.org: https://wmeac.org/improve-energy-efficiency-holland-turns-equitable-financing/2018/

June 27, 2018   Beau Brockett Jr.

June 2018 Sustainability News

June 2018 Sustainability News

June 30, 2018 – Parks enrich children’s lives

June 30, 2018 – ‘Task force’ quietly planning James DeYoung vision process

June 30, 2018 – The Annual Macatawa Water Festival is right around the corner, Saturday, July 14!

June 30, 2018 – Trump claims Saudi Arabia will boost oil production

June 30, 2018 – What will become of the historic Park Township airport?

June 29, 2018 – Where you can be a kid again: Adult summer camps

June 29, 2018 – Gypsy moths are back, defoliating trees in West Michigan

June 29, 2018 – $6 Million in Bogus Organic Fruit Sold to U.S., Costa Rican Report Finds

June 28, 2018 – Letter: Community Kitchen set to reopen

June 28, 2018 – Migrant workers prove vital to local farming community

June 28, 2018 – Hundreds arrested in DC protesting Trump immigration policy

June 27, 2018 – Back-to-school readiness contributes to your child’s academic success

June 26, 2018 – 5 simple ways to green your business

June 26, 2018 – New ‘Smart Brick’ will aid in snowmelt efficiency

June 26, 2018 – Mental illness – one common language

June 25, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Eating local – Food for thought

June 25, 2018 – Prudence Hilburn: You don’t need meat to have a complete meal

June 25, 2018 – Target, Tesco, CVS to Require Environmental Impact Data from Suppliers through CDP

June 24, 2018 – Hope science camps challenge young minds

June 24, 2018 – Canoeing in the wilderness of Minnesota’s Boundary Waters

June 22, 2018 – Study shows business case for racial equity:  Report finds Michigan can gain $92 billion in economic output by 2050 if racial disparities are eliminated

June 22, 2018 – OPEC countries to pump more oil to contain price increase

June 22, 2018 – West Michigan companies rate as ‘Best for the World’

June 22, 2018 – Are Certificates of Deposit Worth It Right Now?

June 21, 2018 – Cities at the Crossroads of Consumption and Sustainability

June 21, 2018 – Small businesses and the benefits of conscious capitalism

June 21, 2018 – Trump scraps Obama policy on protecting oceans, Great Lakes

June 21, 2018 – Holland Police ice cream truck rolling out for second season

June 21, 2018 – Looking to the long term, UPS boosts fleet with CNG trucks

June 20, 2018 – Volunteers wanted for Holland State Park clean-up day

June 20, 2018 – Hamilton schools pass surplus budget

June 19, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Food projects help share the summer bounty

June 19, 2018 – U.S. Announces Its Withdrawal From U.N. Human Rights Council

June 19, 2018 – Has Environmental Sustainability Lost its Relevance?

June 19, 2018 – More Travel Providers Boost Sustainability Initiatives

June 19, 2018 – WO set to have enrollment drops, some deficits in 2018-19

June 19, 2018 – Donate school supplies, food pantry items to Stuff the Bus events

June 18, 2018 – Flooding from sea level rise threatens over 300,000 US coastal homes – study

June 18, 2018 – El Niño watch issued: How it could seriously affect this storm season

June 17, 2018 – DeVos muddies debate: Education leader’s comments spark immigration worries, outrage

June 16, 2018 – Why many Americans aren’t benefiting from robust US economy

June 15, 2018 – Sidewalk repairs, youth employment coming with Holland’s CDBG funds

June 15, 2018 – Michigan enacts toughest lead rules in U.S. after Flint crisis

June 14, 2018 – At Summertime Jamboree, play cornhole, race cockroaches and more

June 13, 2018 – Drug, assault and sex offenses up in Ottawa County

June 12, 2018 – Charitable giving in US tops $400 billion for first time

June 11, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Framework guides Holland’s sustainability efforts

June 7, 2018 – Yellowstone boss says Trump administration forcing him out

June 5, 2018 – Lawmakers, civil rights groups call for DeVos to set record straight on immigration, schools

June 5, 2018 – Local fruit farmers optimistic about upcoming season

June 5, 2018 – ‘Station Eleven’ picked for Big Read Lakeshore

June 4, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Summer is time to spur kids’ natural curiosity

