Living Sustainably: Heat hints and free LED lights make holidays greener

By Deena Roberson, Holland Board of Public Works

Holland BPW customers can trade for free LED Christmas lights Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

With the holiday season upon us, the cool weather and impending snowfall will drive up our energy bills. The largest energy expense in the winter comes from the furnace and the energy needed to heat your home. Check out the tips below to see how you can combat the winter energy blues!
 Instead of cranking up that thermostat, try opening the curtains on any south-facing windows during the day to let the sunshine and warmth in.
 Be sure to close the curtains again at night to help keep the warmth in, and add weather stripping around any drafty doors, too.

 If you feel a little chilly, grab a sweater, some cozy slippers, and a blanket to stay warm.
 Invest in a programmable thermostat that allows you to automatically adjust your home’s temperature while you are gone to avoid heating an empty home. Program the thermostat to a lower temperature while you sleep, too, to keep energy use down. By adjusting the thermostat a few degrees lower in the winter, you can save big on your heating costs.
 To make sure your furnace is working as efficiently as possible, check the filter and replace it if need be. A dirty filter makes your furnace work harder to push air through the system, which equals more energy used.
Another large holiday energy expense comes from all those beautiful, decorative lights.

Strands of old Christmas lights that use five times the energy of new LED lights will be recycled.

Traditional incandescent string lights lose much of their energy (about 90 percent) through heat, not light, making them very inefficient.
LED (light-emitting diode) string lights are not only 80 percent more efficient, but they are safer and sturdier. Because most of the energy in the bulb goes to making light, not heat, the bulbs stay cool to the touch. LED string lights are made with epoxy lenses, not glass, which make them much more resistant to breakage.
And while incandescent string lights are less expensive to start, LED lights will last 40 seasons or more, making them a wise investment.

If you are a Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) customer, you can ditch your old, inefficient holiday lights for a new strand of 105 warm-white LEDs! From 1 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 30 and from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 1, HBPW customers can stop by the HBPW Service Center at 625 Hastings Ave. to exchange and upgrade old, incandescent holiday lights.
All old strands will be properly recycled, so it’s a win-win. Limit three LED string lights per customer, but each person can recycle as many old strings as they’d like.

To learn more about HBPW events, rebates and programs, and to see more energy saving tips, visit www.hollandbpw.com. May your holiday season be green and bright!

 Deena Roberson is the conservation programs specialist at Holland Board of Public Works. She manages residential energy efficiency and water conservation programs.

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.

October 2017 Sustainability News

October 2017 Sustainability News

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

October 31, 2017 – Holland High launches student engineering pathway

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 27, 2017 – Climate change could hurt chocolate production

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

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

October 27, 2017 – Hope students plan DACA support march

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 21, 2017 – Sudanese refugee finds home in Holland

October 21, 2017 – CROP Walk donation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 18, 2017 – Stabenow introduces bipartisan conservation legislation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October 16, 2017 – How to Best Communicate Sustainability?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

http://hollandenergyfund.com/

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

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

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

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

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

Living Sustainably: Three Holland projects are finalists for state energy awards

By Anne Saliers, Holland Board of Public Works

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Smart Energy: We need to use both conservation and efficiency measures to manage our resources to provide access to reliable and cost-effective energy.

ABOUT THIS SERIES
Living Sustainably is a collection of community voices sharing updates about local sustainability initiatives. It is presented by the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute, a joint project of Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works. Go to www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute for more information.

September 2017 Sustainability News

September 2017 Sustainability News

September 29, 2017 – Part II: Armed with Science, Backed by Law, They are the Voices of the Water

September 29, 2017 – Letter: Elementary conclusions on climate change

September 28, 2017 – Local farmers say apples survived recent heat

September 28, 2017 – Local Favorites: Ah, the crunch of a fresh Michigan apple

September 28, 2017 – Ottawa County works to save monarch butterfly population

September 28, 2017 – Ottawa Food Strategic Plan is now available on the Ottawa Food website

September 28, 2017 – GVSU honey for sale in Holland

September 28, 2017 – Holland Christian crafting diversity and inclusion plan

September 28, 2017 – Palisades Power Plant to continue operations until spring 2022

