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IN THIS ISSUE

Awards for local environmental heroes — deadline approaching!

New lesson plan and ESL activities from EcoKids

Connect with EcoKids on Facebook

Lights Out this Earth Hour with Mill Street Brewery

Become an environmental leader at a free training session

Count Me In comes to Toronto!

Diversifying Environmental Sector Boards

The EDC team went vegetarian in February!

This Earth Day, support an organization that makes a difference all year

Sustainability snippets — news from our partners

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Mar 2014 Earth Tones
    Deb Doncaster

Deb Doncaster, President,
Earth Day Canada

Dear friends,

I’m pleased to be writing the introduction to my first newsletter as Earth Day Canada’s President. Our busiest time of the year is rapidly approaching! Though the energy and enthusiasm for environmental action surrounding Earth Day is a lot of fun, don’t forget that EDC’s programs make an impact all year long.

In the latest issue of Earth Tones, we have updates and reminders from our fantastic year-round programs and partners. Most pressingly, nominations for our Hometown Heroes Award Program close on March 31 — don’t miss the chance to reward deserving individuals, groups and small businesses in your community. Self-nominations are welcome!

We know many of you are organizing or participating in local Earth Day celebrations in your own communities — that’s why we have created an online event listing section, to promote your event or find one near you. You’ll also find more information about EDC’s plans for April 22 on our website soon! Enjoy this issue of Earth Tones and stay tuned for the special Earth Month edition that will arrive in your inbox in early April!

Wishing you and your family a happy spring,
Deb

Awards for local environmental heroes — deadline approaching!

    Earth Day Canada's new web site

2013 Hometown Heroes Group award winner, Lower Mainland Green Team.

Earth Day Canada’s Hometown Heroes Award Program is searching for Canada’s environmental heroes! If you know an individual, group or small business in your community that is making a positive environmental change at the local level nominate them (or yourself) by March 31, 2014.

Heroic candidates can win one of the following:

Individual Award — a $10,000 cash-prize to donate to a local environmental group or cause of their choice

Group Award — a $10,000 cash-prize to support their work

Small Business Award — a $5,000 cash-prize that must be used by the business to make an operational change that results in the business lessening their environmental impact, and permission from Earth Day Canada (EDC) to use the award and the EDC logo for one year to help market and promote the business and/or an approved product.

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New lesson plan and ESL activities from EcoKids

   EcoKids

For the first time, EcoKids offers new ESL activities, thanks to support from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. These activities can also be used in classes that are not ESL specialized. In the activity Recycling Board, students will learn how to reduce the use of non-renewable items and understand the importance of re-using and recycling materials at home and at school. Another activity asks students to create flash cards, which support science vocabulary learning and encourage connections to prior knowledge.

With the Always changing ecosystem lesson plan, students will understand the meaning of an ecosystem and actively participate in a game that simulates the constant fluctuation of the availability of basic needs in an ecosystem.

To access these resources and much more, log in to your free account at www.ecokids.ca.

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Connect with EcoKids on Facebook

    EcoKids on Facebook

You suggested it, and we’re making it happen... EcoKids has joined Facebook! Now it’s even easier for you to access our great resources and keep in touch. The Facebook group will help educators and parents meet one another, receive program updates, share experiences, stories and resources, and work together to improve environmental education in Canadian classrooms.

Click here to be one of the very first to join the group, and please help us build our community by inviting your friends and colleagues too!

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Lights Out this Earth Hour with Mill Street Brewery

   Mill St. Brewery

Want to support our work while having a great time this Earth Hour? Join Mill Street Brewery on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Candlelit parties will bring the community together in a symbolic environmental effort, and 50 cents from every pint sold that day and evening will be donated to Earth Day Canada! The campaign will continue during Earth Month: for every six-pack of beer sold in stores from March 30 to April 26, Mill Street will make a 50 cent donation to Earth Day Canada.

For more information, including a list of participating venues, visit www.millstreetearthday.com.

