Living Sustainably: Checking competitors boosts economic sustainability

By Jennifer Owens, Lakeshore Advantage Image result for lakeshore advantage
The Holland area is blessed to have one of the strongest economies in the state of Michigan.
Ottawa County is the fastest growing county in Michigan over the last eight years, its population growing at a rate of 8.5 percent. Allegan County has grown at a rate of 4.5 percent over that period, making it the seventh fastest growing county in the state, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. And the Grand Rapids Metropolitan Statistical Area, of which the Holland area is part, is one of the fastest growing economies in the U.S., according to Bureau of Labor Statistics data.

Exploring what makes other communities successful, Michigan West Coast Chamber President Jane Clark and Lakeshore Advantage President Jennifer Owens are in downtown Indianapolis, outside of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Given all that, it would be easy now to simply rest on our laurels. But we didn’t become the strongest region in the state by coasting. We did it by hard work.  Over the past year, the Lakeshore Advantage team looked outside our region to ensure our economic health is sustained. To do this, first we had to identify our competition. In-depth research identified four best-in-class national communities that we compete with for jobs and talent: Indianapolis, IN; Greenville / Spartanburg, SC; Nashville, Tenn; and Cleveland, OH.
One consideration was expansion of existing local companies. We know that when employers seek to expand, they often consider their current locations first. Sixty-nine percent of area employers interviewed for our 2018 Business Intelligence Report stated they have plans to expand in the next three years. Of the companies reporting plans to expand, over half have locations in other states.

These companies have a decision to make: Will they expand here, or elsewhere? In 2018, Lakeshore Advantage assisted with 27 business expansions in our region, accounting for over $235 million in private investment and 750 new jobs in our community. So, we also considered local employer concentration with out-of-state locations in choosing our comparative communities.

Michigan Economic Development Manager Bill Kratz and Lakeshore Advantage COO Angela Huesman check out public art in Spartanburg as part of exploring what makes other communities successful.

Next, we hit the road. This fall we trekked to Indianapolis and Greenville / Spartanburg, along with representatives from the West Coast Chamber and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.  We went to size up our competition, to learn best practices of those regions for attracting people and businesses. This learning helps the Holland area continue to be a top choice for business investment and talent attraction. In the next six months, we will complete all four learning tours by visiting Nashville and Cleveland.

Here are key nuggets of economic sustainability we have learned so far from our comparisons:
Regionalism: Key is an understanding of the region’s value proposition as a whole. These communities do not stand alone; they work with partners in neighboring communities to compete for top talent.
Train for the Future: Sustainable investment is being made by the K-12 systems and community colleges to train students for jobs of the future. These programs are developed side-by-side with area business leaders to ensure they meet current and future workforce demand.
Community Building: Diversity and inclusion are necessary to build community.  Opportunities include engagement in behind-the-scenes operations at arts, entertainment and philanthropic organizations to develop leaders early and create a sense of belonging.

Collaboration, investing in local talent and placemaking are themes we see that make other regions –and our region – successful and sustainable economically. Our local economic culture is one in which these ideals thrive, which positions us for success in the future.  Though we continue to make strides in these areas, seeing our competition firsthand reminds us we can’t rest. There is still much work to be done to stay one step ahead of our competition.
 Jennifer Owens is president of Lakeshore Advantage, a regional non-profit economic development organization whose passion is to ensure good jobs in a vibrant economy for current and future generations.

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.

Living Sustainably: Bus ride to Farmers Market pays off in MAX Market Bucks

By Shelby Pedersen, Macatawa Area Express

A new program will offer $10 of MAX Market Bucks for riding the MAX bus to the Holland Farmers Market.

Holland Farmers Market shoppers will be able to double up their savings simply by riding the MAX bus to the market in June.

A new program will launch June 1 in which people who ride the bus to the market can earn MAX Market Bucks to redeem at market vendors. The program will run through June 30.

Many community members go to the Farmers Market every Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer. Often, however, they experience busy traffic and limited parking because of how popular the Farmers Market is.

