Living Sustainably: Bicycle commuting can be year-round treat

By Kerry Irons, Pedal Holland Few people would describe driving to work as the best part of their day. The good news is that you have an alternative that can significantly reduce your costs while making your commute much more pleasant. Bicycle commuting is far less expensive, far more environmentally friendly, much healthier, and more […]

Living Sustainably: Winter Sustainability Film Series

By Jerilynn Tucker, Sustainability Film Series Planning Team A free film series is bringing to Holland some of the best documentaries and movies that explore issues of creation care, sustainability and clean energy. The series, which began in October, has award-winning films scheduled for this Tuesday, Jan. 14, as well as Feb. 25 and March […]

Living Sustainably: Research shows top five ways to limit climate change

By Evan Bright, Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute A world-class research organization known as Project Drawdown has crunched the numbers and ranked the most viable solutions to climate change based on the total atmospheric carbon dioxide reduction in their “plausible scenario” between 2020 and 2050. Below are their top five solutions – and what can make […]

Living Sustainably: Less meat makes for more sustainability

By Jacob VanderRoest, Hope Advocates for Sustainability With the onset of a new year, resolutions will inevitably be proposed. In my opinion, there are two characteristics of a quality resolution: The resolution has a positive impact, and it is easy to maintain. I have a resolution that satisfies both of these requirements: Eating less meat. […]

Living Sustainably: Holland is a leader in LED streetlight conversion

By Steve Bruinsma, Holland BPW Ahh, with the winter solstice yesterday, it’s uplifting to have turned the corner on darkness. As the amount of daylight gradually increases each day, the time the streetlights are on gets shorter. I bet you don’t think about it in quite those terms, as I do. You see, the Holland […]

Living Sustainably: Research gives residents a look at Lake Mac health

By Kelly Goward, Macatawa Area Coordinating Council Area residents can track the health of our watershed thanks to the on-going work of the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council. That collaborative organization has been seeking improvement of the Macatawa watershed since 1996 and recently held its Macatawa Watershed Annual Meeting. This year, new information about plastics and […]

Living Sustainably: Celebrate a Simpler Homestead Holiday

By Sarah Irvin, DeGraaf Nature Center This holiday season, families can travel back to a simpler time to celebrate a pioneer Christmas with DeGraaf Nature Center at Homestead Holiday. Enjoy spending time with family and friends as you explore all that the nature center has planned: sweet treats, fun crafts, and plenty of holiday cheer! […]

Living Sustainably: Preparing for the Cold Weather Season with Home Energy Upgrades

By Ken Freestone, City of Holland Anyone notice that it’s getting colder? That of course means it is time to get your furnace tuned up and to stop cold air from leaking into your house. Focus on places where you get icicles, feel drafts, and where you can improve comfort, health and safety. Preparing for […]

Living Sustainably: Holland wins Green Communities Challenge gold certification

By Michelle Gibbs, Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute The City of Holland’s sustainability efforts were honored Thursday, Nov. 21 with a Gold Certification in our first submission to the 2019 Michigan Green Communities Challenge. Holland was recognized along with other Michigan Communities during the annual Michigan Sustainability Conference held in Lansing. The three recognition levels – Bronze, […]

Living Sustainably: Housing Fair offers resources for key Holland issue

By Hannah Gingrich, Living Sustainably Along the LakeshoreLack of affordable housing has been a hot topic in West Michigan, and we are lucky that Holland is taking notice of the strain such conditions have on the fabric of its community. In a housing climate where 43 percent of renters spend more than 35 percent of […]