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Recycling in the City of Grand Rapids has increased 80%

Recycling in the City of Grand Rapids has increased 80%

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In August 2010, the City partnered with Kent County to provide single-stream curbside recycling services. Last spring, the City partnered with Local First to create the myGRcity points program, where residents who recycle earned points to redeem at local businesses. The City's single-stream, smart-cart, curbside recycling program reports that the amount (in tons) of recyclables collected has increased by over 80% in the past ten months over the previous four years. Over 7,057 households are currently participating in the myGRcity points program. It is free to participate and information can be found at www.mygrcitypoints.com.

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Annual Christmas Bird Count begins on December 14

Every year tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations.  Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission - often before dawn.  For over one hundred years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to leave the comfort of a warm house during the Holiday season.

Each of the citizen scientists who annually braves  the snow, wind, or rain, to take part in the Christmas Bird Count makes an enormous contribution to conservation.  Audubon and other organizations use data collected in this longest-running wildlife census to assess the health of bird populations - and to help guide conservation action.

From feeder-watchers and field observers to count compilers and regional editors, everyone who takes part in the Christmas Bird Co

Safe way to get rid of unwanted medication

Safe way to get rid of unwanted medication

What’s in your medicine cabinet?  Do you have bottles of old medication?  Flushing the pills down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.  There is another way to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs in Kent County.

On October 28, 2011, from  8 a.m. to 5 p.m., the Kent County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to Kent County Sheriff’s Office at 701 Ball Ave NE.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

This effort is part of the Nationwide Prescription Drug "Take-Back” Day.

Fall color tour from Grand Rapids to Rockford to Coopersville

Fall color tour from Grand Rapids to Rockford to Coopersville

The leaves are nearing their peak color in West Michigan.  You don’t have to go far to catch the fall colors.  One beautiful tour starts in Grand Rapids and takes you through Rockford, Cedars Springs and Coopersville.

Color Tour Directions Starting from Grand Rapids

North on East Beltline (M-44), turns into Northland Dr through Rockford to Cedar Springs. West on M-46, south on CR-B35 (Ravenna Rd) through Ravenna to Coopersville. Left on Randall Rd, right on 48th Ave. I-96 east back to Grand Rapids.

There are 25 other color tour routes detailed at the West Michigan Tourism Association web site:

http://www.wmta.org/autumn-color-tours-19/

Energy and Faith Mix at Aquinas College on October 5

Energy and Faith Mix at Aquinas College on October 5

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Energy issues and the faith community will be the focus of a conference to be held on October 5, 2011 in Grand Rapids.

Michigan Interfaith Power and Light is partnering with the Center for Sustainability at Aquinas College to sponsor its one-day, annual sustainability conference. The event brings together the faith community, students, professors, and anyone interested in learning more about energy savings, renewable energy, energy policies and carbon management and other sustainability-related "actionable" ideas.

Conference break-out sessions will include energy-saving ideas for houses of worship, state energy policies and initiatives, faith and environmental education, hands-on sessions, and much more (See below).

Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals

Instruments of Hope invites you all: your family and your pets – all kinds of birds, all kinds of beasts, and all kinds of creeping and crawling things - for a Blessing of the Animals. This blessing will take place on Sunday afternoon, October 2, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the St. Francis Sculpture Garden’s San Damiano Piazza,  located at 2025 East Fulton Street on the Marywood campus minutes from downtown Grand Rapids.  Dominican Center at Marywood  is pleased to host this gathering that asks God to bless our loyal animal companions.