To celebrate the community’s environmental achievements, a new two-day event will take place in June.
Called Brandon’s Enviro Expo, the event will highlight the achievements of students who were involved in Brandon’s Waste Reduction School Challenge and other students involved in eco-club activities at Brandon schools.
During the event, which will coincide with National Environmental Week, students will go on tours of the city’s landfill and recycling facility, showcase school projects and take part in workshops.
This is just one of several events to be held in the next year, as outlined by the city’s environmental initiatives co-ordinator, Lindsay Hargreaves, who gave city council an environmental update at Monday’s meeting.
“The Environmental Strategic Plan will be the big thing coming this spring,” Hargreaves said. The ESP has been developed to reduce the city’s negative impact on the environment. An updated plan will be presented to council this spring.
Another project the environmental initiatives staff is working on is a mobile education unit to bring to schools and community events.
“There will be interactive displays where students can learn what recycling goes where,” she said. “We will go around to schools in Brandon and outside of Brandon as well as community events.”
The mobile education units will also focus on energy and water conservation.
Hargreaves also touched on the success of Brandon’s Earth Day celebrations, which take place annually in April.
“This eco-friendly day brings the community together with local entertainment, compost giveaways and exhibits from local organizations and businesses showcasing their products and service,” Hargreaves said.
Environmental initiatives staff continue to educate city employees on ways they can incorporate environmental practices into their daily work tasks, Hargreaves said. Some examples include turning off monitors at the end of a shift, recycling, double-sided printing and no idling of city vehicles.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition March 5, 2013