August 2016 News


August 29, 2016 – DNR Set to Map Out Michigan Water Trails, Amenities and Access

August 25, 2016 – New Green Advancements in Hospital Environments

August 24, 2016 – Why Your Firm Should Be Engaging the Board on Sustainability Challenges

August 23, 2016 – BPW begins installation of red spine on new Holland power plant

August 23, 2016 – Carbon Footprinting: Helping Investors Ask the Right Questions

August 23, 2016 – Plastic Bag Ban Pitts Manufacturers Against Grocers


August 22, 2016 – The Road from Paris Leads to Science-based Targets

August 22, 2016 – Sustainable Procurement Standard Coming Soon

August 18, 2016 – HOPE RENEWS MEMBERSHIP IN HIGHER-ED SUSTAINABILITY ASSOCIATION Hope College has recently renewed its membership in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to further campus efforts toward building a healthy and just world. Through membership in AASHE, Hope will receive continued support in advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout the institution and in the community.

August 18, 2016 – EPA Assistant Administrator Mathy Stanislaus authored “A Virtuous Circle” in the September/October 2016 issue of The Environmental Forum. The article discusses the path forward to achieve sustainable materials management in the future through collaboration, innovation and change.  To read the article click here.

August 17, 2016 – Join the Holland Market Chef Series on Saturdays!

August 16, 2016 – People would buy green products – if only e-commerce showed them how

August 16, 2016 – Holland Farmers Market to host final summer kids’ activity

August 15, 2016 – Leading Banks Commit to Valuing Natural Capital

August 15, 2016 – ODC: Green vegetation on Lake Macatawa not algae

August 15, 2016 – Who Are the Leading Clean Energy Companies?

August 15, 2016 – Why Setting Science Based Targets Matters

August 15, 2016 – The Military Understands Energy Efficiency

August 12, 2016 – Environmental Pariah No More? Study Says Plastics Reduce Environmental Costs

August 12, 2016 – (Audio July 27, 2016) – The Midwest: A Climate Leader? The Midwest, a large source of greenhouse gas emissions, may be ripe for climate solutions.


August 11, 2016 – IBM Researchers Create Cheaper, Biodegradable Plastics from Plants

August 11, 2016 – Why did Walmart take the unusual step to tackle chemicals?

August 11, 2016 – Picking up production: Zeeland water plant expansion plowing ahead

August 10, 2016 – Up from the depths: Aquatic research vessle stops in Holland on tour of Lake Michigan

August 10, 2016 – EPA Waste Tracking Feature Helps Building Managers Save Money

August 10, 2016 – Holland Farmers Market Master to retire after 22-year run

August 9, 2016 – Millions of people might be ingesting a potentially harmful toxin in drinking water

August 9, 2016 – Plant-based eating: Easy ways to make the change [Infographic]

August 8, 2016 – We’ve Already Used Up Earth’s Resources For 2016 — And It’s Only August (World Overshoot Day, formerly Ecological Debt Day).

August 8, 2016 – Sunflowers dance in the sun: Now scientists know how it’s done

August 8, 2016 – Workplace Safety Laws Take Centerstage in Presidential Race

August 8, 2016 – How Including Natural Assets in Financial Decision Making Gives Companies a Competitive Edge

August 8, 2016 – Macatawa Area Coordinating Council’s Summer Explorer Newsletter

August 9, 2016 – Driving Energy Efficiency in Small- and Medium-Size Buildings

August 5, 2016 –  Holland city, businesses finalists for Governor’s Energy Excellence Awards

August 5, 2016 – Rio welcomes world with sultry music, plea for conservation

August 5, 2016 – Will Dow’s Efforts to Shrink Rio’s Carbon Footprint Win Olympic Gold?