The popular Holland Farmers Market attracts crowds – and traffic congestion – on some of its busiest days.

An alternative is this new program that encourages everyone to use a green way to commute to the market and purchase farm fresh produce. Not only will this ease the troubles of parking and traffic, but riders will earn up to 10 Market Bucks and reduce their CO 2 emissions.

To join in the program, hop on the Route 3 MAX bus to get to the Farmers Market and receive a punch card. To get to the market, riders will get off at Eighth Street west of Maple. Buses stop there at three minutes after every hour.

Riders who get off at this stop will get their card punched by the MAX driver. Then, on the market grounds at the Market Office trailer, riders can get another punch and a reusable MAX bag.

After two trips on the MAX to the Farmers Market, riders will have earned 10 MAX Market Bucks!

Macatawa Area TransitThe MAX Market Bucks are redeemable through the Holland Farmers Market and are accepted by most vendors at the market.
MAX is excited to kick off this challenge to encourage local residents to participate in a greener transportation option. For any more information, reach out to MAX at (616)355-1010 and watch social media for more updates.

 Shelby Pedersen is the marketing assistant and ADA coordinator at the Macatawa Area Express. Go to www.catchamax.org/ for more information on routes and riding the bus.

This Week’s Sustainability Framework Theme
Transportation: The movement of people, goods, and services within the area is an evolving system that 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.

Living Sustainably: Skilled workers needed to sustain local manufacturing

By Jennifer Owens, Lakeshore Advantage
The Lakeshore region is driven by manufacturing. Nearly one quarter of the jobs in Ottawa County are manufacturing-based, which is almost three times higher than the national average. Many of these jobs require skills, certification and training beyond high school, but not necessarily a college degree. Yet, the average wage in manufacturing is significantly higher than the average income.
As we found by interviewing 100 local company executives last year, 75 percent of these businesses plan to expand in the next three years. But more than half said there are barriers to growing here, citing the need to secure talent, particularly skilled trade workers and engineers, as their number-one issue.
Our current talent pipeline is not sustainable for our employers’ future growth. It takes actions, perception changes, investment and everyone working together to create a sustainable economic future for our employers and citizens. The good news is significant forward motion is occurring in our region.
This year, 57 local companies will receive $2.4 million to train their workforce and help fill their talent gaps through the State of Michigan’s Skilled Trade Training fund. This funding, administered by West Michigan Works!, helps to provide transferable skills to new and existing employees in high demand careers like CNC machinists, welders, carpenters and electricians.

Lakeshore Advantage and West Michigan Works! are bringing the “Hot Jobs” report and wage information to life for teachers by sharing skills, competencies and education levels needed for the most in-demand careers, along with what they pay. Last year, we shared this information with more than 300 teachers in the lakeshore region.
These are great strides, but we have more work to do. Continued forward progress will take a strong partnership between our employers and school districts to ensure the incredible career exploration programs, like those offered at the Ottawa Intermediate Area School District Careerline Tech Center, are led by strong manufacturing mentors.
Progress will also require a shift in the minds of parents to recognize that earning an advanced certification in a program like welding is just as significant and lucrative an accomplishment as earning a college degree. As parents, educators, peer students and citizens, we must recognize manufacturing and skilled trade jobs as fruitful career choices with potential and opportunity to thrive in our community and professionally.
A sustainable economic future is one in which individuals are successful as their interests match their education levels, skills and careers; in which our companies grow as their talent needs are met, and in which our region experiences a vibrant economy with great jobs now and in the future. For everyone.

 Jennifer Owens has been president since 2013 of Lakeshore Advantage, a non-profit economic development organization that connects businesses to the resources they need to grow in Ottawa County, northern Allegan County and West Michigan.

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.

RecycleMania 2018 – February 17 – Men’s Basketball Game

For the first year, Hope College is participating in the GameDay Basketball category of RecycleMania! RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities.

DeVos Fieldhouse is set to host the competition at the Men’s Basketball game on February 17, 2018.

