Living Sustainably: Award-winning series celebrates local sustainability

By Michelle Gibbs, Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute Back by popular demand, the Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore series is offering another great line-up of educational events sharing how Holland is becoming a more sustainable community. The annual series began in the fall of 2014, and the planning team’s mission is to educate and empower citizens to live more …

A Brighter Tomorrow: Hope College Students’ Actions and Attitudes About Sustainability

Research Project – A Brighter Tomorrow: Hope College Students’ Actions and Attitudes About Sustainability By: Cindy Alexander and Dr. Stephen C. Scogin Historically, colleges struggle reducing energy consumption, due in part to a lack of student fiscal accountability. Nonetheless, Hope College is committed to building a sustainable institution, and thus seeks to reduce energy consumption and promote …

July 2017 Sustainability News

July 31, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Rain, rain go away – the right way July 31, 2017 – Tesla’s Model 3 And The Transition To Sustainability July 31, 2017 – Five-acre dune fire south of Grand Haven caused by campfire July 31, 2017 – National Night Out coming to Holland July 30, 2017 – At Herrick: The eBook advantage for …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Living Sustainably: Task Force Shows Businesses How Energy Efficiency Wins

LIVING SUSTAINABLY:  Task Force Shows Businesses How Energy Efficiency Wins By Brian Pageau (Hope College Alumni ’03), Commercial Institutional Task Force for Energy Efficiency In my six-plus years of helping organizations pursue energy efficiency in buildings, I have met with more than 1,000 business owners and decision makers. I can confidently say 99 percent of the people I …

Living Sustainably: Five Good Reasons to Borrow a Home Energy Monitoring Kit

LIVING SUSTAINABLY:  Five Good Reasons to Borrow a Home Energy Monitoring Kit By Ashley Kimble, Holland Board of Public Works Do you know how much the electricity is costing you for that second refrigerator in the basement that you use once a year for the Thanksgiving turkey? Or the hidden cost of the incandescent lightbulb you can’t seem to part with just because it …

Living Sustainably: Earth Hour-Little Things CAN Change the World

LIVING SUSTAINABLY:   Earth Hour-Little Things CAN Change the World By Carolyn Ulstad, Holland Sustainability Committee When I first heard about Earth Hour happening in cities like Paris, Singapore, Dubai and New York, I couldn’t help but start dreaming up what it could be like to bring it here to Holland. For some background, Earth Hour started in 2007 …