August 5, 2016 – 6 ways America’s national parks have dramatically impacted the history of science over the last century

August 5, 2016 – Tesla’s Success Would Mean Success for Many in the Battery Storage Business

August 5, 2016 – District Energy Projects Highlight the Concept’s Strengths

August 4, 2016 – Rethinking Waste Through Technology in a Circular Economy

August 4, 2016 – Ukraine’s Chernobyl Nuclear Site May Become a Hotbed for Solar Energy Development

August 3, 2016 – UPS Drives 1 Billion Miles on Alt Fuel, Beats Goal 1 Year Early

August 3, 2016 – Challenge: Computers Use Far Too Much Energy

August 2, 2016 – White House to Federal Agencies: Consider Climate Change Impacts of Your Actions

August 2, 2016 – Energy Efficiency Blossoms at Michigan Greenhouse

August 2, 2016 – Why the Tesla/SolarCity Marriage is an Industry Milestone

August 2, 2016 – Thrift Store Saves With Solar Power

August 1, 2016 – Customized for women, Better Life Bags helps employees cross job barriers

August 1, 2016 – SpartanNash launches Direct Your Dollars program

August 1, 2016 – Navigating Rough Waters: Businesses and Investors Must Adapt for a Water-Stressed Future


July 2016 News

July 30, 2016 – Allegan County group aims to help grouse at state game area

July 30, 2016 – Holland real estate market booming for home sellers

July 29, 2016 – Huge, once-hated fish now seen as weapon against Asian carp

July 29, 2016 – Did California Stop Mandatory Water Conservation Efforts Too Soon?

July 28, 2016 – Brain foods: Eating for academic success

July 27, 2016 – Hope College faculty member receives national grant – research aimed at developing new technologies for use in batteries.  Hope College’s Press Release.


July 26, 2016 – Getting the lead out: City of Zeeland systematically replaces old pipes

July 26, 2016 – Solar flight marks first round-the-world journey

July 25, 2016 – Human Consumption of Earth’s Natural Resources Has Tripled in 40 Years

July 25, 2016 – Why Sustainable Manufacturing Facilities Are Green Building’s Next Big Thing

July 25, 2016 – Party Conventions Underscore the Divide Between Old and New Economies

July 22, 2016 – Hope College students create budgeting app for Ready for Life students

July 22, 2016 – America wastes $160 billion in food every year but is too busy to stop

July 22, 2016 – Creative ways to take your raised bed and planter gardening to new heights

July 19, 2016 – Holland’s new Energy Park first power plant to win Envision award

July 19, 2016 – Holland Energy Park recognized with national award

July 19, 2016 – Ninth Street progress: New pedestrian islands, sidewalks taking shape

July 19, 2016 – Consumers Energy offers energy-saving tips as temperatures rise

July 18, 2016 – The case for re-engineering the way we adapt to climate change

July 14, 2016 – BP’s Total Costs for Deadly Oil Spill Hit $62 Billion

July 14, 2016 – Brew for Hunger Relief with New Holland Brewing Company

July 14, 2016 – Beyond the Mitten: West Michigan companies making waves around the globe

July 13, 2016 – US Power Sector CO2 Emissions ‘Almost Down to 1990 Levels,’ Report Says

July 13, 2016 – Crowdfunding campaign launched for Holland State Park playground

July 13, 2016 – Movies in the Park

July 9, 2016 – New Holland energy advisor to guide homeowners in retrofit efforts


July 7, 2016 – One Artist, One Faculty, One Question     –Hope College faculty ask visiting artists one question: How do the arts contribute to the public good?

July 6, 2016 – Mayor DeBoer Announces Donor to Civic Center Place Improvement Project 

July 6, 2016 – Civic Center Place Improvements Project Moves Forward

June 2016 News

June 30, 2016 – Mobile Pantries to Deliver Fresh Food Across Central UP in July

June 28, 2016 – The World May Be Starved For Healthy Foods but the US is Wasting a lot of its Food

June 27, 2016 – Teen activism moves Minneapolis suburb to pass climate initiative

June 27, 2016 – Companies Are Responding to Shareholder Calls to be More Sustainable

June 27, 2016 – Green Bonds Can Help Make the Transition to a Low-Carbon Economy, NSF International Says