September 27, 2017 – Water levels coming down in Lake Michigan

September 27, 2017 – Yet another study concludes that global warming is real

September 27, 2017 – Healthcare Wants More Sustainability Strategies, J&J Finds

September 27, 2017 – Seasonal fruit makes for tasty regional cobblers

September 27, 2017 – Four ways to preserve summer tastes from your garden

September 27, 2017 – Nike Introduces Recycled Leather Material for Shoes

September 27, 2017 – Carbon Capture Could Benefit Environment and Boost Industry’s Output, Energy Secretary Says

September 26, 2017 – Holland Christian fourth-graders learn energy efficiency

September 26, 2017 – Smart, kid-friendly options for after-school snacking

September 26, 2017 – 500 gallons of sewer discharged at BPW lift station

September 25, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Fixing four problems at a zero-waste business

September 25, 2017 – We Have Time to Meet Climate Goals, Study Says – but Not for the Reason You Might Think

September 25, 2017 – Hot, isolated, and running out of supplies, parts of Puerto Rico near desperation

September 24, 2017 – Get ready for pea milk. It doesn’t taste like peas and it’s not even green

September 22, 2017 – Plastics Shortages, Price Increases Result from Harvey’s Aftermath

September 24, 2017 – Michigan House bill package would address environmental curriculum, issues in schools

September 23, 2017 – What will be cut next in the over-budgeted Civic Center project?

September 21, 2017 – West Michigan’s new education buildings: student-inspired technology, aesthetic, and sustainability

September 20, 2017 – ROE (Return on Environment) is the new ROI: how sustainability drives business success

September 20, 2017 – Why 2 degrees Celsius more warming limit so important

September 20, 2017 – Climate change puts fish in hot water

September 20, 2017 – Linking the generations with Grandparents Day

September 19, 2017 – Mapping-out climate change impacts on real life

September 19, 2017 – How warm oceans can turn coral reefs into graveyards

September 19, 2017 – Sustainability Gets Greater Focus From US Cotton Industry

September 19, 2017 – EPA May Reconsider Rules for Disposing of Coal Ash, Used in Everyday Products

September 19, 2017 – Holland wins international floral competition

September 18, 2017 – Little Hawks Preschool cuts ribbon on school expansion

September 18, 2017 – LED technology offers bright ideas for saving money

September 18, 2017 – Michigan Small Businesses Save $21 Million Yearly Through Efficiencies

September 17, 2017 – Michigan Trails Week: discover your next outdoor adventure

September 17, 2017 – Holland-area schools see big gains, losses from school choice

September 17, 2017 – Michigan SAT scores slightly increase in second year

September 16, 2017 – Holland Wins in International Competition!

September 15, 2017 – Socially Responsible Investing Takes Clearing a Few Hurdles

September 15, 2017 – Weaver House deck reconstruction begins, legal action may follow

September 15, 2017 – As the climate warms, snakes could slither north

September 13, 2017 – 3 easy DIY STEM projects for kids

September 13, 2017 – How to Quantify Sustainability’s Impact on Your Bottom Line

September 12, 2017 – 5 food trends impacting what, and how, we eat

September 12, 2017 – Bringing sustainability home is as easy as ABC

September 11, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Water conservation is vital

September 11, 2017 – Organic Agriculture Builds Healthy Soil, Stores More Carbon, Study Says

September 11, 2017 – Trump’s Pick for Ag Department Post Pushes for Sustainable Farming Incentives

September 11, 2017 – In the Wake of Harvey, EPA Critiqued After Decision to Delay Risk Management Plan

September 10, 2017 – With season wrapping up, Lake Michigan waters are testing clean

September 10, 2017 – Lost in Suburbia: Here’s some organic food for thought

September 10, 2017 – Michigan Bookshelf: ‘The Living Great Lakes’

September 10, 2017 – Minority, low-income students struggle on M-STEP

September 10, 2017 – Local businesses prepare for winter months

September 9, 2017 – ‘Booming’ building industry caused Civic Center budget shortfall: consultant

September 8, 2017 – Hope to hold forum on plastic debris in water

September 8, 2017 – Yes: Harvey shows climate change is real

September 8, 2017 – Hope student wins national chemistry award

September 8, 2017 – Even kids can have a role in helping after natural disasters

September 8, 2017 – HOPE CHEMISTRY STUDENT WINS NATIONAL AWARD FOR RESEARCH PRESENTATION

September 7, 2017 – League of women voters takes stand on DACA repeal, kicks off new season

