What is Environment Week about?
What does it mean to care about the environment? You don't need to hike up your socks, love science, or hug a tree! Just spending time outside, breathing clean air and enjoying what nature has to offer makes you an environmentalist.
These are simple things. These are the basics. Let's get together and enjoy them!
Lethbridge Environment Week Events for 2016
Saturday, June 4 – 10:00am – 2:00pm: Recycling Roundup
London Drugs 110-905 1 Ave S Lethbridge, AB
Bring your difficult to recycle items such as electronics, batteries and clothing.
For more info and full list of accepted items, please click here.
Sunday, June 5 - 1:00 pm: Nature Scavenger Hunt
Helen Schuler Nature Centre
Get outside and explore the river valley with this family-friendly scavenger hunt.
Monday, June 6 - 7:00 pm: The Benefits of Bees
The Hub, 319-6 St S
Join beekeeper Chelsea Sherbut for a presentation on urban beekeeping and the benefits of bees.
Tuesday, June 7 - 1:00 pm: Wind Turbine Program Tour
Learn about wind energy in southern Alberta. Limited number of tickets available, click here to register.
Tuesday, June 7 - 4:00 pm: Green Trivia at Green Drinks
Owl Acoustic Lounge, 411-3 Ave S
Have a drink, meet some new people, answer some green trivia questions, win some great prizes.
Wednesday, June 8 - 2:00pm Vermiculture Workshop
The Hub, 319-6 St S
Learn about small-scale composting and the benefits of worm composting from the friendly folks at Earthly Matters Worm composters will also be available for sale.
Wednesday, June 8 - 7:00 pm: Urban Farm Tour
Join Synergy Permaculture for a tour of their urban farm operations. Limited number of tickets available, click here to register.
Saturday, June 11 - 12:00-4:00: Keen for Green Fest and Nature Play Day
Henderson Lake Park, northside, Kiwanis Picnic Shelter
Free music, local food, displays and demonstrations.
Enjoy the benefits of being outside, explore outdoor activities and have fun!
The City of Lethbridge - Environmental Actions At a Glance
Did you know that the City of Lethbridge Parks department uses solar energy for lighting and irrigation controls? Or that the Facility Services department has completed deconstruction projects that have diverted up to 95% of construction and demolition waste from the landfill? The City of Lethbridge has provided a brief look at what actions individual departments have made to promote environmental sustainability. A display was set up in 2012 in the foyer of City Hall during Environment Week. View it by clicking here.
Something GREEN to do every day of the week!
Plant Something Green
Want to learn more about Xeriscaping?
A Xeriscape™ is a yard or garden that follows certain principles of being practical and environmentally friendly. The term Xeriscape™ comes from the Greek word ‘xeros’ meaning dry and ‘scape’ as in landscape. In a nutshell, Xeriscape is a method of landscaping that uses drought-tolerant and/or native plants that naturally thrive in dry prairie environments and therefore require less water and maintenance.
Want to learn more about Xeriscaping?
The Oldman Watershed Council website has tons of great ideas!
What is a Carbon Footprint?
The term “carbon footprint” refers to the equivalent amount of carbon emissions we cause in the environment by the lifestyles we live, including by the vehicles we drive and how often and far we drive them, the amount of energy and type of appliances and equipment we use in our homes and yards and the purchases we make. Our carbon footprint shows us the impact we are having on the environment.
How do I calculate my Carbon Footprint?
This is a basic “carbon footprint” calculator that factors in living conditions, automobile information and air travel.
How can I reduce my Carbon Footprint?
“Simple changes in our everyday lives can help slow climate change — including reducing our energy consumption, choosing to travel sustainably, and being conscious of what we purchase.” David Suzuki
Get GREEN Informed
Staying informed about environmental GREEN issues has never been easier. The following links will provide you with an array of environmental books, movies and information.
Get GREEN Involved
There are many different ways you can get involved. You can get involved locally and make a difference in your own neighbourhood! Check out some of these local events and programs.
Get involved in the Yellow Fish Road program. This is a free storm drain painting program that promotes awareness about storm water pollution. Yellow Fish Road.
Participate in Pitch In. Pitch-In is a national litter picking campaign that takes place in April each year. Pitch-In.
Participate in the Gutter Buddy Program. The Gutter Buddy program encourages residents to keep their storm drains and gutters free of debris. Gutter Buddy. Also, see how you can Adopt a Storm Drain in your neighbourhood today!
- Nominate someone to the Lethbridge Green List! Do you know a person, organization, or business that puts the environment first? Lethbridge Green List.
What is a GREEN Gym?
An outdoor green gym is similar to an indoor gym. The equipment is installed outdoors so it is robust, weatherproof and colourful. The equipment is inviting, and looks more like a friendly playground than intimidating fitness equipment.
Where are the GREEN Gyms located in Lethbridge?
Lethbridge has three outdoor GREEN Gyms located at Lakeview Park on the South Side, St. Edward Park on the North Side, and Kiwanis Park on the south side.
Celebrate the night and get back to basics. What better way to unwind than to lay on the grass and star gaze!
Want to learn more about Star Gazing?
The Lethbridge Astronomy Society has a major commitment to public education. Throughout the fall, winter and spring the Society holds evening sessions for school classes and different groups.