June 26, 2016 – Local teacher workshops will focus on energy, environment

June 24, 2016 – Michigan governor urges flexibility in energy reforms

June 24, 2016 – New report offers suggestions to accelerate Michigan clean energy industry

June 23, 2016 – Connector trail tunnel in the works for Windmill Island, Holland Energy Park

June 22, 2016 – TSCA Reform: A Bipartisan Milestone to Protect Our Health from Dangerous Chemicals

June 22, 2016 – Recycling and Reusing is Good for the Environment and the Company Brand

June 22, 2016 – Upcycle your summer treasures with these 5 DIY tips

June 21, 2016 – A Little Holland (MI) Business History: Daddio’s

June 21, 2016 – Transportation Is No. 1 Source of Carbon Emissions. What Can Corporate Fleets Do?

June 20, 2016 – Secrets to having a no till garden

June 20, 2016 – Michigan pump prices drop, national average rises

June 19, 2016 – Holland’s lower-income families struggle with high rent prices

June 19, 2016 – Home Help: Simple tips to save money, conserve energy as the heat rises

June 17, 2016 – How Dell Saved $39.5 Million, Cut Carbon Pollution via Telecommuting


June 15, 2016 – 21st Century Economy: If it is Good for the Environment, It Can Be Good for Business

June 14, 2016 – Mobile Pantries: Crossing Food Deserts to Meet the Need

June 14, 2016 – Net metering changes could drive people off grid, Michigan researchers say

June 14, 2016 – Mercury Rule Looks Like It Will Take Effect Now that the High Court Won’t Step In, Again

June 13, 2016 – Which Companies Lead at Integrating Sustainability into Business Strategies?

June 9, 2016 – Holland’s new kid-friendly museum celebrates West Michigan’s design roots, encourages hands-on play

June 9, 216 – Hope College professors Debra Swanson and Llena Chavis were featured in a Wallet Hub study about 2016’s best and worst states for working moms.  Read more of the article here.

June 9, 2016 – Designing Plastic Packaging to Increase Recycling

June 9, 2016 – Chemical Safety Rules Pass Congress. What’s Next for Manufacturers?

June 8, 2016 – Eleven Hope College students recently returned to the United States after completing two weeks of their May term Biology Department course held in Tanzania.  Students in the course “Tanzania and the African Plains” learned to identify many animals, (mammals, birds, and reptiles) and plants and associate them with particular habitats and communities.  Students observed a variety of animal behaviors, including courtship, species interactions, adaptations of predators and prey, and gained an appreciation for the biodiversity of East Africa.  In addition to the biological aspect, the cultural component of this course included visiting an Tengeru village, which featured a program that strives to empower women; visiting with a tribal member of the Iraqw to learn about their customs and traditions; visiting a Masai village where students were welcomed by (and invited to join) the Masai men and women dancing, visiting their homes and learning about their culture; and visiting a primary school, meeting the students and teachers, and interacting with the students through songs and playing games.  While most of the Hope College students were either Biology majors or planning on declaring a Biology major, the group also included a Psychology major and a Management Major.  There were students who just finished their freshman year to those planning on graduating this December.  The course was led by Drs. Eldon Greij, Greg Murray and Virginia McDonough, all of the Biology Department.

June 8, 2016 – BREEAM Green Building Rating System Arrives in US

June 8, 2016 – How Companies Can Create ‘Net Positive’ Products, Services and Environmental Impacts

June 8, 2016 – Texas May Now Be Better Known for its Big Wind and Solar

June 7, 2016 – 3 Key Energy Policies that can Help Us Turn the Corner on Climate


June 6, 2016 – The rapid growth of electric cars worldwide, in 4 charts

June 5, 2016 – Get on the Water: Kayak the Kalamazoo River with DeGraaf Nature Center

June 4, 2016 – There’s a way to invest in a cleaner environment, and the market is booming

June 3, 2016 – Ottawa County parks department employs natural weedeaters for third year

