Living Sustainably: Celebrate: Save money, cut carbon and breathe easier

By Anne Saliers, Holland Board of Public Works With the sun having crossed the equator and daylight shortening, I find myself instinctively adding items I haven’t worn in months as I dress in the morning. Things like a sweater, sometimes a jacket, and socks. Flip-flops have migrated to the back of the closet. Around the …

Living Sustainably: Climate strike encourages self-reflection, action

By Emma Bright ’18, Community Member As I sat in the bay window of my Eighth Street apartment Friday, Sept. 20, I heard the clamor of voices from afar. As they drew closer, I made out the chant “We want climate justice!” being passionately yelled by a small but feisty group of youth climate protesters. …

Living Sustainably: Plant-based foods offer better health, better environment

By Steven McMullen, Hope College There are many different ways in which most of us could change our lifestyle in order to do less damage to the environment and the ecosystems that support us. For most people in the United States, however, there are few changes that we can make that will have more of …

Living Sustainably: Volunteers tackle trash – in Holland and globally

By Evan Bright, Dec. 2019 Hope College graduate and intern with the Holland-Hope Sustainability Institute Volunteers around the world – and in Holland – will flock to streets, rivers, beaches, and forests this Saturday, Sept. 21, in a communal effort to rid our beautiful planet of litter and mismanaged waste. World Cleanup Day has become …

Living Sustainably: Think ‘glocal’ about our threatened water resource

By Michelle Gibbs, Office of Sustainability Glocal water. What in the world is that?  The term glocal refers to considering a particular topic from both a global and local perspective. And, in our area, water certainly is a topic we should approach that way, thinking about how our choices are impacting our local water as …

Living Sustainably: Preserving farmland ensures future food

By Becky Huttenga, Ottawa County Economic Development When you boil it right down, the term sustainability really just means ditching the mindset of “there will always be more.” More fossil fuels. More places to put our trash. More safe water. More clean air. More abundant food. Let’s focus here on that last one: more food. …

Living Sustainably: Two events will celebrate the works of Wendell Berry

By Mary Huisman and Peter Boogaart, Creation Care Group The thoughts and works of Wendell Berry, among the greatest living American writers, will be the focus of two special events in Holland on Sept. 13 and 14. A writer of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction essays, Berry examines both community and nature, reflecting on their relationship …