Creation Care

Celebrating and Caring for Creation is a natural part of Houghton’s identity and character. We share with all Christians the responsibility of stewarding and nurturing the marvelous gift of God’s creation.

What is Creation Care?

Creation care highlights our responsibility to serve and care for everything that God has created – people and place.

Scripture tells us that God created the world, called it “good,” and then gave humans responsibility as stewards of God’s creation (Gen. 1:28-30).  We desire to honor God by employing good stewardship of the earth and by making wise decisions about how our actions affect our neighbors, both locally and globally.  At its core, creation care is a spiritual issue that directly relates to our views on consumption, materialism, stewardship, thankfulness, simplicity, and love for our neighbor.  Taking care of creation is our response to the awesome God who created it.

Sun Shining Through Trees

“Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad, let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy; they will sing before the Lord.” Psalm 96: 11-13

Sustainability Initiatives

Here are some ways Houghton College is committed to sustainability.

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Solar Array

Our Solar Array is a practical example of Creation Care in action.

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What We’re Doing

We at Houghton are actively looking for ways to be more responsible in our stewardship of the earth.  Many of these changes save us money in the long run.  Others may cost a little bit extra but will help us implement more environmentally sustainable practices.  Here is a partial listing of some of the things that we have planned for the 2018 – 2019 year, as well as some of our recent accomplishments.

Current Projects (2018 – 2019)

  • Launched the new Center for Sustainability, with 5 student internship positions
  • Currently retroffiting all light bulbs with LED models, which will reduce energy usage by 750,000 kWh and (after a 10-year payback period) save $90,000 per year
  • Will be installing an electric vehicle charging station (Dec)
  • Working on installing energy monitoring equipment in all buildings
  • Working on creating a “tree map” to show the locations and species of all trees on campus
  • Will complete planting the campus orchard (April), for a total of 79 fruit trees
  • Will begin campuswide composting (April)
  • Will install a campus garden (May)

Recent Accomplishments

  • Published a new trail map for the Houghton trail system
  • Overhauled the campus fleet to replace existing vehicles with fuel-efficient Toyota Priuses, saving the college $3,000 per year in fuel costs
  • Oversaw the completion of a 2.6 megawatt solar system, which provides 35% of the college’s electricity needs and saves $80,000 per year.
  • Installed low-flow aerators and showerheads across campus, saving the college $17,000 in 2017-18 and reducing water use by more than 1 million gallons.
  • Recertified by the Arbor Day Foundation under their “Tree Campus USA” program
  • Added creation care signage across campus to bring awareness to the campus community