June 1, 2018 – Group challenges Nestle’s water permit from Michigan

June 1, 2018 – Home Help: How to attract hungry hummingbirds to your yard

June 1, 2018 – Nicolas Loris: (Opinion) Why gas prices are pumped up – and how we can lower them

June 1, 2018 – Holland State Park receives beach wheelchair donation from nonprofit Lori’s Voice

June 1, 2018 – Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth

May 2018 Sustainability News

May 2018 Sustainability News

May 31, 2018 – Avoiding meat and dairy is ‘single biggest way’ to reduce your impact on Earth

May 31, 2018 – Group challenges Nestle’s water permit from Michigan

May 30, 2018 – Exhibit provides a look at ‘Industrial Nature’

May 30, 2018 – Lower temps at a lower price: How to improve the energy-efficiency of your home today

May 29, 2018 – Consumers Energy tags three peregrine chicks

May 29, 2018 – Hope, GVSU students named Beckman Scholars

May 28, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  New summer program will boost school readiness

May 28, 2018 – Europe plans ban on plastic cutlery, straws and more

May 28, 2018 – Easy and breezy: 6 tips for controlling summer cooling costs

May 26, 2018 – Ohio farmers reap frustration over multistate NEXUS pipeline construction

May 25, 2018 – Holland Town Center continues local growth

May 25, 2018 – Letter: Vote ‘yes’ on Saugatuck library millage

May 24, 2018 – Why are Dutch-Americans so different from the Dutch?

May 23, 2018 – A healthy diet isn’t always possible for low-income Americans, even when they get SNAP benefits

May 23, 2018 – Eating right and staying healthy in retirement

May 22, 2018 – Zeeland hospital achieves Healthgrades award

May 21, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Bus ride to Farmers Market pays off in MAX Market Bucks

May 21, 2018 – 6 ways Walmart is helping change the world

May 20, 2018 – More West Michigan schools starting before Labor Day

May 18, 2018 – What Chinese import policies mean for all 50 states

May 18, 2018 – By ignoring sustainability reporting, the government is out of step with investors and corporations

May 17, 2018 – Two candidates remain in contention for MACC executive director position

May 17, 2018 – Separate food waste ‘offers massive CO2 saving’

May 16, 2018 – 13th Annual Ride of Silence in Holland

May 14, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Green Commute Expo marks special week

May 14, 2018 – Preparing for a successful career in Michigan’s skilled trades

May 13, 2018 – Food for thought: Why aren’t there more food trucks in Holland?

May 7, 2018 – “Rethink, Reuse and Recycle” with Holland BPW during Tulip Time

May 5, 2018 – Tulip Time volunteers honor Holland’s history

May 5, 2018 – Holland police under fire after recorded felony traffic stop

May 4, 2018 – Former state senator, longtime environmental advocate Birkholz dies

May 4, 2018 – Fourth EPA Official Departs Pruitt’s Administration

May 4, 2018 – Dozens of wild horses found dead amid Southwest drought

May 4, 2018 – Fiesta returns to celebrate Latino culture

May 3, 2018 – How To Teach Kids To Love Nature In A Tech-Obsessed World

May 3, 2018 – Holland SmartZone brings in over $85,000 in 2017

May 2, 2018 – Holland council to approve city budget Wednesday

May 2, 2018 – Holland Harbor to be dredged in early May

May 2, 2018 – Palisades Power Plant to host community open house

May 2, 2018 – 18 states sue the Trump administration to defend clean car rules

May 1, 2018 – Robert Redford: The biggest Scott Pruitt scandal is the one right in front of us

