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Sustainability

Preserving Our History, Protecting Our Future

The Felt Estate is a preservation project located between Holland and Saugatuck, Michigan. At the Felt Estate we believe that sustainability of both natural and built environments is essential to improving life economically, environmentally, and socially.

The Felt Mansion is a certified LEED-EB Gold recipient (a recognition handed out by the U.S. Green Building Council). “LEED” stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, and “EB” stands for “existing building.”  This certification is awarded to existing buildings that are restored in an environmentally friendly manner.

You can learn more about the mansion’s LEED certification in this Holland Sentinel article.

Mission Statement

The Felt Estate will preserve history through preservation of the Estate; protect the environment with responsible use of the natural and build environments; and educate through tours, classes, field trips, and seminars. The Felt Estate and Shore Acres will be an integral part of the West Michigan landscape – aesthetically and economically, by providing an education and beautiful location for residents and visitors.

We believe strongly in making an economic, environmental, and social investment in our West Michigan Community by being responsible stewards of each other and the world we share. Preservation is, in the end, not just about places. It is first and foremost about people. Life is a restoration project.

How to Donate to the Felt Estate

The Friends of the Felt Estate is a 501c3 organization. Your contributions are tax-deductible. To donate to the Friends of the Felt Estate, please mail your check made out to the Friends of the Felt Estate to:

Friends of the Felt Estate
6597 138th Ave.
Holland, MI 49423

For more information about volunteering at the Estate, contact project manger, Pat Hoezee Meyer at patmeyer@patmeyerrestoration.com or visit our volunteer information page.

Laketown Community Solar Garden

Continuing the Felt Estate’s rich tradition of supporting sustainability and environmental stewardship, the Estate serves as the host of the Laketown Community Solar Garden. This 100 kW solar array, commissioned in December 2015, is providing enough electricity to power Felt Mansion, providing the equivalent environmental value of preserving 71 acres of forest. This project is offering residents and small businesses of Laketown, and the surrounding community, an opportunity to own solar even if they rent, have too much shade or find rooftop solar too costly.

To learn more about this project and how you can participate in the solar garden, visit myVirtualSolar.com/laketown and complete the accompanying “Participant Application”.