Living Sustainably: No Snow, Snow Kidding!

By Michelle Gibbs, Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute

Central Avenue and sidewalks along Centennial Park are free of snow thanks to the snowmelt system. Photo courtesy City of Holland

Did you know, in the City of Holland we have the largest municipal snowmelt system in the United States?
After the recent expansion, the system provides more than 600,000 square feet of heated sidewalks and streets. Personally, I love walking around downtown and not worrying about slipping on the ice or having my shoes ruined by the snow and salt, but did you know there are many other benefits to this unique system?
Here is the story of that system – how it came to be, how it works, and its benefits to our community economically, socially, and environmentally.
History:  We have enjoyed the benefits of the snowmelt system since 1988 thanks in large part to Edgar D. Prince, Prince Corp. founder, who brought the idea of the snowmelt system to city officials after a visit to Europe. Over the years, the system has expanded to meet growing needs of the community.

Some 190 miles of tubing carry warm water beneath Holland streets and sidewalks. Photo courtesy City of Holland

How it works: Excess heat from generating electricity at the Holland Energy Park is captured in the cooling tower, and warm water is pumped through a large underground pipe to downtown Holland. The water is then circulated through 190 miles of smaller tubing. This closed loop system means the same water is circulated over and over again at 95 degrees Fahrenheit. In the past, the system pulled its water from Lake Mactawa, but switching to a closed loop system reduces sediment and wear on system valves.
Economics: In the late 1980s and the 1990s, the snowmelt system played a part in the revitalization of Holland’s downtown. Business owners rallied with the city and Holland Board of Public Works to create a vision for an attractive, snowfree downtown, and the system became a part of that vision to help our community grow. Our downtown now offers a variety of stores, boutiques, restaurants, galleries, and even a winter farmers market.
Socially:  The snowmelt system helps bring people together, as even on the coldest of days you still find people downtown. A number of community groups even meet downtown so they can walk or run without the fear of slipping. The recent system expansion helped connect downtown to the farmers market area near the Civic Center, Herrick District Library, police department, and various parking areas.

A view from above shows the pattern of snowfree streets and sidewalks in Holland. Photo courtesy City of Holland

Environmentally:   Typical power generation systems discharge their waste hot water to the environment; however, the closed loop system greatly reduces the discharge to local bodies of water. Another environmental benefit is the reduced use of salt to melt ice and snow. “Salt is a pollutant that is harmful to fish and wildlife, so we are always happy to see a reduction in its use,” notes the  Macatawa Watershed Project.
Holland Energy Park has the potential to support a snowmelt system five times the current size and to provide additional community resources such as district heating for downtown buildings. The Civic Center is set to be the first building in Holland heated with support from water from the snowmelt system, making it very energy efficient.
Snowmelt has become a part of our identity and is one of the ways Holland continues to “make big ideas come alive.”

WZZM 13 News Segment on Holland’s Snowmelt

To learn more about this unique resource, please click the links below to see photos, videos, and maps of the system:

https://www.cityofholland.com/streets/snowmelt

http://www.holland.org/snow-free-holland

 Michelle Gibbs is the director of the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute.  The vision for the Institute is a healthy and economically vibrant community that promotes environmental stewardship and mutual respect for people and  the planet.  Our mission is to foster collaborative efforts to infuse sustainability into the minds and practices of the greater Holland community.

Snowmelt by the Numbers:
 4.9 miles of heated streets and sidewalks
 114,000 square feet of streets are warmed
 534,000 square feet of sidewalks and parking lots are warmed
 5,500 gallons of water per minute pumps through the system
 Melts about 1 inch of snow per hour at 20 degrees with light winds

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Transportation: The movement of people, goods, and services within the area links us to our regional, national and global networks.

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.

January 2018 Sustainability News

January 2018 News

January 31, 2018 – Affordable Tech Marvels Dominate Greenest Vehicles List

January 31, 2018 – AT&T and Verizon Pressured to Match T-Mobile’s 100% Renewable Energy Pledge

January 31, 2018 – Why bike share makes sense as a library resource

January 31, 2018 – White House to ask for 72 percent cut in renewable energy programs: report

January 30, 2018 – Gov. Rick Snyder announces proposal to help renew Michigan’s environment

January 29, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Community policing is sustainability session topic

January 29, 2018 – How healthy is Ottawa County? Find out and join the conversation 

January 29, 2018 – Turning to beet juice and beer to address road salt danger

January 28, 2018 – Michigan Roll Call: See how your legislators are voting in Lansing

January 28, 2018 – Ottawa, Allegan unemployment near lowest in state

January 28, 2018 – A New Year’s Resolution for Everyone: Battery Recycling

January 28, 2018 – Road commissions caution drivers of potholes

January 27, 2018 – A fantastic Super Bowl party that’s … plant-based?

