Celebrate Earth Day with Halton

Every year, on April 22, Halton Region joins over six million Canadians to celebrate the world’s largest environmental event, Earth Day. To help raise awareness, Halton Region planned several initiatives throughout the month of April to demonstrate our commitment to environmental stewardship and sustainability.

In honour of Earth Week, Regional staff have focused on initiatives to support green procurement and local food procurement.  On April 18, Halton Region was recognized by Local Food Plus for surpassing all of our local food procurement goals for 2011.  Staples was also on hand to host seminars about eco-friendly office procurement.

This Sunday (April 22) is Earth Day and to celebrate the Halton Region Museum in Kelso Conservation Area will be hosting its first ever “Trash Bash and Geocache” event.  As part of the 10th Annual International Cache In Trash Out weekend, this event allows participants to hunt for hidden caches using hand-held GPS units while picking up trash along the way.  If you would like to attend, you can register in advance online or by dialling 311.

Later this month, the Halton Waste Management Site will also host its annual Scouts Tree Planting Event in partnership with Conservation Halton and the Halton Scouts.  This event is part of the Region’s ongoing tree planting and maintenance program at the HWMS and allows local scouts to participate in an environmental project in their community.  Since 2000, scouts have planted over 670 native trees at the HWMS.

At Halton Region, we are committed to reducing our ecological footprint.  Corporate Sustainability is one of the priorities in the Citizens’ Priorities Action Plan.  To learn more about some of the Region’s environmental initiatives, please read my Chair’s Corner on Earth Hour 2012.

If you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report”.