September 7, 2017 – Colombia Embracing Sustainable Design at Universidad EAN

September 6, 2017 – Plastic Fibers Are Found in 83% of the World’s Tap Water, a New Study Reveals

September 6, 2017 – New teacher resources aim to help students understand religion’s role in world affairs

September 6, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey Left Massive Amounts of Industrial Pollution in its Wake

September 4, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Workshop focuses on watershed and quality of life

September 3, 2017 – Holland continues to get less funding for low-income programs

September 1, 2017 – DOE Releases 1 Million Barrels of Crude Oil From Emergency Reserve

Living Sustainably: LED Technology Offers Bright Ideas for Saving Money

By Barry Rutherford, Holland Board of Public Works

Like many small business owners, Joe Langejans, owner of Maplewood Auto at 242 East 26th St. in Holland, has to make every dollar count to stay in business. So, when he was approached by a salesman talking about new LED lights and how much money he could save, Langejans said “show me in writing” and asked for a quote.
A light-emitting diode, or LED, is a type of lighting that uses a semi-conductor to turn electricity into light.
According to the Department of Energy, LEDs can be six to seven times more efficient than traditional incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer. In addition to being more efficient than any other bulb, LEDs contain no mercury, and have a much smaller environmental impact than traditional bulbs.

The contractor assessed and quoted Langejans’ facility and presented him with a couple of surprising things.
First was a sizeable rebate for the project from Holland Board of Public Works, which, according to Langejans was “absolutely” critical in determining his decision to move forward with the project. In addition, the contractor made it easy by handling the rebate paperwork. Last year alone, Holland BPW helped more than 150 businesses earn rebates for a wide variety of energy efficiency improvements.
The second surprise was that the contractor estimated Maplewood Auto would recover the cost of the project in just nine months with the rebate and the energy savings from the LED lights.
“The contractor gave me an impressive return on investment estimate due to the rebate, and explained the long-term, energy-saving nature of installing LED lights, which is why I moved forward with the project,” Langejans said.
Langejans is very happy with the performance of the LED lights; they resulted in a 36 percent reduction in Maplewood Auto’s electric bill, making for a quick payback. Langejans said he would recommend other small businesses in the Holland community adopt smart energy practices and look into financial assistance if needed.
Not sure where to start? Start by contacting an electrician or lighting supplier to help determine what LEDs are right for your business and visit hollandbpw.com for available rebates. Financing options are also available at Michigansaves.org.
 Barry Rutherford is a certified energy efficiency engineer at Holland Board of Public Works. He advises commercial and industrial customers on ways to improve the energy efficiency of their facilities and production processes.

PHOTO CUTLINES –
Maplewood1.jpg A well-lit work area at Maplewood Auto Repair costs much less to light with LED technology.
maplewood.jpg New LED technology provided a 36 percent reduction in the electric bills for Joe Langejans at Maplewood Auto Repair.

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.

August 2017 Sustainability News

August 2017 Sustainability News

August 31, 2017 – 7 Ways to Have a Great Green Labor Day Party

August 31, 2017 – 4 steps to safely recycle your household batteries

August 31, 2017 – SpartanNash expands Double Up program

August 31, 2017 – Here’s What Good Buildings Have in Common

August 31, 2017 – Local Favorites: This salad takes advantage of fresh veggies

August 31, 2017 – Holland area joins Harvey relief cause; learn where is best to give

August 30, 2017 – Something in the Water:  Turns out there are more than a handful of craft breweries owned by Hope College alumni.

August 30, 2017 – Into Africa:  Dr. Tim Laman ’83 is passionate about conservation and joined the Hope College Alumni Travel Program.

August 30, 2017 – Dumpster-Diving Your Way into Zero Waste to Landfill

August 30, 2017 – Considering a Green Roof to Boost Stormwater Management? New PACE Funding Can Help

August 30, 2017 – How much would Hurricane Harvey rain raise the Great Lakes?