January 27, 2018 – Holland council wants many involved in James DeYoung site planning

January 26, 2018 – City of Holland Human Relations Commission Announces 2017 SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARDS and “I HAVE A DREAM” Essay Winners

January 26, 2018 – Budweiser’s Super Bowl Beer Ad Isn’t about Beer

January 26, 2018 – Pennsylvania rep talks Trump, farm bill, immigration

January 26, 2018 – Hulu Migrates Data Centers To 100% Renewable Energy Facility

January 25, 2018 – Administrator talks issues, initiatives in State of Ottawa County address

January 24, 2018 – BIRDS AGAINST GLASS: AN AVIAN STUDY

January 22, 2018 – Students thrive in Robinson Elementary STEM program

January 21, 2018 – Living Sustainably:  Energy prize competition results in change for Holland

January 21, 2018 – LG Chem continues growth, hiring despite tight talent pool

January 20, 2018 – Lakeshore Advantage gives BPW Energy Park pioneers Visionary Award

January 20, 2018 – Why Am I Marching Tomorrow?

January 19, 2018 – Big Give announces nonprofit recipients

January 19, 2018 – H&M faced backlash over its ‘monkey’ sweatshirt ad, but it isn’t the company’s only controversy

January 18, 2018 – Wind energy sets sail on the Great Lakes

January 16, 2018 – HOPE STUDENTS TO RECEIVE 2017 YOUTH SOCIAL JUSTICE AWARD FROM HOLLAND’S HUMAN RELATIONS COMMISSION FOR DACA MARCH AND RALLY

January 16, 2018 – Ben & Jerry’s Debuts Two New Vegan Ice Cream Flavors

January 15, 2018 – Biodiversity Could Be As Important As Climate For Healthy Ecosystems

January 12, 2018 – Inclusion and Equity: LEDA

January 11, 2018 – A Greener, More Healthful Place to Work

January 11, 2018 – GR nonprofit to give $100K in ‘100 Ideas’ campaign

January 9, 2018 – In Michigan, solar growth meets uncertainty with end of net metering

January 9, 2018 – Jubilee, Homecor plan another housing project in Holland

January 8, 2018 – Living Sustainably: Group launches spring sustainability series

January 8, 2018 – Top 10 Movers And Shakers In Sustainability – 2017

January 8, 2018 – Wetland Meadows Help Cities Stare Down Climate Risk

January 7, 2018 – The Sentinel revisits the top stories of 2017

January 7, 2018 – Commentary: Kids don’t need a cellphone; they need a digital diet

January 7, 2018 – Many High-Profile Actresses Are Bringing Activists to the Golden Globes

January 6, 2018 – What ‘healthy’ looks like in 2018: Vegetables and proteins

January 6, 2018 – Online map aims to make poverty data more accessible

January 5, 2018 – Nikola Tesla’s extraordinary impact still felt decades later

January 5, 2018 – Legal action regarding Weaver House deck collapse pending

January 5, 2018 – Superfund work touted by Trump EPA was completed years ago

January 5, 2018 – Outdoors Winter Market opens Saturday

January 5, 2018 – Supply chain company relocates US headquarters

January 4, 2018 – Lending green: New credit union offers loans solely for eco-friendly projects

January 4, 2018 – Trump moves to vastly expand offshore drilling

January 3, 2018 – Northeastern States Sue EPA To Protect Them From Ozone Pollution

January 3, 2018 – Ann Arbor’s new clean-energy goal: go 100% renewable by 2035

January 2, 2018 – West Michigan companies shine in Newsweek’s ‘Green Rankings’

January 2, 2018 – Growth Rate of Bioplastics Could Erode Demand for Oil

January 2, 2018 – Q&A: How is the growth of bitcoin affecting the environment?

January 2, 2018 – Commentary: We don’t need oil from the Arctic Wildlife Refuge

January 2, 2018 – Fashion in 2018 | 08. Sustainability Credibility

January 2, 2018 – Our View: Sentinel establishes ethics, transparency guidelines

January 2, 2018 – Seven Cost-Saving Sustainability Ideas for 2018

January 1, 2018 – Living Sustainably: Understanding funding for a stronger community

 

Living Sustainably: Group launches spring sustainability series

By Michelle Gibbs, Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute
Do you want to learn more about what is happening in the community?  The spring 2018 Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore series has announced another great line-up, full of educational events sharing how Holland is becoming a more sustainable community.

