Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.28
Liaison Michelle Seppala Gibbs
Submission Date March 3, 2023

STARS v2.2

Hope College
EN-12: Continuing Education

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 5.00 Michelle Gibbs
Office of Sustainability
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Total number of continuing education courses offered:

Number of continuing education courses that are sustainability course offerings:

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A copy of the institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:
Institution’s inventory of its continuing education sustainability course offerings and descriptions:

The listing shared is ONLY for the Winter 2023 Session (JANUARY 2023).

For the book discussion course, we did count that 3 times since there were three different books and members could attend all three or just one.

Hope Academy of Senior Professionals (HASP)
HASP is a peer led institute for learning in retirement and is constituted as a branch of Hope College. It is also affiliated with the Elderhostel Institute Network. Through a variety of classes, lectures, study groups, cultural, and service events members pursue avenues of study and exchange ideas.
They host monthly meetings that bring in a keynote speaker as well as publishing a curriculum series. The Science, Technology, and Medicine committee regularly offers a wide range of topics related to sustainability.
More information can be found at:

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Does the institution have at least one sustainability-focused certificate program through its continuing education or extension department?:

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----A few other updates on commuinity events the Office of Sustainability is planning with our ExploreHope team and the Holland Museum for April 2023 include:
-Watershed Litter Protection @ Holland Museum Spark Lab - Monday, April 10 4:00-7:00
-Beach Cleanup @ Holland State Park - Saturday, April 15 9:00-11:00
-Walking Dune Tour with Suzanne DeVries Zimmerman from the Hope College Dune Research Group @ Holland State Park - Saturday, April 15 11:00-12:00
-Walking Tour with Rick Bosch @ Paw Paw East County Park - Saturday, April 22 10:00-11:30

------Training for Rainscaping
As part of our partnership with the Project Clarity Team we partnered with the MACC, ODC, City of Holland, and Holland Board of Public Works on a grant from the EPA to host a "train the trainer" educational series for community members.
Training for Rainscaping volunteers was held in 2021 and 2022. The first part of the training included classroom instruction that occurred virtually in 2021 and at the DeGraaf Nature Center in 2022. The second part of each training involved visiting a site and practicing what was learned in the first part, including completing a site assessment and making recommendations for adding rainscaping practices to manage stormwater. In 2021, the site portion of the training was held at Keppel House on Hope College's campus on April 21, an unusually cold and snowy day. Eight (8) people participated in the training. In 2022, the site portion was held at the Kooiker Cottage on Hope College's campus on May 24, and ten (10) people participated. Participants were also able to walk just around the corner to see the curb-cut rain garden (see below for details about that project).

----Other activities include participation with the annual "Lakeshore Big Read" which engages community members of all ages with a variety of activities related to one book (high school to adults and then a related story book for children). https://hope.edu/offices/big-read/ The almost always tends to be a social and sometimes environmental theme to the books that are selected.

-------In 2022 we also launched an alumni sustainability affinity group.
HopeSustains was established to engage all concerned alumni as a reference and resource for the college’s educational mission focused around the increasingly critical issue of sustainability, helping to shape and support our alma mater’s own sustainability goals. https://hope.edu/offices/sustainability/hope-sustains.html

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