May 1, 2018 – Tick and Mosquito Infections Spreading Rapidly, C.D.C. Finds

Living Sustainably:  Rethink, Reuse, Recycle with Holland BPW during Tulip Time

By Morgan Kelley, Holland Board of Public Works
As part of its ongoing commitment to encourage conservation and sustainability, the Holland Board of Public Works is the Tulip Time Conservation Partner, working to promote and encourage festival goers to apply sustainable practices during the festival.
Among the activities it is offering, the HBPW will be at the Family Rest Area on Eighth Street from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10, Kinderparade day, with games and great prizes for all ages. The public is invited to stop by for fun and chances to win!
And while you’re enjoying Tulip Time all week, remember to “Rethink, Reuse and Recycle.”
A big question is always how to get around and experience all that Tulip Time has to offer? Rethink your transportation choice by taking the MAX Tulip Time shuttle. The shuttle not only offers optimal convenience for getting around the festival, but it’s also better for the environment. By using public transportation, you’ll save time by avoiding traffic and parking lines and also reduce your carbon emissions. Check out the interactive map for details and routes so you can plan your Tulip Time activities now. Go to www.tuliptime.com/visit/transportation for the map and other information.
You can also reuse as you explore the Tulip Time Festival by bringing a refillable water bottle to use the free water bottle filling stations – two on Eighth Street and at Centennial and Riverview parks. Save money and support sustainability; there’s no need to buy wasteful, plastic bottles when you can conveniently refill for free!
And be ready to recycle acceptable materials during Tulip Time. You will find recycling bins around the festival events, promoting stewardship of our resources. Already on Saturday, May 5, staff and students from the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute and Careerline Tech Center planned to host recycling and waste reduction stations during the Tulip Time Run.
Finally, mark your calendars for the week after Tulip Time for Holland BPW’s annual drive-through, drop-off Recycle Rewards event. Recycle Rewards will take place 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, May 19 at the HBPW Service Center parking lot at 625 Hastings Ave.
The HBPW will accept and give its customers rebates for working refrigerators, freezers, window air conditioners, and dehumidifiers. It will also accept old holiday lights, anything 50 percent metal or more, and electronics. TVs and computer monitors will not be accepted. For a complete item list, visit padnos.com/recycling-centers.
Remember to “Rethink, Reuse, Recycle!” See you at Tulip Time!
 Morgan Kelley is the conservation programs specialist at the Holland Board of Public Works where she tracks and administers residential energy efficiency programs and represents HBPW at community events.

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.

April 2018 Sustainability News

April 2018 Sustainability News

April 30, 2018 – Sustainability at the 2018 Tulip Time Festival

April 30, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance’s Summit on Race and Inclusion

April 30, 2018 – Department of Energy Announces $19 Million for Advanced Battery and Electrification Research to Enable Extreme Fast Charging

April 30, 2018 – 2018 Michigan Fishing Guide

April 30, 2018 – Sign-Up for Green Commute Week (May 13-19)

April 30, 3018 – Classroom Spotlight: Brad Smit teaches relevant, hands-on science at Saugatuck

April 29, 2018 – Things to know about Holland’s proposed 2018 budget

April 29, 2018 – What to know about Zeeland’s proposed 2019 budget

April 29, 2018 – Green Investment: Volunteers give and get benefits in Ottawa Parks

April 27, 2018 – World’s Biggest Retail Brands Back Sustainable Supply Chain Initiative

April 27, 2018 – Plans for new Holland growhouse moving forward

April 26, 2018 – Climate change communication and activism

April 26, 2018 – Letter: We must fend for Earth, since Pruitt won’t

April 26, 2018 – How art is elevating voices from the front lines of climate change

April 26, 2018 – Adopt-A-Highway cleanup days in full swing

April 25, 2018 – 3 communities thriving thanks to unconventional partnerships

April 25, 2018 – UK To Ban All Plastic Straws, Q-Tips, And Single-Use Plastics

April 25, 2018 – Council to install formal process for accepting art donations

April 25, 2018 – What other cities can learn from Portland’s fossil-fuel ban

April 24, 2018 – Because of climate change, some birds are nesting earlier

April 24, 2018 – Greenhouse plans to be discussed by Holland council

April 24, 2018 – How your lawn equipment is harming the environment

April 23, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Green Commute plans for any weather options

April 22, 2018 – How to get a more sustainable yard this spring with battery-powered products

April 22, 2018 – Hope College student awarded prestigious science fellowship

April 22, 2018 – DNR urges ORV enthusiasts to be ready to ride

April 20, 2018 – Too early to tell if cold April will impact summer Great Lake temperatures

April 20, 2018 – Free boat checks offered to Ottawa County residents

April 19, 2018 – Expert panel reflects on sustained power and impact of Earth Day–as we laud Year 48

April 19, 2018 – U.S. Department of Energy and Geological Survey Release Online Public Dataset and Viewer of U.S. Wind Turbine Locations and Characteristics

April 19, 2018 – Plastic straw and cotton bud ban proposed in England

April 18, 2018 – Senate drops measure to exempt ship ballasts from Clean Water Act