Holland Michigan Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore
The series will continue to share information about work as it relates to the city’s Sustainability Framework. All of the events, with the exception of May, will take place on a Tuesday at Herrick District Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Here’s this spring’s lineup:

 “Economic Development: Sustainable Government,” Tuesday, Jan. 9:  This program will explore sources of local government funds and review the city and county budget process and near-term and long-term needs within the community.
 “Quality of Life: Community Policing for Peaceful Living,” Tuesday, Feb. 6:  A safe and friendly community is essential to our sense of well-being and quality of life. How does the Holland Police Department’s community policing approach help local residents of all walks of life find life satisfaction? Our discussion will address fair and equitable interactions and the needs of our community.
 “Community Knowledge: Planting and Saving Seeds,” Tuesday, March 6:  Ben Cohen, sustainable homesteader and proprietor of Small House Farm, is an heirloom seed activist and educator. He is passionate about growing food and will discuss why planting, saving, and sharing seeds is essential to the cultivation of sustainable neighborhoods, healthy communities and the preservation of history. This event coincides with the launch of Herrick District Library’s seed saving library.
 “Environmental Awareness/Action: Fly Fishing,” Tuesday, April 24:  For over 100 years, fly fishermen have been leaders in the watershed conservation movement. Local author Jon Osborn and illustrator Joe Van Faasen, of the book “Classic Michigan Flies: 16 Legendary Patterns,” will speak about Michigan’s fly fishing heritage.
 “Transportation: Green Commute Expo,” Friday, May 18 (Special Friday event, 6 to 7:30 p.m.)   As part of the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council’s Green Commute Week (May 13-19), the expo will include a presentation about green commute options in the Holland/Zeeland area and the role transportation plays in the 40-Year Community Energy Plan, followed by fun, hands-on activities for the whole family.
This series of free educational events began in the fall of 2014. Our mission is to educate and empower citizens to live more sustainably.

The series is sponsored by: City of Holland and its Sustainability Committee’s efforts; GreenMichigan.org; Herrick District Library and its adult programming; Hope College through the Sustainability Institute; the League of Women Voters; the Meijer Campus of Grand Valley State University’s sustainability program; and the West Michigan Environmental Action Council.  For more information visit the Events section at www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute or follow us on Facebook at Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore.

 Michelle Gibbs, is the director of the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute (HHCSI).  The vision for the HHCSI is a healthy and economically vibrant community that promotes environmental stewardship and mutual respect for people and the planet.  Our mission is to foster collaborative efforts to infuse sustainability into the minds and practices of the greater Holland community.

Holland’s Sustainability Framework includes seven topics related to how sustainability awareness can improve our community’s future.
 Smart energy
 Economic development
 Transportation
 Community & neighborhood
 Quality of life
 Community knowledge
 Environmental action & awareness

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Community Knowledge: The collective knowledge of the community is an incredible resource, that knowledge and energy must be channeled to where it is needed.

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.

December 2017 Sustainability News

December 2017 News

December 31, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Understanding funding for a stronger community

December 31, 2017 – Add Shoe Year’s hikes to your resolutions

December 30, 2017 – Obama’s ‘pollution-free society’ is needed to combat climate change

December 30, 2017 – Projects to look out for from Ottawa County Parks and Rec. in 2018

December 29, 2017 – Hope College profs study preschooler sleep habits

December 28, 2017 – 5 things to know about Holland Township’s zoning ordinance rewrite

December 28, 2017 – Higher energy costs accompany bitter cold snap in US

December 28, 2017 – 11 videos that captured the spirit of sustainability in 2017

December 27, 2017 – Director to focus on economics of affordable housing in county

December 27, 2017 – The Slow But Steady Progression Toward Environmental Sustainability

December 27, 2017 – Ask Amy: Celebrate the giving season by donating

December 27, 2017 – Ottawa County approves plans for Parkside Marina redevelopment

December 27, 2017 – The most consequential environmental stories of 2017

December 26, 2017 – Ways to eat more fruit, veg in winter

December 25, 2017 – Hope College students start project to combat hate

December 24, 2017 – What will become of the James DeYoung plant?

