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EarthWise Thunder Bay – National Environment Week


June 3, 2011 – Sunday, June 5, 2011, marks be beginning of National Environmental Week which is a time for grassroots action to help preserve, protect, and restore our environment, and coincides annually with the United Nations World Environment Day on June 5, Canada’s Clean Air Day on June 8, and the Commuter Challenge, June 5 - 11.

The Commuter Challenge is a week-long event that encourages and rewards Canadians who leave their cars at home, and choose to walk, cycle, carpool/ride-share, or take public transit to work. In this way, the Commuter Challenge celebrates active and sustainable transportation across Canada.

Commuters in Thunder Bay are encouraged to register for the Commuter Challenge at www.commuterchallenge.ca and to walk, bike, car pool/ride share or take public transit to reduce emissions and curb harmful smog and greenhouse gases.  To inspire its employees to do their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the City of Thunder Bay formally accepted a challenge from St. Joseph’s Care Group to participate in a friendly competition, with the winner based on the percentage of corporate employees that participate in the Commuter Challenge.

“With the right incentives and knowledge, people can change their behaviour,” said Kelsey Johansen, Acting Community Environmental Action Plan Coordinator. “We hope that employees, and citizens of Thunder Bay, will get involved in the Commuter Challenge by walking, biking, ride sharing or taking public transit as their first step towards sustainable transportation and environmental stewardship.”

Interested commuters are invited to attend the official launch of the Commuter Challenge Monday, June 6, from 11am – 1pm at City Hall.

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Contact: Kelsey Johansen – Acting Community Environmental Action Plan Coordinator – Environment Division, Transportation & Works, City of Thunder Bay, 625-2411, kjohansen@thunderbay.ca