Earth Day

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Every spring, Earth Day is a global reminder of how important it is to protect our planet.

Locally, we organize several events in celebration of Earth Day to reinforce the day's purpose and show our community how easy - and fun - going green can be, not just one day - every day.

Through Kitchener's LoveMyHood program, you can also apply for a Greening Grant to make everyday Earth Day in your neighbourhood.

Earth Hour

Earth Hour kicks off Earth Month, encouraging everyone to turn off their lights for an hour, in an effort to raise awareness and reduce climate change. Join us by reducing or turning off all lights for the hour. Find out more about Earth Hour - and plan to take part next year.

 

Earth Month events and activities

Spring is the season of new beginnings. For many, this includes new habits and routines that benefit our environment.

Here are a few ways you can make an impact by helping to reduce our global footprint:

Community clean-ups - PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD UNTIL AFTER APRIL 5

Community clean-ups bring neighbours, colleagues or classmates together for a common cause - cleaning up our community. They provide an opportunity to see how a small act for a short time can have a great impact. And, when people get involved in cleaning their neighbourhoods, parks and open spaces, they are less likely to litter - and more likely to keep it clean. Choose a date, time and clean-up location that works best for you. 

 *If you are in need of supplies (gloves and bags):

1. Register your clean-up.  

2. Choose a community centre to pick up your supplies. You should bring a bag or box to transport them. 

3. Download and share this Tip Sheet and Sharps Awareness form with your group.

4. After the clean-up, call 519-741-2345 to request that your full bags be picked up. 

Register your community litter clean-up

  • *Materials are currently unavailable. All City of Kitchener Community Centres are closed until April 5. 
    • Any changes to this date or the status of the litter clean-up program will be updated as soon as information becomes available. 
  • ** City Hall is no longer a pick up location. The Downtown Community Centre is right next door. 

If you would like more information, please contact Mark Harris in the Neighbourhood Development Office at 519-741-2200, ext. 5086.  

20-minute makeover - PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY ON HOLD UNTIL AFTER APRIL 5

On a set date every April, we partner with the City of Waterloo and our local litter reduction task force to encourage people, businesses and organizations to take just 20 minutes together outside and make their nearby environment a little cleaner.

Join organizations throughout Kitchener and Waterloo in the 20 Minute Makeover.   Step outside with your coworkers to clean up litter in and around your place of work! 

This year the 20 Minute Makeover is being held on Friday, April 24, at 2 p.m. However, if this day does not work for you, organizations are free to choose any day and time that works best for them. 

Encourage your team to really -go green- and bring their own gardening or winter gloves, and bags from home.

If you are in need of supplies (gloves and bags):

1. Register your clean-up

2. Choose a location (community centre) to pick up supplies from

3. Pack your kit, (Don't forget to bring a bag or box to pack your supplies in).

 

**Materials are currently unavailable. All City of Kitchener Community Centres are closed until April 5. 

  • Any changes to this date or the status of the litter clean-up program will be updated as soon as information becomes available. 

Please note: Kitchener City Hall is not a pick up location. The Downtown Community Centre is right next door. 

** Please also read and/or print the clean-up safety tip sheet on this webpage.

Register your clean-up

 

For more information, contact Mark Harris at 519-741-2200 ext. 5086. 

 Make Everyday Earth Day

Green is a great colour for you every day - not just on Earth Day!

Here are a few ways you can build more environmentally sustainable habits into your daily routine:

  • Join a local community group at a tree-planting event.
  • Rethink how you view garbage - and what happens after you toss it out.
  • Cut back on your energy use at home, work and on the road.
  • Save four per cent of your heating costs by turning your thermostat down just one degree Celsius. Make a habit of turning it down before going to bed or on vacation.
  • Install a flow-aerated showerhead and reduce the amount of water used by as much as two-thirds.
  • Hike a trail, visit a local park, go exploring at the beach, strap on some snowshoes, paddle down the river, sketch a bird or organize a community picnic.
  • Reduce the amount of time your vehicle idles. Remember, 10 seconds of idling uses more fuel than turning off your engine.
  • Choose recycled products, products with less packaging and reusable items whenever possible.
  • Install energy-saving light bulbs and save $35 in energy costs over the lifetime of the bulb.
  • Check your local listings or Earth Day Canada's website to find out what events are planned in your area in celebration of Earth Day.

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