December 21, 2017 – LEDs Cut 500 Million Tons of CO2 From the Sky in 2017

December 21, 2017 – China Launches a Cap-and-Trade Program to Cut Carbon Emissions

December 20, 2017 – What the tax bill may mean for energy efficiency

December 20, 2017 – Michigan Supreme Court: Return $554M to school employees

December 19, 2017 – Can You Balance Gift-giving and Sustainability?

December 19, 2017 – EPA Formally Ask Stakeholders How to Change the Clean Power Plan

December 18, 2017 – More Companies Set 100% Renewable Energy Goals in 2017

December 18, 2017 – Living Sustainably:  Solar panels system is first for city retrofit project

December 18, 2017 – GTM Research Reports US Solar Installation Slowdown

December 18, 2017 – The Year In Corporate Sustainability: The Best Of Times And The Worst Of Times

December 18, 2017 – Advice for breaking down sustainability silos in 2018

December 18, 2017 – 3 Ways to Make a Commitment to Sustainability Your Customers Want to See

December 17, 2017 – Here are some of the largest 2018 projects for Holland

December 17, 2017 – Letter: Volunteer at the Community Kitchen

December 17, 2017 – Bucs Care Food Pantry launched at Grand Haven High

December 16, 2017 – Trump Administration Reportedly Instructs CDC On Its Own Version Of 7 Dirty Words

December 15, 2017 – My Year of No Shopping

December 15, 2017 – Superbacteria could soon be eating China’s factory waste

December 15, 2017 – Environmental Management in 2017 – Can You Guess the Top 5 Trends?

December 15, 2017 – Movie review: ‘Downsizing’ makes for a great tall tale about getting small

December 14, 2017 – Mayors tout the importance of energy efficiency in meeting climate goals

December 14, 2017 – Rethinking sustainability: A greener Grand Rapids starts from the ground up

December 14, 2017 – Sustainability: The World’s Change Agent

December 14, 2017 – Central Massachusetts businesses getting creative when it comes to high energy costs

December 13, 2017 – Grand Rapids selected among 12 U.S. cities for Zero Cities Project that targets energy use

December 12, 2017 – Secretary of Energy Rick Perry Announces $18.5 Million for Offshore Wind Research

December 12, 2017 – 4 Questions for Your Local Organic Farmer

December 12, 2017 – Want to Buy Organic? 3 Steps to Avoid the Fakes

December 12, 2017 – 5 Companies Who Succeed By Prioritizing Sustainability Over Profits

December 11, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Herrick District Library is Holland’s ‘third space’

December 11, 2017 – Community Foundation of the Holland/Zeeland Area awards $109,750 in grants

December 11, 2017 – 4 Tips to Improve Electric Vehicle Battery Range this Winter

December 10, 2017 – The Organic Label is the Gold Standard [Infographic]

December 10, 2017 – Guest Editorial: Enbridge agreement a small step in the right direction

December 9, 2017 – Survey: Dune supporters include stormwatchers, ecologists, campers, economists

December 8, 2017 – Holland documentary ‘Wilderness to World Class’ premieres next week

December 7, 2017 – 2018 Fuel Economy Guide Helps Consumers Save Money

December 7, 2017 – This Was the Year Sustainable Fashion Got Sexy—Read the Highlights from Vogue Here

December 7, 2017 – HOPE COLLEGE’S DAY1: WATERSHED PROGRAM RECEIVES STAKEHOLDER OF THE YEAR AWARD

December 7, 2017 – Outdoor Discovery Center embraces entrepreneurial culture, empowering staff members

December 7, 2017 – Ready for School: 63 percent of Holland-area kids ready for kindergarten

December 7, 2017 – LG Chem Michigan now landfill free facility

December 6, 2017 – Simple ways to give back all year long

December 5, 2017 – Erin Brockovich tied to class action lawsuit over toxic Michigan dumping

December 5, 2017 – Ready for School to hold annual breakfast

December 5, 2017 – Sea turtle released back into gulf where it was rescued by Florida officer

December 4, 2017 – Sustainable Reporting: Lessons From the Fortune 500

December 4, 2017 – Trump signs proclamation to scale back 2 national monuments

December 4, 2017 – What is the home energy rating system (HERS)? [Infographic]

December 3, 2017 – Holland council backs out of collectively asking for DACA 

December 3, 2017 – Hope College gets more ‘Code Blue’ towers

December 3, 2017 – Michigan Roll Call: See how Holland-area legislators are voting in Lansing

December 3, 2017 – Wrap up of police calls in Ottawa, Allegan counties

December 2, 2017 – Michigan Has Its Very Own Dutch Christmas Market And You’ll Want To Visit

