Eco@Community
 
Friday April 19 - Friday April 26 2013
Find the Earth Week and other eco events taking place in your community!

Gananoque

On Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 12 to 3 p.m., the Gananoque Dreams In Motion Rain Barrel, Rummage & Bake Sale will take place at Gananoque Recreation Centre Parking Lot (600 King St. E.)

You can place your order now for pick-up on April 27. Only barrels ordered in advance are guaranteed to be available.

Rain barrels are a great way to keep storm water out of the system and to reduce your water bill. They are simple to install and suitable for most households.

For $60.00 you will receive a rain barrel which comes fully equipped with a leaf and mosquito filter basket, an overflow adaptor that permits multiple barrels to be connected in series, 1.2m of overflow hose and a spigot that attaches directly to a garden hose.

To pre-order your rain barrel or for more information, call 613-382-6700.

London

The next Compost Value Day will be held on May 4th, 2013. This day is organized by London Composts, an environmental partnership of businesses, non-profit organizations and local government working collectively to raise awareness of the value of composting as a way to recycle organic waste and the benefits of growing fruits and vegetables in compost enriched soil.

The compost sold on Compost Value Day is made from London’s leaf and yard materials collection program. Proceeds go to the non-profit organizations that provide volunteers on the day.

For information, call 519 645-7733.

Niagara Falls

The City of Niagara Falls encourages residents to participate in activities that create a healthier environment, setting an example for the next generation. Activities can be continued outside of Earth Week and be applied all year. Earth Week is a great opportunity to create team building exercises involving environmental activities, encouraging cooperation, teamwork and fun! Residents are also encouraged to share positive, exciting and unique stories about how they support environmental conservation (i.e. composting at home, walking to school, purchasing energy efficient appliances, reusing old products, homegrown fruits/veggies, etc.) to inspire others to follow by example.

Here are some great ideas to consider while planning your Earth Week activities:

  • Encourage family, friends, schools, businesses and organizations to participate.
  • Sign-up for the Annual Community Clean Sweep Day (Saturday, May 4th).
  • Trees for Schools-find a sponsor to donate a tree for your school to commemorate Earth Week.
  • Leave your car at home for the week. Utilize public transit or walk/bike.
  • Plan a "Litter-less Lunch" week.
  • "Turn out the lights", energy conservation. Plan activities all week with the lights out.
  • Composting. Make an effort to compost daily. Compost bins are available at most retail outlets.
  • Battery Collection Day/ Cell Phone Collection Day
  • Adopt-A-Program. Consider getting a group together to adopt a City street, park, walkway or trail (turn off the air conditioning). This would involve removing debris from your adopted area at least 3 times a year. Online applications are available.
  • Ditch the Plastic. Remove all of your plastic bags and start your week off fresh by buying reusable cloth shopping bags.
  • For new parents, consider using cloth diapers.
  • Think before you print.

Orillia

Did you know that Orillia’s Waste Diversion Site (located at 100 Kitchener St., Orillia) is home to a Reuse Depot? If you need paint or other home and garden products, visit the Reuse Depot before heading to the store. Some available items include:

  • paints
  • stains
  • paint thinners
  • polishes
  • car care products
  • waxes
  • home and garden products

The Reuse Depot is only open during regular site hours in the summer.

Ottawa
Join Ottawa's 1000 Tree Giveaway on April 22!



Sault Ste. Marie

The community is invited to participate in the 2nd Annual 20-Minute Sault Ste. Marie Makeover on April 22, 2013, proudly sponsored by Walmart North, OLG, Tim Hortons and Q104/100.5 EZ Rock.

To take part, registered participants are required to clean up outside their home or business for at least 20 minutes. The intent of the event is to promote civic pride and celebrate Earth Day.

Registered participants will receive a litter kit that contains gloves, garbage bags, and other items – while supplies last. Registration form can be downloaded here.

Registration
Participants can drop off their completed registration forms and pick-up litter kits at several locations:

  • Civic Centre Lobby;
  • Walmart North Courtesy Desk (Great Northern Road); and
  • Trees for Schools- find a sponsor to donate a tree for your school to commemorate Earth Week.
  • Downtown Association Office (496 Queen St. E.)

Event kick off will take place at the Civic Centre at 11 a.m. on
April 22.

Sudbury

The City of Greater Sudbury is encouraging residents to think green, take action and save energy. In an effort to help residents reduce their energy usage, the City of Greater Sudbury has launched a library loan program of energy monitoring devices called Kill-a-Watt Meters.

These devices, which are available through branches of the Greater Sudbury Public Library, will help citizens reduce the amount of electricity they use, without dramatically altering day-to-day living. Kill-a-Watt Meters allow citizens to plug in individual appliances and calculate the amount of electricity being used during a specific time period. The meters will help residents make informed decisions about appliances and products used throughout the home.

For more information on these devices and the library loan program, please visit the Greater Sudbury Public Library website.



Thunder Bay

Spring is here and so is Thunder Bay’s annual Spring Up to Clean Up event. During the month of May, individuals, families, community groups, workplaces, and schools in Thunder Bay are encouraged to register their clean-up with EcoSuperior, an incorporated not-for-profit organization whose mission is to achieve greater environmental stewardship in Northwestern Ontario and the Lake Superior Basin. Just by registering, you’ll receive all the cleaning supplies you need for your clean-up, please a chance to win some great prizes.

Participating schools will also receive a gift certificate to a plant or tree nursery of their choice to put toward a school greening project.

For more information and to register, visit the website

Toronto

Earth Day at Toronto Botanical Garden
There’s no better place to celebrate Earth Day than the Toronto Botanical Garden. Join the final public planting of the TBG’s newest wildlife-friendly garden, the Woodland Walk and Bird Habitat. Purchase native plants, come out with the whole family and learn about woodland creatures, make crafts, or go on a guided hike to the Teaching Garden.

Sunday, April 21, 12 noon to 4 p.m.
FREE. No registration required



Windsor

Earth Day, Monday, April 22nd, is the annual celebration of the environment and a time to assess the work still needed to protect the natural gifts of our planet.

Earth Day activities take place at Mic Mac Park from approximately 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tree planting also takes place across the street at Malden Park.

Take the Transway 1C or the Central 3 West to Mic Mac Park for Earth Day and enjoy the day admiring Mother Nature in her splendour.

Visit the Transit Windsor booth at Mic Mac Park.