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Go Green Expo has Something for Everyone


September 28, 2011 – The 2nd Annual Go Green Expo is set to take place this Saturday at the CLE grounds, including a keynote address by Betsy Rosenberg. Workshops and a Free Green Exhibition with an eco-zone for kids are all planned for the day, offering a wide array of green products and services as well as information on how to embrace greener solutions in our daily lives. 

“As a Municipality we are trying to find new ways to make our operations cleaner, greener and more beautiful,” says Mayor Keith Hobbs. “Events like this help us spread the word beyond our Corporation and into the Community and region, with the aim of inspiring our fellow Northern Ontario residents and showcasing all of the amazing steps we have collectively taken to lead more sustainable lives.”

The Go Green Expo is a project of the EarthWise® Education Working Group, through the City of Thunder Bay, and has been coordinated by a volunteer Planning Committee Chaired by Ruth Cook. The goal of the Expo is to raise awareness of EarthWise® and the Community Environmental Action Plan, as well as provide people with tips, information and resources on how to reduce their carbon footprints and live green.

“It is our hope that the practical workshops will provide people with the knowledge to implement changes in their daily lives, while the inspirational Keynote Local Foods Lunch will motivate people to make changes, big and small, to reduce their carbon footprint,” says Kelsey Johansen, Acting Community Environmental Action Plan Coordinator for EarthWise®. “Workshops on everything from canning and preserving, to how to extend your growing season and take advantage of energy conservation tips, smart-metering and time-of-use billing will offer something for everyone.”

The green Exhibition will take place in the Coliseum Saturday Oct. 1, 2011 from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm, with 40+ local vendors and organizations setting up displays. Entrance to the Exhibition is free. 

People are encouraged to pre-register the workshops ($15 for one, or $20 for two, with a free afternoon workshop offered on a first come first serve basis), and Saturday’s local foods lunch and Keynote Speaker ($25). Registration is available online at www.thunderbay.ca/gogreenexpo or by calling 625-2411.

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Contact: Kelsey Johansen, Acting Community Environment Action Plan Coordinator, 625-2411 or KJohansen@thunderbay.ca, www.earthwisethunderbay.com