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Green Living for Everyone at the EarthWise Go Green Expo


September 7, 2010 – The inaugural Go Green Expo is set to take place this weekend at the C.L.E. grounds, beginning Friday evening with keynote speaker Gill Deacon. Saturday and Sunday feature workshops, tours, a local-foods lunch with guest speaker Charles Campbell, and a green exhibition. The exhibition offers a wide array of green products and services as well as tips on how to embrace greener solutions in our daily lives. It also includes an exciting eco-zone for kids.

“As a Municipality we are trying to find new ways of being clean, green and beautiful in our operations,” said Mayor Lynn Peterson. “I hope people will take advantage of the behind-the-scenes free tours departing from the C.L.E. grounds - visit the Mapleward Road Solid Waste & Recycling Facility, or see our award-winning ‘lake-to-lake approach’ by visiting the Bare Point Water Treatment Plant and the Atlantic Avenue Water Pollution Control Plant.”

The Go Green Expo is a project of the EarthWise Education Working Group, 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. 

“We hope that the line-up of practical workshops will provide people with the knowledge to implement changes in their daily lives,” said Ruth Cook. “Workshops on everything from canning, bike-safety, building a winter greenhouse, to properly maintaining your shoreline and how to garden for wildlife, offer something for everyone.”

The green exhibits will be in the Coliseum Saturday from 9 am – 5 pm, and Sunday from 10 am – 3:30 pm with 40+ local vendors and organizations setting up displays. Entrance to these exhibits is free. EcoSuperior will be conducting an onsite rainbarrell sale from 9 am – 4 pm on Saturday, and Pack Pros Plus will have a free e-waste collection onsite Sunday from 10 am – 3 pm.  

People are encouraged to pre-register for the free tours, as well as the workshops (cost $10), keynote speaker (cost $10), and Saturday’s local foods lunch and speaker (cost $15).

Registration forms are available online at www.thunderbay.ca/gogreenexpo or by calling 625-2411.

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Contact: Sarah Kerton, Community Environment Action Plan Coordinator, 625-2411 or skerton@thunderbay.ca, www.earthwisethunderbay.com