Living Sustainably: Value calculation improves for electric vehicles

By Barry Rutherford, Holland Board of Public WorksWe all like to get value out of our hard-earned dollars. Whether we are buying groceries or data plans for our phones, or even determining whether to buy a daily or annual pass to a park, we are constantly calculating the best value.Value calculations can change over time, […]

Living Sustainably: Online Census count saves resources, benefits our community

By Esther Fifelski, City of HollandThe Constitution requires that every person residing in the United States and U.S. territories be counted every 10 years though a Census.The data derived from the Census determines how billions of tax dollars are distributed to states, cities, and local organizations and individuals. Michigan also uses the data to distribute […]

Living Sustainably: Smart clothes shopping has big impact

By Elizabeth Merrit ’20, Hope College Green TeamWhat you spend your money on says a lot about what you value. Yet, many people do not think of their purchases in this way, especially when it comes to apparel. Although there are some very conscientious companies, many supply chains trace back to unethical practices, human trafficking, […]

Living Sustainably: This year’s Ice Cream Bike Ride is do-it-yourself

By Jenny White, Velo KidsI scream, you scream we all scream for … a bike ride! Ok, ok, we can’t forget about the ice cream, too – evveryone’s favorite part.For the last six years Velo City Cycles, Velo Kids, Hudsonville Creamery, and the Holland Police Department have partnered in hosting a community Ice Cream Bike […]

Living Sustainably: Energy efficiency and healthy environments create better living

By Ken Freestone, Holland Residential Energy AdvisorDo you know if your home is healthy, safe and energy efficient? During times of isolation in our homes – like the COVID-19 pandemic – we may encounter negative environmental conditions that we didn’t realize prior to being in our homes for extended periods. With health safety precautions well […]

Living Sustainably: You can join in to help the Macatawa River

By Dan Callam, ODC NetworkIt’s time to join in the community cleanup of the Macatawa River.Register online to join in the fun and necessary cleanup this coming Saturday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at Dunton Park, 290 Howard Ave., Holland.The annual event is a collaboration of the ODC Network and the Macatawa Area […]

Living Sustainably: Macatawa Water Festival goes virtual with creative approach

By Ashley Van Zee, ODC NetworkWe all live in a watershed, and this year, we can all celebrate it safely.If you live in the Holland/Zeeland area, you live in the Macatawa watershed. A watershed is an area of land that drains into a certain stream, river, or lake. It’s like a bathtub where all the […]

Living Sustainably: Holland’s Long Recycling History Evolves Again

By Aaron Thelenwood, City of Holland The City of Holland has a history of established best practices in recycling as evidenced by a long-standing city ordinance requiring recycling service for all residential users as well a designated single hauler to service the city’s residents – two factors which promote active recycling participation and success. City […]

Hope Again Receives Stars Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements

Hope College has again earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS, the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System, measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.  Hope has held a silver rating since 2017, after previously […]