April 18, 2018 – Holland council votes 5-4 to allow Airbnb pilot

April 18, 2018 – Hope College ’95 Stories’ students push for more welcoming campus

April 17, 2018 – Holland once again named best small city in America to start a business

April 17, 2018 – Michigan official: Tugboat damaged Great Lakes pipelines

April 17, 2018 – Advice for adult children of aging parents who need help at home

April 16, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Fly fishing helps promote conservation

April 16, 2018 – SCIENCE, SUSTAINABILITY AND A BAHAMIAN TOWN DUMP

April 16, 2018 – BPW offering tours of Holland Energy Park visitor center

April 16, 2018 – Energy efficiency can help 32 states meet clean air rules by cutting pollution

April 16, 2018 – Starbucks to train workers on ‘unconscious bias,’ CEO says

April 15, 2018 – 3 ways to make your home more eco-friendly with smart home technology

April 15, 2018 – Stewardship volunteer opportunities available in area state parks

April 15, 2018 – 5 ways smart cities provide a healthier, safer, richer life for residents

April 15, 2018 – In age of #MeToo, can there be forgiveness, second chances?

April 13, 2018 – HOPE COLLEGE BLOG:  THE YOUTH ARE SCREAMING FOR CHANGE

April 13, 2018 – Local businesses to donate to Ready For School

April 13, 2018 – 13 ways to celebrate Earth Day and slash your home energy bills

April 10, 2018 – FROM THE PRESIDENT: REV. DENNIS N. VOSKUIL, PH.D.

April 10, 2018 – HOPE COLLEGE SUSTAINABILITY:  SERVING AND PROTECTING THE GARDEN THAT IS EARTH

April 10, 2018 – Grand Rapids’ Retail Shops That Focus on Sustainability

April 10, 2018 – Hard water proves hard on your wallet

April 9, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Diverse business resources sustain a vital community

April 9, 2018 – HOPE COLLEGE SENIOR, EMMA NYHOF, OF HOLLAND, TO PRESENT ECONOMICS RESEARCH CONDUCTED AS A RECIPIENT OF A NATIONALLY COMPETITIVE SCHOLARSHIP

April 9, 2018 – A Grass-Roots Movement For Healthy Soil Spreads Among Farmers

April 9, 2018 – How to grow a garden you’ll love (and love to take care of)

April 9, 2018 – SpartanNash to Mark Earth Week in April

April 6, 2018 – Matthew T. Mangino: GAO finds racially disproportionate discipline in schools

April 6, 2018 – Tulip Time Downtown Holland Park & Ride Shuttle

April 6, 2018 – Good Sweet Earth provides organic lawn care resources

April 5, 2018 – EPA fails to do its homework on light-duty standards

April 4, 2018 – Businesses Say EPA Will Hurt Economy with Pull Back of Emissions Standards

April 4, 2018 – Here are the American Cities Using the Most Solar-Powered Energy

April 4, 2018 – 5 Plants and Animals Utterly Confused by Climate Change

April 4, 2018 – Leaked memo: Pruitt taking control of Clean Water Act determinations

April 4, 2018 – Anti-Pruitt Sentiments Soar: GOP Members Call for Resignation as Media Campaign Circulates Petition

April 4, 2018 – Western Michigan nature preserve more than doubles in size

April 3, 2018 – 1,000 feet of Lake Michigan beach, 17 acres of dunes added to preserve

April 3, 2018 – Faith leaders reflect on Martin Luther King Jr.’s religious legacy

April 3, 2018 – Researchers: Hurricane Irma created new island off Georgia coast

April 2, 2018 – Living Sustainably: Workshop targets positive community impacts by business

April 2, 2018 – EPA Moves To Weaken Landmark Fuel Efficiency Rules

April 2, 2018 – Schools celebrate the end of a successful Reading Month

April 2, 2018 – Firms probe Kent County on request for garbage-fueled innovations

April 1, 2018 – We’ve Given Up Buying ‘Stuff’ In Favor Of Experiences, And We’ve Never Been Happier

April 1, 2018 – Big in Sweden: Picking up trash + jogging = ‘plogging’

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 – Big in Sweden: Picking up trash + jogging = ‘plogging’

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 19, 2018 – 10 reasons to plant a tree this spring

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 5, 2018 – Ways to conserve water

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