Garbage Tour scheduled for April 24, 2013

Find out where your garbage goes! GRCC’s popular Garbage Tour takes you on a five and a half hour educational journey of the main facilities in Kent County that deal with post-consumer waste, i.e., garbage.

Whether you are looking for ways to reduce waste for your business or home, this expedition will take you where most are forbidden to go!

We will start with a visit to the Covanta Energy plant, also known as the waste to energy facility incinerator. WTE experts will describe the inputs (garbage) and outputs (electricity) for this facility and what it provides for Greater Grand Rapids. Our second stop is the materials recovery facility. Here we will be guided on a walking tour and educational discussion of Kent County’s state of the art recycling efforts. There will also be an opportunity to eat your sack lunch here. We’ll see the mountains of yard waste diverted for composting, and learn how and where this is done.

Our final stop is an up-close and personal bus tour of the local landfill. Enjoy the view while professional landfill personnel describe the engineering features and local statistics for use of the South Kent Landfill.

The bus boards at 10:30 a.m. April 24, 2013, at Tassell M-TEC. It returns to Tassell M-TEC by 4 p.m. Casual dress, with closed-toe shoes, is recommended. Please bring your own sack lunch.

To register, click here.

Building access policy sees changes

Building Access Policy – Revised.  Summary of changes

  • Includes definitions of standard and extended access (along with the process to get extended access). The changes are directly related to Department Heads, Directors, Executive Directors, and Associate Deans being responsible for initiating and/or authorizing access.
  • Standard Access: All staff and faculty will have access to GRCC buildings during standard hours of operation. Standard hours are considered 6 A.M. to 10 P.M. Monday through Thursday, and 6 A.M. to 9 P.M. on Fridays. Weekend and later weekday hours will exist for all regularly scheduled classes and approved scheduled events.
  • Extended Access: Employees may request access for Saturdays and Sundays from 8 A.M. to 9 P.M. by completing the “Extended Access Request Form”.  The form MUST be approved by the employee’s Executive Director or Associate Dean and submitted to Campus Police.
  • Extended access is intended for faculty and administrative staff for class preparation and other administrative duties.
  • Extended access must be requested/renewed at the beginning of each academic year, but new requests can be processed throughout the year as the need arises.
  • Department Heads, Program Directors and Immediate Supervisors will be responsible for initiating the access process for their employees as the “Requesting Party” on the Access Request Form.
  • Campus Police must receive a signed access request form authorized by the Executive Director or Associate Dean, before a key is issued, or RaiderCard Access is granted.

IIPD Grant Applications Due March 15, 2013

The deadline for submission of grant applications for the Instructional Improvement & Professional Development (IIPD) program is 4:30 p.m., March 15, 2013.  The IIPD Application Packet and Guidelines are available in the Professional Development section of the Grants Department website at Please note: All applications should be delivered to the current location of the Grants and Resource Development Department at Room 137, Calkins Science Center.  If you have any questions about IIPD grants, please contact Judith Larsen, Director of Grants and Resource Development at 234-3910 or at