Holland, MI – January 31, 2018 — Holland Board of Public Works (HBPW) General Manager Dave Koster has been named Newsmaker of the Year in the Sustainability Business Services category by the Grand Rapids Business Journal. In an awards ceremony at Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park this morning, the publication awarded Koster for his leadership in building a sustainable, affordable and reliable energy future for the Holland community, including the development of Holland Energy Park™.
“It was an honor to receive this award today, among so many other finalists who have made an impact in West Michigan,” said Koster. “From initial outreach and engagement throughout the entire process, Holland Energy Park was truly a community-driven project.”
Koster is a long-time veteran of the Holland BPW, beginning his involvement with the organization as an intern in 1989. After graduating with a degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1992, Koster worked his way up through the organization, attaining a director-level position in 1999. He succeeded to the general manager position in 2011.
In this role, he has successfully led the $240 million Holland Energy Park, the first power plant to receive ISI Envision® Platinum verification. The project validates the community’s 40-year effort to achieve a sustainable energy future and reduce energy demand. From a 50 percent reduction in carbon emissions to walking trails with restored native species and refreshed wetlands, Holland Energy Park is an aspirational example for future power plants all over the world.