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Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute

HHSI logoCultivating a sustainable community.

Together Hope College, the City of Holland and Holland Board of Public Works developed the Sustainability Institute to support outreach, education and practices geared toward creating a more sustainable community.


Our vision is a healthy and economically vibrant community that promotes environmental stewardship and mutual respect for people and the planet.    


Our mission is to foster collaborative efforts to infuse sustainability into the minds and practices of the greater Holland community.  


The purpose of the Holland-Hope College Sustainability Institute is to support growing efforts to encourage, engage, educate and drive sustainable culture in water and air quality, energy efficiency, land use and environmental innovation using a sustainability framework evaluation process and other best practices.

The institute grew out of an education and outreach task force, one of seven citizen-led task forces launched in conjunction with Holland’s Community Energy Plan.

  • Become a new environmental policy innovator
  • Become a clearinghouse for sustainability information
  • Become a research center for new sustainability best practices
  • Make a difference — replicate and grow sustainability success in the region
The Sustainability Institute is a partnership between:

Initial funding was secured through matching funds from the “Local Sustainability Matching Fund – a project of the Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities” and an award from the Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland.

Steering Committee

Sustainability Institute Board Members

  • Keith Van Beek and Aaron Thelenwood (City of Holland)
  • Dr. David Van Wylen, Dr. Steven Bouma-Prediger and Kara Slater (Hope College)
  • Dave Koster and Anne Saliers (Holland Board of Public Works [HBPW])
  • Travis Williams (Outdoor Discovery Center)
  • Wayne Klomparens (City Council)
  • Diane Haworth (HBPW Board)
  • Jerry Tonini (Holland Sustainability Committee)
  • Paul Lilly and Don Triezenberg (Community Members)