It's Environment Week!

Posted on May 31, 2015

How are you celebrating Environment Week (May 31-June 6).  Not sure? We've come up with a list of easy ways you can celebrate being green all week!

1. SUNDAY Find your green tribe: Get some friends together this evening for an environmentally friendly barbecue (no disposables, please!), host a Green Tea, or enjoy a night out with friends at a restaurant that sources local seasonal ingredients.

2. MONDAY Challenge your Commute: This week also overlaps with the Commuter Challenge, a program that challenges commuters to walk or ride their bike to work. Consider walking, cycling or taking transit to work one day this week, and set a weekly goal to maintain during the summer.

3. TUESDAY Learn something green! Visit any Calgary Public Library branch to discover a display of environmental collections, or, if you can’t make it out, watch an environmental documentary and learn something new about our planet.

4. WEDNESDAY Clean Air Day: Plant a tree. Every tree we plant can sequester up to 1 tonne of CO2 in its lifetime. And they look beautiful, help mitigate excess rainfall, and cool our cities.

5. THURSDAY Celebrate Blue Water Day: RBC's Blue Water Project is a wide-ranging program dedicated to protecting the world's most precious natural resource: fresh water. Check out their page to watch the blue water video, take their quiz, find out your water personality, and receive tips on water conservation in the home.

6. FRIDAY Set up your own nature sanctuary. If you have a yard, today would be wonderful to set up a rain barrel or composter; turn your yard into a sanctuary for local wildlife by planting wild flowers; or setting up a bird feeder. If you have a balcony or windowsill consider planting herbs or lettuces for an easy, space conscious way to connect with the Earth this summer!

7. SATURDAY Head Outside Take the last day of Earth Week to go for a walk around your neighborhood and appreciate how nature contributes to making #yyc such a great place to live. Take your partner / kids / dogs / or just yourself! on a stroll and enjoy spring in all its glory.