/ Sustainability


Hope College is committed from both the college’s mission statement and the vocation of Creation Care to ensure that sustainability courses are offered to as many students as possible within a range of academic studies across disciplines.

Hope gives you the tools and skills to analyze resource problems on global, national, regional, local and personal levels. We offer courses, programs, internships and project activities that promote awareness about sustainable development and how sustainability best practices can be applied.


Each year, more and more sustainability-related courses are offered at Hope. These courses fall under first-year seminars, general education math and science, environmental studies and environmental science.

You can also take additional courses during a study-abroad program in locations like Costa Rica, Australia, Germany, Ireland and others. Visit the Fried Center for Global Engagement to learn more.


Minors for both environmental science and environmental studies can be paired with any major at Hope.

Composite Major

Although we don't offer a major in sustainability, we do offer enough sustainability-related courses that you can create a composite major. Contact the Registrar's Office for more information.

Summer Terms

Many May, June and July terms are related to sustainability. Check out the Vienna Summer School, the ecological theology and ethics course, and others in fields such as biology and the humanities. Enrolling in one of the special summer terms allows you to travel and pursue a stronger focus on a particular area of interest.


Internships are available throughout the school year and summer. Contact members of the Green Team, Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute or Boerigter Center for Calling and Career for more information. Off-campus internships are available through the Washington D.C. Honors Semester or The Philadelphia Center.


Students may participate in sustainability-related research that bolsters the resilience of the college, the local community and the world. Research is completed through the Green Team, Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute or with a faculty advisor.  Hope’s Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Research and Creative Performance is a culminating event for many students to showcase their work to students, faculty, family and community members.  The Sustainability Institute recognized over 50 projects at the 2017 Celebration as research that focused on economic, social or environmental questions.

Day1 Research Communities allow students to gain new skills, work with professors and upperclass students, and tackle environmental issues in the Great Lakes region starting on day one of your college experience.

The Office of Natural and Applied Sciences is housed in the A. Paul Schaap Science Center, and is one of the nation’s premier undergraduate science education facilities. We use modern equipment and several spaces (on and off campus) to support innovative research, community outreach and coursework. 

Past Projects

Past projects have included: a campus garden; urban tree canopy inventory; researching the history of sustainability at Hope College; miroplastics; documenting campus energy and water usage; carbon sequestration; sustainability in the Bahamas; supporting research for Project Clarity, which aims to improve water quality throughout the entire Lake Macatawa watershed; and partnering with local businesses to develop solutions.