January 2016 News

January 31, 2016 – Holland men win Local First Local Hero award

January 31, 2016 – Holland officials prioritize capital projects, saving money at annual retreat

January 30, 2016 – Word on the Street: What do you do at home to save energy?

January 29, 2016 – Latest developments in Flint water crisis

January 27, 2016 – Holland Energy Park taking shape, more to come

January 26, 2016 – Whether in the field at the Michigan-based AuSable Institute of Environmental Studies (AIES), or in a lab at the prestigious Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), or in the classroom of a Great Lakes Colleges Association (GLCA) interdisciplinary program, Dr. Jonathan Peterson spent much of his year-long sabbatical in 2014-15 fully convinced of this: Things in life are interesting and important to the degree that they relate to other things because, basically, most things in life—ideas and people—are connected, if not immediately then eventually.  To read the full article click here.

January 25, 2016 – Be Holland’s biggest (energy) loser — and win

January 25, 2016 – 10 vegetables kids should eat – but probably don’t

January 21, 2016 – Consumers Energy Foundation sponsors Kids’ Food Basket Sack Suppers

January 19, 2016 – Holland’s Biggest Loser Campaign Kicked-Off

January 14, 2016 – Zeeland high schoolers receive grant to carry on decade of wetland work

January 13, 2016 – Holland’s CityFlatsHotel to add events center

January 13, 2016 –  Johnson Controls to leave automotive business in October, affecting one Holland plant

January 12, 2016 – Holland officials look for final approval for energy loan program

January 11, 2016 – Nonprofit of the Week: Compassionate Heart creates community for young adults with developmental disabilities

January 10, 2016 –Ugly sweaters lead to warmer homes in BPW contest

January 7, 2016 – HHS and USDA Release New Dietary Guidelines to Encourage Healthy Eating Patterns to Prevent Chronic Diseases

January 7, 2016 – Snyder declares emergency in Flint over water problems

January 6, 2016 – Environmentalists hope new law passed by Congress will help preserve natural resources

January 6, 2015 – My Take: Downtown renaissance due to city officials, private investors

January 5, 2016 – The Cakabakery expands with new lakeshore location (in Holland)

January 5, 2016 – Snowmelt

January 3, 2016 – Michigan craft brewing hasn’t tapped out, room to grow

January 2, 2016 – Winter market debuts in downtown Holland

December 2015 News

December 31, 2015 – City of Holland 2015 Annual Report

December 31, 2015 – West Michigan shines on national ‘Best and Brightest’ list

December 30, 2015 – Holland Public Schools, city team up to investigate lead levels

December 30, 2015 – Cleanup restores 80 acres of wetlands in Ottawa County

December 30, 2015 – MY TAKE: Encouraging to see Holland embrace energy sustainability

December 20, 2015 – Michigan city in 4th place for $5M energy prize

December 17, 2015 – Holland ranked No. 4 in country for energy; council approves more energy measures

December 17, 2015 – Grand Rapids Makes Downtown a ‘2030 District’ 

December 15, 2015 – Keep warm this winter: Easy fixes to keep your home cozy

December 11, 2015 – Hamilton STREAM students share ideas to help environment

December 10, 2015 – In Paris Talks, We Have a Chance to Protect Our Common Home

December 7, 2015 – Holland Board of Public Works – Waste Water Annual Report

December 3, 2015 – Holland Board of Public Works – Energy Annual Report

December 2, 2015 – USDA Report Warns Climate Change Likely to Impede Progress on Global Food Security

November 2015 News

November 24, 2015 – #GivingTuesday helps nonprofits connect with donors

November 23, 2015 – Support the ODCMG with your Holiday Shopping at Amazon.

November 22/23, 2015 – Washington Square district welcomes diverse new stores

November 19, 2015 – Travis Williams, ODC Executive Director, Receives National Award

November 17, 2015 – Dr. Joanne Stewart of the Hope College chemistry faculty recently presented a paper at an international professional conference regarding how an online community for chemistry educators is enriching teaching and learning.

November 16, 2015 – Holland neighborhood non-profit, 3Sixty, launches it’s tool lending library.  “THE 3SIXTY TOOL LIBRARY STRENGTHENS OUR NEIGHBORHOOD BY SHARING RESOURCES AND CONNECTING NEIGHBORS.”

November 12, 2015 – Holland 5K Turkey Trot scheduled for Nov. 28

November 11, 2015 – BREAKS AWAY: On a scale of sedentary to prolific, the yearlong break away of Dr. Graham Peaslee, the Elmer E. Hartgerink Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Science, can be best described as super-productive. If there was such a thing as barometric sabbatical pressure, Dr. Peaslee crushed it.

November 11, 2015 – How to save money on home heating this winter

November 7, 2015 – Coloring club in downtown Holland raises money for Kids’ Food Basket

November 6, 2015 – Energy use down 12 percent at Holland city buildings

November 6, 2015 – Consumers Energy, food banks to distribute energy-efficient light bulbs to Michigan families

November 5, 2015 – EPA Press Release:  Statement from EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Decision Reached at the 27th Meeting of the Parties to the Montreal Protocol / Decision Puts World on Path to 2016 Amendment to Phase Down HFCs

November 3, 2015 – Remember, Nominations for the LocalMotion Awards are now open until November 13, 2015.  Awards are given for: The Triple Bottom Line, Up & Coming Business Award; The Triple Bottom Line, Longstanding Business Award; The Mover & Shaker Award; The Local Hero Award; and The Change Agent Award.  Follow the link for more details.

October 2015 News

October 25-31, 2015 – National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 28, 2015 – Resilient Holland seeks input for city master plan with event on November 5  Share your voice (Comparte tu Voz).

