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City of Holland and Hope College Partner for Formation of Sustainability Institute

HOLLAND, MI (WHTC) -- A project formulated by the Holland City Council in November of 2013 and the approval of a Community Energy Plan launching seven citizen-led Task Forces to accomplish those goals is close to becoming a reality.  According to City Manager Ryan Cotton, the plan is to create ways for the city to be the most energy efficient and cost effective location in which to live, do business and otherwise prosper. Hope College is partnering with the City of Holland in establishing the sustainability institute.  Grants have been received from several sources, including the Community Foundation of Holland/Zeeland and the Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities.  The total grant money so far totals $215-thousand which will help fund the start-up and first three years of the Sustainability Institute.  The hope is to eventually transition to be funded by an endowment in five years. The City and BPW expect to appoint a Holland Energy Manager by January 2015 who will work in partnership with the institute.

Story by:  Diane E Coston