August 30, 2017 – Comment period closing for Saugatuck Dunes marina development

August 30, 2017 – Michigan communities take slightly different approach to clean energy financing tool

August 30, 2017 – National environment group recognizes GVSU sustainability practices

August 29, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey a Trash, Logistics Disaster

August 29, 2017 – 7 Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

August 29, 2017 – The ever-inconvenient Gore

August 28, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Gardening a different way helps students learn

August 28, 2017 – Could states lure new businesses with renewable energy? (Large companies are looking for locations that help them meet clean energy goals, says a Michigan utility.)

August 26, 2017 – Meet the nation’s most endangered monuments

August 25, 2017 – Hurricane Harvey Shakes Up Oil Prices

August 25, 2017 – Why are Bill Gates and Richard Branson investing in meat that costs $18,000 a pound?

August 25, 2017 – Michigan DNR reminds hunters to observe cervid importation regulations

August 25, 2017 – Artist takes part in groundbreaking exhibition

August 24, 2017 – By 2021, we’ll have lost more than 4,000 grocery stores

August 24, 2017- Women Who Care donates $19,500 to Escape Ministries

August 24, 2017 – Fennville Schools asking for $23M bond

August 24, 2017 – Downtown Holland parking ambassador starting next week

August 24, 2017 – Letter: Clear and present danger

August 24, 2017 – Interior Secretary Zinke won’t eliminate any national monuments

August 24, 2017 – Indianapolis LED Streetlight Upgrade Will Save More Than $800K Per Year

August 24, 2017 – As In-house Sustainable Sourcing Schemes Soar, Will Fairtrade Fade?

August 23, 2017 – Letter: Clean water crucial to making America great again

August 23, 2017 – ‘Not one drop’ of Poland Spring bottled water is from a spring, lawsuit claims

August 23, 2017 – Midwest researchers aim to make home energy management systems even smarter

August 23, 2017 – Organic produce becomes mainstream

August 23, 2017 – How much sugar in that cola? Panera to list it on its cups

August 22, 2017 – A coal country dispute over an alleged Trump promise unmet

August 23, 2017- As US Exports More Natural Gas, Manufacturers Worry About Increased Prices

August 22, 2017 – Sierra Magazine Cool Schools 2017 – Hope College listed as 156/227 schools  Full List.    Princeton Review:  Green College 2018 Honor Roll

August 21, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Award-winning series celebrates local sustainability

August 22, 2017 – Green Roof Retrofits Relieve Stormwater Systems (and Look Lovely)

August 20, 2017 – Meet Destination Education’s new college advisers

August 19, 2017 – How a middle-aged Midwestern nobody made his mark in the Arctic

August 18, 2017 – Asian carp caught near Lake Michigan got past electric barriers

August 18, 2017 – GHI projects receive Governor’s Energy Excellence Award nomination

August 18, 2017 – Holland votes to file lawsuit against company involved in Holland Energy Park project

August 18, 2017 – THE MEETING OF THE FUTURE IS GREEN AND LOOKS LIKE THIS

August 17, 2017 – Michigan Legislature Expands Program Serving Locally-Grown Food in Schools

August 17, 2017 – It’s Time to Tie Executive Compensation to Sustainability

August 17, 2017 – Cream Cheese Plant Uses ‘Unsustainable & Disruptive’ Amounts of Water

August 16, 2017 – MESSAGE TO THE HOPE COMMUNITY by Rev. Dennis Voskuil

August 16, 2017 – Method Cleaning Products To Display How2Recycle Labels

August 15, 2017 – SMELLS OF THE CITY

August 15, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Creative recycling can help Michigan catch up

August 15, 2017 – Annual Michigan Economic Developers Association meeting held in Holland

August 15, 2017 – 5 simple ways to stay connected as a family on a budget

August 15, 2017 – Hudsonville receives tree-planting grant

August 15, 2017 – West Olive’s Ottawa School turns 150

August 15, 2017 – Holland police surprise special needs student

August 15, 2017 – Eclipse viewers need special glasses, astronomers say

August 15, 2017 – Infant mortality rate rises 35% in Holland

August 15, 2017 – EXHIBITION “OUT OF NATURE” TO OPEN ON AUG. 24

August 14, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Creative recycling can help Michigan catch up

August 14, 2017 – Developer wants industrial district in Holland for future tax abatement