We need your help to keep as much waste out of the landfill. Waste receptacles will be available throughout the fieldhouse collecting compostable, recyclable, and landfill materials. Their respective weights will be reported and Hope College will fight for the best spot for the least amount of landfill waste produced during this game.

Want to know more about composting/recycling on campus?  Click here or watch this short YouTube video.    

 

For more information about the national competition please visit:  https://recyclemania.org/about-recyclemania/

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

Holland Board of Public Works 2017 Annual Report

“In this 2017 Year in Review, we’ve explored the idea that Holland is a community like no other, and part of what makes us unique is the quality and innovation delivered through our utility services.” – Dave Koster, HBPW General Manager. Read this full letter in this year’s annual report.

http://annualreports.hollandbpw.com/annualreport2017/

HHCSI is partnering with Local First in the first annual “2018 Lakeshore Awards.”

The Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute is partnering with Local First in the first annual “2018 Lakeshore Awards.”

 

The Local First LocalMotion Awards began in 2011 as a way to promote best business practices and recognize the achievements of local businesses and individuals. It continues to be a way to showcase entrepreneurs who are using their business as a force for good. This means doing outstanding work in sustainability, helping make our community more vibrant and resilient, and strengthening our local economy.

In 2018, we will honor Lakeshore business owners at the First Lakeshore Annual Meeting in February (stay tuned for more details on the event).

NOMINATION FORM

Any local business in West Michigan that fits the LocalFirst membership criteria is eligible (but they do not have to be a member of Local First). Recipients are selected based on the results of their Quick Impact Assessment (QIA). All nominees will be asked to fill out the QIA, which measures business practices from the triple bottom line such as environmental impact, charitable gifts, and employee satisfaction.

Good for Environment: businesses are nominated for having outstanding practices or policies that show stewardship of the environment
Good for Community: businesses are nominated for giving back to the community
Good for Employees: businesses are nominated for going above and beyond to support their employees

To see a listing of previous winners, and visit:  http://www.localfirst.com/good-for-grand-rapids/localmotion-awards

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

Bike Holland Series – Event # 5 (Final Event of the Summer)

Monday, August 21 at 7:00pm – FREE RIDE

Come celebrate the new bike lanes in Holland and show your support for alternative transportation at the Bike Holland ride series this summer. The ride will roll out from Centennial Park (250 Central Ave Holland) at 7PM and will last roughly 45 minutes at a very casual and social pace. All types of cyclists and bikes welcome. Helmets are required.
This final ride will be led by the Russcher family! If you spend much time downtown Holland, then you’ve probably seen this family out and about on their bikes! Andy commutes via bike daily and the family makes cycling a priority in their day to day lives. Andy is an active member of Pedal Holland. Our post-ride get together will be at New Holland Brewing Co. 

Huge thank you to all of our partners, ride leaders and post-ride sites!! The Russcher family, New Holland Brewing Co.Velo City CyclesOur Brewing CompanyLemonjello’s CoffeeFrances JayeCollective IdeaPocket Photographer, Pedal HollandGreen Commute Week, Holland, MICity Of Holland, Michigan – City HallWest Michigan Bike & Fitness, and Outdoor Discovery Center !!

Did you know?  – Commuting by bike is a great way to make our community more sustainable. Bikes are the most energy-lean form of transportation around: not only are they human-powered, they also require only a fraction of the energy of a car to manufacture and maintain. And riding your bicycle is an unbeatable stress-buster, too – people who commute by bike reduce their stress level by a whopping 40%!

We are looking to reduce the amount of energy we all use as part of Holland’s 40-Year Community Energy Plan, and choosing alternative modes of transportation reduces our carbon footprint. So unplug, get outdoors, get healthier, and spend time with friends and family – hop on a bike for your next trip!

For information about biking in Holland visit the City’s website http://www.cityofholland.com/bikeholland
and the Macatawa Area Coordinating Council’s website http://www.the-macc.org/green-commute/

City Bike Map: http://www.cityofholland.com/sites/default/files/fileattachments/folded_bike_map_info_9.pdf

For more information about the series visit: www.hope.edu/sustainability-institute