June 2, 2016 – LED street light improvements coming to U.S. 31 in Holland Township

May 2016 News

May 27, 2016 – Food, family, and goats: Becoming self-sufficient in the city

May 18, 2016 – Green movement in fashion has gone mainstream

May 9, 2016 – Water Is the Climate Challenge, Says World Bank

May 8, 2016 – What Is ‘Natural’ Food? A Riddle Wrapped In Notions Of Good And Evil

May 6, 2016 – RMI Working with Industries to Drive Paris Climate Deal Implementation

April 2016 News

April 29, 2016 – On the ballot: MAX Transit operations tax renewal

April 27, 2016 – Efforts to help Flint amid water crisis get $520,000 boost

April 27, 2016 – Holland Police and Holland BPW Participating in DEA Prescription Pill Drug Take Back this Saturday

April 27, 2016 – Earth Day Planted Seeds for Action on Climate. Is a Carbon Tax a Good Idea?

April 26, 2016 – Holland High School honored for energy savings in statewide Battle of the Buildings

April 26, 2016 – Holland ranked #1 in 2016 as the Best Small City to Start a Business

April 26, 2016 – We need the bees [Infographic]

April 26, 2016 – Garden Fest: Family gardening and sustainability event Saturday in Grand Haven

April 26, 2016 – National Green Building Standard Approved for Use

April 26, 2016 – Green Purchasing Next Step in Green Cleaning

April 26, 2016 – Trash Talk: Is Waste-to-Energy the Next Step in Sustainable Waste Management?


April 22, 2016 – Solar plane slowly soaring from Hawaii to California

April 22, 2016 – What we eat has bigger consequences for the planet than we ever thought

April 22, 2016 – MAJOR GRANT EMPHASIZES EXTERNAL RESEARCH TIES:  A major grant to Hope College from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) will enable the college to strengthen existing relationships and build new ones as the college continues to emphasize its acclaimed model of teaching through faculty-student collaborative research in the sciences.

April 21, 2016 – Countdown to summer: Holland State Park prepares for summer beach, campground season





April 14, 2016 – Why Water Management Will Take Smart Buildings to the Next Level

April 14, 2016 – One-Two Punches Have Knocked Coal Cold

April 14, 2016 – California Mulls Deep Cuts to Tech Energy Use Limits

April 14, 2016 – B.C. Cobb shutdown of last coal-fired turbine set for Friday

April 14, 2016 – Lawmakers keep Flint money out of energy bill – also includes links to video segments about other topics related to Flint’s water.

April 13, 2016 – Earth Day Proclamation from Holland Mayor, Nancy De Boer

April 13, 2016 – World’s Largest Coal Company Declares Bankruptcy

April 13, 2016 – Prescribed Burn of the Macatawa Marsh is Planned for Friday, April 15, 2016

April 13, 2016 – Groups: Enbridge violating original Straits pipeline deal

April 13, 2016 – Is Ford’s New $1.2bn Headquarters the Future of Sustainable Facilities?

April 13, 2016 – Greening business shifts from saving energy to assessing climate risks

April 12, 2016 – Wednesday is last day of coal-burning for Holland’s De Young power plant

April 12, 2016 – GM Drives Closed-Loop Manufacturing, Recycles Water Bottles for Car Parts

April 11, 2016 – Why a Sustainable Supply Chain Is Key to Staying Competitive (Hint: Look at Apple)

April 8, 2016 – USDA Article:  Child Nutrition and the Future of Flint

April 5, 2016 – Speaker Series: Saint Benedict Forum begins presentations Tuesday – “Praise Be to You, My Lord: How Christians Should Think about the Environment,” a reflection on Pope Francis’ encyclical letter Laudato Si’ -Wedensday at Hope College

April 5, 2016 – Obama’s Climate Papers Warn of Deaths and Deprivation and It Calls for Action

April 5, 2016 – Trashing is a waste of money [Infographic] 

April 4, 2016 – Campus, community sustainability champions celebrated at GVSU – Living Sustainably Along the Lakeshore was one of the groups honored.