December 1, 2017 – Veteran says clean energy is good for the military

December 1, 2017 – Who Will Pay For Nature? How To Catalyze Private Investment In Sustainability

November 2017 Sustainability News

November 2017 Sustainability News

November 30, 2017 – Betsy DeVos approves Michigan’s federal school accountability plan

November 30, 2017 – Plan for Parkside Marina redevelopment presented in full, faces opposition

November 30, 2017 – Holland e-commerce business busy this Cyber Monday

November 29, 2017 – Jeff Goodell’s ‘engaging, often terrifying’ book

November 29, 2017 – 4 great gifts for your green-living friend

November 29, 2017 – Sustainable Apparel Coalition Increases Analytics for Supply Chain Assessment

November 29, 2017 – Businesses Ask EPA to Curb Clean Power Plan at Hearing

November 29, 2017 – This auto mechanic is ready for an electric vehicle revolution

November 28, 2017 – The New Year’s resolution you can keep: A more eco-friendly home

November 28, 2017 – Lake Michigan water levels expected to continue to rise this spring

November 28, 2017 – 4 Ways Socially Responsible Banks Are Good for You and Your Wallet

November 28, 2017 – Letter: Holland is stuck in the past

November 28, 2017 – Holland-area nonprofits host events, campaigns for #GivingTuesday

November 27, 2017 – A huge investment firm is urging companies to disclose climate risks

November 27, 2017 – Living Sustainably: ‘Energy literacy’ is key for Holland’s future

November 27, 2017 – Kent, Ottawa districts get money to grow farm-to-school programs

November 27, 2017 – Big boost for solar expected from state ruling

November 27, 2017 – Hurricanes harm birds, too: What you can do to help your backyard birds

November 23, 2017 – Home Help: Signs your heating system needs a tune-up

November 23, 2017 – Guest Editorial: Democrats must confront mistreatment of women

November 22, 2017 – Good night, night: Light pollution increases around globe

November 22, 2017 – Council narrowly approves long-term Flint water deal

November 22, 2017 – Too right it’s Black Friday: our relentless consumption is trashing the planet

November 22, 2017 – Esther J. Cepeda: This Thanksgiving, give others a helping of gratitude

November 22, 2017 – The state of sustainability today: Nearly all consumers are involved in some way

November 21, 2017 – The State Energy Efficiency Scorecard *Michigan tied for #11.

November 21, 2017 – Holland Rescue Mission to host annual Great Thanksgiving Banquet

November 21, 2017 – Palisades Power Plant to host public meeting

November 21, 2017 – Holland-area businesses gear up for Black Friday shopping

November 20, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Heat hints and free LED lights make holidays greener

November 20, 2017 – JEFFREY B. JOHNSON OF HOPE CHEMISTRY FACULTY ELECTED AAAS FELLOW

November 20, 2017 – Largest Cocoa Producing Countries Agree to Work with Hershey, Nestle, Mars & More

November 20, 2017 – Landfill or Sustainable Business Park? Michigan County Considers the Question

November 20, 2017 – Top 5 features millennials look for in a home

November 19, 2017 – Newly-formed: Holland-area conservation group holds first meeting

November 19, 2017 – The perfect gift for animal lovers: Becoming a wildlife hero

November 19, 2017 – Guest Editorial: The rest of the world is moving on with global trade

November 18, 2017 – Political analysts discuss Trump at Hope College

November 17, 2017 – Tesla wants to electrify big trucks, adding to its ambitions

November 17, 2017 – 4 Ways Companies Can Reach Millennials With A Message Of Sustainability

November 16, 2017 – Kent County meets with community to discuss sustainability, recycling plans

November 16, 2017 – Scientists warn: Soon it will be too late to save Earth

November 16, 2017 – Fuel economy is going up. Vehicle prices are holding steady.

November 16, 2017 – Farm runoff and the worsening algae plague waterways

November 16, 2017 – Holland Township not likely to allow bees, chickens in residential zones

November 16, 2017 – Homeowner at last reaches a $3,400 settlement for a $100,000 water bill

November 15, 2017 – These are the melting glaciers that might someday drown your city, according to NASA

November 15, 2017 – Holland-area chapter of Citizen’s Climate Lobby to host first meeting

November 15, 2017 – These five plants can improve a room’s decor — and your health

November 14, 2017 – Weather and climate aren’t the same thing

November 14, 2017 – Investigation into tannery waste disposal expands

November 14, 2017 – Winterize your home now for comfort all throughout winter

November 14, 2017 – Science confirms Hurricane Harvey was indeed ‘biblical’

November 14, 2017 – Holland planning reconstruction of Hope Avenue

November 14, 2017 – Letter: Parkside Marina represents us all

November 14, 2017 – Letter: Ottawa County-run marina is inconceivable

November 14, 2017 – 7 Tips for a More Sustainable Thanksgiving

November 13, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Make your holidays a little greener

November 13, 2017 – Trump focuses on trade, fighting terrorism with Duterte

November 13, 2017 – Is the wine in your glass friendly to the environment? There soon will be new ways to know.