October 20, 2015 – Holland energy use down, not enough, officials say

October 16, 2015 – The Gentile Interdisciplinary Lecture series in the natural and applied sciences at Hope College will feature presentations by two speakers on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 22 and 23.

October 14, 2015 – The community-wide Big Read Holland Area program coordinated through Hope College and focusing on the book “The Things They Carried” during November will include a lecture providing history and perspective, a free film showing, a musical performance, events honoring veterans and multiple opportunities to join small-group discussions of the well-known novel.

October 6, 2015 – Herman Miller, JCI named as worldwide sustainability leaders

October 2, 2015 – Retrofit Report: Workplaces benefit employees and community with home energy assessments

October 1, 2015 – October is Children’s Health Month.  Find out what you can do to ensure children breathe clean air, drink safe water, and live in healthy communities.

October 1, 2015 – Community Event to Focus on Tips for Improving Home Energy Efficiency 

September 2015 News

September 30, 2015 – Nominations for the LocalMotion Awards are now open! – Submit by November 13, 2015.

September 29, 2015 – New Report Shows Domestic Offshore Wind Industry Potential, 21 Projects Planned in U.S. Waters

September 24, 2015 – The Pope’s Visit – Renewing the Call to Act on Climate

September 23, 2015 – World-class North American Wildlife Exhibit Opens in the new Visitor Center

September 21, 2015 – What’s an ounce of prevention worth?

September 17, 2015 – Retrofit Report: Students: Make videos, win prizes

September 15-October 15, 2015 – Hispanic Heritage Month

September 12 – Holland In Bloom YouTube Video Debuts!

September 10 – Tulipanes – Latino Art & Film Festival

September 8, 2015 – Two Professors Named National Academies Education Fellows

August 2015 News

August 31, 2015 – The Retrofit Report-Numbers to Know: Home Retrofit pilot shows energy savings

August 22, 2015 – Outdoor Discovery Center adds visitor center

August 19, 2015 – Michigan ‘Energy Park’ allows for growth of rare city snowmelt system (Midwest Energy News)

August 7, 2015 – Chemist Jeff Johnson Receives Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award

August 6, 2015 – Retrofit Report: Holland contests spread prizes and bright ideas about saving energy

August 1, 2015 – The American Lung Association’s “2015 State of the Air” Report and their Community Report Card Tool.

July 2015 News

July 30, 2015 – The Best and Brightest Sustainable Companies™ is searching for Michigan organizations that exhibit leadership and innovation in their green and sustainability approach. Nomination deadline is September 11.  Award ceremony is November 19.

July 28, 2015 – America in Bloom 2015: Holland competes among best of the best

July 27, 2015 – New Holland, Eighth Day Farm team up for local hops

July 24, 2015 – Mayors endorse UN sustainability goals at Vatican

July 16, 2015 – Miranda’s Park Party

July 3, 2015 – $12M project to clear up ‘Lake Macatawa’

July, 2015 – City of Holland and Good Samaritan Ministries Landlord Energy Efficiency Upgrade Program

June 2015 News

June, 2015 – Huntington Bank Summer Concert Series at Kollen Park

June 30, 2015 – Holland Civic Center $11 Million Redevelopment Announced

June 19, 2015 – Want to volunteer for the Macatawa Water Festival?  Go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0c4cadaa2ca3f49-water to sign up.

June 18, 2015 – Michigan Saves recently published two reports about clean energy in Michigan.  One of the reports profiles seven communities, one of which is Holland.  The communities were evaluated on:  Energy Efficiency, Distributed Renewables,  Mircogrid/smart grid, and electric vehicles.  1 Michigan Clean Energy Report – Statewide Profile of Energy Use and Deployment of Four Clean Energy Technologies 2 Michigan Clean Energy Report – A Profile of Clean Energy Efforts in Seven Michigan Communities

June 16, 2015 – Retrofit Report: Holland energy efficiency efforts on target with summit ideals

June 6, 2015 – Creative Dining Services expands Grow Sustainability Program to include animal welfare policies   For information: creativedining.com

May 2015 News

May 28, 2015 – Retrofit Report: Top 10 reasons to join Holland’s Energy Blitz

May 20, 2015 – Holland, Michigan has been named by Livability as one of the 10 best cities for families. Beautiful sandy beaches, a low cost of living and great schools were among the many attributes that landed Holland on this list.

May 18, 2015 – Retrofit Report: Student scientists take it personally

May 14, 2015 – The EPA recently launched a website for local officials and community members seeking to address today’s complex environmental issues at the local level.

May 14, 2015 – ‘Energy Blitz’ coming to Holland neighborhoods, volunteers sought

May 12, 2015 – DOE Grant Continues Development of Isotope Retrieval System (Dr. Graham Peaslee of the Hope College chemistry faculty has received a second major grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to create a system for doing some recycling at the atomic level.)

May 10, 2015 – Retrofit Report: ‘It’s so much warmer,’ couple says after energy fixes

April 2015 News

April 28, 2015 – 10 Things to know about renewable energy

April 22, 2015 – NSF Grant Supports Exploring Commercial Use of Test for PFCs

April 22, 2015 – Holland-Hope Sustainability Institute Launches Website

April 20, 2015 – “Right thing to do” drives home energy project

April 13, 2015 – Green the New Orange on Hope Campus

April 2, 2015 – Hope Athletics To Accept Shoe Donations For Soles4Souls

April 7, 2015 – Seven Students and Recent Graduates Receive NSF Program Recognition

April 5, 2015 – Retrofit Report: Good energy savings among pilot project lessons learned

April 2, 2015 – Hope Chemistry Students Win National Award for Research Presentation

April 1, 2015 – David Van Wylen Named Dean for the Natural and Applied Sciences