April 4, 2016 – Clean Power Plan ‘Good for Business,’ Say Major US Brands


April 1, 2016 – Earth Month Activities in the Holland Area.

March 2016 News

March 31, 2016 – 6 ways to give your home a breath of fresh air

March 30, 2016 – SAINT BENEDICT FORUM PRESENTING THREE EVENTS ON APRIL 5-7  Saint Benedict Forum: How Should Christians Think About the Environment? A Reflection On Laudato Si’ With Omar Guitiérrez, Martha Miller, Fried Hemenway Auditorium, 7 p.m.

March 29, 2016 – Windmill Island is starting a community garden!  and they want YOU to join!

March 29, 2016 – 6 Benefits of Becoming a Sustainable Business

March 29, 2016 – How to Manage Carbon Emissions — and Carbon Policy — Across the Value Chain

March 28, 2016 – Vote for Holland in the Final Four “Strongest Town” Competition.  Deadline is March 29.

March 28, 2016 – Livin’ La Vida Local: Holland

March 28, 2016 – VW Isn’t the Only Car Maker Facing Billions in Emissions Fees

March 28, 2016 – Moving from Green Cleaning to Cleaning Sustainability

March 26, 2016 – Retrofit Report: Home energy plan presents historic opportunity for Holland

March 24, 2016 – Holland Makes it into the “Strong Towns Final Four:”  ANNOUNCING THE FINAL FOUR IN OUR STRONGEST TOWN CONTEST

March 24, 2016 – BP: The US will be energy independent in 5 years

March 24, 2016 – Office Decommissioning: Landfill Waste or Recycle and Reuse?

March 24, 2016 – Lumber Liquidators Pays $2.5 Million to Settle Clean Air Claims

March 22, 2016 – 5 Questions: What Does China’s New Five-Year Plan Mean for Climate Action?

March 9, 2016 – Why parents should keep fighting for recess

March 9, 2016 – Student showcase: Holland Area Arts Council preparing for opening of Debut 2016

March 8, 2016 – Nonprofit of the week: Backwood Adventures provides nature fun to Holland-area

March 7, 2016 – Making a healthy change for you, your community and the environment

March 7, 2016 – UPDATE: Holland officials begin fundraising for $11M Civic Center plan

March 6, 2016 – Holland-area breweries, wineries, cider mills, distilleries come together, make a destination

March 6, 2016 – Retrofit Report: Biggest Loser Challenge is ‘right thing to do’ for couple

March 5, 2016 – Holland’s Transway rolls out green program, receives national recognition

March 3, 2016 – Herman Miller, Johnson Controls honored for sustainable business practices

March 3, 2016 – Groups ask presidential candidates to support Great Lakes

March 2, 2016 – Lake Macatawa water quality may be improving

March 1, 2016 – Oil Production Redefines US’s Role in Global Crude Market

February 2016 News

February 25, 2016 – Holland’s St. Patrick’s Day parade getting even greener

February 22, 2016 – THE RETROFIT REPORT: A BETTER HOLLAND – Youth energy teams knocking on every Holland door

February 18, 2016 – Fostering your child’s love for science could ‘STEM’ the tide of job shortages

February 17, 2016 – Are smart homes the key to unlocking relationship woes?

February 17, 2016 – Here are the biggest ways Americans can change their transportation habits to reduce carbon emissions

February 14, 2016 – Holland BPW assistance program offers financial support, education

February 12, 2016 – FLINT WATER CRISIS IN THE ROUND – Hope College interdisciplinary panel about the Flint water crisis

February 12, 2016 – Holland has a Trusted Energy Advisor

February 8, 2016 – Come Join us for a Discussion on the Flint Water

February 5, 2016 – Kids’ Food Basket to serve more Holland children after project completion

February 3, 2016 – Flint crisis reaches Washington D.C., and it’s a blame game

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.