Hope Connection Live! Sustainability -UPDATED

We hope you’ll join us for our Hope Connection Live! Sustainability Event. This is open to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college working in a sustainability field or even just interested in it personally.

This will be a fun evening to talk about sustainability during our networking event and then hear from three awesome alumni working on sustainability.

This event is FREE but we do ask that you register in advance as it will help us with food and space planning. Alumni who don’t live in the area are encouraged to register for the VIRTUAL viewing. We’d love to still have you as part of the conversation!

Students register in HANDSHAKE.

All others please register at rsvp.hope.edu/october3

Learn more at: https://calendar.hope.edu/event/connect_sustainability

We can’t wait to have you join us!

Move-In Day Recycling

  • Move-in recycling numbers:
    • 3,240 pounds cardboard 
    • 125 pounds styrofoam 
    • 184 pounds plastic wrap/bags

Sending out a huge thank you to all of the students and staff that helped plan, coordinate, and support our campus move-in recycling effort! We were so excited to be able to expand our reach this year and it truly paid off.

Thank you Physical Plant, Green Hope, Hope Advocates for Sustainability, and Orientation staff/students!

“Saving Us” Book Discussion

“A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World.”

RSVP Link: https://bit.ly/savingusbook

Join us as we explore Dr. Katharine Hayhoe’s book “Saving Us.”

Discussions will be led by Michelle Seppala Gibbs, Hope College’s Director for the Office of Sustainability. Guest presentations will include Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger, Hope College’s Religion Department and Green Team Chair (June), Andrew Reynolds, Holland Board of Public Works’ Community Energy Services Manager (July), and Solar Faithful (August).

Please feel free to bring your lunch, light refreshments will be provided.

Books are not provided, but may be checked out from the library or purchased in advance.

RSVP‘s are not required, but are appreciated.

Prior to each meeting please read the following sections:

June 20 (Sections 1 & 2), July 18 (Sections 3 & 4), and August 15 (Section 5).

2022 Hope Advocates for Sustainability Annual Report

2022-2023 HAS Team


Presenting our 2022 Hope Advoates for Sustainability (HAS) Annual Report! Check out this snapshot of some of the amazing things our students did this year. Thank you to everyone who helped or participated in one of our events/activities. 

We are so excited to be on this sustainability journey with all of you!

#sustainablehope #hopesustains

Alumni Sustainability Affinity Group – April 2023 Newsletter

Happy Earth Month from the HopeSustains group!

Please click the link below to see our latest newsletter.

Learn more about our group here and sign up for our newsletter list.

2023 Sustainabilty Research Projects

In Holland, we believe that in order to become a vibrant, world-class community we must look at all aspects of our community.  This includes the “Triple Bottom Line” and the economic, social, and environmental impacts we all have. Our City of Holland Sustainability Committee created a seven-pillar framework with “lenses” to help us evaluate and make more sustainable choices. We have used this framework model as a way to identify the 2023 Hope College Sustainability Research Projects.

The Sustainability Institute would like to formally recognize the following projects that presented during the 2023 Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity (CURCA) on Friday, April 14.  

PDF Document: 2023 Sustainability Research Projects

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For more information about the Annual Celebration visit:


The students and their projects represented all of the college’s academic divisions — the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural and applied science.

The research and performance celebration, first presented in 2001, is designed to spotlight the quality and importance of student-faculty collaborative research at Hope. Undergraduate research is a hallmark experience for many Hope students and has been a teaching model used at the college for more than seven decades. Mentored collaborative research happens year-round, with approximately 300 students conducting faculty-supervised independent research during the academic year and 200 doing research over the summer, making Hope’s summer research program among the largest in the nation at a liberal arts college. Since faculty are active in scholarship year-round, many more students engage in research during the academic year.

Research has a long and storied history at Hope College. More than 100 years ago, biologist Dr. Samuel O. Mast designed research laboratory space for the college’s Van Raalte Hall, which opened in 1903. The late Dr. Gerrit Van Zyl, who taught chemistry at the college from 1923 to 1964, is widely recognized for developing research-based learning at Hope in its modern sense.

Earth Month 2023

Hope Advocates for Sustainability and GreenHope have a FULL month of activities and events planned to help you learn more about how you can help protect and connect with nature this Earth Month (and any day after that)!

Follow this link to see details about all of the events.

Environmental Justice and Water Event – March 28


Presentations will be made by the following Global Water Research Institute Faculty:
Dr. Kenneth Brown, Professor of Chemistry and Schaap Research Fellow
Dr. Virginia Parish Beard, Associate Professor of Political Science with student assistant Makayla Wilson
Dr. Brent Krueger, Professor of Chemistry and Schaap Research Fellow

This is a free event and community members are welcome to join.