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Become an environmental leader at a free training session

   EcoMentors

Are there young people in your community who would make great environmental leaders? Encourage them to gain the skills they need to educate their peers and younger students about the environmental issues that matter to them.

EcoMentors sessions are free, fun-filled days of interactive activities that will inspire youth to take action. Youth can earn volunteer hours, meet other environmentally engaged people and take home resources to help facilitate workshops!

We will be hosting several EcoMentors training sessions in the Toronto area over the next few months. Visit http://ecomentors.ca/events.php to learn more.

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Count Me In comes to Toronto!

   Count Me In

After a successful event in Winnipeg last month, Count Me In is gearing up for a Toronto conference! Designed and run entirely by students, the unique single-day field trip motivates and empowers today’s youth to become leaders in their communities. The Toronto event takes place on Tuesday, April 29. Tickets are selling fast, so register your class today.

For full details, click here.

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Diversifying Environmental Sector Boards

    Tapestry Forum

EDC is proud to partner with the Maytree Foundation and the Sustainability Network in organizing the first Diversifying Environmental Sector Boards Forum in March 2014. As part of the Tapestry Program, this collaborative event is aimed at supporting inclusion building in the environmental sector. The Forum will bring together ENGO leaders to learn about ways to diversify their boards, access new talent pools, and engage the skills and expertise of diverse communities.

In addition to case studies illustrating the benefits of a diversity of perspectives on boards, feedback will be gathered around priority skill sets required on ENGO boards. The findings will be used by Maytree Foundation to develop a customized process to recruit and match qualified diverse community candidates with board opportunities in the sector.

For more information about the Tapestry program, please visit www.earthday.ca/tapestry.

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The EDC team went vegetarian in February!

   Vegetarian

This February, members of the EDC team challenged themselves to bring as many vegetarian, home-cooked lunches to the office as possible — a choice that’s good for the environment and our wallets.

Together, 9 participating team members ate 116 delicious vegetarian lunches, and reduced their carbon dioxide emissions by a potential 766 lbs! Many thanks to everyone who cheered us on and shared recipe suggestions on Facebook and Twitter. We’re looking forward to our next challenge!

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This Earth Day, support an organization that makes a difference all year

   Earth Day Canada

Since 1990, we’ve been celebrating Earth Day with millions of schools, community organizations and individual Canadians across the country. But that’s not all we do — not even close. We work with people from every sector of society to offer year-round programs that engage kids, teachers, youth, families, communities, government and business leaders in taking action for a healthier planet. We create lesson plans, we give out scholarships, we fund community groups, we recognize heroic environmental leaders, we partner with green-minded employers ... and we’re just getting started.

But we can’t do it alone. As a non-governmental organization, we rely on your support to keep our programs running. This Earth Day, please consider making a donation to support our work. A tax receipt will be issued for each donation. For more information or to donate online, please click here.

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Sustainability snippets — news from our partners

    TDFEF
 

Are you looking for funds to help support the development of an outdoor classroom or environmental education at your school? Consider applying to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF).

If you are not familiar with TD FEF, the Foundation has been supporting local environmental projects for nearly 25 years. TD FEF supports a wide range of environmental initiatives, with a primary funding focus on environmental education; urban greening and enhancing biodiversity; and energy conservation. It is also one of largest funders of outdoor classrooms in the country.

The application deadline for the next round of funding is July 15. Visit http://www.tdfef.com/funding to learn more.
 

    Call2Recycle
 

Winter is finally ending and crocuses, patio drinks, and weekend barbecues are just around the corner. Although moving the clock forward costs us one hour’s sleep, it’s the perfect reminder to check smoke or CO2 alarms and recycle any spent batteries via Call2Recycle. Since 2012, we’ve partnered with Earth Day Canada to spread the word about just how easy it is to keep batteries out of landfills. Visit http://www.call2recycle.ca/locator to find a drop-off location near you.

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