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New Exhibition Helps Region ‘Go Green’


March 23, 2010 – EarthWise Thunder Bay today announced the 'Go Green Expo' - A Green Living Event for Everyone will be held in Thunder Bay this coming September. Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario residents and businesses are invited to the inaugural green exhibition to learn new ways to make their homes and workplaces more eco-friendly, while saving money and helping the environment.

The expo, to be held at the Canadian Lakehead Exhibition in Thunder Bay on Sept. 10-12, 2010, will feature more than 40 exhibitor booths, a keynote address by award-winning broadcaster and bestselling author Gill Deacon, displays, workshops, a children’s area and tours of local green facilities all under one roof. Deacon is one of Canada’s renowned environmental advocates and is heralded as a ‘Green for Life’ Expert.

“We are working to make Thunder Bay cleaner, greener, more beautiful and proud,” said Mayor Lynn Peterson. “I encourage the citizens of Thunder Bay and region to attend this fun and educational event for ways we can each make an impact toward our future. As well, this is a great opportunity to showcase the many “green” businesses and initiatives available here locally.”

The Expo, organized by the Go Green Committee under EarthWise Thunder Bay, will be an opportunity for business owners, non-profit organizations, government agencies and individuals to showcase their “green” activities and their commitment to the environment. Booth rentals and displays will be available.

From tips on how to make a home more eco-friendly, to building a rain garden and presentations from local eco heroes, the expo promises to offer something for everyone who is making changes, both big and small, to reduce their carbon footprint and help the environment. The event aims to be a litter-free event designed for the whole family to encourage people in the region to adopt easy, cost-saving practices to help save the planet for future generations.

“We are very excited to be hosting this event,” says Ruth Cook, Chair of the Go Green Expo. “Our aim is that people will leave feeling excited and inspired by the initiatives going on locally, that they will learn about new resources, and that they will gain a greater sense of community and an understanding of their ability to make healthy choices on a daily basis.”

For more information, to become an exhibitor or to volunteer, contact Sarah Kerton (skerton@thunderbay.ca  or 625-2411) or Ruth Cook (tcook@shaw.ca or 767-1719) or visit www.thunderbay.ca/gogreenexpo.

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Contact:  Sarah Kerton, Community Environmental Action Plan Coordinator – Environment Division, 625-2411 or skerton@thunderbay.ca

EarthWise is a partnership between the City of Thunder Bay and community partners working to implement the Community Environmental Action Plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make Thunder Bay a more sustainable community.