The Christian faith calls us to care for all of God’s creation and ensure preservation for generations to come.

Our goal is to bring students and stakeholders together so they can be prepared as Christian stewards and responsible global citizens. We engage the world constructively through our teaching, research and community service in order to shape Hope College into a model of sustainability and to be a force for good in the world.

Through our daily actions, we can make a big impact and create a better world for every individual, each of whom is created and loved by God.

Defining Sustainability

Sustainability encompasses solutions-driven scholarship and practice that seeks to safeguard our economic, ecological and social systems. The field is defined by the problems it addresses rather than the disciplines it employs.

Hope College derives its goals for sustainability from the definition posed by the Brundtland Report:

Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It contains within it two key concepts:

  • the concept of needs, in particular the essential needs of the world's poor, to which overriding priority should be given; and
  • the idea of limitations imposed by the state of technology and social organization on the environment's ability to meet present and future needs.

Christian Sustainability

Our commitment to our Christian heritage and our historical affiliation with the Reformed Church in America (RCA) point to our responsibilities as Christian stewards:

Responsible Christian witness in light of the environmental crisis is becoming increasingly important and urgent… the Reformed tradition offers a theology which neither merges God with creation nor denigrates creation as beyond the realm of God’s continuing interest, care, and promised redemption… Humankind has been given a special responsibility to care for creation… The degradation of creation not only imperils life, including human life on this planet, it is also a sin against God.
RCA Minutes of General Synod 1994: 95

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  4. Living Sustainably: Improving our community one rain garden at a time

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  5. Hope Again Receives Stars Silver Rating for Sustainability Achievements

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    Hope College has again earned a STARS Silver rating in recognition of its sustainability achievement...

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  6. Living Sustainably: Combat groundwater challenges by watering wisely

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    By Rich C. Lakeberg, Ottawa County Water – it’s one of the building blocks of life, and Michigan...

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