August 14, 2017 – UNIQUE REUNION CELEBRATES HOPE PROFESSOR AND THE SCIENCES

August 11, 2017 – Poll: Most say time to stop trying to repeal ‘Obamacare’

August 10, 2017 – Building Healthy Communities encourages Michigan schools to apply for wellness program

August 10, 2017 – Hope College’s Bultman Center provides dedicated student space

August 10, 2017 – Latino Republicans see political peril in Trump immigration plan

August 10, 2017 – Holland reacts to the election of Raul Garcia

August 10, 2017 – Millennials are driving a $9 trillion change in investing

August 10, 2017 – Lakeshore Ethnic Diversity Alliance Announces New Executive Director

August 9, 2017 – FORMER TRUSTEE CHAIR MAX DE PREE DIES

August 9, 2017 – NSF GRANT SUPPORTS HOPE COLLEGE DEVELOPMENT OF BIO-INSPIRED APPROACH TO REDUCE THE EFFECTS OF EARTHQUAKES

August 8, 2017 – 6 Essential Truths That Will Help the World Urbanize Sustainably

August 7, 2017 –Living Sustainably: 5 ways to put green into back to school

August 7, 2017 – STUDENTS HONORED DURING NATIONAL MATHEMATICS CONFERENCE FOR PRESENTATIONS ON BIRD SONG RESEARCH

August 7, 2017 – Government Report Finds Drastic Impact of Climate Change on U.S.

August 7, 2017 – Secretary Perdue Announces $16.8 Million to Encourage SNAP Participants to Purchase Healthy Foods

August 7, 2017 – Wrangler to Cotton Farmers: Improve Sustainability, Boosts Profits, We’ll Help

August 7, 2017 – Former VW Exec Pleads Guilty to Helping Car Maker Cheat Emissions Standards in the US

August 7, 2017 – DuPont Continues to Settle Environmental Lawsuits, Adds Another $50M

August 7, 2017 – World’s Largest Companies Push Record Growth in Renewable Energy

August 7, 2017 – Commercial Building Retrofits Follow Ultra-Low Energy Trend

August 6, 2017 – HITLER’S AMERICAN MODEL–AND WHAT THAT MEANS FOR RACE IN THE U.S. TODAY

August 5, 2017 – Students get prekindergarten help with Start School Ready

August 4, 2017 – Camp Sunshine creates fun space for developmentally disabled

August 4, 2017 – Spring & Summer Sustainability Slants: Supply Chain, Packaging & Apparel

August 4, 2017 – The hidden environmental costs of dog and cat food

August 4, 2017 – Class to offer mountain biking basics

August 4, 2017 – How Much Motor City Water Does Coke Use, and What Does It Cost ‘Em?

August 4, 2017 – PepsiCo Faces Activist Outrage, Plus Threats of More to Come

August 4, 2017 – Report Points Finger at US Timber Distributors for Illegal Deforestation in PNG

August 3, 2017 – Third Annual Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards Honor Michiganders for Innovative Energy Solutions (Finalists include public, private efforts to reduce energy waste)  Holland has been involved in three of the finalist projects.  Information about the program can be found at http://mienergyexcellence.org/

August 3, 2017 – Holland state park, DNR host stop invasives week

August 3, 2017 – The Mediterranean diet works – but not if you’re poor, a study finds

August 3, 2017 – NSF GRANT SUPPORTS EXPANSION OF ONLINE RESOURCE FOR TEACHING INORGANIC CHEMISTRY

August 3, 2017 – Walmart: Chemical Footprint Reporting Is Key to Creating Sustainable Stuff

August 2, 2017 – Hope College earns STARS Silver rating

August 2, 2017 – Sustainability in school isn’t as hard as you think (Going green in your dorm isn’t as hard as you think)

August 2, 2017 – Must-have elements for building a sustainable new home

August 2, 2017 – UPDATE: Civic Center work halted during investigation of fatal accident

August 2, 2017 – Hitting the Goals of the Paris Agreement Requires Urgent Business Support

August 1, 2017 – 5 tips for taking the stress out of ‘back to after school’

August 1, 2017 – Michigan DNR to accept pre-proposals for aquatic habitat grants

August 1, 2017 – How Alternative Energy Affects Electricity Pricing