November 13, 2017 – Reduce and Reuse at Home [Infographic]

November 12, 2017 – GVSU named top sustainability school

November 11, 2017 – Zeeland Clean Water Plant expansion opens

November 10, 2017 – Gallup study confirms that 2017 really is worse than 2016

November 9, 2017 – Dinosaurs would have survived if asteroid hit Earth elsewhere, scientists claim

November 8, 2017 – 4 Do-It-Yourself Projects Saving You Money on Energy Bills

November 8, 2017 – Michigan composting firm wins top prize at Silicon Valley tech forum

November 8, 2017 – Study: North Carolina’s coastal policies among worst in nation on climate change

November 8, 2017 – Free showing of ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ at DeGraaf

November 8, 2017 – Ottawa ISD launches police, schools, fire collaboration

November 6, 2017 – Living Sustainably: Three’s not enough: The eight R’s of recycling

November 5, 2017 – Ottawa County Parks receives grant to fight invasive species

November 3, 2017 – Broad U.S. report says global warming is massive — and caused by humans

November 2, 2017 – Most CO2 Emissions Are Coming From World’s Biggest Companies. What to do?

November 2, 2017 – How churches could turn the obesity epidemic around

November 1, 2017 – Report Reveals Sustainable Infrastructure Solutions Through Public-Private Partnership

November 1, 2017 – Court Hands Victory to Trucking Industry Tied to Fuel Efficiency and Greenhouse Gas Standards

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

Living Sustainably: Airport supports sustainable local economy

By Aaron Thelenwood, West Michigan Regional Airport Authority
The West Michigan Regional Airport has been serving the Holland area for more than 50 years, and 30 years ago this month it became a public facility. Since then, it’s economic impact has been massive.

According to statistics from the MDOT/Aeronautics Division’s 2017 Michigan Aviation Plan report, an estimated $164 million of economic impact to the Holland/Zeeland area can be attributed to direct airport activities each year. Furthermore, 1,690 local jobs are directly related to airport operations, in
addition to an estimated 3,272 jobs supported through airport-related activities such as visitor spending and general air transport, according to the report.
The airport, located off South Washington Avenue in the City of Holland, has evolved from a grass-strip runway to a state-of- the-art facility serving local, regional, national, and international customers.

The West Michigan Regional Airport has about 34,000 incoming and outgoing flights a year, helping drive the economic sustainability of the community.

The airport celebrated the opening of its new Airport Business Center on Oct. 13, 2016, and it is celebrating its 30th year under public ownership this month. Development of the Business Center was identified by the West Michigan Regional Airport Authority as essential to the long-term economic success and viability of the airport. Making the Holland/Zeeland/Park Township area a community of choice for business growth is a key benchmark of positive economic impact within the scope of sustainability.

The West Michigan Regional Airport has helped that growth. It has an estimated 34,000 incoming and outgoing flights annually, including business, freight, and independent charter operations. An estimated 54,975 tons of cargo passes through the airport annually. Additionally, there were 22 charity flights provided to patients through Wings of Mercy over the last year. Wings of Mercy, an airport partner for many years, provides life-giving transportation to patients in need of treatment who otherwise could not afford to fly. The West Michigan Regional Airport is managed by the West Michigan Regional Airport Authority, which is comprised of representatives from three local municipalities: The cities of Holland and Zeeland as well as Park Township.

The airport is supported through a combination of federal, state, and local funding. The local funding is a 0.1 mill property tax in the three communities. For capital projects, the federal share can amount to up to 90 percent of costs, with state and local shares at 5 percent each. Additional revenue is generated through rents and fees charged to airport customers.

Around 95 percent of airport traffic is business related, allowing job creators in this community to remain competitive in a fast-paced world. The airport provides key infrastructure for companies and organizations to operate nationally and internationally while ensuring jobs remain and grow locally.

 Aaron Thelenwood is the assistant manager for the West Michigan Regional Airport Authority and also is the solid waste, recycling, and sustainability coordinator for the City of Holland.

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.