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 …

Living Sustainably: Combat groundwater challenges by watering wisely

By Rich C. Lakeberg, Ottawa County Water – it’s one of the building blocks of life, and Michiganders are surrounded by it. With more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, one may assume Michigan could never face a water shortage. But Ottawa County is facing such a challenge. To understand why, we need to …

Living Sustainably: Holland Farmers Market opens with new safety regulations

By Lisa Uganski, Ottawa County Department of Public Health It’s that time of year when many people look forward to shopping outdoors at farm markets. The Holland Farmers Market is now open to provide the community with fresh, local and healthy food in a safe outdoor environment. Due COVID-19 concerns, the market has implemented a …

Living Sustainably: Economic restart must meet child care needs

By Donna Lowry, Ready for School A healthy and economically vibrant community depends on meeting the real-time needs of families. Early learning and child care professionals know this well. They partner with working parents and caregivers to provide children the early learning experiences they need for a strong start in kindergarten and life. Prior to …

Living Sustainably: Parents can teach street safety to kids

By Kerry Irons, Pedal Holland As the weather gets nicer, it’s easier to get children outside for biking and walking while following facemask and social distance guidelines. But other safety measures should be taken too – even after the COVID-19 crisis passes. Parents and caregivers can help children learn safe skills and behaviors by providing …

Living Sustainably: A Sustainable Look at Lawn Care

By Chris Grant, Citizens Climate Lobby One day while I was raking leaves, it occurred to me to investigate the decibel level of the leaf blowers in use all around me, with the thought that I might need ear protection while using my rake. A Google search turned up information regarding noise, and also some …

Living Sustainably: Local campaign asks, “If you don’t need it yourself, #ShareTheStimulus”

By Patrick Cisler, Lakeshore Nonprofit Alliance Stimulus checks from the federal government started to arrive in the bank accounts or mailboxes of Ottawa County residents over the past week. These funds are vital for those who are currently unemployed or underemployed, struggling with food security, or facing unexpected financial challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. …

Earth Day Bingo!

In celebration of the 50th Annual Earth Day (April 22), Michigan universities and colleges are excited to collaborate to present Earth Week Bingo as a call to action.  Please join us in completing various Earth-themed activities (this week and every other day) to honor our beautiful community and take care of our Earth.  While still …